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Last Held: October 7, 2017

Course Code: AH0203IA18

The Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey (RMGANJ) held Annual Conference on Saturday, October 7, 2017 at the Cook Student Center in New Brunswick!

This annual conference gives all Rutgers Master Gardener (RMG) volunteers from across the state the opportunity to meet new friends and reconnect with each other while hearing and learning from noted experts in the wide field of horticulture. In addition, a highlight of the conference is the Annual State Awards, given to individual and team RMG efforts as nominated by their county program leadership. An optional tour of the nearby Rutgers Gardens or the Living Wall at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health complete the day.

About the Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey

The Rutgers Master Gardeners Association of New Jersey (RMGANJ) is an organization made up of representatives from each of the county Master Gardener programs. The purpose of RMGANJ is to unite Rutgers Master Gardener programs in a statewide group that will assist Rutgers Cooperative Extension in its basic mission to disseminate research-based information to the general public. It also provides a forum for developing activities in support of Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners/Educators or current Rutgers Master Gardener Interns. RMGANJ consists of representatives from all current programs and designated RCE faculty and staff.


Featured Speakers

Jason Grabosky, Featured Speaker at Rutgers Master Gardener Association Annual Conference

Keynote Speaker: Dr. Jason Grabosky, Professor of Urban Forestry, Rutgers University

Topic: Here We Go Again

Dr. Grabosky's keynote address will focus on tools for plant selection as communities go through tree removals due to insect or disease outbreaks.

Learn more about Dr. Jason Grabosky.

   
Paul Cowie, Featured Speaker at Rutgers Master Gardener Association Annual Conference

Speaker Name: Paul Cowie, President, Paul Cowie and Associates, Inc.; ISA Certified Arborist, NJ Certified Tree Expert

Topic: The Diagnostic Process

Mr. Cowie will talk about a systematic process for diagnosing tree ills, focusing on the process more than specific insects and diseases.

Learn more about Mr. Paul Cowie.

   
Matthew Simons, Featured Speaker at Rutgers Master Gardener Association Annual Conference

Speaker Name: Matthew Simons, Supervisor, Forestry Operations-Transmission, Pepco Holdings, Inc.

Topic: Electric Utility Arboriculture and Vegetation Management

The presentation will address the reason that electric utilities need to perform tree pruning and other vegetation management activities; as well as show how NJ electric utilities perform this work utilizing approved national standards, in compliance with state and federal regulations, and in an environmentally responsible manner.

   
Brian McDonald, Featured Speaker at Rutgers Master Gardener Association Annual Conference

Speaker Name: Brian McDonald, Forester, NJDEP Forest Service

Topic: Overview on Urban & Community Forestry/NJ Forest Service

Brian McDonald, a Forester with the NJDEP Forest Service, will give a brief overview of the NJ Urban and Community Forestry Program and how it assists municipalities in funding (grants, specialty license plate sales), managing (5-year plans for inventory assessment), and sustaining (education, liability protection) their urban forest and tree canopy.

   
Bruce Crawford, Featured Speaker at Rutgers Master Gardener Association Annual Conference

Speaker Name: Bruce Crawford, Director, Rutgers Gardens

Topic: Presentation on Rutgers Gardens

Bruce Crawford, Director of the Rutgers Gardens, will describe the Garden's strategic plan, educational and member programs, and the recently awarded Historic Horticultural Landmark designation by the American Society for Horticultural Science (ASHS). Learn more about Rutgers Gardens.


Post-Conference Tours (Optional)

If you would like to join one of these tours, please indicate your selection with your registration.

 

Tour Option #1: The Botanical Gardens at Rutgers with Plant Sale (unlimited availability)

Rutgers Gardens cultivates inquisitive minds, great plants, and inspired gardening through educational exploration and enjoyment.

 

Tour Option #2: The Living Wall at the Institute of Food, Nutrition and Health (limited to 60 people)

Visit the largest living wall in New Jersey with over 6,000 individual plants representing 72 different species covering 1,300 square feet of wall space.

Registration for this conference is closed.

Date & Time

Saturday, October 7, 2017

8:00am – Registration
8:45am – Opening Remarks
3:30pm – Conclusion

Location

Cook Student Center
59 Biel Road
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Registration Fees

Registration Fee:
TBD

Lunch (optional):
TBD

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