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38th Annual Home Gardeners School

Course Code: AH0201CA14

Rutgers Home Gardeners School

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Date & Time

Last Held: March 22, 2014
9:00am - 4:00pm (Check-in time: 8:00am)

The next offering of Home Gardeners School is tentatively planned for March 2015. Registration will open when course date is confirmed.

Description

Our 38th Annual Home Gardeners School will be held on March 22, 2014!

You will not find more information on more subjects anywhere else in the state.

The Home Gardeners School offers you expert instruction in the most innovative gardening and landscaping subjects available. Our Spring 2014 Home Gardeners School features 35 different sessions -- so you may participate in many diverse class offerings throughout the day. 21 new topics to choose from this year!

Speakers from our commercial horticulture and landscape design programs will be participating, along with Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) and School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) faculty and staff, to provide you with the opportunity to learn from the best in the business.

These experts will teach you about landscape design, common problems and solutions, annuals, perennials, vegetables, bees, pruning, best management practices, and a whole host of other practical topics designed to prepare you and your garden for the spring and beyond.

Watch this video overview to see what you'll learn at Rutgers Home Gardeners School!

In addition, many workshops have been approved for CEUs by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD). Please see workshop descriptions for information about credit approvals.

Luncheon Keynote Presentation:

Creating Natural Barriers with Seaside Horticulture: Master Gardeners in Action
Dr. William Sciarappa, Agriculture & Resource Management Agent
Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Monmouth County

Master Gardeners have often provided a creative and effective link between extension programming and community outreach. Our highly successful rain garden program in Monmouth County provided the training and skills to set the stage for a whole new level of applied horticulture. In partnering on a major pilot construction of a Maritime barrier forest at the Jersey Shore, the county extension staff and gardeners provided essential know-how and teamwork to complete an amazing naturalized eco-system that can protect towns, shorelines and coastal lakes from storm damage.

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Registration Information

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Workshop Descriptions

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Photos from Past Offerings of HGS

Fees
Early Registration Fee
TBD
Registration Fee
TBD
Master Gardeners Discount Fee
TBD
Lunch (Optional - see details below)
TBD

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Meals

Complimentary coffee/tea will be available in the morning, and an optional box lunch is available for purchase. To order, please include payment with your registration and please be sure to indicate which of the following lunch choices you would like: Tuna, Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, or Vegetarian.

Lunches will be served in Hickman Hall. There are no local food courts at this facility, but you are also welcome to bring your own bag lunch.

Location & Parking

GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions we provide.

Hickman Hall
89 George Street, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Directions and Parking Information

Please park your car in the Douglass Parking Deck. If you require handicapped parking, please call (732) 932-9271 to reserve a handicapped parking space.

Registration Information

Sorry! Registration is not currently available.

Would you like to be notified when the next offering is scheduled? 
Here are 3 convenient ways to be added to our mailing list:
1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "Home Gardeners School" or Course Code AH0201) 
2. Call us at 732-932-9271
3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Workshop Descriptions

The 38th Annual Home Gardeners School is divided into four (4) time slots with multiple workshops available during each session.

Descriptions for each workshop can be viewed by clicking on the workshop titles. Please make your workshop selections when you register.


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AM Workshops

Session 1: 9:00am - 10:30am

1. Demonstration Workshop: How to Build a Water Garden - (Double Session - Runs until 11:45am) - Sold Out!

*This workshop is sold out! Please select another workshop choice when registering.

Robert Belleck, Owner, Lily Pad Ponds, LLC
Come and learn the basic principles of constructing a water garden from concept to completion. Topics will cover: laying out, digging, leveling, installing protective underlayments, liner, small skimmer, and waterfalls as well as creative rock placement.

*Please note that this workshop is a double session, which runs until 11:45am.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 2.75 CEUs

2. Composting: As the Worm Turns

Virginia Lamb-Falcone, Environmental Educator
Learn how to create and produce the soil amendments your garden craves - right out of your own kitchen! Take your love for gardening a step beyond and turn waste into your garden's best friend. Learn which kitchen scraps are acceptable and what waste additions would be beneficial for great compost.

3. Easy Drip Irrigation for Your Garden

Bob Dobson, Middletown Sprinkler Company
Drip irrigation is the most efficient way to water a garden and easy to install. Learn the basics to grow a bumper crop and conserve water at the same time.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1.5 CEUs

4. NEW! Mastering Organic Gardening and Landscaping: Working with Nature

Bill Hlubik, Agricultural and Resource Management Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Middlesex County
Students will learn how to use the latest cultural methods and organic products to become more proactive against pest and disease problems in the garden and landscape. The workshop will discuss how to work with nature and not fight the natural processes that help us keep plants healthy.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1.5 CEUs

5. NEW! Hardy Bulbs for Four Seasons of Interest

Bruce Crawford, Director, The Rutgers Gardens
Every spring homeowners witness the bevy of spring bulbs that decorate various gardens and make a mental note to purchase some for next spring. Of course, a year passes by and still no bulbs! This class will look at the array of bulbs that a gardener can purchase – not only for springtime, but also for summer, autumn and late winter too – that will add plenty of interest to your garden and ensure that you will put in your bulb order come fall of 2014.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1.5 CEUs

6. What Plant, Where? Planning Your Home Landscape

Peter Mahony, Landscape Architect
Avoid costly mistakes! This workshop will help you develop a game plan for arranging plants to create an attractive, functional landscape.

7. Canning Fruits & Vegetables - Sold Out!

*This workshop is sold out! Please select another workshop choice when registering.

Daryl Minch and Sandra Grenci, Family & Community Health Sciences (FCHS), Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Somerset and Hunterdon Counties
This workshop will introduce the best practices for successful canning of fruits and vegetables. Various techniques and common mistakes will be demonstrated and discussed.

8. NEW! Who Needs Perennials? Annuals Rock! - Sold Out!

*This workshop is sold out! Please select another workshop choice when registering.

Ira Grasgreen, Eason Horticultural Resources
We can all get along as perennials do bring much to the table. Annuals do, however, provide spectacular color and texture in the garden. There is life after Impatients for those affected by Downy Mildew, sun to shade, red to green, tall to short. Annuals offer endless choices for your garden.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1.5 CEUs

9. Proper Pruning Techniques

Ted Szczawinski, Certified Tree Expert; Adjunct Instructor, Rutgers - Newark
Believe it or not, proper pruning techniques will keep your plants healthier and happier as well as extend their life cycle. A healthy plant is better equipped to resist diseases and stress damage. This is one workshop you will not want to 'cut!'

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1.5 CEUs


Session 2: 10:45am-11:45am

10. Adding Ornaments for Garden Interest

Kirsten Soriano, Landscape Designer, Barlow's Flower Farm
Garden ornaments are no longer limited to cheap chotchkies and knick knacks!! Learn how to incorporate beautiful structures and collectibles into your gardens design. No matter what size garden or budget, anyone can add a personal touch for a more whimsical and artistic atmosphere in the landscape.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1 CEU

11. NEW! Our "Prized" Native Azaleas

Steve Kristoph, Owner, Steven Kristoph Nurseries, Englishtown, NJ
Are your favorite colors bright red, orange or yellow? Or do you prefer soft pastel pink or maybe pure white? Does the sweet smell of honeysuckle appeal to you? It does to me. And fall foliage...do you like that? I do. If these ornamental features are what you are seeking for your garden, consider our prized native azaleas. There are 17 species native to the US, all but two are found east of the Mississippi, 3 are native right here in NJ. Let Steven Kristoph teach you about these wonderful garden plants, their culture, care and how to place them in the landscape.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1 CEU

12. NEW! The Plant and Soil Relationship

Ted Szczawinski, Certified Tree Expert; Adjunct Instructor, Rutgers - Newark
Soil is the medium that supports plant life. It acts as a reservoir for the water, oxygen and minerals that are essential to their sustainability. In association with the (5) five factors of climate, soil provides the roots with a conductive environment to grow and anchor the plant for its productive lifetime. This presentation will unearth what makes up a good soil, analyze the truth about compost, dig into the delicate balance of water, minerals and oxygen, and dispel the dirty myths about how these two (plants and soil) seem sometimes to be at odds with each other!

13. Plant Propagation: Cool Plants in Small Batches - Sold Out!

*This workshop is sold out! Please select another workshop choice when registering.

Joseph Kiefer, Triple Oaks Nursery & Herb Garden
Learn about plant propagation of cuttings, seeds, grafting and division in small batches for the small craft nursery, hobby grower or homeowner. See photos of plant propagation and learn how it's done.

14. NEW! Firewood: From Tree to Stove

Judy Glattstein, Garden Consultant
Students will learn about the burn values of different kinds of trees, how to stack and store firewood, different tools from electric to gasoline chainsaws, log splitters, splitting mauls and wedges, wooden glut, sawbuck, and lots, lots more!

15. NEW! Early Spring Vegetable Gardening - Sold Out!

*This workshop is sold out! Please select another workshop choice when registering.

Virginia Lamb-Falcone, Environmental Educator
Does the long winter find you craving fresh vegetables? Now is the perfect time to start your spring garden. It's easy and it can be done in a variety of ways, and spaces, from beds to containers. You can start right away and will be eating homegrown peas, kale, lettuces and mesclun in May!

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1 CEU

16. NEW! Eco-Beneficial Gardening 101: Boosting Ecosystems in Your Garden

Kim Eierman, Horticulture Consultant, Kim's Native Landscape Consulting
Even the most beautiful gardens are not always healthy ecosystems. Your yard is more than a combination of trees, shrubs and perennials – it is complex systems where all living things are connected. Gardening with an ecosystem approach contributes to species diversity, attracting and supporting more birds, butterflies, pollinators, and beneficial insects. In turn, bio-diverse landscapes with ecological balance are more resistant to pests, diseases and extreme weather events, especially important in the face of climate change. Learn how the design choices you make, the plants you select, and the maintenance practices you use all can make a huge difference in creating a beautiful, healthy ecosystem, filled with life.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1 CEU

17. NEW! Freezing Techniques for Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs - Sold Out!

*This workshop is sold out! Please select another workshop choice when registering.

Daryl Minch and Sandra Grenci, Family & Community Health Sciences (FCHS), Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Somerset and Hunterdon Counties
Do you want to freeze produce to enjoy all year? This workshop will cover equipment, techniques and good safety measures to ensure high quality frozen produce. You'll also learn about making freezer jam!



Lunch Break & Keynote Presentation: 12:00pm-1:00pm

Creating Natural Barriers with Seaside Horticulture: Master Gardeners in Action
Dr. William Sciarappa, Agriculture & Resource Management Agent
Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Monmouth County

Master Gardeners have often provided a creative and effective link between extension programming and community outreach. Our highly successful rain garden program in Monmouth County provided the training and skills to set the stage for a whole new level of applied horticulture. In partnering on a major pilot construction of a Maritime barrier forest at the Jersey Shore, the county extension staff and gardeners provided essential know-how and teamwork to complete an amazing naturalized eco-system that can protect towns, shorelines and coastal lakes from storm damage.



PM Workshops

Session 3: 1:15pm-2:15pm

18. Hands-On Workshop: Tempting Terrariums - Sold Out!

*This workshop is sold out! Please select another workshop choice when registering.

Monica McLaughlin, Horticulturist, The Rutgers Gardens
Come learn the FUNdamentals of putting together a garden under glass! This Victorian past time has had a new-found popularity in the 21st century. It is a sort of science experiment mixed with crafting, and an artistic eye. I once read that it was "the possibility of land ownership for apartment dwellers!" So, come buy some property. Good for all ages! (Additional fee of $10 per person - 25 person limit)

19. NEW! Garden Photography Meets Your Smart Phone

Ken Karamichael, Associate Director, Office of Continuing Professional Education
As cell phone cameras get more sophisticated, they're quickly overtaking point-and-shoot cameras as the most popular tool for taking pictures. A camera phone can produce truly compelling images. Learn interactive tips, apps and strategies to strengthen your garden photography skills.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1 Business CEU

20. NEW! Designing with Stone

Bruce Crawford, Director, The Rutgers Gardens
Many people enjoy the look and impact that stone provides for the garden. Whether it is a patio, waterfall, or simply large stones placed in the garden, stone adds a touch that few other elements can provide. The challenge is making the stone appear like it fits! Bruce will discuss various methods and design tricks that will make the design look more natural and help you to envision how to use the stone when you see it at the stone yard!

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1 CEU

21. NEW! Nativelicious Gardening: Gardening with Edible and Ornamental Native Plants

Kim Eierman, Horticulture Consultant, Kim's Native Landscape Consulting
Discover which native plants can add beauty to your garden while providing you with edible fruits, nuts, and berries. Learn which plants will be the best choices for your landscape and how they will actually improve your backyard ecosystem as they support pollinators, beneficial insects, birds and more. Have you ever tasted a Juneberry pie or served PawPaw ice cream at a dinner party? Find out how you can use these fun, edible native plants in your landscape and in your kitchen.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1 CEU

22. NEW! A Study in Plant Reproduction - Sold Out!

*This workshop is sold out! Please select another workshop choice when registering.

Clare Liptak, County Agricultural Agent (Retired), Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County
Plant reproduction is more interesting than you might think. For example, clematis, poppies and roses are "cheaters" because they don't reward the pollinator with nectar. Some bumblebees are "robbers" because they get nectar without pollinating the flower. There's deception, too. Begonia female flowers that have no pollen, look similar to the male flowers that do, so the pollinator visits both. Come and learn about plant sex!

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1 CEU

23. NEW! Brand "X": Current Trends in the Green Industry

Steve Kristoph, Owner, Steven Kristoph Nurseries, Englishtown, NJ
Have you heard of Proven Winners®? How about Gardeners Choice®? These are but two of the brands that have made it mainstream in the gardening world. Branding is relatively new in the green industry compared to other industries...think of it - your great grandmother likely enjoyed drinking Coke®. And she did so because she knew that the brand meant quality, consistency and value for her dollar. This is also true for branded plants. Steven Kristoph will identify the major players behind the plant branding phenomenon and highlight some of the real garden gems you shouldn't be without.

24. NEW! Growing Cold-Hardy Camellias in the Mid-Atlantic - Sold Out!

*This workshop is sold out! Please select another workshop choice when registering.

Joseph Kiefer, Triple Oaks Nursery & Herb Garden
You will view a slideshow presentation featuring cold-hardy Camellia hybrids, cultivars and species for the Mid-Atlantic focusing on their outstanding ornamental value as a broad leaf evergreen shrub for shady situations, with wonderful and colorful flowers in fall, winter and spring!

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1 CEU

25. NEW! House Plants: Outdoors in the Summer, Indoors in the Winter - Sold Out!

*This workshop is sold out! Please select another workshop choice when registering.

Damien Ball, Landscape Designer, Barlow's Flower Farm
Learn techniques to keep your plants their heartiest and happiest by experiencing the world when the weather permits, then let them fully enjoy the warmth and protection of your home when it is cold. Turn your green thumb greener by engaging in conversation about Orchids and other house plants and ways to keep them in optimum health both inside and outside.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1 CEU

26. NEW! Great Gardens to Visit in New Jersey

Judy Glattstein, Garden Consultant
Named as "The Garden State" for the superb produce grown here, wonderful cultivars of tomatoes, asparagus and more that were developed here, New Jersey deserves that moniker for the wonderful public gardens also to be found within its borders. Come and take a virtual visit to some grand public gardens. Of course we'll visit our own Rutgers Gardens, and also several others, in spring, summer, and autumn. Any day in a garden is a good day, and you'll go home with a list of gardens to visit.


Session 4: 2:30pm-4:00pm

27. Hands-On Workshop: Fresh Flower Arranging - Sold Out!

*This workshop is sold out! Please select another workshop choice when registering.

Anthony Baradhi, Floral Designer, Flower Station - Somerset/Princeton, NJ
Learn how to make and decorate your home with fresh flowers. Basic techniques for flower arranging will be demonstrated. You will take home the beautiful arrangement that you make in class. Please bring floral clippers (and gloves if you prefer) to class with you. (Additional fee of $35 per person - 25 person limit)

28. NEW! Spring Lawn Care

Pedro Perdomo, Garden Consultant
Winter is over and it is time to start thinking about your lawn. This class will address the input needed to get a healthy, full lawn this spring and how to make sure that the lawn looks good throughout the summer months. Topics will include: mechanical inputs, fertilizer, water, and pesticide use for cool season turf sites.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1.5 CEUs

29. Hostas for Garden Texture

Walter Cullerton, Penn State Master Gardener
Take a journey into the wonderful world of hostas, the number one selling perennial (according to American Nurseryman magazine). In this workshop, discover hostas of every size, color and leaf shape as well as "visit" gardens in the East, Midwest, South and Northwest.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1.5 CEUs

30. NEW! The Ecological Landscape: Site Analysis - Sold Out!

*This workshop is sold out! Please select another workshop choice when registering.

Mike DeVos, Garden Consultant/Designer, DeVosBury Designs LLA
This course focuses on assessing your landscape using typical site analysis criteria, but looking at it from an ecological perspective.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1.5 CEUs

31. NEW! Design Inspiration on the Use of Ornamental Grasses in the Garden

Bruce Crawford, Director, The Rutgers Gardens
Ornamental grasses have become increasingly popular over the past several decades due in part to the lack of interest by deer. However, they have a number of other benefits for enhancing a garden's design that are overlooked. This class will evaluate a number of ways that grasses can make your garden more stunning, including methods of combining them with other perennials and woody plants. Discussions will also touch upon how to maintain ornamental grasses in the garden as well.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1.5 CEUs

32. Beekeeping: 101

Robert Hughes, Beekeeping Specialist, Past President NJ Beekeepers Association
Welcome to the interesting world of bees and their benefits. Discussions will include life inside a colony, products that can be derived from an active hive, benefits to your garden, and plants that will attract them.

33. REVISED! #gardening Using Social Media

Ken Karamichael, Associate Director, Office of Continuing Professional Education
Facebook, YouTube and Twitter - oh my!! Learn creative ways to explore online resources to enhance your garden design and beauty. Expand your plant knowledge and acquire 'lightening fast' search skills during this '#' interactive session.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1.5 Business CEUs

34. Backyard Chickens and Their Care

Judy Glattstein, Garden Consultant
Chickens are easy to raise, endlessly entertaining, and reward their owners with freshly laid eggs. Learn the day-to-day practicalities of keeping a small backyard flock (even 3 hens are worthwhile), including the best ways to select among the different breeds of chickens, housing options, and what and how to feed your birds whether they are day-old chicks or mature layers.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1.5 CEUs

35. NEW! Sustainable Garden Methods: Grow More with Less

Vincent A. Simeone, Garden Writer/Lecturer/Horticultural Consultant
With detailed strategic timelines for both short-term and long-term gardening techniques, these methods let you put your best foot forward in creating an efficient, sustainable home landscape. Vincent Simeone makes the what, how and why of sustainable gardening unmistakably clear – why we should plant for the long-term, how to make the best plant selections possible, how to manage invasive species, how to make the most of your lawn, the importance of IPM in fighting insects and pests, how to conserve water with proper irrigation, installing rain barrels and cisterns, and much more.

Association of Professional Landscape Designers (APLD): Approved for 1.5 CEUs

Photos from Past Offerings of Home Gardeners School
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