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39th Annual Home Gardeners School

Course Code: AH0201CA15

Rutgers Home Gardeners School

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Date & Time

March 21, 2015
9:00am - 4:00pm (Check-in time: 8:00am)

Description

Our 39th Annual Home Gardeners School will be held on March 21, 2015!

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 2015 Home Gardeners School features 35 different sessions -- so you may participate in many diverse class offerings throughout the day. 16 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. Participate in hands-on activities and spend the morning learning how to make a "pondless" water garden, or participate in our fresh flower-arranging workshop in the afternoon.

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

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities: If you require special assistance, please notify our office when you register or no less than one week before the course starts. Every effort will be made to accommodate reasonable requests.

Luncheon Keynote Presentation:

Chef Peter PascaleCooking with Jersey Fresh Produce: A Live Demonstration
Executive Chef Peter Pascale CCC, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Chef Pascale will present a live demonstration showcasing different uses of local produce. Healthy recipes featuring Jersey Fresh will also be provided. Develop new ideas on what to do with all the fresh fruits and vegetables that you will be harvesting in the upcoming season!

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Registration Information

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Workshop Descriptions

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Fees
Early Registration Fee $60.00 Register on or before March 10, 2015 and save!
Registration Fee $75.00 After March 10, 2015
Master Gardeners Discount Fee $55.00 Register on or before March 10, 2015; include copy of certificate with registration.
Box Lunch (Optional - see details below) $10.00

Some workshops may have an extra fee. See workshop descriptions for details.

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Meals

Breakfast is not provided; however, there will be coffee/tea available.

An optional box lunch will be available for $10.00. To order, include payment with your registration and mark the appropriate space on the registration form. Please indicate your sandwich preference: Tuna, Turkey, Ham, Roast Beef, or Vegetarian.

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

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.

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

All check-in activities will take place in Hickman Hall between 8am - 9am. You will receive room assignments for your selected workshops when you arrive.

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 at Hickman Hall.

Registration Information

Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Register early to ensure your preferred workshop selection. Please list your top three choices for each of the four listed time periods in case your first selection is full.

Workshop sessions are held in two buildings, requiring a short walk across a foot bridge. If you prefer to remain in one building for all workshops, please contact a member of our Registration Unit at 732-932-9271 to discuss.

Confirmation and directions will be sent VIA E-MAIL only.

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Workshop Descriptions

The 39th 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. REVISED! Pondless Water Features - Demonstration Workshop (Double Session - Runs until 11:45am)

Robert Belleck, Owner, Lily Pad Ponds, LLC
This class will cover pondless water features and water accents for your landscape. Installation do's and don'ts will also be covered, along with some of the basics of pond construction and maintenance.

NOTE: This workshop is a double session that runs until 11:45am. If you register for this workshop, please do not enroll in a workshop for Session #2.

2. NEW! The World of Annuals: Life Beyond Petunias

Ira Grasgreen, Eason Horticultural Resources
Petunias are a huge class of annuals, however, there are many others that also shine in the garden. We will explore billions of them (ok, maybe not billions) for you to use in both shade as well as sun conditions to brighten our World. Photos will include annuals in containers as well as landscape settings.

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.

4. NEW! Beyond Organics: Healthy Lawns and Landscapes without Pesticides

Bill Hlubik, Agricultural and Resource Management Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Middlesex County
This course will provide an overview of valuable techniques to maintain a healthy lawn and landscape without using traditional pesticides. Emphasis will be on using resistant varieties, excellent cultural techniques and keeping soils and plant roots teeming with beneficial microbes to keep plants healthy.

5. "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.

6. NEW! Exotic Plants for NJ Gardens

Bruce Crawford, Director, The Rutgers Gardens
NJ's climate allows gardeners to grow a number of plants that simply look so bizarre, no one would possibly believe that they could live, no less thrive, in this state! Whether it be bulbs, hardy plants, woody and perennial plants, or tropicals and succulents, this program will feature plants that provide exciting additions for this summer's garden.

7. Canning Fruits and Vegetables

Daryl Minch, Family & Community Health Sciences (FCHS), Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Somerset County
Sandra Grenci, Family & Community Health Sciences (FCHS), Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Hunterdon County

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. 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.

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!'


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

10. NEW! Creative Containers for All Seasons

Kirsten Soriano, Landscape Designer, Barlow's Flower Farm
Learn how to create containers that can have interest every season of the year, providing large amounts of garden design and color in the smallest of spaces. What is the Best Soil to Use? What Plant Combinations Work Well Together? How Do I Get Color All Season Long? Answer these questions and more!

11. NEW! Observations from a Life Spent with Plants

Steve Kristoph, Owner, Steven Kristoph Nurseries
As a horticulturist, Steve has made it a point to study plants throughout his career. Not just ornamental features and culture, but also landscape plant trends. Discover why some plants continue as standards in the green industry while others languish in obscurity. Learn what new plants have taken center stage and who are some of the people behind their success.

12. 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 sustainability. In association with the five factors of climate, soil provides the roots with a conductive environment to grow and anchor the plant for its productive lifetime. 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

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! Color and Combination in the Herbaceous Garden

Judy Glattstein, Garden Consultant
Everyone wants a garden with that WOW! effect. Choose plants for seasonal effects using flowers, foliage, fruiting effect, balancing shapes and textures while selecting the best plants for sun and shade. With some simple knowledge of color theory, effective plant combinations, and herbaceous border design, you can create flower gardens that reflect your personal taste.

15. Early Spring Vegetable Gardening

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!

16. NEW! Planting for Pollinators

Kim Eierman, Horticulture Consultant, Kim's Native Landscape Consulting
Pollinating insects are critical to our environment, but many species are in steep decline. Learn what pollinating insects you can attract to your landscape and how to support them with the native plants they have evolved with.

17. Freezing Techniques for Fruits, Vegetables and Herbs

Daryl Minch, Family & Community Health Sciences (FCHS), Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Somerset County
Sandra Grenci, Family & Community Health Sciences (FCHS), Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Hunterdon County

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

Cooking with Jersey Fresh Produce: A Live Demonstration
Executive Chef Peter Pascale CCC, Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital Somerset

Chef Pascale will present a live demonstration showcasing different uses of local produce. Healthy recipes featuring Jersey Fresh will also be provided. Develop new ideas on what to do with all the fresh fruits and vegetables that you will be harvesting in the upcoming season!



PM Workshops

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

18. Tempting Terrariums - Hands-On Workshop

Monica McLaughlin, Horticulturist, The Rutgers Gardens
Put together a garden under glass! This Victorian past time mixes science experimentation with crafting and an artistic eye. It was once considered "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! Color Theory for the Gardener

Bruce Crawford, Director, The Rutgers Gardens
Many times we ponder why a garden does not have the desired impact that we had initially hoped. After carefully selecting the colors that we thought were appropriate for the design, the end result was as not as strong or as harmonious in the end. This one-hour presentation looks at numerous approaches to using color more effectively in a garden, regardless of whether the garden is designed to calm and pacify or excite and entice!

20. Garden Photography Meets Your Smart Phone

Ken Karamichael, Associate Director, RCE - The Office of Continuing Professional Education
As cell phone cameras get more sophisticated, they are quickly overtaking point-and-shoot cameras as the most popular tool for taking pictures. Learn interactive tips, apps & strategies to strengthen your garden photography skills.

21. NEW! Meadowscaping at Home: How to Make a Native Meadow

Kim Eierman, Horticulture Consultant, Kim's Native Landscape Consulting
Tired of that lifeless, boring lawn? Want to plant something that is beautiful, low maintenance, and ecologically beneficial? Learn how to create a native meadow, pocket meadow or meadow-like garden in your own landscape, using the best native plants.

22. A Study in Plant Reproduction

Clare Liptak, County Agricultural Agent (Retired), Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County
Plant reproduction is more interesting than you might think! Clematis, poppies and roses are "cheaters" because they don’t reward the pollinator with nectar. Bumblebees can be "robbers," getting nectar without pollinating the flower. Begonia female flowers with no pollen look similar to male flowers that do, so pollinators are "deceived" and visit both. Come and learn about plant sex!

23. REVISED! What's Wrong with My Plant?

Steve Kristoph, Owner, Steven Kristoph Nurseries, Englishtown, NJ
In this workshop, learn how to identify symptoms of plant problems such as: diseases, insects and environmental conditions. Learn various ways to treat common plant problems and steps that you can take to promote healthy growth.

24. NEW! My Top Flowering Garden Plants

Joseph Kiefer, Triple Oaks Nursery & Herb Garden
Joe will discuss bright, vibrant, blooming, fragrant plants to dazzle people and pollinators and create beautiful four-season ornamental appeal!

25. House Plants: Outdoors in the Summer, Indoors in the Winter

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 optimum health both inside and outside.

26. 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.


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

27. Fresh Flower Arranging - Hands-On Workshop

Anthony Baradhi, Floral Designer, Flower Station - Somerset/Princeton, NJ
Learn how to 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! Bringing Back the Monarchs

Rick Mikula, Author; Environmental Educator; International Butterfly Consultant
Monarch butterflies are now facing challenges that threaten their populations. Creating the proper habitat will not only attract Monarchs, but help them, and other local species to flourish as well.

29. NEW! The Lost Season – Winter in the Garden

Walter Cullerton, Penn State Master Gardener
Though it may be cold outside, we will visit some wonderful gardens in winter. This is all about the sense of sight and getting rid of the winter blues and perhaps even motivating one to take that winter garden tour. Let's take a stroll through various gardens, nurseries and arboreta. Come, journey with us through THE LOST SEASON.

30. NEW! An Overview of Hydroponic Basics for the Homeowner

Dr. David Specca, Assistant Director for Controlled Environment Agriculture and Bioenergy, Rutgers EcoComplex, Alternative Energy Innovation Center
The basics of hydroponic plant growth will be covered at a beginner level. Topics including types of hydroponics, common crops, and basic fertilizer requirements will be covered. We will also have a discussion about homemade hydroponic systems and kits that are commercially available for the home gardener.

31. 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.

32. NEW! 400 Million Years – The Story of Plants on Earth!

Bruce Crawford, Director, The Rutgers Gardens
So very often, we look at plants but fail to understand what the Earth's geography, geology and climate was like at the time, no less what strategies the plants used to reproduce! This program is a fun look at plant development over time, how the process of reproduction changed over time, with the vectors or 'bars' for reproduction changing from water, to wind to pollinator (hence the program title!). It will provide the gardener with a better understanding and appreciation of the plants in our gardens and the pressures that gave them their current physical appearance!

33. #gardening Using Social Media

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

34. NEW! The Gardener's World of Bulbs

Judy Glattstein, Garden Consultant
Bulbs, those fantastic buried treasures with plain brown wrappers that conceal a rainbow of beautiful flowers. Everyone knows tulips and daffodils of Spring but there are less familiar bulbs and imaginative ways to combine them with perennials and shrubs. Discover which bulbs thrive in what situation – from sun to shade, spring through summer and even fall, and how to buy and plant them. Aftercare is also part of this in-depth look at the gardener's world of bulbs.

35. NEW! Growing, Harvesting and Preserving Your Herbs

Caren White, Master Gardener of Middlesex County, Herb Consultant – The Rutgers Gardens
Learn how to plant and care for herbs in your garden or in containers. Discover when and how to harvest your herbs as well as how to preserve and store your harvest.

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