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Home Gardeners School @Home Presents

Fall Finale and Winter Prep

NEW HALF-DAY ONLINE EVENT

Course Code: AH0226WA22

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Date & Time

August 21, 2021
8:30am - 12:30pm EDT
Please join the online course at 8:15am EDT (15 minutes before the start time).

Please Note: All workshop selections will made by selecting the Zoom breakout room of your choice during the event. You do not need to select workshops at the time of registration!

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"All of the instructors are knowledgeable and well prepared. It is great that you are able to ask your specific questions and get answers." - Testimonial from Maureen Curry, who has attended 10+ HGS @Home courses

Student Reviews

""I've really enjoyed the Rutgers HGS@Home series. It was a real gift to hear from the experts whose articles I've read in newspapers and magazines." - Testimonial from Sandra Johnson, who has attended 7 HGS @Home courses

With a little planning, preparation, and education from Rutgers Home Gardeners School, you can ensure that your garden not only survives, but thrives, during the fall and winter months.

Designed to offer something for everyone, our virtual Fall Finale and Winter Prep event is made up of eight (8) workshops that will provide information on caring for and optimizing your garden during the fall and winter months. Whether you are interested in native plants, herbs, composting, or bulbs, this half-day virtual event is an exciting way to learn about the most innovative gardening and landscaping subjects available from the comfort and safety of your own computer.

You will have the chance to create your own customized schedule by selecting the topics that are most relevant to your gardening interests.

Session #1: 9:00am to 10:00am

  • Selecting Native Plants for Fall and Winter Interest and Ecology (double session, runs until 11:15am)
  • Peony Propagation and Design
  • Assessing Your Landscape: Soil Sampling Techniques and Processing

Session #2: 10:15am - 11:15am

  • Cook's Herb Garden
  • Putting Your Garden to Bed for the Winter

Session #3: 11:30am - 12:30pm

  • A Look at the Wonderful World of Bulbs
  • Landscaping for Winter Interest
  • Composting and Soil Health

Don't worry, there is no need to decide now. Day of, you can pick one workshop for each of the three time slots by selecting the Zoom breakout room of your choice. Plus, there is no concern for any topic filling up. For a greener thumb, register today!

Workshop Options and Schedule

Home Gardeners School @Home: Fall Finale and Winter Prep Workshop Grid

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

Each attendee will choose one (1) of the workshops listed below to attend during session #1. Workshop selections will be made on the day of the event.

Session 1, Workshop #1: Selecting Native Plants for Fall and Winter Interest and Ecology (Double Session, Runs until 11:15)

With a little bit of planning, your native garden can look beautiful in all seasons, even as flowers fade. Discover how to extend the color show and textural interest in your landscape through fall and winter with beautiful foliage, striking structure, and colorful branches, berries, and seed pods. And, support the wildlife around you while you enjoy the show!

Kim Eierman, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorInstructor: Kim Eierman, Founder, EcoBeneficial LLC, Environmental Horticulturist and Ecological Landscape Designer, Author, The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening

Kim Eierman is an environmental horticulturist and ecological landscape designer specializing in native plants. She is an active speaker nationwide on many ecological landscape topics, and she provides horticultural consulting and ecological landscape design services. In addition to being a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science, Kim is an Accredited Organic Landcare Professional, a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center, and a member of the Ecological Landscape Alliance and Garden Communicators International.



Session 1, Workshop #2: Peony Propagation and Design

This workshop will cover how to properly plant, care for, and propagate peonies. Kathleen will discuss planting locations, planting methods, spring and fall care, recognizing and treating diseases, dividing herbaceous peony roots, and growing peonies from seed.

Kathleen Gagan, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorInstructor: Kathleen Gagan, Owner, Peony's Envy

Kathleen Gagan, owner of Peony's Envy, is a linguist and international corporate communications consultant turned lady farmer. After a successful life overseas, where she became fluent in Mandarin Chinese and Spanish, Kathleen returned home to New Jersey to a life as an entrepreneur. She grows peonies because of their resilience, deer-resistance, and beauty. Kathleen has studied horticulture at the Barnes Foundation, and she writes and lectures on peonies nationwide.



Session 1, Workshop #3: Assessing your Landscape: Soil Sampling Techniques and Processing

This workshop will provide an overview for soil sampling techniques, using soil testing kits, and introduce Rutgers Soil Testing Laboratory.

Z. John Zingis, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorInstructor: Z. John Zingis, Jr., LSRP, Principal Environmental Consultant, Air, Land & Sea Environmental Mgmt. Svcs., Inc.

Mr. Zingis has been a professional environmental consultant since 1983, with vast experience in soils and vegetation. He's designed planting schemes using indigenous plant with a focus on beneficial pollinator plant species. Mr. Zingis has been a beekeeper for 5 years and designed his personal gardens for pollinators with a focus on selecting plant species that will be in bloom throughout the year.


Session #2 - 10:15am - 11:15am

Each attendee will choose one (1) of the workshops listed below to attend during session #2. Workshop selections will be made on the day of the event.

Session 2, Workshop #4: Cook's Herb Garden

Fresh is always best when it comes to herbs. Learn how to plan, care for, and harvest a culinary herb garden for any cuisine.

Caren White, Home Gardeners School @Home Workshop InstructorInstructor: Caren White, Master Gardener of Middlesex County, Herb Consultant, The Rutgers Gardens

Caren White is a Master Gardener and longtime volunteer at Rutgers Gardens, the arboretum and botanical garden of Rutgers University. She serves as the Garden Steward for the Herb Garden and is an active member of the Delaware Valley unit of the Herb Society of America. Affectionately known as "The Herb Lady," Caren is a regular instructor at Rutgers Gardens, the Rutgers Home Gardeners School, and the EARTH Center, which is the agricultural extension office for Middlesex County.



Session 2, Workshop #5: Putting Your Garden to Bed for the Winter

As the summer growing season winds down, it is time to put some time and attention into tucking our gardens in for the winter. A little effort now will allow conditions to optimize over winter, resulting in a great garden for next spring and summer. Topics include cleaning up, cover cropping (for vegetable gardens), adding high quality organic matter, and mulching.

Virginia Lamb, Home Gardeners School @Home workshop instructorInstructor: Virginia Lamb, Groundwork Education and Consulting

Virginia Lamb is an environmental educator with over 25 years of experience in recycling, composting, soil health, and organic gardening. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Stockton University, and in 2019 received her MS in Soil Science from UMass Amherst. Virginia worked as recycling coordinator for many years for Galloway Township and Monmouth County, NJ and has been a freelance educator/consultant since 2000. Her clients include Rutgers University, Footprint Power, Honey Brook Organic Farm, Bristol-Myers Squibb, DeFeo Associates, and many municipal environmental groups and garden clubs throughout the region. Virginia is a member of the NJ Composting Council and lives with her family in Maplewood, NJ.


Session #3 - 11:30am - 12:30pm

Each attendee will choose one (1) of the workshops listed below to attend during session #3. Workshop selections will be made on the day of the event.

Session 3, Workshop #6: A Look at the Wonderful World of Bulbs

Bulbs can begin flowering as early as February and last until October. We will discuss the various types and use of spring, summer, and fall flowering bulbs. Topics include implementing bulbs into existing landscapes, and when and how to plant them.

Bruce Neary, Home Gardeners School @Home workshop instructorInstructor: Bruce Neary, Owner, BCN Horticultural Services

Bruce Neary is the owner of BCN Horticultural Services, where he has provided consulting services to landscape architects, contractors, developers, garden centers, nurseries, educators, and the public since 1994. Regarded as an industry expert, Bruce has written several articles for The Landscape Publication, Grounds Maintenance Magazine, and the American Nurseryman. Likewise, he has been a horticultural lecturer at Barlow Flower Farm and for other landscape organizations for over 30 years. Bruce is a member of the Pennsylvania and American Horticultural Societies, Metro Hort Group, and Perennial Plant Association. He received his bachelor's degree in Agronomy from Rutgers University and his Masters of Agriculture in Horticultural Sciences from Texas A&M.



Session 3, Workshop #7: Landscaping for Winter Interest

This fun and informative workshop touches on some cool plants that can bring excitement to an otherwise dreary winter. We will discuss foliage, bark, fruit, and flowers. Yes, flowers in the winter!

Derron Dover, Home Gardeners School @Home workshop instructorInstructor: Derron Dover, Estimator/Purchaser, Aspen Landscaping Contracting

Derron Dover is an Estimator/Purchaser for large public and private landscaping projects at ASPEN Landscaping Contracting, a certified MBE, WBE, SBE, & DBE company in Union NJ. He also provides landscape design and consulting to various local landscaping companies and residential clients. Previously, Derron was the owner/operator of a garden center and landscape construction company. He first started teaching with continuing education 29 years ago while studying Landscape Design at Cook College, and he often brings the knowledge of his past (and current) experiences into his talks.



Session 3, Workshop #8: Composting and Soil Health

When gardeners pay attention to the health of their soil, gardening becomes much easier! Learn the soil health basics, as well as composting tips and how to's, that will help you create your best garden soil and your best garden with the least effort.

Virginia Lamb, Home Gardeners School @Home workshop instructorInstructor: Virginia Lamb, Groundwork Education and Consulting

Virginia Lamb is an environmental educator with over 25 years of experience in recycling, composting, soil health, and organic gardening. She has a BA in Environmental Studies from Stockton University, and in 2019 received her MS in Soil Science from UMass Amherst. Virginia worked as recycling coordinator for many years for Galloway Township and Monmouth County, NJ and has been a freelance educator/consultant since 2000. Her clients include Rutgers University, Footprint Power, Honey Brook Organic Farm, Bristol-Myers Squibb, DeFeo Associates, and many municipal environmental groups and garden clubs throughout the region. Virginia is a member of the NJ Composting Council and lives with her family in Maplewood, NJ.

Fees
Registration Fee $75.00  
Master Gardeners Discount Fee $70.00 Discount only offered to Master Gardeners; must provide copy of certificate at time of registration.
Cancellation Fee $35.00  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.

Meals

No meals will be provided at this course.

Accessing this Online Course (It's Easier Than You Think)

This online course will be delivered via Zoom. New to online learning? No problem! Taking an online course is more user-friendly than ever.

Once you've registered, you will receive a link via email 24 hours before the start of the course. You will also receive directions on downloading Zoom, Zoom functions, and accessing breakout rooms to participate in workshop sessions. The day of the course, please log in to Zoom by 8:15am EDT for announcements, directions on navigating to breakout rooms, and housekeeping details.

Please Note: All workshop selections will made by selecting the Zoom breakout room of your choice during the event. You do not need to select workshops at the time of registration!

Equipment You Will Need to Access This Training:

  • A computer, tablet, or smartphone
  • Microphone is not necessary (all students will be muted on entry; you can use the "chat function" to type your questions and interact with the instructor)
  • Webcam is optional but not necessary
  • Speaker is optional but not necessary (you will be able to listen to the presentation by dialing in on your phone if your computer does not have a speaker)

Program Coordinator Olga Welsh will be moderating the event and she will be able to assist participants, answer questions, and troubleshoot in case you experience any issues.

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  • If this is your first time registering with us, please provide your own unique email address when registering; do not provide an email address that you share with anyone else who will be registering for this course.

  • If you have previously taken classes with us and have used an email address that you share with another person who will also be registering, you must update your account with a unique email address. Click the Register Online button below and sign into your account. On the left side toolbar, click My Account. On the drop-down menu, click Edit Profile/Password. Scroll down to the Email Address field (not the secondary email address field!) and enter your own, individual (not shared!) email address here. Click the Submit button at the bottom to save. If you need assistance updating your account, please email or call (848-932-9271, option 2) our Registration Department.

Note: Pre-registration with payment is required.

We're Here to Help!

Please feel free to reach out to Olga Welsh, program coordinator for this class, at any time with questions! We want to make this a fun, informative, and interactive experience for all participants and are eager to help you in any way we can.

Email: ow31@njaes.rutgers.edu
Phone: 732-735-3121

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