New Brunswick, NJ — Steven Kristoph of Englishtown, Bob Dobson of Middletown and Alex Burke of Wall Township will be teaching at the Rutgers 36th Annual Home Gardeners School (HGS) on Saturday, March 24, 2012.

These instructors are among 25 of the state’s top home horticulture experts who will present 35 interactive lectures on topics ranging from canning fruits and vegetables to butterfly gardening to tree care.  HGS runs from 9:00am-4:00pm on the Cook/Douglass campus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick.

For more information or to register for HGS, call the Office of Continuing Professional Education at 732-932-9271 or visit

Kristoph, owner of Steven Kristoph Nurseries, will present two seminars. The first, What’s Wrong With My Plant?, will teach gardeners how to identify symptoms of plant problems caused by diseases, insects and environmental factors and the best treatment methods.  In the second, Curious, Weeping, Unique and Bizarre, gardening enthusiasts will come face to face with plants that are so out there, they will either be turned on or want to tune out!

In Easy Drip Irrigation for Your Garden, Dobson, owner of Middletown Sprinkler Company and a Certified Irrigation Contractor, will teach participants irrigation basics so that they can grow a bumper crop and conserve water at the same time.

In Easy Garden Walkways, Burke, president of Burke Environmental, Inc., will explain how to design a garden walkway by utilizing focal points, traffic flow, and existing features. He will also cover the pros and cons of different materials and how to select the right ones for your site, along with various installation tricks and techniques.