NEPTUNE, NJ - The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Monmouth County will present a workshop entitled “Annual Flowers: What Grows Best in NJ” on Wednesday, May 1, 2013, from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Monmouth County Connection, 3544 State Highway 66, Neptune. 

“Starting a garden can seem like a daunting task, but also an exciting and rewarding adventure,” says presenter Cheryl Grant.  She explains that in this workshop beginning gardeners will receive the information they need to plant a garden of their own. 

“I will describe a wide variety of annual plants and provide basic descriptions of these plants, planting and growing information and tips for use,” she adds. “And, seasoned gardeners will enjoy the pictures highlighting annual flowers and their decorative foliage providing splashes of color around immature trees, shrubs and perennials.”

The program will also discuss: the difference between annuals and perennials; types of annual flowers; the importance of well-prepared soil; planting tips; and the best annual flowers for the Garden State.

Gardening has been Cheryl Grant’s lifelong pursuit since her father gave her a small plot and a package of carrot seeds. Her special interest is the use of annual flowers in the vegetable garden for pest management. She lives and gardens in Matawan, NJ and Woodbourne, NY. A Master Gardener since 2011, Cheryl is a dynamic speaker adding historical detail, personal stories and photos to each presentation. 

The workshop is free and open to all Monmouth County residents, but registration is required. To register, please call 732-303-2828. 

The Monmouth County Connection is located at 3544 State Highway 66, Neptune in the strip mall adjacent to the Home Depot and across the street from Walmart.  This new office of Monmouth County government offers a variety of services including passports, passport photos, free notary public, veterans’ IDs, election/voter information, senior and veterans’ services, public access computers and more.

The office is open Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; and Saturday from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The County Connection is under the direction of County Clerk M. Claire French and is supported by the Board of Chosen Freeholders.