NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. — For gardeners, now is the time to think spring! This March, those with a passion for plants can cultivate their green thumbs at Rutgers Home Gardeners School – where several Monmouth County residents will be among the expert instructors.

Damien Ball of Sea Girt, Bob Dobson of Middletown, and Steve Kristoph of Englishtown, will be presenting workshops at the Rutgers 38th Annual Home Gardeners School on Saturday, March 22, 2014.

Home Gardeners School will be held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Cook/Douglass campus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The registration fee is $60 until March 10; $75 after. Bring your own bag lunch or purchase a $10 box lunch when you register.

Attendees can create their own schedules for an interactive day of learning by selecting four choices from among 35 different workshops. Topics range from building a water garden to creating a terrarium to composting and canning, and this year’s program includes 21 brand new offerings.

Ball, a landscape designer, will show attendees how to keep their plants in optimum health both inside and outside during his new workshop, “House Plants: Outdoors in the Summer, Indoors in the Winter.”

Dobson, owner of Middletown Sprinkler Company, will discuss using drip irrigation as an efficient means of watering a garden in “Easy Drip Irrigation for Your Garden.”

Kristoph, owner of Steven Kristoph Nursery, will teach two workshops that are new for this year. In “Our ‘Prized’ Native Azaleas,” attendees will learn about the culture and care of these ornamental plants, as well as how to place them in the landscape. His second workshop, “Brand ‘X’: Current Trends in the Green Industry,” will cover the major players behind the plant branding phenomenon.

For more information, workshop descriptions or to register, visit or call the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education at 732-932-9271.