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rutgers home gardeners school 2020Horticulture experts to offer a variety of learning opportunities for gardeners of all skill levels, including 40 workshops [25 new!] and hands-on demonstrations for a personalized day of learning

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.: — Thistle cheer you up: give the gift of a learning experience this holiday season! Registration is now open for the 44th annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School, which will be held on Saturday, March 21, 2020, from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m., at the Rutgers University Cook/Douglass campus in New Brunswick, N.J. A gift certificate for Home Gardeners School is the perfect present for the gardeners and plant enthusiasts in your life.

The Home Gardeners School is made up of 40 individual workshop sessions that cover a wide array of horticulture topics. This format allows attendees to select the workshops that are most relevant to their gardening interests and create their own personalized schedule for a fun day of learning. Expert speakers from commercial horticulture and landscape design firms, as well as faculty and staff from Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE), provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from highly-respected professionals with a wealth of experience. These instructors will cover a whole host of practical topics designed to prepare participants and their gardens for the spring and beyond, including landscape design, common problems and solutions, annuals, perennials, vegetables, herbs, beekeeping, hardscaping, best management practices, deer control methods, and much more!

With 25 new and three revised workshops, there are great options for both new and returning participants. The “Jam’in Basics” workshop will cover the fundamentals of making jam, jelly, and other spreads for shelf storage or the freezer, while the “Walkways, Pathways, and Stairways” session will cover entryways into the home and garden, including proper construction. A new hands-on session, “Potted Plant Creations,” will provide attendees with the opportunity to create and take home their own potted plant arrangement. Other new workshops include “The Wonderful World of Bulbs,” “Growing Organic NJ Tomatoes and Peppers,” “Trellises in the Edible Garden,” “Fertilizer and Pesticide Calibration,” “Deer Control Methods,” “The Cook’s Herb Garden,” and so much more!

The registration fee for this event is $95.00, but a special early registration discounted price of $80.00 is being offered through February 29, 2020. An additional discounted fee of $70.00 is available for Master Gardeners (certificate required) through February 29. Participants can purchase a convenient $14 box lunch when registering or bring their own bag lunch. Pre-registration is strongly recommended as many workshops do sell out in advance.

Reflecting a commitment to giving back, the Home Gardeners School organizers invite attendees to bring food donations to the event. These items will be distributed to New Jersey families in need through Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH), a university-wide initiative working to address the issues of hunger across New Jersey.

Participants are also invited to bring donations for Scarlet Paws Rescue, a 501(c)3 non-profit collaboration of Rutgers staff, faculty, students and community volunteers that rescues stray animals on the Rutgers campus.

For more information or to register for Home Gardeners School, visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu/hgs or call the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education at 848-932-9271.

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