Master Gardener Programs and Projects
Our nine Demonstration Gardens provide opportunities for volunteers to develop their gardening skills, and teach land stewardship to the general public. The Gardens are also a lovely place for a stroll. When there, pick up the self-guided tour and enjoy!
Click here for the Self-Guided Tour or pick one up at our "mailbox" near the evergreen bed
Our Community Sharing Garden whose fresh vegetables (3,200+lbs in 2010, 14,500+ lbs. since 2002) are donated to community food banks and churches for distribution to low-income residents of Union County
Our Flower Cutting Garden for Cancer Patients/Survivors donates bouquets and arrangements to The Wellness Community of Central Jersey and to Overlook Hospital Oncology Social Services. In 2009, 2500+ flowers were grown and donated by Master Gardeners, bringing the total from the program's start in 2007 to almost 7500 flowers provided by Master Gardeners!
In 1990, U.S. Census Data indicated that 22.5% of Union County's then 322,277 residents reported having one or more disabilities. Having perceived the need for programs to meet the cognitive, psychological, physical, and social needs of people in rehabilitation centers, nursing care facilities and senior housing programs, volunteer Master Gardeners and Union County Agricultural Agent Madeline Flahive DiNardo created the eight-session Introduction to Horticultural Therapy (IHT) program Since 1988, our IHT Program has been offered at 76 sites, reaching 2560 children and adults with special needs. Agencies have incorporated horticultural activities into both curriculum and activity schedules, and have planted community and accessible gardens as a result of this program.
Community Beautification projects at local schools, parks, and municipal buildings have been developed by Master Gardeners throughout Union County.
The Speakers Bureau is currently undergoing reorganization so that we may better serve the horticultural education needs of the community.