Master Gardener Service to Our Communities

Master Gardener Programs and Projects

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demo garden

demo garden

demo garden

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!

Directions to the Garden


What's Blooming  in the Garden?


Demonstration Garden Plant List


Click here for the Self-Guided Tour

or pick one up at our "mailbox" near the

evergreen bed

Sharing Garden

sharing garden

sharing garden

sharing garden

sharing garden

sharing garden

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

Cutting Garden

cutting garden

cutting garden

cutting garden

cutting garden

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!

Horticultural Therapy

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.

Beautification Projects

community beautification 

community beautification 

community beautification 

community beautification

Community Beautification projects at local schools, parks, and municipal buildings have

been developed by Master Gardeners throughout Union County.

Speakers Bureau

The Speakers Bureau is currently undergoing

reorganization so that we may better serve the horticultural

education needs of the community.






Spring Fair and Plant Sale

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Herb Garden

herb garden

Completed in the summer of 2008, the Herb

Garden surrounds the Demonstration Garden's gazebo with examples of

culinary and medicinal herbs