Soil testing is a valuable tool in managing the mineral nutrition of your garden’s soil and ensuring healthy growth of your plants and crops. While soil-testing kits are available in many garden stores, they don’t always provide full details, particularly when it comes to the levels of lime your garden needs. Fortunately, Rutgers Cooperative Extension’s Soil Testing Laboratory offers this service to New Jersey residents. Join Stephanie Murphy, Ph.D. and Director of the department for an in-depth conversation on soil testing, including how to submit samples, understanding the results, and more!
Arguably the most popular flower in the world, the beauty and fragrance of roses are unsurpassed. But growing these delicate plants can be a bit trying. With the challenges of diseases, pests and maintenance schedules, many home gardeners have a love-hate relationship with their roses. What’s a rose enthusiast to do?
Join Dr. Suni Bolar and Rafiq Bolar, award-winning rosarians, hybridizers and officers in the Jersey Shore Rose Society as they share their expertise on growing roses in New Jersey. The Bolars will cover a multitude of important topics including pruning, fertilizing, winter protection, best varieties and more. Whether you’re ready to plant your first rose bush or fiftieth, you won’t want to miss this!
The emerald ash borer is an invasive insect species that
threatens America's ash trees.
Within the last fifteen years, tens of millions of trees have succumbed to the insects destructive nature. Alarmingly, the species has been found in Bergen, Burlington, Essex, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth and Somerset counties.
Paul J. Kurtz, Entomologist with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, will be on hand to educate homeowners about Emerald Ash Borer (EAB) biology, and what you can do to help combat this tree killing insect and reduce tree loss in our community!
When it comes to fragrances, almost everyone is familiar with lavender. Praised for its calming effects, lavender is used in many products, from face wash to hand cream. Most people are unaware however that lavender has also been used to treat ailments including headaches, stomach issues and insomnia.
Join David Hyde of Well-Sweep Herb Farm as he discusses the origins and history of lavender, the best varieties, growing tips as well as the herb’s healing benefits.
Perennial plants are wonderful additions to your landscape. Perennials not only feature flowers of every color imaginable year after year, thanks to their extensive root systems they also are extremely effective at preventing erosion. Unfortunately, many of these plants remain unknown and unused by gardeners. Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens, highlights some of the lesser known perennials that can extend and enhance the seasonal beauty of your garden.
Beautiful and beloved by all ages, butterflies play a number of
roles in our environment. They act as pollinators and serve as
indicators of a healthy environment and ecosystem.
Appreciated for their diversity and myriad of colors, homeowners
often add plants and flora to attract butterflies to their
Sharon Wander, President of the New Jersey Butterfly Club, discusses the various butterfly species found in New Jersey as well as the many native plants that attract them and play an indispensable role in their life cycles.
Are you tired of the way your home’s landscape looks? Perhaps you’re looking to give it a quick facelift for some curb appeal. Or maybe you’re ready to implement your “master plan” so you can finally have the front and backyard of your dreams. Whatever your goals, Jody Shilan, MLA, can help you develop the right plan.
As a landscape design/build contractor and Executive Director of The New Jersey Landscape Contractors Association (NJLCA), Jody is an expert at developing landscape plans, from initial site analysis and concept to plant and hardscape selection and implementation. Regardless of whether you are a DIY’er or planning to hire, you cannot afford to miss this presentation.
When it comes to sprucing up your home, houseplants not only improve your indoor aesthetics, but clean the air as they grow, making for a healthier environment for your family!
Come meet Marc Zukovich, the “Garden Coach” and President of Sterling Horticultural Services, and explore the world of indoor plants. Learn about some of the more interesting varieties, their care as well as feeding and growing requirements. You’ll also learn how to keep your plants safe from pests and diseases, keeping them lush, green and content all year round!
For the average homeowner, keeping all your potted flowers and vegetables watered consistently can be a tiresome chore. And let’s not even think about what happens if you forget even one day during those hot, summer months.
Join Tito Wee of Dragon Argo Products for this unique seminar and discover new tips, tools and technology that will result in plant growth up to 30% bigger than your hand-watered potted plants. Whether you’re a novice or a horticultural professional, you won’t want to miss this discussion!
Come see why we are the Garden State!
Did you know that New Jersey is home to 2,000 native plants? Many of them are under constant threat from invasive species: animals, plants and other organisms that come from across the globe. The damage they cause to plants – from our state forests to your home gardens – can be catastrophic.
Join Paul J. Kurtz, Entomologist with the New Jersey Department of Agriculture, for a frank discussion of invasive pests and their ecological and economic impacts on our environment. Learn how invasive biology changes our landscapes and what possible long term effects they have on our society.
Hydrangeas rank among the easiest and most versatile of plants that gardeners can add to their home landscape. The challenge (as with any group of plants) is how to properly select, care and prune them so that they reward both the gardener and the garden!
Join Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens and adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University, to learn about some of the exciting Hydrangea varieties hardy to New Jersey, pruning techniques and how to combine them with other plants, ensuring multiple seasons of garden enjoyment.
Explore the fascinating world of herbs and their unusual fragrances and flavors. This unique seminar will cover the lore and history of both common and unusual herbs known for their culinary attributes, scents and uses. Growing tips, requirements and the best culinary choices will be presented by David Hyde of Well-Sweep Herb Farm - known for one of the largest collections of herbs and perennials in the country. Learn how easy and beneficial herbs are to grow and enjoy. Come experience tasty basils, exotic jasmines, and many other herbal delights!
No one could imagine that in the span of 100 years, the white-tailed deer population in the mid-Atlantic would go from wholly non-existent to nearly uncontainable. Unfortunately, the current over-population has led to dramatic changes to our local ecosystem, with possible long-term consequences. Meanwhile, New Jersey homeowners feel helpless to save the aesthetics and value of their gardens and landscapes.
Join Christopher J Markham, President/Wildlife Biologist, New Jersey Deer Control for a look at the tumultuous relationship between the white-tailed deer population and New Jersey homeowners – and what you can do to protect both your garden and investment!
For more about New Jersey Deer Control, visit njdeercontrol.com
There is a long-standing myth that orchids are challenging to
grow. While some varieties are indeed difficult to keep
healthy, many others are hardier than most people think and are
Join Sonia Uyterhoeven, Head of Horticulture at Greenwood Gardens in Short Hills, for a demonstration on basic orchid care. Discover the best orchids to grow at home and tips for getting your orchid to re-bloom.
Believe it or not, home gardeners in China have been growing
mushrooms for more than 1,000 years -- but it’s only just catching
on among North Americans.
Growing mushrooms can be fun but challenging for first-timers. Join Gary Makus of the New Jersey Forestry Association for tips on growing mushrooms at home including best times of the year for growing, establishing the right conditions and what materials you need!
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