Ocean County Press Release
TOMS RIVER – If you have ever wondered about the plants in your yard, and what you can do to make them grow better, the Rutgers Master Gardeners may be able to help.

The Rutgers Master Gardeners will be hosting an Open House from 1 to 2:30 p.m. on Nov. 12 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County, 1623 Whitesville Road, here.

"The Master Gardeners do a great job working with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Ocean County in providing horticulture information to residents of Ocean County," said Ocean County Freeholder Joseph H. Vicari, who serves as liaison to the program. "This is a great opportunity for residents to see what the program is all about, and perhaps even join themselves."

Classes for next year begin on Jan. 21. During the training, volunteers will learn from Rutgers faculty, staff and horticultural consultants who present topics such as botany, soils, wood ornamentals, lawn care, fruit crops, vegetables, insects and place diseases.

"The Master Gardeners program is an important educational tool that provides the public with horticultural information," said Ocean County Freeholder Director Virginia E. Haines. "This is a great way to not only learn new skills, but you will also meet new people and get a chance to educate the public."

Those looking to register can call Debbie at 732-505-4563, registration ends Nov. 8. For more information on the Master Gardeners program, visit http://ocean.njaes.rutgers.edu/.

"We appreciate everything that the Master Gardeners continue to do to help Ocean County, said Vicari. "Their work helps make a positive difference in our communities."

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