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Master Gardeners to Hold Summer Gardening Talks & Demos

EWING, N.J. — In celebration of 25 years of service to the home gardeners of Mercer County, the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County are presenting a summer series of Saturday morning talks and demonstrations, “Hands-on in the Garden,” at Mercer Educational Gardens (MEG), located at 431 A Federal City Road in Pennington, adjacent to the Mercer County Stables. The series is free and open to the public.

Each program in the series will begin at 10:30 a.m., run 60-90 minutes, and feature one of the display gardens, with a focus on improving soil, proper siting and watering practices, and maintenance. These programs are all outside and some walking may be involved. Attendees are encouraged to bring their own water, sun protection, insect repellant, and seating, if needed. For more information on the series, visit or contact Horticulturist Margaret Pickoff at or (609) 989-6830.

The schedule is as follows: June 15, The Plants That Keep Giving -- Perennials; June 22, Beautiful Low Maintenance Gardening with Native Plants; June 29, Success with Herbs; Aug. 3, Butterfly Trail at MEG; Aug. 10, Composting and Aug. 24, Creating Garden Drama with Annual Plants. Pre-register at

Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County is a volunteer educational outreach program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 1440 Parkside Avenue, Ewing, NJ.Master Gardeners take part in many volunteer programs throughout the county, and answer home horticulture questions through the Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline, (609) 989-6853, Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information on the Master Gardener program, the Mercer Educational Gardens, or other Extension educational programs, contact Rutgers Cooperative Extension at (609) 989-6830 or visit the Master Gardeners of Mercer County website at


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