Master Gardeners of Sussex County is a horticultural education, outreach, and service organization administered through Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Sussex County. Master Gardener volunteers are trained from September though May to work in all areas of home horticulture, including ornamental horticulture, lawn care, fruit and vegetable culture, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), identification of common home and garden pests as well as other topic areas.
Each Sussex County Master Gardener performs one hundred hours of service in an RCE outreach effort. Service areas include: school classroom gardens, gardening with senior residents, community flower shows and the RCE Home Horticulture Helpline.
The Home Horticulture Helpline (973-948-3040) is available Monday, Wednesdy and Friday, 10 AM - 1PM. Master Gardener volunteers assist residents by diagnosing plant problems, recommending proper horticultural practices and by distributing informational fact sheets offered through RCE.
The Master Gardeners of Sussex County maintain strong community ties through a number of community garden projects. Collaborating organizations include: The Sussex County Long-Term Care Facility, the Sussex County Library, Knoll Heights Retirement Community, Vernon Township High School, the Sussex County Farm and Horse Show, the towns of Sussex and Franklin, and Kittatinny Valley State Park.
For additional information on Rutgers NJAES Master Gardeners of Sussex County, please contact:
County Ag Agent
Cooperative Extension of Sussex County
130 Morris Turnpike
Newton, NJ 07860