Master Gardener program classes to start Jan. 8

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CAPE MAY COURT HOUSE – A Master Gardener program will be held Tuesdays January through June in Cape May Court House.

“Each Master Gardener trainee receives in-depth, hands-on training in horticulture from the best in the field – Rutgers University faculty and professional staff,” said Jenny Carleo, Cape May County Agricultural Agent for Rutgers Cooperative Extension. “The program includes plant biology, beneficial insects, soil science and composting and much more.”

Master Gardener trainees are required to give 60 hours of volunteer time in horticultural projects and answering calls on the county’s “horticulture helpline.”

The sessions run from 9 a.m.-noon, starting Jan. 8.

To become a Rutgers Master Gardener, an applicant must live in Cape May County, be available to attend 24 weeks of classes and make a commitment to provide gardening information and services to the community.

Rutgers Master Gardeners conduct garden lectures, demonstrations, school and community gardening projects, telephone diagnostic service for residential callers and scientific agricultural research.

Cost is $350.

Applications are available at This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it or at the Cooperative Extension Service office at 355 Court House/South Dennis Road in Cape May Court House, or 465-5115, ext 616.

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