“Manage Pests in Your Garden and Landscape” Presented by Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County will present a program, “Managing the Pests in Your Garden and Landscape by Nature’s Signs” on Thursday, May 30, at 7pm at Mercer County Community College (MCCC), West Windsor Campus, Communications Building, Lecture Hall CM107. This event is free and open to the public.

The presentation will be delivered by Amy Ricco, Professor of Horticulture and Program Coordinator for Ornamental Horticulture and Plant Science at MCCC. Professor Ricco willdiscuss tools to help gardeners predict insect pest infestations, including Growing Degree Days and Plant Phenological Indicators. Attendees will also learn how to control pest outbreaks while minimizing harm to beneficial insects.

A gifted educator and coordinator of the Ornamental Horticulture and Plant Science programs, Professor Ricco carries out a wide variety of tasks in addition to teaching, including supporting successful displays by her students at the Philadelphia Flower Show.Her program has produced enthusiastic young horticulturists, many of whom have gone on to pursue higher degrees in botany, ecology and related fields.

Attendees are invited to tour the MCCC Horticultural Greenhouses before the program, from 6 to 7pm.

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County is a volunteer educational outreach program of Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 1440 Parkside Ave., Ewing, NJ. Rutgers Master Gardeners participate in volunteer programs throughout the county, and answer home horticulture questions through their Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline, (609) 989-6853, Monday through Friday, 9am to 3pm. For more information on the Rutgers 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 www.mgofmc.org.

Cooperating agencies: Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey; U.S. Department of Agriculture and county Boards of Chosen Freeholders. Rutgers Cooperative Extension is an equal opportunity program provider and employer. Contact your local Extension Office for information regarding special needs or accommodations. Contact the State Extension Director’s Office if you have concerns related to discrimination, (848) 932-3584.

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