The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County is hosting a tour of their private gardens that have been taken care of throughout the year. as fundraiser on Saturday, June 8 from 10am to 4pm. The tour can begin at any of the following three locations: Mercer Educational Gardens, Riverside Elementary School, and the 1719 William Trent House. Tickets cost $20, if bought in advance, and $25 if bought on the day of the tour. The rain date is scheduled for Sunday, June 9 from 10am to 4pm. Proceeds from the fundraiser will support the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County educational programs.
For 25 years, the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer Count has been educating the community of Mercer County about best gardening practices and in-depth research-based horticulture. All teaching is done by trained volunteers that are directed by Rutgers faculty.
Nora Sirbaugh, a member of the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County for 20 years and former president of the organization, shared about her initial experience with the organization: “I have always liked to garden some, although perhaps not as intensely then as now. However, when I started gardening here, almost everything was dying. After I enrolled in the course, I learned that it was the soil.”
For budding gardeners interested in learning more, programs typically last twenty weeks, meeting once per week.
In addition to the educational programs, the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County hosts a Children’s Bureau, educating the children of Mercer County in gardening and nutrition and environment. They have summer programs at the Mercer Educational Gardens and hold an Insect Festival annually.
For more information about this and other programs, please see the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Mercer County website at www.mgofmc.org.