IN HUNTERDON Ask a Rutgers Master Gardener

The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Hunterdon County are trained and able to assist County residents with a myriad of home gardening issues, including: providing the materials and information needed to obtain a proper soil sample for analysis, lawn care, and plant, tree and shrub identification, advice about the right plant for the right place and recommendations on native plant materials.  With suitable samples, the Rutgers Master Gardeners can also help diagnose plant diseases, identify insects, weeds and other pests of the home and garden, and give written advice about the cultural recommendations for their control following sustainable and evidence-based techniques.


For identifying plant problems, several plant samples should be collected that represent the range of symptoms.  For trees and shrubs, 6 to 8 inch pieces that include any leaves, flowers or fruit.  Both a healthy and an “affected” sample work best for identification.  Regarding insect pests of the home and or garden, please include a live or dead intact insect.  Bring samples to the Master Gardener Helpline in a paper, or plastic bag, or clear container.


Rutgers Master Gardener volunteers staff the Helpline Monday through Friday from 9 am to 12 noon, and Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 12:30 to 3:30 at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County office, Building #2 in the Route 12 County Complex.  You can reach them by phone at 908-788-1735 and by email at


Look for the Rutgers Master Gardeners at a variety of upcoming Community Events this August.  You will see members of the group at the Hunterdon County 4H & Agricultural Fair, Dvoor Farm Market, Frenchtown Riverfest and the Rutgers Snyder Farm Great Tomato Tasting. 


The Rutgers Master Gardener program of Hunterdon County is accepting applications for the upcoming class, beginningSeptember 19, 2017.  Interested applicants may stop by, email, or call 908-788-1338 for an application.


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

Photo: Sally Tucker of Annandale, Hunterdon Master Gardener on Helpline. Photo Credit: Barbara J Berger