Meetings and Events

Mater Gardeners of Bergen County Meetings & Lectures
Rutgers Cooperative Extension offices, 1 Bergen County Plaza, Hackensack, Bergen, New Jersey 07601
Meetings are generally on the fourth Tuesdays and start with refreshments at 7:00 PM.

Students and Guest are Welcome! Here are the upcoming dates:

 2017:  Jan 24, Feb 28, Mar28, April 25, May 23, No Summer Meetings, Sept 26, Oct 24, Nov 28

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Bergen County

Mar 24   Hotline Training                                                 Joe Papa

Mar 31   Soil Science 2                                                    Joe Papa

Apr 7       Hands-on Pruning @ Thielke Arobretum;        Arnie Friedman & Joel                
                 park in adjacent playground lot; bring tools (hand pruners, loppers)

Apr 21         Vegetable IPM and Culture                                         Pete Nitzsche, RCE Morris

Apr 28        Urban Forestry & Street Trees                                      Nick Polanin, RCE Somerset

May 5        Nuisance Wildlife IPM                                 Madeline Flahive DiNardo, RCE Union                         

May 12       Bergen County Environmental Council Spring Planting                 Joel Flagler

May 19        Landscape Design: The Basics                                      Arnie Friedman
MG graduation will be held Saturday November 19th, at the McFaul Environmental center In Wyckoff. 12:00 noon. Guests welcome; we will ask for rsvp #s. Light lunch buffet served.

May 26       Storm water Management : Rain Gardens                      Joel Flagler                                                                                                                                                                                       
June 2         Soils II: the Foodweb                                                    Joe Papa

June 9         Skylands, NJ Botanical Garden. Meet 10:00 am parking  lot A               Rain or shine; light hiking 

Garden Clubs and Society Meetings
Feb. 3 2 pm, Demarest Garden Club, United Methodist Church, 109 Hardenburgh Ave. Speaker: Dorothy Smullen. Topic: Blues in the garden — exploring color wavelengths, plant pigments, and blue flowering plants throughout the season.

Feb. 6 7 pm, Sun Dial Garden Club, Meadowbrook Elementary School, 50 Piermont Ave., Hillsdale. Speaker: Tom Bender, Stonehouse Nursery. Topic: Techniques of shrub and tree pruning.

Feb. 8 7:30 pm, Garden Club of Oakland, Oakland Senior Center, 20 Lawlor Drive. Speaker: Gigi Schmidt, club co-president. Topic: Gigi's armchair garden travelogue featuring her latest trips to private and public gardens abroad.

Feb. 8 9:30 am, Wyckoff Area Garden Club, social followed by meeting at 10 am. McFaul Environmental Center, 150 Crescent Ave. Speaker: Janet Schulz. Topic: This and that in the garden.

Feb. 9 7 pm, Garden Club of Teaneck, refreshments followed by meeting at 7:30 pm. Rodda Center, Room 2B, 250 Colonial Court. Speaker: Patricia O’Brien Libutti. Topic: The A to Z of culinary herbs.

Feb. 15 7 pm, Hasbrouck Heights Garden Club, 320 Boulevard. Library meeting room, 2nd floor. Speaker: Joe Papa. Topic: All about soil in the garden.

Feb. 21 7:45 pm, Glen Rock Garden Club, Glen Rock Municipal Annex, 678 Maple Ave. Speaker: Paul Kubarych, landscape architect. Topic: Landscape design in your garden.

Feb. 27 7 pm, Ho-Ho-Kus Garden Club, Bishop House, 176 E. Saddle River Road, Saddle River. Parking in rear. Speaker: David Daehnke, local horticulturist and radio show host (WGHT 1500 AM, 12:45 pm Wednesdays) and former landscape supervisor at McFaul Environmental Center. Topic: Living with nature - protecting the garden from animal pests while continuing to grow what you want.

Contact Lucy Malka at or 201-791-3562 to supply information for the Garden Club Grapevine. Publication deadline is no later than the 25th of the prior month.


Jan 25.
 7:30 pm Bergen-Passaic chapter of NPSNJ New Location Headquarters of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, located at 600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah (not Oakland, there's a similar address there). The building is located between Ramapo College and Ramapo County Reservation park. Speaker: Carolyn Summers, adjunct professor for Go Native U, a joint project of Westchester Community College’s Continuing Ed Program and The Native Plant Center (based at Westchester Community College), and author of Designing Gardens with Native Plants of the American Northeast. Copies of her book will be available for purchase and signing.

Contact Catie Farahat at to submit information for the Plant Society Grapevine. Publication deadline is no later than the 25th of the prior month./strong>