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
April 3 7 pm, Sun Dial Garden Club, Meadowbrook Elementary School, 50 Piermont Ave., Hillsdale. Speaker: Patricia Libutti. Topic: Propagation of culinary herbs.

April 6 7:30 pm, Garden Club of Harrington Park, Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring St. Speaker: Terrence McGarty, author and owner of Telmarc Gardens. Topic: Daylilies.

April 7 2 pm, Demarest Garden Club, United Methodist Church social hall, 109 Hardenburgh Ave. Speaker: Rick Mikula, the “butterfly guy.”

April 11 7 pm, Ramsey Area Garden Club, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, 55 Wyckoff Ave., corner of Woodland Avenue, across from the Ramsey Library. Speaker: Carol Anton, floral designer and member. Program: Demonstration of a spring floral arrangement.

April 12 7:30 pm, Bergen-Passaic Chapter, Native Plant Society of New Jersey, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference headquarters, 600 Ramapo Valley Road, Mahwah. Speaker: Eric Rohsler, Rohsler’s Allendale Nursery. Topic: Native plants. (Native plants will be available for purchase.) Contact: elasil@optonline.net.

April 12 7:30 pm, Oakland Area Garden Club, Oakland Senior Center, 20 Lawlor Drive. Speaker: Marc Gussen, director/naturalist, Closter Nature Center. Topic: Suburban wildlife and how it affects the plants we choose.

April 12 7:30 pm, Wyckoff Area Garden Club, Monroe Room, Wyckoff Public Library, 200 Woodland Ave. Speaker: Donna Dorsey, co-owner of Goffle Brook Farm & Garden Center, Ridgewood. Topic: What’s hot this year in gardening.

April 18 7 pm, Backyard Garden Club, River Vale Library, 412 Rivervale Road. Speaker: Marc Gussen, director/naturalist, Closter Nature Center. Topic: Hydroponics.

April 18 7:45 pm, Glen Rock Garden Club, Municipal Annex, 678 Maple Ave. Speaker: Celeste Stapleton, Rohsler’s Allendale Nursery. Topic: Deer-resistant plants and shrubs.

April 19 7:45 pm, Allendale Garden Club, Brighton Gardens, 5 Boroline Road, Saddle River. Speaker: Jean Epiphan. Topic: Ferns.

April 19 7 pm, Hasbrouck Heights Garden Club, library meeting room, 320 Boulevard. Speaker: Alina Bee. Topic: Succulents - a planting demonstration with samples.

April 21 3-8 pm and April 22, 9 am-3 pm, Bergen County African Violet Society, Old North Reformed Church, 120 Washington Ave., Dumont. Topic: Ultra violet circus. Contact: Sharon Lynch at violetmom@optonline.net or 201-784-9501.

April 24 7:30 pm, Ho-Ho-Kus Garden Club, Community Church of Ho-Ho-Kus, 400 Warren Ave. Enter on Sycamore Avenue, parking on street. Speaker: Ron Binaghi, owner of Stokes Farm, Old Tappan. Topic: Pros and cons of organic vs. conventional flower and vegetable gardens with examples.

April 27 7:45 pm, Bergen County African Violet Society, Old North Reformed Church, 120 Washington Ave., Dumont. Convention DVD and African violet pests and prevention. Contact: Sharon Lynch at violetmom@optonline.net or 201-784-9501.

April 28 8 pm, Fyke Nature Association, Allendale Municipal Building, 500 W. Crescent Ave. Speaker: Edith Wallace. Topic: Native plants of DeKorte Park - feeding the birds and butterflies.

April 29 9 am-noon, Garden Club of Harrington Park, Harrington Park Library parking lot, 10 Herring St. Plant sale and annual fundraiser featuring many homegrown plants.

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

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