Our classes have been designed to provide the homeowners, families and the Master Gardener with ideas and techniques for improving the home garden, both inside and out! Come spend a morning or an afternoon with other gardeners, as a variety of experts in their respective fields share
their experience and knowledge with you.
Plants and Their Care
Ericaceous Plants and Their Cousins - CLOSED
Tropicals From Around The World
Pruning Techniques for the Homeowner
Evaluating Shade Trees Following Sandy - Week 1
Tough Shade Trees for New Jersey Gardens - Week 2
Evening in the Gardens
Container Gardening Workshop - Terra Cotta and Beyond
Fragrant Plants for the Garden
Annuals for Flower and Foliage
Build - A - Pond Day
The Art and Principles of Asian Garden Design
The Basics of Designing Your Home Landscape
Introduction to Bees and Beekeeping
Birding By Ear
Vegetables and Herbs
The Art of Vegetable Gardening in Containers
Extending Your Vegetable Harvest with High Tunnels
Foraging in Your Garden
2013 Instructor bios-
Robert Andreucci –Robert has had a passion for trees, birds and the environment for as long as he can remember. He works as an Environmental Educator, Arborist and Guest Lecturer. He regularly gives talks and workshops on Tree ID, Insect and Disease Management, as well as talks and field trips on Bird ID and Behavior. Robert is a High School Science Teacher in Pennsylvania. You can visit his blog at http://cvarb.com.
Jim Applegate, PhD - Dr. Applegate is a professor emeritus at Rutgers University, where he served as professor from 1971 until his retirement in 2003. His initial studies were in avian malaria, but upon joining Rutgers his research turned to human dimensions of wildlife management and later to innovations in education. He coordinated the undergraduate curriculum in Natural Resource Management at Cook College for over 20 years and was involved in teaching seven courses every year. He currently serves on the NJ Endangered and Nongame Species Advisory Committee and still teaches environmental classes at Rutgers!
Michael Bowell – A noted garden designer and horticulturalist, Michael writes and speaks on many topics ranging from Orchid Growing and Exhibiting to Garden Design and Garden Fowl. He grew up in South Jersey and graduated with a BS in Plant Science from Cook College (Rutgers U) in 1978. Michael has traveled and collected plants including orchids, bromeliads, hardy and tender trees, perennials and herbs since the mid 70s. Michael, an orchid specialist and American Orchid Society (AOS) judge, has exhibited at the Philadelphia Flower Show for decades and has been a major display exhibitor, winning several "Best of Show" awards at this prestigious event. He was awarded the Certificate of Merit by the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society in 2010. In 2011, Michael co-designed the multiple award-winning AOS display at the Philadelphia Flower Show, along with his partner, Simple (of Simple Garden Art). Michael’s design firm, Create A Scene, offers full-service plant and floral design, installation and maintenance, including indoor and outdoor gardens and containers as well as seasonal decorating.
Bruce Crawford – The Director of Rutgers Gardens, Bruce is also an adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University. Much to his dismay, there is hardly a plant that he has met that he does not like!
Judy Glattstein – Judy is the author of numerous books such as Bulbs for Garden Habitats (Timber Press, 2005), with her latest being Preserving Memories (Fulcrum Press, 2006). Judy also lectures frequently throughout the United States on a variety of garden topics, and is a true gardener!
Seiko Goto, PhD – A professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture in the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences since 2006. She holds a bachelor's degree from Tokyo National University of Fine Art and Music, master's degrees in landscape architecture and horticulture from Harvard and Chiba universities, respectively, and a Ph.D. in the history of Japanese gardens from Chiba University. She has written extensively on Japanese gardens and had numerous articles published in English and Japanese journals of landscape architecture. She also has taught courses at the universities of Toronto and Manitoba in Canada.
Ira Grasgreen – Ira is the grand guru of annuals and has just started his 24th year of serving in the Horticultural Trade. He is currently employed by Eason Horticultural Resources, a plant brokerage firm that leads him to greenhouses and trial gardens nationwide in search of better annuals. One trip even led to Shanghai, China to see a greenhouse operation!
Pier Guidi – Pier is not only a passionate speaker on the topic of Beekeeping, he is also the secretary of NJ Beekeepers Association, a member of numerous regional beekeeping associations and the owner of Bamboo Hollow Honey Farms in Hillsborough, NJ (www.bamboohollow.com).
Neil Hendrickson, PhD – Neil has spent the last twenty years as a practicing arborist. He holds a B.S from Cook College/Rutgers University, a Masters’ in Forest Science from the University of New Hampshire and a PhD in Forest Ecology and Silviculture from Yale School of Forestry and Environmental Studies. He currently holds a position as Northeast Technical Representative for the R.A. Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories in Charlotte, NC. Some of his responsibilities include gathering research, providing technical support for Bartlett throughout the country and internationally and conducting numerous workshops and lectures for the green industry.
Anne Haines – Anne is a Cook College alumna with a BS in Horticulture and and MS in Entomology from the University of Florida. She has worked at Rare Find Nursery in Jackson, NJ for the past 8 years, sold horticultural books for 10 years and tended gardens for private clients.
Barbara Melera – Barbara is president and CEO of D. Landreth Seed Company. Landreth is the oldest seedhouse in America, established in 1784, and the fourth oldest US Corporation. In September, 2003, she purchased Landreth from the then owners and proceeded to restore the company. Today Landreth is recognized as one of the leading providers of heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seed. The company ships its product worldwide.
Ron Rabideau - Ron is the Manager at Rare Finds Nursery in Jackson, NJ. He has participated in four plant and seed-collecting expeditions ranging from India north to the Altai Mountains of Siberia. He is a Rhododendron and Daylily hybridizer since 1987 and puts his passion for new plants to work seeking out new and noteworthy plants.
Ken Selody – A frequent speaker throughout NJ and beyond, Ken is the owner of Atlock Nursery, located on Weston Canal Road in Somerset NJ. Focusing on interesting annuals and the fine art of topiaries for the New York metropolitan region, Ken has grown Atlock Nursery into a go-to location for its display garden facility and unusual retail plant opportunities!
Tom Smith - The president of Garden State Koi & Aquatic Center in Warwick, New York, a full-service pond and water garden store featuring pond supplies, aquatic plants, koi and goldfish. Tom's business started as a hobby when he built his first pond in 1991. He moved his business from the back of his house to New York in 1995 and kept the name 'Garden State'. In 2001 Tom moved to his current location in Warwick. His firm specializes in retail, and the design/build and maintenance of backyard ponds, streams and waterfalls. Tom and his wife Nancy live in Wantage, NJ with their three teenage girls. His property features several unique water features, one of which is a 'Swimming Pond' that he designed and installed in 2006.