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					                       From the Potting Shed                                               April 2011
                                Master Gardeners of Bergen County

         Understanding White Grubs
               in Turf Grass
              Richard Buckley
     Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Services
                 Rutgers University
     New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station
           Rutgers Cooperative Extension                               TRIPS and TOURS
                                                                       Laurelwood Arboretum
          Tuesday, April 26 ∙ 7:30pm                                   Wednesday, April 27
           County Administration Building
                One Bergen Plaza
        st                                                     Laurelwood Arboretum is a 30-acre botanically
       1 Floor Multi-Purpose Meeting Room
                                                               diverse property located in Wayne Township in
       (Home of the County Extension Office
                                                               northern New Jersey. Laurelwood features
     Great Parking, Easy Access In & Out of the
                                                               woodland trails and gardens, wildlife, two ponds,
                                                               streams and hundreds of varieties of
                 Hackensack, N.J.
                                                               rhododendrons, azaleas and other unusual
              Refreshments at 7pm
                                                               species of plants and trees. Gravel paths wind
             Announcements 7:20pm                              and connect through the Arboretum, making it
Everybody knows that the Japanese beetle is a common           an ideal destination for hikers, runners,
garden pest, but did you know that this common beetle is       birdwatchers, plant enthusiasts and
only one of a large complex of scarabs that attack plants      photographers. Many of their gardeners are
in New Jersey? ―Understanding White Grubs in                   master gardeners so they have offered us this
Turfgrass‖ will introduce you to New Jersey’s white grub       tour for free. They can make a golf cart
complex. Attendees will learn the identity of this diverse     available if requested in advance for those who
cast of characters as well as scarab biology, identification   have difficulty walking.
and scouting techniques, and practical control practices
including chemical, cultural, and biological approaches.       We will carpool and the driver's expenses will be
                                                               reimbursed. For more info please contact Lois
                                                               Lynch at or 201 836-2869
Richard Buckley is the Director of Rutgers
Plant Diagnostic Laboratory. He received his                   Tours count toward MG education hours
BS in Entomology and Plant Pathology from
the University of Delaware and an MS in
Turfgrass Pathology from Rutgers University.
Mr. Buckley is an instructor in the Rutgers
Professional Golf Turf Management School.                                   Save the Date
He teaches courses in diseases and insect
pests of turfgrass and ornamental plants. He                   May 24
is also a frequent lecturer and invited speaker                Program Topic: Gardening & Building Green
on disease and insect pest problems in turf
and ornamentals, plant problem solving, and                    Presented by: Greensulate, LLC
pest management techniques
                                                               April 17
                                                               Party for the Plant     Van Saun Park

                                                               August 6 and 7          4-H and Master
                                                                                       Gardener Fair

Master Gardeners of Bergen County
Executive Board Officers                                                    Sunshine Committee
Barb Johansson President 201-664-2698
Karen Pennell     Vice President 201-670-6471
Sissell Castelli  Treasurer 201-444-7485
                  Corresponding Secretary
                  Janet Jaarsma Recording Secretary
Committee Chairpersons
Community Outreach          Karen Pennell 201-670-6471         We offer our condolences to Jeanine Jamieson and
Extension Office Liaison Walter Traubel 201-265-8401           her family. Jeanine’s mother passed away recently at
Fundraising                                                    the age of 99 ½. Cards or notes of sympathy can be
Garden Club Liaison         Lucy Malka – 201-791-3562          sent to Jeanine at      1 Clearwater Drive,
                                Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ 07423.
Hospitality              Hank Annunziata 201-837-0062
Membership                  Clifford Gerenz 201-791-0293       Do you know a Master Gardener who is celebrating
                                      something special? Do you know a Master
Newsletter                  Leslie Maltz – 201-391-0102        Gardeners who is dealing with ill ness or a recent
                                   death in the family?
Program                     Tracey Fraser 201-768-1856
Publicity                   Sally Ditton 201-652-8459
                                  Please contact the Sunshine Committee if you or a
Speakers Bureau             Janet Austin 201-836-2379          fellow Master Gardener is enjoying a special event or
                             dealing with a hardship.
Trip & Tours                Lois Lynch 201-836-2869
Volunteer Records/Web Joseph Cooper 201-666-5111
                                                               The Sunshine Committee would like to reach out to
                              our members in good times and bad. All information
State Representatives:      Jane Furman                        with be kept confidential unless permission is given to
                            Walter Traubel                     release it.
                            Karen Pennell
Bergen County Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office
Joel Flagler      Agricultural/Resources Management
Agent & County Extension Dept. Head, 201-336-6874              Please call Jane Furman at 201-615-8177 or email to
Dail Reid         Horticulture Consultant; 201-336-6788

Cooperating Agencies: Rutgers, the State University of
New Jersey, U.S. Department of Agriculture, and Bergen
County Board of Chosen Freeholders.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension educational programs are
offered to all without regard to race, religion, color, age,
national origin, gender, sexual orientation or disability.
Rutgers Cooperation Extension is an Equal Opportunity

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            From the President’s Garden
                                                          educational hours, as well as volunteer hours.
                                                          Remember, unless classes/lectures and sites are
Guess we all thought that spring was around the           approved, they will not qualify despite the perceived
corner, right? Mother Nature always has a surprise        worthiness of the lecturer or venue.
in store. I look outside and see all the winter                   Until May flowers, keep active, keep
damage to repair and am eager, as we all are to get       healthy and remember the benefits physically and
started. "Looking outside" reminds me of a website        mentally of keeping the garden growing.
I found where you can order decals for windows                                               Barb
that are illuminated so birds are kept from flying into
the glass.
With the resignation of our former "Sunshine
Committee Chair", Carol Tutundgy, we have an
                                                            Garden Conservancy Open Days for 2011
important committee to develop. This is our way of
keeping in touch with members and helping to forge                    Bergen County Open Day
camaraderie amongst us. We want to
communicate news about those in need of congrats            May 14        Closter and Wyckoff
for happy special occasions as well as TLC for              Mary's Garden   Closter, NJ   10am - 4pm
other members who may be ill, etc. To this end, a
monthly note will be included in our Potting Shed so        Garden of Janet
                                                                               Wyckoff, NJ          10am - 4pm
others may respond, in addition to an appropriate           Schulz
card being sent in the membership's name. Of
major importance is creating a method that helps
members who either just have a temporary glitch in          June 18           River Vale & River Edge
their transportation or no longer feel comfortable
                                                            Anthony "Bud" &
driving at night. We need them to have a way of
                                                            Virginia        River Edge, NJ 8am - 4pm
connecting with those who are able to share a ride.
We will be starting a Fundraising Committee. Three          Garden—Audrey
                                                                          River Vale, NJ            10am – 4pm
members have expressed interest so far in working           Linstrom
on this. A plant sale is only one idea in mind.             Maihack
Perhaps you have another idea. Get in touch with
Vice President Karen Pennell or me if this
committee is of interest to you.
                                                            July 9            Tenafly & Franklin Lakes
Our food pantries are sorely in need of
                                                                      Bergen County Open Day
contributions. Thanks to all who remember to
donate something to this cause. You all know what           Blue Meadow        Franklin Lakes,
                                                                                               10am - 4pm
happens when your zucchinis start to produce! In            Farms              NJ
addition to Tracey Fraser's monthly collection at
meetings, she asks as many of us as can, plant a            Linda Singer       Tenafly, NJ          10am - 4pm
row of vegetables to include in this effort.
                                                                      Essex County Open Day
Badges that have been paid for and ordered will be
available at the next meeting. Following a                  April 23 Silas
                                                                               Nutley, NJ           10am- 4pm
concerted effort on the part of Leslie Maltz, Jane          Mountsier
Furman and others, the membership Roster has
gone to print with a record 193 paid members, (as           June 5 Lenore &
                                                                            Short Hills, NJ         10am - 4pm
well as our new class members). Hopefully next              Bob Rice
year we will have an easier time with responses
coming in closer to the October due date.                   Mara Seibert       Short Hills, NJ      10am - 4pm
Coming in the near future will be additional
clarification from Joel about what can be used for         

          The April Garden Club Grapevine—Garden Clubs and other Meetings

April 4         1:30pm Tenafly Garden Club, Garden Room at Davis Johnson Park, Westervelt
                Ave/County Road
                Speaker: Dail Reid Horticulturalist Rutgers Extension
                Topic: The Ten Most Common Gardening Mistakes

April 4         7pm Sun Dial Garden Club, Meadowbrook school, Piermont Road, Hillsdale
                Topic: Members Workshop for Meals on Wheels       Guests welcome

April 7         7:30pm Garden Club of Harrington Park. Harrington Park Library, second floor
                Topic: Perennial Gardens
                Speaker: Benjamin Lowell, Instructor of Landscape and Garden Design

April 10        1:30pm Thielke Arboretum
                Tree Care and tree Pruning Tips and Techniques
                Patrick Burke, Bartlett Tree Experts
April 11        7:30pm Bergenfield Garden Club, Cooper's Pond
                Speaker: Andy Curshen; topic: Plastic is Drastic...Reuse, Recycle,Refuse

April 12        6:45pm Ramsey Garden Club, Lutheran Church of the Redeemer, Wyckoff Ave.
                Ramsey         Topic: Great Ferns for New Jersey Gardens, Speaker: John Mickel
                55 Wyckoff Ave., 201- 327-0148

April 13        7:30pm Oakland Garden Club, Oakland Senior Citizen Center, 20 Lawlor Drive
                Topic: Growing Dahlias The Organic Way, Speaker: Steve Nowotarski, ADS Garden
                Dahlia Committee Chair. Will sell tubers at the end of presentation. Public Is Invited
                Contact: Anet Mandarano, 201-337-7285 or

April 15        7:30pm Northeast Beekeepers Association of NJ, 687 South Maple Ave., Glen Rock
                Speaker: Dale Bellisfield, RN, AHG, Holistic Health, Clinical Herbalist,
                Topic: Bee, MD—Medicine from the Hive
                All Bee Enthusiasts & Bee Curious are invited. A $5 donation is suggested.
                Frank Mortimer at or 201-417-7309.

April 18        7:30pm Ho-Ho-Kus Garden Club, Ho-Ho-Kus Boro Hall, 33 Warren St.
                Topic: Wildflowers of New Jersey, Speaker: Nancy Bristow. lead gardener at wildflower
                garden at New Jersey Botanical Garden

April 19        7pm Backyard Garden Club, River Vale Library Meeting Room
                Topic: Xeriscape Gardening aka Conservation Gardening
                Speaker: Sonja Clark, United Water

April 20        7pm Wyckoff area Garden Club, Larkin House, 380 Godwin Avenue, Wyckoff
                Topic: Edible Herbs; Speaker: Jessica Agnello, Jacobsen Landscape

April 20        1pm Cresskill Garden Club, Borough Hall, 67 Union Avenue
                Topic: Aromatherapy; Speaker: Ben Pearce

April 20        7:45pm Glen Rock Garden Club, Glen Rock Municipal Annex Building, 678 Maple Ave.
                Speaker: Steve Skyer, Bartlett Tree Experts; Topic: Modern Arbor Culture

April 21        6:45pm Hasbrouck Heights Garden Club
                Topic: How to select and care for Roses; Speaker:Rocco Lapenta

April 21          7pm Ramapo Orchid Society, Flat Rock Brook Nature Ctr, Van Nostrand Ave.
                  Englewood   Contact: Cheryl Wardrop

April 29          10:30am Thielke Arboretum, Glen Rock
                  Arbor Day tree planting ceremony
                  RSVP to Edward Chen by Friday, April 15 at 201-444-1687

April 30          Wyckoff area Garden Club, Wyckoff Reformed Church
                  9am Plant Sale Fundraiser and 1PM Butterfly Program presented by Rick Mikula

April 30          2pm Tappan Zee Chapter of American Rhododendron Society, United Methodist
                  Church, Park Ridge Topic: Digital Cameras and the Photography of Flowers
                  Speaker: Paul Caretta of Bergen County Camera

April 30          11am Upper Saddle River Shade Tree Commission, Goetchius House
                  Demo of pruning shrubs and small trees

If you have information to add to Garden Clubs Grapevine: Please contact our liaison, Lucy Malka, at or 201-791-3562, with your monthly speaker details. If your club is planning a special event
or a plant sale, please send the following information or announcement flyer including the date, time, location, times
to be sold, rain date or rain or shine, and the contact person with phone number. If your club is sponsoring a trip,
please send the information to Lucy Malka ASAP.

 Cans for Community: Master Gardeners Helping our Neighbors in Need

Did you ever wonder why our Master Gardener organization collects non-perishable food items at our
monthly meeting? Did you ever think about how such a community service project fits within the MG
program? The story is all about service ~ community service
~ a value MG know well.
About 3 years ago when our MG Board had the responsibility
of preparing the Awards booklet for the State Master
Gardener meeting, it was noted that many MG programs
throughout New Jersey have a community vegetable garden
to assist a local food pantry. A couple of our Board members
proposed that we too serve the needy. Ergo, Cans for
Community was created. No, we don’t have a vegetable
patch but we do have very generous Master Gardeners who have responded to our community need.
Each month non-perishable food items continue to be donated at our monthly meeting. All donations are
delivered to one of the seven Center for Food Action locations.
Can you please help? The MG organization has received a request from the Center for Food Action that
they URGENTLY need the following 5 items: Cold Cereal; Instant Potatoes; Macaroni & Cheese;
Canned Meat; Canned Tuna (preferably in water). Donations should be brought to our April 26
For additional information, visit

                                       Plant Sales
April 16      10am to 5pm Leonard J. Buck Garden associated with Watnong Chapter of North
              American Rock Garden Society, 11 Layton Rd., Far Hills
              April 17      noon to 5pm     Unusual plants-native American and alpines

April 23      9am to 3pm Stone Crop Gardens, 81 Stonecrop Lane, Cold Spring, NY
              Growers of alpines and other trough plants   Admission $5

April 30      9am to noon Harrington Park Garden Club, Harrington Park Library parking lot,
              Members plants. nursery stock-familiar or unique; sun or shade
April 30      11am Upper Saddle River Shade Tree Commission, Goetchius House Plant Sale
April 30      10-2pm Wyckoff Area Garden Club plant sale at Wyckoff Reformed Church

April 30      9am-noon Harrington Park Garden Club, Harrington Park Library Parking Lot,
              10 Herring Street
April 30/May 1 10am to 3pmSkylands Association at New Jersey Botanical Gardens. Ringwood
               unusual trees, shrubs, perennials. ferns and native plants

May 6,7,8     Rutgers Gardens Spring Flower Fair/Sale
              Rare and unusual perennials, annuals, vegetables
May 7         9am-3pm Sun Dial Garden Club, Hillsdale Railroad Station
              Hanging baskets, baskets with perennials or annuals, flats and potted plants
May 7         9am to noon Tappan Zee chapter of American Rhododendron Society, Memorial School,
              52 West Grand Ave., Montvale        Uncommon rhododendrons

May 7         9am Friends of Freylinghuysen Plant Sale in the Tent at the Freylinghuysen Arboretum

May 7         9-1pm MG of Somerset & Hunterdon Counties

May 7         10-2pm MG of Mercer County             

May 14        9am-2pm Saddle River Garden Club Plant Sale, Bishop House, Saddle River

May 15        9am-1pm Ho-Ho-Kus Garden Club Plant Sale, on the Green (corner of Sycamore and
              Franklin Turnpike)

                  NJBG Events
                  Wave Hill Events
                  NYBG Events

ONCE IS NOT ENOUGH! by Edith Wallace                   my garden explorations to help me see more in
Gardens of the Hudson Valley is a                      each garden I visit. It makes me want to return
collaborative product of two photographers             to gardens that have been renovated since my
(Gross and Daley) and two garden writers               last visit. The authors describe over 100 public
(Lowry and Berner) and designer Sturges. This          gardens in New York City. Reading this book
coffee table type book kept me entranced. When         has altered my plans for 2011. I will visit even
I realized it showed both public and private           more gardens in New York City.
gardens I turned to page 222 that lists the public
gardens. I had visited all of them. I checked an
old copy of the Garden Conservancy’s Open               COMPOST BIN SALE                 APR. 3
Days Directory and found that most of the               Bergen County residents will once again
                                                        have the opportunity to recycle yard and food
private gardens pictured can be visited through
                                                        waste by setting up a backyard compost bin
the open days program. Half way through the             in their backyards. The BCUA will hold a
book I was ready to get in my car, but had to           one-day compost bin sale on Sunday, April
delay as the ground was snow covered. Joseph            3rd at the Bergen County Community
Cooper sent me his collection of photographs of         Services Building, 327 East Ridgewood Ave.,
gardens in this area he has visited and, of             Paramus, between the hours of 9am–2pm,
course, I compared it with my list. We are not in       rain or shine.
a contest, so I will not tell which one of us has a
longer ―to visit‖ list.                                 At the sale, individuals may purchase an
                                                        Earth Machine™ home composting bin for
I once asked a relative if she would visit a            only $53.00. This bin retails for over $100 at
garden with me. Her answer, ―I’ve been there.‖          home improvement stores. Payment is
Once is not enough. The photographers of this           accepted in the form of check or money
book have obviously been to each garden many            order. NO CASH! Participants will also be
times: at various times of the year and from            provided information on composting and
early morning to dusk. Lyndhurst and Kykuit are         recycling. Additional compost materials are
about 45 minutes away while other gardens may           also available for sale.
be a two hour ride north along the Hudson River.
                                                        The Earth Machine™ can be used to
The authors give highest praise to the gardens          compost fruit and vegetable scraps, crushed
of Kykuit, saying they outshine the house. I            eggshells, tea bags, coffee grounds and
agree, yet sadly, the last time we visited they         filters into mulch for your lawn and garden.
had discontinued the extensive garden tour that         Compost creates a rich, all natural soil
had so delighted me several years earlier. Look         nutrient for landscapes, gardens, and
at the book, find a map, a friend, and explore          houseplants. Compost also enhances the
gardens as fine as any in the world.                    ability of soil to retain moisture and can
                                                        reduce your reliance on chemical fertilizers.
If you want to limit your travel time (by car) to an    CAN’T ATTEND? Compost bins are also
hour, get hold of Garden Guide: New York                available Monday through Friday at the
City, also by Berner and Lowry. I thought I had         BCUA by appointment only. Contact the
visited the major public gardens in New York            BCUA Environmental Programs Hotline at
City. I thought I owned enough garden guide             (201) 807-5825 to schedule an appointment
books. Wrong, twice! It is a pocket size book (if       or for more information go to the BCUA Web
you have big pockets) covering all five                 site at:
boroughs. More than half of the book is devoted
to Manhattan, the only borough with no botanical
garden. There are new gardens, historic
gardens, community gardens, roof top gardens,
waterfront gardens, museum gardens—New
York has them all. Pictures are few but the text
is so good that I shall carry this book with me on

Film Opportunity

April 8           7:30 Wyckoff Area Garden Club, in the Indian Hills Auditorium
―Addiction to disposable convenience‖ is the underlying theme of TAPPED, an award winning film. All are
invited to the free viewing of this documentary to learn the true monetary and environmental cost of
bottled water. The presentation is being co-hosted by the Environmental Clubs of Ramapo and Indian
Hills High Schools and is sponsored by the Wyckoff Area Garden Club

                          New Volunteer Site Coordinators
 When New York City Bloomed
       from the New
 Van Saun Park York Times                                 New Jersey Botanical Gardens
 Cliff Gerenz                                             Debra Bryant
 011/03/25/opinion/20110326-                              973.839 .3125
 Meets Mondays 9-noon
 12                                                       Meets Wednesdays 9-noon
                  Beautiful photos of flowers
           from New York’s history – worth

 If you could casually pass around to the Bergen MG's ...
 that they can follow me/record gardening on twitter @

                                                          thanks ...
                                                          Raymond A. Edel
                                                            The Record

                                           Rutgers Classes

                                  Rutgers Gardening Series Classes
                                   Family Vegetable Gardening Club
                           Ponds and Water Features for the Home Landscape

                                         For more information, see

  Editor’s Notes:
  Materials mentioned by our February speaker will be attached to the email message for this newsletter.
  They are being distributed with her permission.

  Our recent (March) speaker, Ira Grasgreen, indicated he would give us a list of places where we could
  purchase plants he mentioned. They are Barlow Flower Farm, Great Swamp Greenhouses, and Williams
  Nursery. We cannot recommend or endorse this information, but announced we would share it.

Upcoming Outreach Events
                ―Volunteers do not necessarily have the time; they just have the heart.‖
                                                          Elizabeth Andrew
Volunteers are needed to staff these events.

4/17    Party for the Planet
                 Bergen County Zoo--Van Saun Park, Paramus; 10-4pm
                 Table display and an opportunity to present a short program (10-45 min)
4/23    Earth Day at Wild Birds Unlimited
                 Route 17 Paramus, NJ, 10-2pm, Table display with fact sheets.
4/30    Cresskill Earthfest
                 Cresskill Community Center, 100 3rd Street, 12pm-4pm
5/13    Fair Lawn Green Fair               led by, Monica Moscovici
                 Fair Lawn High School, 14-00 Berdan Avenue, 6-9pm; setup at 5:30
                 2 Volunteers are needed for a Rain Garden Display
5/14    Ridgewood Earth Day
                 Memorial Park at Van Neste Square, Ridgewood, NJ; 10am–2pm; setup 9:30 am
5/22    Upper Saddle River Green Fair, St Francis Ministry - Church of the Presentation
                 271 West Saddle River Rd, 9am-1pm; setup 8:30am
6/11/11 Bill Kolvek Perennials
                 755 Chestnut Ridge Rd., Chestnut Ridge, NY 10977
                 Sat 10-4 rain or shine: open one day to public for tour, lecture, light refreshment and
                 plant sale. 4 to 6 Volunteers needed: 10-1 or 1-4

Mark your calendars and sign up to participate in one or more of these outreach programs. You can
help a little or a lot. These sights are qualified and can be used to fulfill your volunteer hours for this
year. Please contact Karen Pennell by phone at (201) 670-6471 or by email at for more information.

   When New York City Bloomed                          from the New York Times


                     Beautiful photos of flowers from New York’s history – worth seeing

                           Master Gardener Syllabus             April-June 2011
               All Classes from 10:00 am-12:00pm in Learning Center (unless otherwise stated)

April 15         Earth Day Planting with BC Environmental Council         Walden Pond, Van Saun Park

                 April 22                                Holiday Good Friday      No Class

April 29         Soils & Their Management                Brian Oleksak, Program Assoc.,
                                                         Rutgers Coop Ext. Sussex Co

May 6            Water Quality for Ponds & Streams       Lisa Galloway Evrard, Sr. Programmer
                                                         Rutgers Water Quality Resources

May 13           State Master Gardener Training          Rutgers Extension Faculty & Staff,
                                                         County College of Morris

May 20           Hands-on Pruning/Planting               Joel Flagler, Carol Thielke
                                                         Glen Rock Arboretum, Doremus Ave.

May 27           Rain Gardens                            Madeline Flahive-DiNardo, Ag Agent,
                                                         Wildlife Pest IPM, RCE Union Co

June 3           Vegetables & Their Pests                Pete Nitzsche, Ag Agent, RCE Morris Co

Monday June 6               Skylands Botanical Garden    Scott McCabe, JF
                                                         Rain or shine    Meet 10:30am in Parking lot A

                 June 10                                 No Class

Sat. June 11     Kolvek Perennial Nursery                Bill Kolvek, Dail Reid, JF
                                                         (Directions TBA)


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