Certified Gardeners Program
Gloucester County Certified Gardeners Program  Program Coordinator: Mary Cummings 856-307-6456  mcummings@co.gloucester.nj.us$0 $0 Certified Gardeners are individuals interested in gardening and volunteering in their community. As a Certified Gardener Intern you will receive a minimum of 50 hours of training in a variety of topics taught by leaders in the horticultural industry. In exchange for the training the individual is asked to volunteer 60 hours back to the program.The volunteer activities vary from staffing displays at community days, assisting county residents with their gardening and insect problems, teaching gardening classes to youth and adults and assisting the county, municipalities and local organizations with community beautification projects. If you have an interest in gardening and volunteering this program is for you. Both beginners and experienced gardeners will gain valuable knowledge and experience through this exciting new program. The classes will be held on Wednesday morning from 9:00 am-noon starting in January 2020. Download Application (PDF) 

Certified Gardeners Helpline: Residents may call or visit the Certified Gardeners for advice on all aspects of gardening and lawn care, including pest identification, plant disease diagnosis, gardening for pollinators and more.$0 Free pH soil testing is available. The Helpline is staffed on Wednesday mornings from 9 am til 12 pm, and at other times as well.  The Helpline can be reached by calling the Certified Gardener office at 856-307-6456, or the Helpline office at 856-307-6464.  $0 The Helpline email address is gardener@co.gloucester.nj.us

Special Events:

Whitall House Valentine's Dinner--February 15, 2020 
Click here for brochure 

Spring Festival at Red Bank Battlefield--April 25, 2020

Whitall House Colonial Tea --May 3, 2020

Spring Garden Expo and Plant Sale--May 9,2020

Whitall Flower Show--June 28,2020

Butterfly Festival at Red Bank Battlefield--July 18,2020

 Fall Festival at Red Bank Battlefield--Late October

Need a speaker for your group or club?
 We offer programs on a variety of topics to youth and adults.  Below is a partial list of programs you can schedule for your group.  We also offer Make and Take programs for a nominal fee that covers materials.

Lectures:

Container Gardening with Herbs  

Container Gardening with Vegetables  

Container Gardening with Flowers  

Gardening for Birds and Butterflies 

All about Bees
 
Heirloom Tomatoes 

Gardening 101 


Vegetable Gardening

Composting

Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels 

Dividing Perennials

Gardening Q&A

Houseplants

Orchids
 
Go Native-Using Native Pants in the Landscape

Hands on Classes:

Container Gardening

Herbal Sachets

Candle Dipping

Tin Punch

Locker Hooking

Dish Gardens

Herbal Teas

Basic Floral Design

Certified Gardener Beautification Projects
  

Gloucester County Veteran’s Cemetery The gardeners plant annual flowers and prepare the cemetery beds each spring for the Memorial Day services held there. 

Glassboro Senior Center and Library These gardens are designed and maintained by certified gardeners to enhance these two locations. Educational classes on gardening topics are also held at both locations throughout the year.

 Shady Lane Nursing Home-Gardens here are maintained by Certified Gardeners to enhance the grounds for the residents to enjoy.

Certified Gardeners Demonstration and Donation Gardens 

Clayton Complex Demonstration Garden is located in front of building E, and includes two rain gardens, a shade garden, butterfly garden, wildflower plot,  herb bed and several raised vegetable beds. 

Historic Gardens at the James and Ann Whitall House
at Red Bank Battlefield in National Park feature a kitchen garden, vegetable garden, 4 colonial herb beds, a children’s garden, a fruit orchard and a fragrance garden.

The Certified Gardener Butterfly House
is located adjacent to the James and Ann Whitall House in Red Bank Battlefield in National Park. The house features butterflies native to New Jersey including the Monarch. The house is open to tours Thursday- Sunday, May- September. 
  
Red Bank Battlefield Donation Garden-is located near the James & Ann Whitall House, and produce is donated to local food pantries.

Gloucester Co. Library Main Branch at Mullica Hill-is both a beautification project and a demonstration garden for both children and adults.

The Olde Stone House Historic Garden-
Egg Harbor Road in Washington Twp. features kitchen and herb gardens.

Camp Salute-Clayton, Veterans Housing Complex gardens provide vegetables for residents as well as peaceful areas for families to spend outdoor time.

Certified Gardener Educational Events
 

The Gloucester County Horticultural Symposium
is held every year in April. This programs brings renowned speakers to the area to present on their area of expertise.Click Here For Brochure and schedule (PDF)
 

Spring Garden Expo and Plant Sale is held annually on the Saturday before Mother’s Day. The day features seminars and demonstrations on gardening along with a plant sale. The plant sale features a large selection of unique heirloom vegetable varieties along with herbs, and annuals.

Ann Whitall Flower Show will is held annually in June. The day features a display of horticulture specimens and floral arrangements. Any Gloucester County resident may participate in the show at no charge. The show is open to the general public. For show entry information, contact the certified gardener office.
 
Gloucester County Home Garden School will be held from January - June for anyone who has a desire to learn more about the different aspects of gardening. You can take just one or two classes, or the entire series. 2020 Gardening School: Click Here for Brochure and Schedule (PDF) 

Gloucester County Pesticide Recertification Classes will be held Jan-June for anyone needing NJDEP Pesticide Recertification Credits. Download brochure for specific dates and creditsClick Here for Brochure and Schedule (PDF)

James & Ann Whitall House Heirloom Craft Classes held on Saturday mornings September - March  Please check back in August for Fall Schedule* 

Certified Gardener Horticultural Therapy Program 

St. John of God School is located in Deptford for special needs youth. Certified gardeners assist the students with weekly garden lessons and activities.

Links
GCCG Association by-Laws
GCCG Policy Manual
GCCG Facebook Page