Certified Gardeners Program
Gloucester County Certified Gardeners Program
Program Coordinator:
Mary Cummings
856-307-6456
mcummings@co.gloucester.nj.us

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 2019. Download Application (PDF) 

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
Container Gardening with Herbs
Container Gardening with Vegetables
Container Gardening with Flowers
Gardening for Birds and Butterflies
All about Bees
Heirloom Tomatoes
Gardening 101
Composting
Rain Gardens and Rain Barrels
Butterflies
Flower Gardening
Herbal Soaps
Drying Herbs
Canning
Herb infused oils
Terrariums

Certified Gardener Beautification Projects
Gloucester County Veteran’s Cemetery The gardeners plant annuals 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.
Gloucester County 4-H Fairground Gardens Certified gardens maintain several gardens at this location including a butterfly garden, herb garden, shade garden and a rain garden.
Monroe Twp. Library Certified Gardeners assist the library with the upkeep of the landscaped area around the library. Educational programs are also held on a monthly basis.

Certified Gardeners Learning Gardens
Clayton Complex Demonstration Garden is located in front of building E, and includes two rain gardens, a shade garden, butterfly garden, wildflower plot, a strawberry bed, 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. 
Franklinville Children’s Garden is located at the Franklinville Library. The garden was established by Lorraine Kiefer of Triple Oaks Nursery in memory of her father. Certified gardeners assist with the maintenance of the site which is used for a variety of children’s educational programs.
Mary Shoemaker School Garden is located in Woodstown and is cared for by Certified Gardeners in conjunction with the schools special needs youth. The youth help to maintain the garden and the Certified Gardeners work with the students teaching them gardening skills.
Chestnut Ridge Donation Garden is located in Glassboro and was established in 2013 to grow produce to supply the local food bank with fresh vegetables. The garden contains 7 raised beds with plans for expansion. In its first two years the garden has produced over 2000 lbs. of produce                   

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 tomato and vegetable varieties along with herbs, annuals and hanging baskets. 
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. 2019 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)$0$0
James & Ann Whitall House Heirloom Craft Classes held on Saturday mornings Jan-June. Download brochure for specific dates and credits. Click Here for Brochure and Schedule (PDF)
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

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