CLAYTON — A new season of Certified Gardener classes will be starting soon at the Gloucester County Office of Government Services Building at 1200 N. Delsea Drive, in Clayton.
The Certified Gardeners are community volunteers trained in environmentally friendly gardening. This is a year-long program that includes lectures and hands-on learning. The class meets each Wednesday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. from January through May.
The hands-on portion of the class occurs through a variety of community outreach projects including the Butterfly House and Historic Gardens at the Red Bank Battlefield Park, demonstration gardens throughout the county, donation gardens and through educational events and classes.
New for 2022: Classes will be available on-line for those unable to attend Wednesday mornings. A link will be provided, and participants can view the lectures at their convenience.
The class is open to all residents of New Jersey. Topics covered in the program include gardening naturally, plant diseases, propagation, native plants, pruning, lawn care, and more. The program also requires participants to volunteer service hours toward Certified Gardener projects, activities and events throughout the year.
If you have an interest in gardening and volunteering, this program is for you. Both experienced and beginning gardeners can gain valuable education and experience through this unique program.
There is a $150 fee, which covers educational materials and speaker fees. The program is free to veterans.
Those interested in joining can call the GC Office of Land Preservation at 856-307-6456 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.