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Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset County

Master Gardeners display of blooming flowers.

A program area of the Agriculture & Natural Resources department, Lawn & Garden focuses on providing one-on-one information for homeowner lawn, garden, and landscaping challenges, including community outreach through the trained volunteers of Rutgers Master Gardeners.

Need Free Lawn or Garden Help?

Trained Rutgers Master Gardeners are here to help you virtually with your lawn and garden questions. Please see the information below and don't forget to use our guidelines before submitting your question to get the most accurate response:

For soil testing or plant diagnostic services, please check the current operating status of the Rutgers Soil Testing and Plant Diagnostic Laboratories.

We offer assistance in many areas including: plant identification, insect identification, home landscaping and gardening, and weed identification. Just send us an email to see how we can help.

Interested in Becoming a Somerset County Rutgers Master Gardener?

Becoming a Rutgers Master Gardener is an incredible opportunity to volunteer your time and learn about horticulture, provide community and university services, and enjoy the company of other like-minded volunteers. Through opportunities within Somerset County, newly trained students are required to complete 60 intern hours within 18 months of finishing the educational component to become Certified Rutgers Master Gardeners. To remain certified, Master Gardeners are required annually to volunteer 25 hours of service and to attend 10 hours of continuing education and/or Master Gardener general meetings.

Some of our community service includes manning the Rutgers Master Gardeners helpline, children’s programs, speaker’s bureau, horticulture therapy, public outreach events, and many others. Our university services include volunteering in agriculture and horticulture research at various university-held properties.

If you are interested in the Somerset County Rutgers Master Gardener program, the next class starts in Fall 2023. To be added to the waitlist, please email Ashley Higgins with your full name, and phone number. Thank you!

Contact Information

Rutgers Cooperative Extension
310 Milltown Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
Phone: 908-526-6293
Email: Ashley Higgins Administrative Assistant