Certified Gardeners Program

Gloucester County Certified Gardeners 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 horticultural 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.
Download Application (PDF)

The volunteer activities vary from staffing displays at community days, assisting county residents with their gardening and insects 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 2015.
Spring Garden Expo Brochure (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 lists of programs you can schedule for your group. We also offer Make and Take programs on the following topics:
 
  • 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
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  • Herbal Soaps
  • Container Gardening (herbs, veggies and flowers)
  • Drying Herbs
  • Canning
  • Herb infused oils
  • Terrariums

  • C
    ertified 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 features 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 several 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 be held in June 2016. 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, check back in April 2016.

    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 or the entire series of classes. 2016 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 credits.
    Click Here for Brochure and Schedule (PDF)

    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

    Introductory letter and application

    GCCG Association by-Laws

    GCCG Policy Manual

    GCCG Facebook Page