The county offers gardening advice at no cost through the Gloucester County Certified Gardener Program.
“The Gloucester County Certified Gardeners are trained in horticulture and are able to assist County residents with a variety of home gardening issues including lawn care, plant, tree and shrub identification, advice about the right plant for the right place and recommendations on native plant materials.” said Director Robert M. Damminger.
“With samples, they can also help diagnose plant diseases, identify insects, weeds and other pests of the home and garden, and provide advice about control options,” said Commissioner Jim Lavender.
For identifying plant problems, several plant samples should be collected that represent the range of symptoms. For trees and shrubs, 6-to-8-inch pieces that include any leaves, flowers or fruit. Both a healthy and an “affected” sample work best for identification. Regarding insect pests of the home or garden, please include a live or dead intact insect.
Residents can call the Certified Gardener Helpline March through October: Wednesdays and Thursdays from 9:00 am—12:00 pm at 856-307-6464.
When dropping off samples, the Certified Gardener Helpline is located in the Office of Land Preservation at 1200 N.Delsea Drive, Bldg E, Clayton, NJ 08312.
Note: It is important to provide your mailing address, email address and phone number when you contact the Certified Gardeners. Residents can call our Certified Gardener Helpline or come to the Land Preservation office for horticultural information and help with various gardening problems. All visitors must wear masks and practice social distancing reccomendations.
The helpline can be reached by calling 856-307-6464 or by email firstname.lastname@example.org