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Award-winning Writer To Share Gardening Secrets at Trailside Nature and Science Center

Staff at The Alternative Press

Thursday, October 4, 2012 • 10:13pm

On Wednesday, October 17, 2012, award-winning gardening columnist Valerie Sudol will share some tried-and-true methods for successful gardening, with some myth-busting along the way, at Union County’s Trailside Nature and Science Center in Mountainside.  The public is cordially invited to attend this event, which begins promptly at 7pm and includes a question-and-answer session.  Admission is $5 per person at the door.

Sudol’s talk, “Garden Secrets,” is sponsored by the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County (RMGUC, Westfield) and The Reeves Reed Arboretum (Summit).

“This is a unique opportunity to learn from the experiences of a fellow Garden State resident whose passion in life is to make things grow,” says Union County Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.  “Whether you are a beginner or a seasoned gardener, you are bound to discover something new.”

Valerie Sudol is a career journalist who is well known for her work with The Star-Ledger, for which she helped launch the award-winning Home & Garden section.  Along with feature stories, her weekly Garden Diary column covered gardening, nature, land stewardship and related topics and was twice nominated for a Pulitzer Prize.

Sudol has been recognized for her involvement in horticultural activities throughout New Jersey and she continues to contribute to the Ledger and its lifestyle magazine, Inside Jersey, as well as other websites and publications, including The Asbury Park Press.

The Trailside Nature and Science Center is located in Union County’s Watchung Reservation at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside.  TNSC is the County’s state of the art nature museum and education resource, serving thousands of UC residents and visitors each year.  It is open to the public seven days a week, except for holidays.

Headquartered in Westfield at 300 North Avenue East, the Rutgers Master Gardeners of Union County (RMGUC) are trained volunteers affiliated with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) of New Jersey.  RMGUC is supported in part by the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders.  The Master Gardeners cultivate Demonstration Gardens at Trailside in the Watchung Reservation near the Trailside Nature and Science Center (Mountainside).  Vegetables, fruit and herbs grown in the Demo Gardens are donated to local food pantries and soup kitchens (nearly 19,000 lbs. since 2002).  Cultivated flowers are donated to local cancer centers and hospitals (18,000+ flowers and greens since 2006). 

For more information on the “Garden Secrets” event or to learn how to become a certified Master Gardener, call the RCE offices at 908-654-9854.

The Trailside Nature and Science Center is Union County’s state of the art nature museum and education resource, serving thousands of Union County residents and visitors each year. Located in the County’s Watchung Reservation at 452 New Providence Road in Mountainside, it is open seven days a week except for holidays.

 For information on all events and programs at Trailside call 908-789-3670 or visit the Union County website, ucnj.org.

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