Recognizing Diane Gawronski, UConn Master Gardener, for Receiving Haddam Historical Society Award

We love sharing the accomplishments of Master Gardeners! Diane Gawronski, MG Middlesex Class of 2022, was honored this year with an award by the Haddam Historical Society. See their full post below:
“This year the Haddam Historical Society acknowledged garden volunteer Dr. Diane Gawronski, DMD with the Founders’ Day Award. Diane has been responsible for our spectacular vegetable garden for the past two summers. This year she created an assortment of historic garden trellises including a tomato table and bean teepee. The center teepee not only featured a variety of beans but morning glory and moon flower. Squash and melons grew on a stick trellis and herbs were protected by stick stockades. Diane created an easy- to -read hand-out on “The Historic Art of Garden Trellising” and shared her knowledge with visitors and groups on her creating this delightful space.
Diane came to us as volunteer with the Master Gardener Program and created an artistic masterpiece in our little historic garden. Thank you, Diane.”
Diane Gawronski in front of the Garden Trellis Teepee Historical Article about the art of trellising
A different angle of the trellised beans A different angle of trellised beans

UConn Master Gardener Program/Ocean State Job Lot Free Seed Packet Distribution 2023

Once again Ocean State Job Lot has partnered with the UConn Master Gardener Program to distribute free seed packets to community groups, non-profits, schools, and municipal groups.

The maximum order is 200 packets per group. We reserve the right to substitute seed packets due to availability. Orders will be filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

You must select the location where you will pick up your seed order.  You will be contacted by someone from that location regarding pickup dates and times.

Happy Gardening in 2023!

2023 UConn Master Gardener/Ocean State Job Lot Seed Packet Giveaway



Please list the desired number of seed packets for each vegetable variety.

Flowers will be offered unsorted

We will fill requests as equitably as possible. You may not receive everything you requested. We reserve the right to substitute.

There is a limit of 200 seed packets per organization.

Submit requests by February 14, 2023. Orders will be filled in the order that they are received.

Select the pickup location best suits your location. You will be contacted regarding pick up dates from your selected location.

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Maximum Order per Organization: 200 packets

BEANS

CRUCIFERS

Collard, Mustard, Turnip
Mesclun, Arugula, Corn Salad, Endive, Escarole

TOMATOES

HERBS

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2023 Master Gardener Calendar

The 2023 UConn Master Gardener Calendar was just published for download or print! While we wont be offering these for purchase this year, the pdf is available for FREE and can easily be printed at home.  This was a culmination of the work of many Master Gardener volunteers working out of the New Haven Office.  We will be sharing the monthly pages as well on all of our social media.  View the calendar here. 

 

New Online Courses: Fundamentals of Home Gardening

fundamentals of home gardening

Learn the fundamental concepts of horticulture, as taught by UConn Extension  educators and specialists. Based on UConn’s Master Gardener curriculum, this four-part, online series can be taken at your own pace, at times that work for you. Choose just the modules you’re interested in or complete all four sections to earn a certificate of completion in Fundamentals of Home Gardening. 

Classes begin now and run through May 2022. Registration information is posted on https://bit.ly/ExtensionStore. Questions? Email sarah.bailey@uconn.edu.

FULL: Learn Gardening Fundamentals in New Online Course

four pots on the ground with different plants growing in them
Photo: Markus Spiske

Class is full, stay tuned for the next session. Interested in how plants grow? Do you want a healthy, productive, and sustainable landscape for your home?  UConn Extension now offers the Fundamentals of Home Gardening, an asynchronous online series of classes covering a wide variety of gardening topics. These classes explore the foundation of good gardening practices, and help explain the “why” of successful gardens.  Taught by UConn Extension educators and specialists, and drawing on the Extension Master Gardener curriculum, this four-part, online series can be taken at your own pace, at times that work for you. Choose just the segments you’re interested in or complete all four components and earn a certificate of completion in the Fundamentals of Home Gardening.

The four modules cover Core Fundamentals, Environmental Factors, Ornamental Plants and Growing Your Own Foods. Each module is independent and does not require any prerequisites. All modules will be available by the end of April, and a registrant will have six weeks to complete the three or four classes contained per module.

Modules are $150 each. A flyer with more information is available. Registration is at https://uconnmastergarden-ers.gosignmeup.com/  or for more information, contact sarah.bailey@uconn.edu.

Job Opening: UConn Extension Master Gardener Coordinator-Lower Fairfield County

Sarah-volunteerThe UConn Extension Master Gardener Program is seeking applications for the position of Master Gardener Program Coordinator for Lower Fairfield County, based at the Bartlett Arboretum and Gardens in Stamford, CT. This is a 16-hour-per-week position and is a temporary, six-month appointment. Renewal is optional pending coordinator review and availability of program funding.

Responsibilities include but are not limited to: provide leadership for the Master Gardener Program in southern Fairfield County. Successful candidate will coordinate staffing of program mentors, volunteers and interns; work with UConn Extension center/county based faculty and staff, as well as university-based faculty and staff as needed. Will also need to work with allied community groups and Extension partners such as the CT Master Gardener Association; train and supervise interns when classroom teaching is completed; arrange for and conduct Advanced Master Gardener classes each year; develop and coordinate outreach programs and projects with community organizations in southern Fairfield County, including the Bartlett Arboretum. They will prepare annual reports on program activities, impacts, incomes, outcomes (number of clientele contacts); and communicate effectively with the state coordinator, other county coordinators, and the Bartlett Arboretum staff. Monthly reports shall be communicated to the state coordinator and topical information may be shared with others as requested.

Preference will be given to candidates who are Certified Master Gardeners, or with a degree in horticulture, botany, biology or equivalent experience. Interested applicants should possess strong organizational, communication and interpersonal skills and be able to show initiative. They should be able to demonstrate experience in working collaboratively as well as independently, and be willing to work flexible hours including some evenings and weekends. Must be familiar with Microsoft Office and must be comfortable with on-line communications and programming. Volunteer experience is desired.

Submit letter of application, resume and names of three references to:
Sarah Bailey, State Extension Master Gardener Coordinator at sarah.bailey@uconn.edu
Please put Master Gardener Coordinator Position in the subject line.

If you are unable to use email, you may send it to:
Sarah Bailey
State Extension Master Gardener Coordinator
UConn Extension
270 Farmington Avenue, Suite 262
Farmington, CT 0632

Screening will begin immediately.