Middlesex County EARTH Center’s Garden Field Day


The EARTH Center, home to Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County, New Jersey will host their Garden Field Day Open House on Saturday, August 18, from 10 am to 3 pm . The event will take place at the EARTH Center located at 42 Riva  Ave. in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, South Brunswick, New Jersey and is the EARTH Center’s biggest event of the year.

The Extension Agriculture Department as well as the County Master Gardeners will be on hand, offering sound advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship. Tours will be given of the various demonstration gardens including a huge vegetable display garden, the “Circle of Thyme” herb garden, Rain Garden and the popular, newly expanded Butterfly House.

Also part of the EARTH Center Garden Field Day, the Second Annual “Greatest of the Garden” competition will take place, so gardeners are encouraged to bring along their biggest or most outstanding home grown produce to win prizes and recognition. This will give residents a chance to show off their green thumbs to fellow gardeners… Attendees are encouraged to bring their homegrown entries for the following categories..Biggest Tomato
Biggest Cucumber
Biggest Zucchini
Biggest Pumpkin
Biggest Squash
Biggest Water Melon
Biggest Sunflower Head
Longest Gourd
Smallest Pumpkin
Smallest Cherry Tomato
Oddest Heirloom Tomato
All Vegetables..Best Likeness to Celebrity or Historical Figure.
Hottest Pepper Variety Grown (judged by Scoville ratings)

4-H clubs will be present offering activities for the kids. Extension personnel will also be conducting a Jersey Fresh Taste Test. There will also be live music, “green” living displays and kids can meet MC Blue, the recycling robot.

Even if you can’t visit the EARTH Center this season, you can still discover what types of programming the EARTH Center offers, just visit www.co.middlesex.nj.us/extensionservices.

For more information call 732-398-5262.

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