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Home Horticulture and Rutgers Master Gardeners
[Master Gardener Association of Passaic County]

The Rutgers Master Gardener (PDF) program is a research-based training opportunity to become volunteers for horticultural service projects and community stewardship and beautification programs throughout Passaic County. Classes consist of horticulture-related lessons range in topics from plant propagation, botany, lawn care, plant pathology, understanding soil, introduction to Landscaping design and general entomology, among others. Classes include lectures, field trips, and hands-on activities. Anyone with an interest in gardening and a commitment to volunteer service can become a Rutgers Master Gardener. No previous education or training is required. To learn more about the Master Gardeners Association of Passaic County please visit their website..

Rutgers Master Gardeners

Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline: 973-305-5743 (9:30am–Noon, Monday–Friday)

As of 3/18/20, the Master Gardener Helpline is physically closed until further notice. We are operating remotely, if you have a home gardening question please email us at

Emailing the Rutgers Master Gardener Helpline to get the most accurate diagnosis, there are a few simple questions you should try to address in your email, please see the Master Gardeners Email Guidelines.

Please also visit the Lawn & Garden FAQ to find more information for caring for your garden and landscape.

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How to Have Plant Disease/Pest Indentified

Providing the following services:
  • Plant Diagnosis
  • Plant, insect, weed, and disease identification
  • Provide NJAES fact sheets (on a variety of topics)
  • Soil test kits (please call for more information)
  • Gardening demonstrations
  • Horticultural education
  • Community and youth gardening
  • Beautification and maintenance of public gardens

Rutgers Master Gardener Projects Include:

Become a Rutgers Master Gardener