NJ Ferrari Maserati

Around Town
Fall Guide 2014 - Activities
AMI Foundation Donates More Than 500 lbs. of Food from 6th Annual Food Drive
Our Lady of Mt. Carmel School as National STEM Showcase School
Ask The Experts
Company Profile - Shrewsbury Vascular & General Surgery Associates
Ask the Expert - Vincent Dicks CEO - Career Gaudium
Ask The Expert - Hiren Patel, M.D.
Bay Wellness
Bay Wellness - Physician Focus: Steven R. Berkman
Bay Wellness - Health After Menopause
Bay Wellness - How Can An Ultrasound Help?
Best Bets
Best Bet - Oasis Backyard Garden
Best Bet - Lifestyles Medical
Best Bet - Ashford & Grace Fine Jewelers
Black Book
Cover Story
Novel Ideas - Robin Friedman: Author, Journalist, and Jersey Girl
The Ultimate Fighter: Renzo Gracie
Passion for Pop - Joe Petruccio
Daytripper: The Lakewood BlueClaws: Exciting Minor League Baseball at the Jersey Shore
Day Tripper - Whitesbog Village
Day Tripper - New York City for the Holidays
Eats: Grape Beginnings
Eats: Cake Bake & Roll
Staten Island EatBeat - Arena Steakhouse & Lounge
Etc - Walking through Monmouth County
Etc - Tired, Busy, Distracted, and Resigned
Etc - School Daze
Fall Guide
Fall Guide - Kids Activity
Fall Guide 2014 - The Art of Wine
Fall Guide - Performing Theatre
Featured Artist
Featured Artist - José Serrano
Featured Artist - John Kelly
Featured Artist - Leah Passafiume
Gift Guide
The Guide 2014 - George Wall Ford
The Guide 2014 - Kleban Furniture
The Guide 2015 - Travel Leaders
Health Talk
Guest Blogger >> Sonya Moretti, WHNP-BC, NAMS
Our Pick - Dr. Young Orthodontic & Cosmetic Services
Health Talk - IVF New Jersey
Health, Wellness & Beauty
Health - Cosmetics & Plastic surgery
Health 2015 - Fertility
Health - Pilates Space, LLC.
Holiday Buzz 2014
Weigh In - What famous person would you invite to your holiday table?
Best Bet - David Burke’s Fromagerie
Chanukah Traditions In Transition
Richard and Nancy Cohen
A Labor of Love - The Salems
Flight OF Fancy - The Berbers
Letter to Colts Neck: Falling Into Good Times
Warm Winter Wishes
Spring has Sprung!
Living in Colts Neck
Muriel Rogers - Local Artist
Gratitude in Guatemala
Impeccable Style
Newsletter Articles
Eats: Asahi
A Seductive Re-Imaging - The Keeleys
Our Pick: Visual Impact Decorating
Our Picks
Our Pick: Byford & Mills
Our Pick - Giglio Builders LLC
Company Profile - Family Focus Financial Group
People On The Move
People On The Move - Sean Davis
People On The Move - Reverend Monsignor Eugene M. Rebeck
People On The Move - Kyle Galante
Summer Guide
Summer Guide 2015 - Seven Presidents Oceanfront Park
Summer Guide - The Beach is Back
Summer Guide 2014 - Out & About
The Bay
The Bay - National Stroke Awareness Month
The Bay - Could I Have Diabetes and Not Even Know it?
The Bay - Welcome to the Premiere
The Guide
The Guide 2015 - Casale Jewelers
The Guide 2014 - Brown’s Heating, Cooling and Plumbing
The Guide 2015 - Lincroft Village Jewelers
The Home Guide
The Home Guide - Ryser's Landscape Supply
The Home Guide - AW Eurostile
Our Pick - Hubbard Park Real Estate
Weigh In
Weigh In - What would you want people to say at your funeral?
Weigh In - What childhood toy do you still have or wish you still had?
Weigh In Holmdel: If you could live anywhere...?!

People On The Move - Jeanne Patterson
03/07/2012 - By Gayle Davis

People On The Move - Jeanne Patterson

Jeanne Patterson
Master Gardener

Jeanne Patterson works with special education students and is also a certified Rutgers Master Gardener  of Monmouth County (there are about 160 in Monmouth County). The Rutgers Master Gardener program  is designed for trained volunteers to deliver horticulture programs and information to the general public. Jeanne has always had a passion for gardening and teaching people, so the program is a great fit. Her  philosophy has always been that it’s not only important to give back, but it’s important to teach as well.  She, like her father and grandfather before her, has always had an admiration for gardening.

Jeanne says, “To become a Master Gardener you must first apply and be accepted into the program. To  be accepted into the program you must demonstrate your willingness to volunteer on the application. It  was pretty fortunate that I was selected, because sometimes there can be over 100 applications. The  program is 10 weeks long. You must attend classes for a total of 60 hours, or for a total of six hours per week (three hours/two days a week) and take a mid-term and a final exam. Each cadet must also  complete a minimum of 60 hours of community service which is broken down into 20 hours of working the  helpline and 40 hours of community service. “A few are taken at the Agricultural Building located in  Freehold,” she adds, “and a few are taken at Brookdale Community College along with one at Deep Cut  Park and are taught by Rutgers professors, Brookdale professors and one Monmouth County Park  Supervisor. Volunteers who spend time at the office will help with identifying plants, ticks and other  insects, and diagnosing plant problems.”

The Master Gardener Program has been offered in Monmouth County for about 11 years and there are  several community gardens overseen by Master Gardeners located in towns such as Freehold, Tinton  Falls, Oceanport, Long Branch (at Monmouth University) and Westminster Community Garden in  Middletown. Most of these gardens include a “PAR Garden,” which stands for “Plant A Row for the  Hungry.” Jeanne says, “When we initially started, the first garden was at a church and we gave out canned  goods for the hungry as well. This is what really initiated the PAR garden and helps to build community.  The crops planted at these gardens provide healthier food choices for members and/or for people who  are in need.”

A Junior Master Gardener program has also been established for children ages 9 to 11. These kids work  with mentors and oversee their own garden behind the agricultural building in Freehold.

Rain Gardens are also cultivated by the Master Gardeners. A rain garden is basically a depressed garden. “We only have so much rainwater in the world,” Jeanne explains. “A lot of rainwater gets washed  off into the ocean. We are encouraging people to recycle the rainwater back into the ground and create  ground water. We are spreading this important message at county fairs and we have rain gardens  planted at some of the schools and at the Agricultural Building as well.”

Jeanne is involved with the Shade Tree Commission, too, and explains that there are a number of White  Pine trees throughout Monmouth County that were grown from seedlings sprouted aboard the space  shuttle Columbia flight in April 1997. One is planted in Durand Park in Freehold. Patterson says that  Freehold is recognized in the state as a “Tree City,” and Arbor Day was celebrated here in recognition of  its 30th anniversary.

If you would like to learn more about applying to the Master Gardener program you may visit Rutgers.edu. For additional information, or if you have any gardening questions, please call the Master Garden Helpline  at 732-303-7614.


Sweet Lews Cafe, Freehold

Josh Groban

“March of the Wooden Soldiers”


People who use their cell while driving

My Family, my Aunt Lil and my Grandma Mil


The Grove At ShrewsburyEagle Oaks

Powered by eDirectory™