EARTH Center open house set for July 22

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will hold its Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on July 22 at the EARTH Center, located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick. The rain date will be July 23.

The day will be filled with activities for the whole family, including garden tours, presentations and showcases on gardening and landscaping, plus live music.

Throughout the event, the Agriculture Office and the Rutgers Master Gardeners will offer advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through various teaching gardens and learning projects.

Children age 14 and under can participate in the Master Gardener Scavenger Hunt, a hunt for medallions in the gardens throughout the park. Once completed, they turn in their hunt forms and a randomly chosen prize winner will be drawn at 2:30 p.m.

Gardeners are encouraged to bring a sample of their biggest or most outstanding homegrown produce to enter in the “Greatest of the Garden” contest. Categories include but are not limited to biggest tomato, biggest cucumber, biggest watermelon, longest gourd and any vegetable that has a likeness to a celebrity or historical figure.

Attendees are asked to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for MCFOODS (Middlesex County Food Outreach Organization and Distribution Services), the county food bank.

For more information, call 732-398-5268 or email david.smela@co.middlesex.nj.us.