News Transcript News Briefs, March 20

The Monmouth County Master Gardeners will host the fourth annual Home Garden Symposium on March 30 from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Monmouth County Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township. Master Gardeners will present workshops about numerous topics including landscape shrubs, garden planning for vegetables, butterflies and hydrangea care. Participants will be able to view a live gardening demonstration or attend a question and answer panel discussion with horticulturalists. A Rutgers’ Cooperative Extension Master Gardner Helpline table will be open at the symposium to answer gardening questions. The helpline is also available year-round weekdays from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at 732-303-7614. For more information about the Spring Symposium or the Monmouth County Master Gardeners program, call 732-431-7260, email mgmcsymposium@gmail.com or go to www.VisitMonmouth.com

Monmouth County has announced the spring 2019 Backyard Composting Workshop schedule for residents. County residents will learn how to reduce household waste and improve soil during a 45-minute presentation at the following seminars: April 6, 10 a.m., Monmouth County Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township; and May 4, 10 a.m., Monmouth County Agriculture Building, 4000 Kozloski Road, Freehold Township.  The workshops are free, but advance registration is required. To reserve a seat, call 732-683-8686, ext. 6721, or download the registration form from the recycling section of the Monmouth County Reclamation Center webpage. The seminar is open to individuals of all ages and is free. The Monmouth County Office of Solid Waste and Recycling offers a brochure for children who are interested in learning more about composting. Through this brochure, children will learn not only why composting is a great way to recycle but also what is and is not acceptable to compost at home, according to a press release. To request copies of the brochure, call 732-683-8686, ext. 6721.