DEERFIELD TWP. — The Cumberland County Master Gardeners is fighting to avert a crisis, according to member Sarah Johnson. Viola Carson, the county home horticulturalist who heads the Master Gardeners program and all the volunteers and their training, etc., is leaving at the end of July and the county says there aren’t funds in the budget to replace her. What the volunteers can keep together will stay as long as the volunteers keep it going, but without a coordinator, the possibility of future classes and programs, the maintaining of current programs, etc. is slim. There is a county meeting set for 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 23 at the Cumberland County Courthouse in Bridgeton. The group is part of the agenda and asks all supporters to attend. The Cumberland County Master Gardeners Organization provides information regarding invasive species of pests and plants, through lectures, the helpline, and the helpdesk; conducts and hosts more than 30 public educational classes each year; presents educational opportunities at schools, churches, festivals, and public forums throughout the year. It also maintains many local planting projects, including: The Cohanzick Zoo; The Old Broad Street Cemetery; The Rain Garden and The Discovery Garden at WheatonArts;, The Garden on High in Millville;, plantings at The Boys and Girls Club of Vineland, etc.
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