Monthly Archives: April 2013

Upcoming Events Final Touch Plantscaping, LLC

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March 16th

Future Farmers of America Horticultural Exposition, Mercer County Community College, Judge, Horticulture Division
March 22nd

The Rotary Club of Plainfield North Plainfield Wine Tasting Dinner 2012
March 23rd

“Rotary Rutgers growing lives one seed at a time” kick off event with Executive Dean of Agriculture Robert Goodmen
March 31st

Skills USA, Somerset County Vo Tech, Bridgewater, Judge
April 19th

Halls Garden Center, Berkely Heights, NJNLA Seminar
May 1st

Storr Tractor, NJNLA Seminar
May 12th

The Best of Branchburg, Raritan Valley Community College, Branchburg, hosted by the Rotary Club of Branchburg
Plant Sale – Rutgers Master Gardeners of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties, 310 Milltown Road, Bridgewater
May 23rd

Women’s Golf Clinic and Luncheon, Neshanic Valley Golf Course
June 1 – 3

The 92nd Annual Rotary District 7510 Conference, Lancaster City, PA
June 8, 9

Private Tour with Dr. Michael Dirr, Atlanta, Georgia

40th Annual Conference of the American Horticultural Therapy Association, Olympia, Washington

Final Touch Plantscaping, LLC is certified by The State of New Jersey as a Certified Women Business Enterprise and Small Business Enterprise. Specializing in Construction, proper Landscape installation and techniques and Developing, Implementing and Facilitating Customized therapeutic Horticultural Activities, Programs and Gardens for populations of all ages.

Biography of Laura DePrado


Laura DePrado is a change-maker in her community and beyond. Laura is a lifetime resident of New Jersey. Her vision, passion and commitment to connect people, plants and community are infectious. She is a wife, mother of two teenagers, rotarian, business owner, and golfer. In 2009 she went back to college at Rutgers University to study Horticultural Therapy. (The process of using plants as tools in human well being and rehabilitation). Adding to her Bachelor of Science Degree, Laura just achieved her Horticultural Therapy Certificate from the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences.

Laura is the owner of Final Touch Plantscaping, LLC in Central New Jersey.Laura specializes in garden designs, plant expertise, as well as developing programs and activities for the special needs population using horticultural therapy techniques. She is an active and contributory member of several local, state and national horticulture, agriculture and business associations including the New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association, the New Jersey Farm Bureau, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, the American Horticultural Therapy Association, Hunterdon County Chamber of Commerce, and Somerset County Business Partnership. Laura is a certified Rutgers Master Gardener of Somerset and Hunterdon Counties. She has dedicated more than 2,000 hours since 2009, pioneering and spearheading horticultural therapy outreach programs including the Anderson House, well-known for their programs for women in recovery from drug and alcohol addictions. Since 2009 her work has resulted in expanded programs for Rutgers Cooperative Extension, numerous accolades locally and nationally, scholarships and honors for outstanding programs from Rutgers University, the United Way, Anderson House, the Somerset County Freeholders, the Courier News and the Mid Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network.

Notable facts

  • Presenter 2011 AHTA National Conference, “The Role of Horticultural Therapy in the Therapeutic Community” – Asheville, NC
  • Received the Somerset County Board of Agriculture Tom Everett Memorial Scholarship in honor of the late Hillsborough resident; the first Continuing Education Scholarship recipient to receive this award in the history of Somerset County.
  • Columnist for the Gardener News, New Jersey’s leading monthly newspaper serving the agriculture, landscape, nursery and greenhouse industry.
  • Mentor to college and high school students as well as coach to local scouts.
  • Club and Community Service Director for Rotary International District 7510.
  • Facilitator of a new partnership between Rotary and Rutgers University, and founder of “Growing Lives One Seed at a Time,” a new enabling garden with Horticultural Therapy in 5 New Jersey county pilots in the upcoming months.


Final Touch Plantscaping is an active member of the following:

  • New Jersey Nursery and Landscape Association
  • Professional Women in Construction
  • American Horticultural Therapy Association
  • Mid Atlantic Horticultural Therapy Network
  • New Jersey Farm Bureau
  • Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension Master Gardeners of Somerset County
  • Rotary International District 7510
  • Connect with Laura DePrado on Linked In


Plant-O-Rama, in its 16th year, is co sponsored by the Metro Hort Group (MHG) and the BBG. The MHG is a professional organization whose members, including HT’s from New Jersey and New York, are active in the worlds of public and private horticulture. Today, the health promoting benefits of horticulture are widely recognized. Horticultural therapist are working bringing programs and activities for children through seniors in arboreta, hospitals, schools, group homes, sheltered workshops, assisted living centers and retirement communities.

Sharpen your Body Language and Negotiation skills

Negotiating and Body Language…a must for anyone in business

Final Touch Plantscaping, LLC attended Negotiating Body Language Seminar at the Rutgers Business School, Newark New Jersey on February 21st

What Does Your Body Language Say About You?

Greg Williams Master Negotiator and Author (and often seen on Fox News Channel what political candidates are really saying) shared body language revelations that assist in controlling the body language signals you emit when negotiating and in your personal life. You really can master reading invisible messages in order to “read the other person’s mind”. To accurately assess the other person’s plan, first consider the image you wish to project and the role that your body language will play. Then determine how you will cast the role you will play during the negotiation. By attending this presentation, you will discover how to read body language and increase your negotiation skills. With your enhanced and new-found skills, you will be able to negotiate better in business and in your personal life. Body Language: Is there value in being able to read and interpret body language? Can one gain an advantage, as the result of being able to read body language in a negotiation.

Job Opening: Lawn Technician

Organic Lawn Care Company is currently looking for a experienced lawn care technician /applicator to add to our team. 2-3 years of field experience in the lawn care industry preferred and all necessary licenses are required. Must have success in dealing with customer contact and the ability to meet schedules and be organized.

Competitive Pay and Benefits

Call Maria: @ 908 914 5929

Norma Tempel, Chapter Founding President, honored by Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey

PWC-NJ proudly announces, “Norma Tempel, Chapter Founding President, honored by Girl Scouts of Northern New Jersey”

The PWC-NJ is proud to announce that Norma Tempel, NJ Chapter Founder, is being honored by the Northern New Jersey Girl Scouts as a “Woman of Achievement” at the GSA Centennial Celebration on March 22nd. Ms. Tempel’s contribution to advancing opportunities for women in the field of construction are unparalleled. She consistently sets a strong example for girls & young women about what it means to be successful in a challenging field.

Please join us in congratulating Norma for this well-deserved recognition, on March 22nd, at the Westmount Country Club, in West Paterson, at5:30pm.

Professional Women in Construction

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PWC NJ Holiday Party

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Our Second adoption…Meet Pebbles, a 12-week White Husky Mix. She is our second adoption from Rawhide Rescue. We adopted our first, Caitlyn, a Lab Mix 2 years ago. Highly recommend!

Rotary District 7510

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