The Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will offer a new gardening workshop called “Benefits of Companion Planting.”

This free workshop, hosted by the Master Gardeners, is scheduled for 1 p.m. on April 19 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park, 42 Riva Ave., South Brunswick.

Many gardeners have discovered that Companion Planting can discourage garden pests without relying on synthetic pesticides or harming helpful insects such as ladybugs and bees. The presentation will describe what companion planting is, its benefits, various techniques, and examples of the plant pairings.

“The 2015 gardening workshops at the EARTH Center are a great opportunity for those who cannot commit to the weekly sessions of the Master Gardener classes,” said Freeholder Director Ronald G. Rios. “I hope many people will register for this class; not just enthusiasts, but anyone who wants to learn more about gardening.”

“The Master Gardeners have created another fun and informative workshop,” said Freeholder Kenneth Armwood, Chair of the Business Development and Education Committee.

Though this is a free workshop, pre-registration is required by calling 732-398-5262 by April 15. No “walk-ins” are permitted.

For more information, contact the EARTH Center at 732-398-5262.