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The If Plants Could Talk Team

Bill Hlubik

Bill grew up on a family farm in Chesterfield, New Jersey, and his interest in plants and agriculture continued throughout college and graduate school at Cook College, Rutgers University. He is the agricultural agent for Middlesex County, N.J. and has served as a faculty member at Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension, Cook College, for over ten years. Bill serves as host, producer, and director of If Plants Could Talk.

Richard Weidman

Mr. Richard Weidman is a co-producer and scriptwriter for If Plants Could Talk. He has worked as a program associate and instructor for Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension for eight years. Rich provides expert advice on landscape plants.

Nick Polanin

Nick provides expert advice on trees and shrubs and is a co-producer of If Plants Could Talk. A recent addition to the faculty of Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension, Nick returns to his collegiate alma mater as the agricultural and resouRCR&E management agent for Somerset County, N.J.. Nick has over 15 years experience in municipal and commercial arboriculture. Originally from Carteret, Nick is an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist, New Jersey Certified Tree Expert, a member of the New Jersey Community Forestry Council, and currently resides in Rahway with his wife and two sons.

Sean Convery

Sean is a computer teacher in New Jersey and is currently the web designer for the If Plants Could Talk website.

David Smela

Dave is the Public Information Assistant for Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension's Middlesex County office. He has a degree in environmental studies and several years of practical Nursery experience. Dave has been an important part of the show's promotion and recently has taken on some scriptwriting duties. Aside from being a plant enthusiast, he is also an active musician and world traveler.

Madeline Flahive DiNardo

Madeline coordinates and teaches the Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension of Union County volunteer Master Gardener program. She also teaches classes on pesticide safety and integrated pest management for professional landscapers, turf managers and pest control operators. She has a bachelor degree in Agricultural Education from Penn State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Rutgers University.

Donna Pemberton

Donna is the agricultural program assistant for RCR&E of Middlesex County. She helps coordinate the Master Gardener program and assists with plant diagnosis. Her areas of expertise are entomology and herbaceous perennials. She has appeared on several segments of If Plants Could Talk.

Nick Polanin

Nick provides expert advice on trees and shrubs and is a co-producer of If Plants Could Talk. A recent addition to the faculty of Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension, Nick returns to his collegiate alma mater as the agricultural and resouRCR&E management agent for Somerset County, N.J.. Nick has over 15 years experience in municipal and commercial arboriculture. Originally from Carteret, Nick is an ISA (International Society of Arboriculture) Certified Arborist, New Jersey Certified Tree Expert, a member of the New Jersey Community Forestry Council, and currently resides in Rahway with his wife and two sons.

Sean Convery

Sean is a computer teacher in New Jersey and is currently the web designer for the If Plants Could Talk website.

David Smela

Dave is the Public Information Assistant for Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension's Middlesex County office. He has a degree in environmental studies and several years of practical Nursery experience. Dave has been an important part of the show's promotion and recently has taken on some scriptwriting duties. Aside from being a plant enthusiast, he is also an active musician and world traveler.

Madeline Flahive DiNardo

Madeline coordinates and teaches the Rutgers Cooperative Research & Extension of Union County volunteer Master Gardener program. She also teaches classes on pesticide safety and integrated pest management for professional landscapers, turf managers and pest control operators. She has a bachelor degree in Agricultural Education from Penn State University, and a Masters in Business Administration from Rutgers University.

Donna Pemberton

Donna is the agricultural program assistant for RCR&E of Middlesex County. She helps coordinate the Master Gardener program and assists with plant diagnosis. Her areas of expertise are entomology and herbaceous perennials. She has appeared on several segments of If Plants Could Talk.