2014 Garden Series Classes

Our classes have been designed to provide the homeowners, families and the Master Gardener with ideas and techniques for improving the home garden, both inside and out! Come spend a morning or an afternoon with other gardeners, as a variety of experts in their respective fields share their experience and knowledge with you.


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Pruning Techniques for the Homeowner  
The when, where and whys of pruning!  The 3 W’s of pruning are typically reduced to electric shears and green meatballs!  This class will discuss the various methods of pruning small trees and shrubs, the time of year certain plants should be pruned and how proper pruning can produce a healthier, more attractive and longer-lived plant.  Bring along your own pruners and hand saw as the class will be ‘hands-on’ in the Gardens, so please dress accordingly.
Instructor:  Bruce Crawford                                       Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  March 29, 2014                                                Time:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens            MG-CEU:  3.0 CEU


Container Gardening Workshop – Terra Cotta and Beyond 
Container gardens are becoming increasingly popular and hot horticultural topic.  Bruce explores a variety of appropriate containers and window boxes, soil mixes and amendments, as well as watering and fertilization practices.  A wide range of plants – from the familiar annual to the now-popular tender perennial and succulents, to bulbs and shrubs – will fill out the potential plant list.  Please bring a container – soil and a number of fun and unusual annuals will be available for students to decorate their own containers at the end of class.  If you choose, containers and extra plants will be available for purchase during class.
Instructor:  Bruce Crawford                                       Fee: $ 70.00
Date:  May 17, 2014                                                   Time:  9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                               MG-CEU:  3.0            CEU

Introduction to Landscape Sketching
Have you ever studied a sketch by a favorite artist and wished you could do something similar but did not know where to begin?  Roy will introduce you to some fail safe drawing techniques for pen or pencil that will make the landscape come to life on paper!  This is a fun class designed to introduce the beginner with no previous art training or for those wishing to renew their sketching skills.  Pencils and a sketch pad will be provided.
Instructor:  Roy DeBoer                                             Fee:  $ 60.00
Date:  April 12, 2014                                                  Time:   9:00 AM – 12:30 PM                         
Location:  Holly House                                               MG-CEU:  0 CEU


Designing the Mixed Border

Shrubs are the garden's main backbone, but the textures and colors of shrubs are greatly enhanced when paired with perennials.  The first week of this 2-session class will cover the elements necessary for creating an exciting mixed border with year-round interest, including thoughts on design and maintenance considerations, plus a palette of reliable plants.  As ‘homework’ everyone will assist in designing a border in the Gardens.  During the second class, we will discuss the homework, develop a finalized plan and then implement the plan, allowing everyone to understand spacing and changes that need to be made in the field.  Please dress accordingly!
Instructor:  Bruce Crawford                                       Fee:  $ 87.50
Date:  April 12 and May 3, 2014                                Time    1:00 – 4:00 PM
Location:  Holly House/Gardens                                MG-CEU:  6.0 CEU

The Art and Science of Saving Vegetable Seeds
(Alias, What Every Gardener Should Know About Preserving Their Garden’s Legacy)
If you are considering saving seeds this year from your favorite vegetables, you need to plan for this in the spring and plant your garden according to a seed saving schedule.  Did you know that in the early 1800’s a five year old melon seed was considered much more valuable than a melon seed from a newly harvested melon?  Did you know that the integrity of most squash seeds can be compromised by cross-pollination if there are other fields of squash grown within one mile of your garden?  Seed saving is easy, fabulously interesting and rewarding if you know the processes and you follow the procedures steadfastly.  This talk will teach you the processes and explain to you why you need to follow the procedures diligently.  Seed saving, like cooking, is a little bit art, a little bit science, a whole lot of craft with a pinch of luck.  Come to learn the science, to appreciate the art, to respect the craft and to figure out how to make your own luck!
Instructor:  Barbara Melera                                         Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  April 5, 2014                                                    Time:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                               MG-CEU:  2.0

Evening in the Gardens  
As the sun starts to dip down in the sky, and the July warmth mellows, join the Gardens Director on a lively tour of Rutgers Gardens.  We will discuss and highlight those plants that are currently in bloom, and provide some interesting insights into where and how to grow some of the more unusual plants that are found at Rutgers Gardens.
Instructor:  Bruce Crawford                                       Fee:  $ 25.00
Date: July 17, 2014                            Time:  6:00 - 8:30 PM            
Location:  Rutgers Gardens                                        MG- CEU:  2.5 CEU  

The Third Season
(Vegetables, Flowers & Herbs That Can or Should Be Planted In Autumn)      
We plant in the spring, some of us plant in mid-summer for a late fall harvest, but very few of us plant in autumn for a harvest that will come in late spring or early summer.  Autumn planting is the MOST SATISFYING planting season of our gardening year.  The days are cool, the bugs are nearly gone, the weeds are minimal and watering is definitely no longer an issue.

Many vegetables produce their healthiest crops when planted in the fall, and for those of us living in the Mid-Atlantic, who loves lupines and poppies, autumn is the only time to plant these and other cold loving flowers.  This talk provides students with a long list of vegetables, flowers and herbs for fall planting, instructions for successful autumn planting, the tricks for maximizing harvest and clues to when and how to harvest.  If you have a garden, it can be producing for you year round.  Planting a third season crop is easy and rewarding.  This lecture will not only train you how to plant a third season garden – it will teach you how to do it well.
Instructor:  Barbara Melera                                         Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  October 4, 2014                                               Time:  10:00 AM – 12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House                                               MG-CEU:  2.0


You may register on line at our secure site https://gardens.scholarchip.com/home.aspx
or Download the class Registration Form and mail or fax to:

Rutgers Gardens
112 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Fax 732-932-7060

Composting class Evening in the Gardens

2014 Instructor bios-

Roy DeBoer – Mr. DeBoer has been practicing in the field of Land Use Planning, Zoning and Landscape Architecture for over 30 years.  A master of the “sketch on a napkin” school of design, his freehand graphic skills are a hallmark of his design work.  Over the past 30 years Roy has lectured and taught studio classes at the Rutgers Landscape Architecture program in areas of design, plan graphics, sketching and perspective drawing.   His favorite mediums for work are pen & ink, pencil, markers, and watercolor.

Bruce Crawford – The Director of Rutgers Gardens, Bruce is also an adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University.  Much to his dismay, there is hardly a plant that he has met that he did not like!

Barbara Melera – Barbara is president and CEO of The D. Landreth Seed Company.  Landreth is the oldest seedhouse in America, established in 1784, and the fourth oldest US Corporation.  In September, 2003, she purchased Landreth from the then owners and proceeded to restore the company.  Today Landreth is recognized as one of the leading providers of heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seed.  The company ships its product worldwide.