Annual Open House and Wine Tasting Festival

Saturday, July 26, 2014
10 AM - 4 PM

Enjoying pickles from a stand. Taking photos in the gardens. Garden Tours Lectures.

In 1965, Donald B. Lacey, the Extension Specialist from the Agriculture School at Rutgers University consulted weather data to determine the date for the very first Open House Festival.  According to the Almanac the last Saturday in July is the least likely to have bad weather.  For the past 49 years the festival has been held on that Saturday.

Traditionally the Open House features lively and informative tours of Rutgers Gardens, including The Donald B. Lacey Display Garden. The Display Garden contains spectacular plantings of annual, tropical and perennial flowers, as well as herbs and vegetables.

Since education is the key to the Gardens mission, the day also includes Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agents, Program Associates, and Master Gardeners from throughout the state who participate in “Ask the Expert” tables.   Horticulture experts provide lectures and information on topics relevant to both the homeowner and professional audience.

In 2008 a Wine Tasting was added to the event to promote local wineries. Since then the event has grown to include some of the top wineries in the state.

General admission policy - Rutgers Gardens Members free (must show your card)
general admission policy - $7.00 per person, children 13 and under are free. There is an additional $10 fee for those wishing to enter the wine tasting area.


Wine Tasting - Taste and purchase your favorite New Jersey wines

AuburnRoadsAuburn Road ChestnoutRunFarmChestnut Run Farm PlagidosPlagido's UnionvilleUnionville WagonhouseWagonhouse Winery

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Questions Please contact: Mary Ann Schrum .