Walks and Talks

On the first and third Saturday of each month, a docent will provide a one hour ‘walk’ or tour of the Gardens, focusing upon what is of interest at that particular time of the year.  Following the tour will be a short educational program, featuring a topic that is of seasonal interest for our visitors.  There is no fee for visitors to attend the ‘Walks’ , while the ‘Talks’ will be free to our Members and at a nominal charge of $5 or $10 for non- members, depending upon materials needed. 

All Walks will meet in the Holly House parking lot at 2pm. Talks will be immediately following the Walks. If you are just coming for the Talk please meet at the Potting Shed Gift Shop at 3 pm.

DIRECTIONS
If you will be using a GPS to get here please enter Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick, NJ.

2014 Schedule

It is not necessary to register in advance. Payment for the Talks can be made the Potting Shed Gift Shop.  Rutgers Gardens accepts cash, checks - payable to Rutgers Gardens, MasterCard, Visa and American Express.


January 25
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: House Plants, Bruce Crawford - During the winter months, house plants provide that bit of green and floral beauty necessary for us to get through these bleak months until spring beauty begins!   Bruce will highlight some of the easiest plants to grow in your home along with some cultural tips.  Various houseplants will also be available for sale!
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Member

February 22
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk:    Propagating Begonias, Mary Forsberg - Begonia propagation is an easy way to keep a little bit of summer in your home all year long. Mary will highlight techniques on how to start whole new plants for your winter window sills without high tech greenhouses!  Everyone will leave with several Begonia ‘plants-to-be’. 
Fee: $10.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

March 1
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
FEE: No charge

March 15
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Planting cool season crops in the vegetable garden, Gardens staff member - Learn about the best vegetables to use as cool season crops and how to prepare and start your garden in early spring.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

April 5
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Seed Swap, Bruce Crawford - Seed Swaps are a fun way to find the seeds you've been looking for, or to share your excess seeds with others.  Learn about seeds, what these tiny or in some cases large structures are all about and pick-up some interesting new seeds and future plants to boot!  
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

April 19
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Proper Planting Techniques for Trees, Bruce Crawford -  Celebrate Arbor Day by learning some of the best techniques for planting a new tree such that it will have a long and healthy life.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

May 3
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Birding, Gardens Staff member-  Rutgers Gardens is a great location for seeing a large variety of different birds, including Bald Eagles!  Come and learn about the different types of birds that can be seen in NJ and some plants that are ideal for attracting our feathered friends!
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

May 17
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Bamboo, Barry Batorsky -  Bamboo is a giant grass and reaches new heights every year by sending up new and larger shoots each spring.  Barry will share thoughts on how to maintain your bamboo groove such that it remains healthy and under control.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

June 7
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Container Gardening, Bruce Crawford - A look at the containers at Rutgers Gardens, the plants that are used and tricks on how best to maintain your container for summer long color!
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

June 21
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Basics of Gardening with Vegetables - Learn the basics of what you should be planting and the cultural techniques required to have a productive vegetable garden once the warmer weather arrives.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

July 19
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Behind the Scenes of the Hydrangea Trial Garden, Gardens Staff -   In an effort to see which cultivars of Hydrangea  paniculata are best for NJ gardens, Rutgers Gardens will be evaluating over 30 different selections.  Come compare and contrast selections for yourself and learn how the Gardens is determining which selections are best.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

August 2
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Preserving the Harvest, Ellen and Bob Simonetti -  Now that you've worked so hard to grow it, what can you do to prolong your satisfaction? This presentation will cover drying, freezing, pickling, jam and jelly, canning, gifting and donating! 
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

August 16
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Composting, Gardens staff member -  Learn how organic garden debris and waste can be processed and recycled as a fantastic soil amendment and how the compost benefits your soil and plants.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

September 6
2:00 Walk : Showcasing what's in bloom
Fee: No Charge

September 20
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Behind the Scenes of the Weather Station, Anthony Broccoli - Visit the Rutgers Meteorology and Atmospheric Science facility and see how it monitors and records the weather in the Rutgers Gardens.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

October 4
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Planting Spring Bulbs, Bruce Crawford - If you have ever wondered how best to have a blaze of color in your spring garden, join Bruce as he talks about the various bulbs that are appropriate for NJ gardens, a brief anatomy lesson of what a bulb ‘is’ and how best to plant them in your garden for years of upcoming spring beauty.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

October 18
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Vegetable Gardening in the Fall, Gardens staff member -  Many cool season crops actually thrive better in the fall than the spring!   Learn how to keep your Vegetable garden growing well into the Fall and even Winter.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

December 6
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Winter Containers (Bruce Crawford)  Most gardeners ignore their containers once colder weather arrives, but with a few simple and easy tricks, your containers and window boxes can provide attractive ‘arrangements’ throughout the winter months. 
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members