Garden Tours

Noble Garden Tours

Rutgers Gardens is proud to partner with Noble Garden Tours for day trips to gardens in the tri-state area. Kirsty Noble Dougherty has a great love for travel, gardens and sharing unique experiences with people. Before moving to New Jersey from Australia, Kirsty was based in Buenos Aires, Argentina taking visitors on fun boutique tours.  Since moving to the US, Kirsty has led over 70 tours visiting beautiful places in the US, the UK and Europe.

Join Rutgers Gardens Director, Bruce Crawford and Kirsty on day trips to some of the most amazing gardens in the area. The tours focus on established beautiful garden destinations such a Longwood Gardens, horticulture stars like Chanticleer and Wave Hill and iconic historical estates like FDR’s Springwood and Old Westbury on Long Island.

All tours leave from the Holly House in the Rutgers Gardens, 130 Log Cabin Road. The day includes transportation provided by the Academy Bus Company, coffee and pastries in the morning, lunch either at the garden or a nearby  restaurant.

Upcoming tours:

Chanticleer Garden

Chanticleer has been called the most romantic, imaginative, and exciting public garden in America. The garden is a study of textures and forms, where foliage trumps flowers, the gardeners lead the design, and even the drinking fountains are sculptural. It is a garden of pleasure and learning, relaxing yet filled with ideas to take home.
The garden has evolved greatly since the death of the owner in 1990. As the home of the Rosengartens, Chanticleer was beautiful and green with impressive trees and lawns. Most of the floral and garden development you see today has occurred since 1990, designed by Chanticleer staff and consultants.
Thursday, June 28
9am - 6pm
REGISTRATION and more information

Hudson Valley -Springwood the birth place of Franklin D. Roosevelt and lunch at the Culinary Institute

Springwood is the birthplace, lifelong home and burial place of Franklin D. Roosevelt, America's 32nd President. Springwood functioned as the 'Summer White House' where FDR hosted political associates, national and international figures including King George VI & Queen Elizabeth and Winston Churchill.  Springwood was donated to the American public in 1943 and became a part of the National Park Service two years later.
Just steps from FDR's home is the Beatrix Farrand Garden at Bellefield, the earliest existing private garden created by one of America's most celebrated landscape designers.   In 1912, Beatrix Farrand created an enclosed garden at Bellefield, an elegant 18th century house. The garden fell into disrepair for many years until it was restored in the 1990's by the Beatrix Farrand Garden Association. Today, the Bellefield garden is noted for its lush perennial borders composed of Farrand's signature plants in a sophisticated colors. The house now serves as the regional headquarters for the National Park Service. Bellefield is a hidden gem of a garden & must see for all garden lovers! 
Lunch at the Culinary Institute is a real treat! There is time to explore the campus, see the students at work or do some shopping. Lunch is at the American Bounty restaurant. This is a farm–to–table restaurant with a conscious focus on local Hudson Valley products.
Date: September 27
Time: 8:30 am - 6:45 pm

A Longwood Gardens Christmas

Visiting Longwood at Christmas has become an annual tradition for many people: it’s so fun and uplifting with organ sing-alongs, stunning decorations and all those incredible lights! Inside the Conservatory, follow the Christmas Trail to see thousands of seasonal plants & decorations. Everything is exquisite – their attention to detail is legendary and you’ll get plenty of ideas to take home. Outside, as night falls the gardens comes alive with half a million lights strung throughout the garden – it is nothing short of magical! The Christmas lights go on at 3:30pm and darkness falls by 4:30pm. Going back into the Conservatory at night time is stunning: the garden & your experience are transformed!
Date: December 10, 2018
Time: 9am - 8:30 pm