Spring Classes -

 

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

Grafting Workshop
Sometimes our favorite trees or woody plants are hard to find or impossible to root from cuttings. Learn how to reproduce them through the time-honored process of grafting. Clayton Leadbetter will explain all of the basic principles and practices, with hands-on demonstrations. Class participants will have the opportunity to graft their own apple trees to take home! Price includes plant and potting materials and a grafting knife.
Instructor: Clayton Leadbetter
Fee:
$65
Date:
Wednesday, March 29, 2017
Time:
6:00-9:00pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 3.0

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The Bulbs of Summer - Produce the Garden of Your Wildest Dreams from Bulbs, Tubers & Corms Planted in the Spring
Want to gaze out your window at the garden of your dreams?  Want to open the front door of your home to a vase full of exquisite dahlias?  Does your tiny patio offer little room for a flower garden?  Is container gardening your only hope for fresh flowers?  Dahlias, Cannas, Oriental and Asiatic Lilies, Callas, Caladiums, Eucomis, Bella Donna Lilies and many other bulbs, tubers and corms can be planted in the spring and with VERY LITTLE CARE will easily produce a magnificent garden.  This course will introduce you to some of the most beautiful flowers on earth and will teach you how incredibly easy it is to grow them.
Instructor: Barbara Melera
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Time:
10:00am-12:00pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0

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Tomatoes, Peppers, Eggplants - Caring for the Gems of the Garden
Tomatoes, peppers and eggplants are the most popular vegetable garden plants grown in America’s gardens today. Blight, Bottom End Rot, Black Spot, Fusarium Wilt, giant fruitless plants - many of these maladies can be avoided with proper care.  This course will teach you how to avoid/cure these problems and how to produce abundant, magnificent fruits from beautiful healthy plants.
Instructor: Barbara Melera
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, April 01, 2017
Time:
1:00-3:00pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0

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Tree Care – What an Arborist Can Do For You - CLOSED
Trees are the most valuable plants in our home landscape, but knowing what is needed to care for these valuable assets is often a challenge. Join Dr. Neil Hendrickson, from Bartlett Tree Experts, for a presentation on the care of home landscape trees and shrubs.  We will discuss how best to care for landscape plants, what you can do, what you shouldn’t do, and when to call an arborist. Come dressed for the weather – in addition to a classroom presentation, the class will walk around the gardens to see arborist work in progress.
Instructor: Neil Hendrickson
Fee: $50.00
Date: April 15, 2017
Time: 9:00-12:00
Location: Holly House

Learn about Birding
Birding is a fun and educational activity that not only brings you closer to nature but also gives you a glimpse into the cycles of nature and the health of your environment. Join Patrick Belardo, from NJ Audubon Society for an exploration through Rutgers Gardens and Helyar Woods to find migrant and resident songbirds, raptors and waterfowl. We’ll learn tips for spotting and identifying birds and discuss migration and habitat. Loaner binoculars will be available, or you can bring your own if you have them. Come dressed for the weather.
Instructor: Patrick Belardo
Fee: $50
Date: April 22, 2017
Time: 8:30-10:30 AM
Location: Holly House
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Exploring biodiversity: How to create your own backyard species list (workshop)
How can you identify what that beetle in your basement, the spider in web, the weed in your tomato bed? Come and learn how to use online tools to identify and digitally collect information on any wild species that you find in your backyard, house or while traveling. Using the website iNaturalist , you can create your own online species life list with photos, make a species list of any area (including your backyard) and get help with identification of unknown species, and you can join ongoing projects such as bioblitzes, butterflies of North America, and local flora project.  Learn how to take good photos for species identification, and explore the living, breathing world around you, wherever you are.
Please bring a digital camera or smartphone to class.  For uploading of data you need to install the free iNaturalist app on your smartphone or computer with internet connection (can be done after class).  To sign up for a free iNaturalist account, go to iNaturalist.org
Instructor: Lena Struwe
Fee:
$50
Date:
Thursday, April 20, 2017
Time:
6:30-8:30 pm
Location: Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0
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Container Gardening with Annuals (workshop)
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
Date:
Saturday, May 20, 2017
Time:
9:00 am-12:00 pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 3.0

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Deer Resistant Plants
Undoubtedly, deer have become one of the biggest pests for the New Jersey gardener!  Although nearly all plants have fallen victim to their voracious appetite, there are a number of selections which fall into the category of ‘Plants Deer like Least’!  This program will highlight those plants that the deer have consistently avoided in a variety of gardens throughout NJ and how best these plants can be incorporated into the landscape.
Instructor: Bruce Crawford
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, June 10, 2017
Time:
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0
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Growing, Harvesting & Preserving Your Herbs
Learn how to plant and care for your herbs to get the most out of them whether you have a separate herb garden or just a few containers on your deck or patio.  Discover the best times to harvest them as well as the best techniques for harvesting leaves, flowers, seeds and roots.  Also discussed will be methods for preserving your herb harvest including a few that you may not have thought of.  Afterwards, there will be a tour of the herb garden led by Caren who is the gardener who maintains it.  She will talk about the individual plants, why they were chosen and how they are grown, as well as some fun facts about them. 
Instructor: Caren White
Fee: $50
Date:
Saturday, June 17, 2017
Time: 1:00 pm-3:00 pm
Location: Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0
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Register on line by following the link associated with each class.
or Download class Registration Form
Mail: Rutgers Gardens, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Fax: 732-932-7060

Registrants may cancel up to 3 days before a class date. A refund will be given, minus a $10 administrative fee. Cancellations must be received in writing by email. To cancel, please email Nancy Herbert at herbert@aesop.rutgers.edu.

The Gardens reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment.Classes cancelled by the Gardens because of low enrollment or Garden closure will be automatically fully refunded.