Summer Fest is an annual festival, held in the Gardens each year on the last Saturday in July. The event is presented as a part of the Rutgers Gardens Summer Internship program which includes a 3 credit class on Public Garden Management under the direction of the Gardens Director, Bruce Crawford. As part of the class the Interns are responsible to plan every aspect of the day from parking to promotion. The festival's pupose is to showcase the agriculture research that is going on at Rutgers. The goal is to stimulate awareness and appreciation for horticulture.
This event is free to Rutgers Gardens Members with a nominal fee of $5.00 (cash/check payable at front gate) to all others (17 and under are free when accompanied by an adult).
The Gardens will be closed from 12pm - 3pm so that our Interns can set up for the event.
Spend the afternoon in the Gardens tasting and touring some of the different varieties of vegetables, herbs and plants that have been developed at Rutgers University where plant breeding has taken place since the early 1900s. Over the years, breeding efforts have resulted in superior varieties of NJ natives, such as blueberries, cranberries, and oysters, as well as important traditional NJ crops such as tomatoes, strawberries, and peaches. In addition, innovative crops for new markets have been developed, including asparagus, hazelnuts, lettuce and hot peppers, plus ornamentals like dogwoods and hollies.