Annual Open House

Saturday, July 25, 2015
10 AM - 4 PM

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


In 1964, the display garden was created by Donald B. Lacey, a Rutgers Cooperative Extension specialist in Home Horticulture.  Now, 50 years later, the Donald B. Lacey Display Garden continues to showcase an incredible display of annuals each year that remain colorful all summer long.

Plants in the Donald B. Lacey Display Garden are exceptional performers chosen from professional trials across the country.  Included are award winners by All-America Selection, Proven Winners and Proven Selections.  Plants designated Best in Show are those proven in Rutgers Gardens as consistently superior performers for New Jersey gardens.

In 1965, to showcase the garden, Mr. Lacey established the Rutgers Gardens Open House.  This year, the Open House celebrates the Golden Jubilee of the Donald B. Lacey Display Garden;  half a century of showing and teaching New Jersey gardeners and horticulture professionals how to make the most of their gardens. Come enjoy the sunshine at the annual Open House featuring Garden experts who provide talks, guided tours and answer your gardening questions.  While you are here visit the 60 beautiful acres of flower, herb, and vegetable, tropical, succulent, bamboo gardens, woods, ponds and more.