Photography/Video Policy



display garden

Rutgers Gardens provide a colorful backdrop to pictures and videos from late March until late October.


green chairs
winter engagenment cabin
Evergreen garden display garden
RoselightStudios Rhododendron garden
bamboo garden Display Garden
winterengagement Gazebo


Photos courtesy of Roselight Studio, Saskia Marina, Okaykiddo, and Kate Connolly

Drones are not permitted in the Gardens without prior approval from the Rutgers Gardens office. For information please contact Mary Ann Schrum

Everyone is welcome to take photographs and videos of the wonderful landscape at Rutgers Gardens. We encourage visitors to take casual photographs for their own personal use; however, if you are coming to the gardens for the sole purpose of taking posed photos of people, or a video then a photo permit is required. The cost of a photo permit is $125 for 1.5 hrs (see information below for large groups such as prom pictures) and must be scheduled in advance. The fee helps Rutgers Gardens to maintain the grounds to a level suitable for backdrops. Due to our popularity as a photo/video shoot location, we suggest that you reserve your time well in advance.

The Photography Guidelines are outlined below. A permit is necessary for those who wish to use the Gardens setting as the background for posed photography. This would include wedding, family, engagement, graduation, prom, senior photos, or the like. Standard permit duration is 1.5 hours. The photographer doesn't need to be a professional.

For larger groups, such as prom photos between 25-100 people (including parents) will be on the grounds, the permit fee is $350. Groups of 100 or more are $700. Groups without a permit will be charged $450.00/$800. Please understand that these fees help to repair the wear and tear on the Gardens that large groups may cause.

Photographers using the Gardens without a permit will be fined $150.00 (payable immediately by cash or credit card). We will begin taking reservations for 2018 photo sessions beginning on January 2, 2018. Please
contact Nancy Herbert or call 732-932-8451 to make your reservation!

Photography Guidelines:

  • You MUST have a copy of your permit with you at all times. Gardens employees will check to ensure that everyone has registered.
  • Please be aware that although the Gardens staggers photo permit times, you may not be the only party on the grounds taking photos during that hour.
  • Your permit is only good for the times noted. In the event that you are approached by a Gardens employee, you must have the permit available. Should you be on the grounds outside of the specific times, you will be asked to leave.
  • Wedding parties may be dropped off near the Donald B. Lacey Display Garden.  Limousines and all other vehicles must park in the Holly House parking lot.  LIMOUSINES ARE PROHIBITED FROM PARKING ALONG ROADWAY.   
  • Alcohol is prohibited in Rutgers Gardens.
  • No vehicles may be parked on any lawns.
  • The Log Cabin/Pavilion is only available for photographs to those who are renting that facility.
  • Walking through garden beds, standing in plantings, and climbing trees, etc. are prohibited.
  • There are no public restrooms in Rutgers Gardens.
  • Photo permits are non-refundable, but may be rescheduled due to inclement weather. You must call before your scheduled time if you would like to reschedule.

For those wishing to have wedding ceremonies in the Gardens, they are available ONLY with the rental of the log cabin. Ceremony permits allow for the Roy DeBoer Evergreen Garden or the Sun and Shade Garden to be used for up to 2 hours.