Plants and Their Care

Grafting Plants
Looking to produce a number of your favorite plants that are either hard to find or are simply impossible to reproduce as rooted cuttings?  Dr. Molnar will explain the details on the principles and practices of the time honored process of grafting.  The class will include hands-on demonstrations, allowing everyone to graft their own trees to take home to their garden!  Price includes plant materials and a grafting knife.  

Instructor:  Dr. Thomas Molnar
Fee: $ 55.00
Date:  March 19, 2015
Time:  7:00–9:00 PM 
Location:  Holly House
MG-CEU:  2

Pruning Techniques for the Homeowner  
The when, where and why of pruning!  The 3 Ws of pruning are typically reduced to electric shears and green meatballs!  This class will discuss the various methods of pruning small trees and shrubs, the time of year certain plants should be pruned and how proper pruning can produce a healthier, more attractive and longer-lived plant.  Bring along your own pruners and hand saw as the class will be “hands-on” in the Gardens, so please dress accordingly.
Instructor:  Bruce Crawford
Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  April 4, 2015
Time:  1:00–4:00 PM
Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens
MG-CEU:  3

Bamboo for New Jersey Gardens
Bamboo is one of the most beautiful and majestic of plants for the Garden.  Unfortunately, it is very often a misunderstood group of plants.   Join us as Ed takes us on a journey through a variety of the plants that are hardy to NJ, that vary in height from 6” to 30’, that provide color through leaf or stem (culm) variegation and have leaves that range from 1” long to over 1’ long!  Ed will also cover culture, care, and how some of the more “adventurous” forms can be restrained from becoming the entire garden!  At the end of the program, we will look at some of the bamboo specimens at Rutgers Gardens.
Instructor:  Ed Woolley
Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  April 11, 2015
Time:  10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens
MG-CEU:  2

Ironclad Trees - *******Canceled
There are many challenges for growing trees in the home landscape, such as reflective heat from buildings or pavement, soil that is exceptionally well drained and droughty, full shade or fierce soil compaction. Granted, some sites are just too difficult for any plant to survive and grow.  However, most locations do have a plant solution.  This class will focus on some of the trees that will endure, even flourish under the toughest of conditions while at the same time providing visual interest through flowers, bark or fall color.  Site selection, pruning tips and other general care suggestions will also be provided.
Instructor: John Stella
Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  June 13, 2015
Time:  10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens           
MG-CEU:  2

Happy Hydrangeas
No one genus brings such a variety of color, form and texture to the summer garden as Hydrangeas.  Through slides, plant specimens and a walking tour of the Gardens, you will learn about the many different types that are available, the appropriate growing conditions, proper pruning techniques and suggestions on how to best incorporate them into the garden.  Please dress accordingly for the outdoor portion of class.
Instructor:  Bruce Crawford
Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  June 20, 2015
Time:  10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens
MG-CEU:  2

Underused and Underrated Native Perennials
As awareness and use of native plants increases, many more species are being made available to the home gardener.   Join us, as we take a look beyond commonly grown wildflowers and delve deeper into the richness of our native flora. We will explore the beauty, benefits, and use of these exciting plants and their cultivars.
Instructor:  James Brown
Fee:  $50.00
Date:  June 20, 2015
Time:  1:00–3:00 PM
Location:  Holly House and Rutgers Gardens
MG-CEU:  2

The Second Season
Seeds, Sets & Bulbs That Can and Should Be Planted in July–August
Many of us think of vegetable and flower planting as a spring exercise, but there is a Second Season that begins in July and can be just as productive.  This is not a lecture about succession planting.  It is a discussion of the vegetables, flowers and bulbs that are either uniquely suited to mid-summer planting or can only be planted in mid-summer.  Surprisingly, some of the tastiest vegetables and most beautiful flowers originate from the plantings of the Second Season.
Instructor: Barbara Melera
Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  July 11, 2015
Time:  10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House
MG-CEU:  2

Basic Plant Propagation: Reproducing Your Garden Plants
Learn about various types of propagation, including leaf and stem cuttings, root division, layering and air-layering. We will explore types of propagation that are easy to do at home versus ones that require special equipment, and we will briefly discuss some more advanced concepts such as grafting and tissue culture. Receive hands-on experience with some of the easier methods you can do at home and get a few interesting cuttings to bring home with you!
Instructor: Clayton Leadbetter
Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  September 26, 2015
Time:  10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House
MG-CEU:  2

Tales from the Bulb Kingdom
A Discussion of Heirloom Flower Bulbs & Heirloom Garlic Varieties and Their Stories
Did you know that daffodils are not native to the Americas?  Given that they are everywhere, that is sure hard to believe, but they made their way to this country in the 1600s, tucked in the pockets of immigrants who just could not bear to leave this beloved flower behind.  This course discusses some rare and beautiful flower bulbs and some of the most interesting heirloom garlic varieties available today and their fascinating stories.  Inspired by the stories you will learn in this course, you will never look at your garden in the same way again.
Instructor: Barbara Melera
Fee:  $ 50.00
Date:  October 3, 2015
Time: 10:00 AM–12:00 PM
Location:  Holly House
MG-CEU: 2

Registration Information

Register on line at our secure site https://gardens.scholarchip.com/home.aspx or download the registration form and mail or fax back to us at

Rutgers Gardens
112 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick, NJ 08901
FAX 732-932-7060

Instructors:

Jason Austin - Greenhouse manager/grower at RareFind Nursery, Jackson, NJ. Jason has an encyclopedic knowledge of native plants, perennials and grasses. He oversees the growing and production at RareFind and teaches workshops on landscape ecology and carnivorous plant gardening. Jason graduated from Delaware Valley College with a BS in Ornamental Horticulture. 

James Brown - James Brown along with his wife Kimberly own New Moon Nursery, a wholesale perennial liner company with a focus on plants native to the eastern United States. It has been his pleasure to work in the horticulture industry for 25 years, though most days he is having too much fun to consider it work. He started propagating plants at 14, dividing Hostas, and taking cuttings of Pachysandra and English ivy for a local “mom and pop” garden center. That ignited his interest in horticulture, and it was his love of the natural world that lead him to his passion for native plants. When not propagating plants, James is probably out kayaking.

Bruce Crawford - Bruce is the Director of Rutgers Gardens and an adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University. In addition to managing, designing and developing the 180 acres of the Rutgers Gardens, he teaches and shares his love of fun and unusual plants with students, garden clubs, Master Gardeners, community groups and Gardens visitors. Much to his dismay, he has rarely met a plant that he doesn’t like!

Clayton Leadbetter - Clayton is the Plant Breeding Coordinator at Rutgers Gardens. Foregoing his past experiences as an editor and adjunct professor, Clayton returned to his farming "roots," to pursue an advanced degree and career in Plant Biology and Ornamental Breeding at Rutgers. In addition to overseeing breeding work and evaluation trials, he maintains plant records for the Gardens and works closely with students in the Public Gardens Management Internship summer program.

Barbara Melera - Barbara is president and CEO of the D. Landreth Seed Company.  Landreth is the oldest seed house in America, established in 1784, and the fourth oldest US Corporation.  In September 2003 she purchased Landreth from the then-owners and proceeded to restore the company.  Today Landreth is recognized as one of the leading providers of heirloom vegetable, flower and herb seed.  The company ships its product worldwide.

Thomas Molnar - A research professor at Rutgers University, his research program concentrates on the genetic improvement and study of hazelnut, walnut, dogwood, holly, and several other woody ornamental species. He presently teaches an undergraduate course on plant propagation, which focuses on the technical and physiological aspects of propagating plants. 

John Stella - John has over 28 years of experience in the nursery industry. He received a Bachelor of Science degree in Ornamental Horticulture from Delaware Valley College. John spent nearly two decades at two of the largest wholesale nurseries on the east coast. He is presently representing Wm. F. Hammell Nurseries, a 1000-acre wholesale grower of shade and flowering trees in Honey Brook, PA. John is also known for his fall foliage art under the name Stellafolia which fits in with his love of plants. John is a frequent speaker on woody plants in the nursery/landscape industry and enjoys sharing his passion for plants and gardening in his spare time.

Ed Woolley - Ed Woolley has been growing and propagating bamboo for 28 years, starting at the age of 17. He graduated from Cook College in 1993 with a bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning and Design. After college he worked as a landscape foreman for more than 10 years.  The last 12 years he has been the owner of Little Acre Farm, a nursery specializing in bamboo.