Walks and Talks

We offer our Walk and Talk Series on the 1st and 3rd Saturdays of most months.
The Walks, which begin at 2pm, are free, volunteer-led tours of the Gardens, with a focus on areas of special interest at that particular time of the year.
The Talks, which begin at 3pm, are short educational programs led by staff, experienced volunteers, Master Gardeners or Rutgers students. The Talks provide either a demonstration, basic skills or a behind the scenes look at the Gardens.
There is no fee for visitors to attend the ‘Walks’, while the ‘Talks’ will be free to our Members (Members must have their cards with them) and at a nominal charge of $5 or $10 for non- members, depending upon materials needed. 
All Walks will meet in the Holly House parking lot at 2pm. Talks will be immediately following the Walks. If you are just coming for the Talk please meet at the Potting Shed Gift Shop at 3 pm.

If you will be using a GPS the address for the Holly House is 135 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick, NJ.

2015 Schedule

It is not necessary to register in advance. Payment for the Talks can be made the Potting Shed Gift Shop.  Rutgers Gardens accepts cash, checks - payable to Rutgers Gardens, MasterCard, Visa.

September 19
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Making potpourri, MaryAnne McMillan
Potpourri is a mixture of dried flower petals, leaves, herbs and spices that has many uses.   This talk will include a brief history of potpourri, how to choose materials found in your garden and several unique ideas for its use.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

October 3 - CANCELED
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Planting Spring Bulbs, Bruce Crawford
If you have ever wondered how best to have a blaze of color in your spring garden, join Bruce as he talks about the various bulbs that are appropriate for NJ gardens, a brief anatomy lesson of what a bulb ‘is’ and how best to plant them in your garden for years of upcoming spring beauty.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

October 17
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Extending the Vegetable Season with Low Tunnels, Theresa Lam
Learn how to set up a low tunnel to keep cool season vegetables growing well into the fall and even through the winter! This includes a discussion of the best crops to grow in a low tunnel and a demonstration of building a low tunnel made from metal conduit and other easy to source materials.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

November 7
3:00 Talk/Walk: A Visit with our Succulents in their Winter Home, Monica McLaughlin
No, we are not going to Florida or Arizona! To see where our succulent collection spends the winter, join us for a behind the scenes look in our greenhouse. Monica will share some secrets about growing and maintaining succulents year-round.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Member

November 14
3:00 Talk: A follow up to Extending the Vegetbale Season with Low Tunnels, Theresa Lam
All are welcomed to join us as we take a peek inside the low tunnels that we built in October to see how our cool season vegetables are growing during the cold season. Some of the vegetables that were planted include radishes, bok choi, cabbage, Japanese Hakeuri turnip, lettuces, claytonia, carrots and spinach.  
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Member

December 5
12:00 Talk: Holly Tour, Clayton Leadbetter
Come experience one of the largest collections of American Hollies in the United States.  You will also see some of the other interesting ornamental specimens, some of which are part of a breeding program spanning several decades.
Fee: Talk is $5 or free for Gardens Members
* Free if you are taking the Winter Container Workshop after the talk at 1:00pm
*Meet at the Holly House