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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.

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

2016 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.

April 16
2:00 Walk: What’s in Bloom Meet our docent at the Holly House
3:00 Talk: New Student Farm at the Gardens!, Arianna Lindberg
Meet Arianna at the Holly House for a tour and discussion about the new student farm. You will see the new gardens and structures that at part of the new farm, hear about the plans for the future expansion and learn about the mission of the farm to educate students and the community about local food systems and sustainable farming.
Fee: Walk is free; Talk is $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

May 28
2:00 Walk: What’s in Bloom Meet our docent at the Holly House
3:00 Talk: Bamboo, Barry Batorsky
Bamboo is sometimes loved, sometimes ‘hated’ for its vigorous growth. Come out to see the new shoots of spring and learn about how bamboo grows and its many uses. Barry will share thoughts on how to maintain a bamboo grove to keep it healthy and under control.
Fee: Walk is free; Talk is $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members


June 4
2:00 Walk
:What’s in Bloom Meet our docent at the Holly House
3:00 Talk:The History of Rutgers Gardens, Ellen Simonetti
Learn about the development of Rutgers Gardens as a botanical garden which began with the formation of Rutgers University’s Cook Campus (formerly known as the College of Agriculture and the Rutgers Scientific School), beginning in 1864, and the development of the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, beginning in 1880.
Fee: Walk is free; Talk is $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

June 18
2:00 Walk: What’s in Bloom Meet our docent at the Holly House
3:00 Talk: Roots and Shoots Gardening, Theresa Lam – Come discover the delicious edibles growing in the Roots and Shoots quadrant of the VSA garden. Learn about why we divide this garden into 4 quadrants and what makes the vegetables in this quadrant so special. Each participant will start a tray of microgreens to take home.
Fee: Walk is free; Talk is $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

July 16
2:00 Walk: What’s in Bloom Meet our docent at the Holly House
3:00 Talk: Legumes Gardening, Anita Brinker – Come discover the delicious edibles growing in the Legumes quadrant of the VSA garden. Learn about legumes – what they are, how they grow, choice of varieties and how they differ from the vegetables growing in the other quadrants.
Fee: Walk is free; Talk is $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

August 6
2:00 Walk: What’s in Bloom Meet our docent at the Holly House
3:00 Talk: Helyar Woods - Map & Blazes, Mike Siegel, staff cartographer – Summer time is a wonderful time for a hike in the woods. Afraid you’ll get lost? Want to know all the trails that are available? Love maps? Join Mike to learn about the new trail blazes and the creation of our Helyar Woods trail map.
Fee: Walk is free; Talk is $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

August 20
2:00 Walk: What’s in Bloom Meet our docent at the Holly House
3:00 Talk: Solanaceae Gardening, Barry Batorsky– Do you grow plants from the Solanaceae family in your vegetable garden? This family of plants includes tomatoes, peppers, eggplants and potatoes. Join Barry to explore the VSA garden and learn about their special needs, how they grow and the many varieties to choose from.
Fee: Walk is free; Talk is $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

September 3
2:00 Walk: What’s in Bloom Meet our docent at the Holly House
3:00 Talk: Cucurbits Gardening. Hervé Barrier, Meet at the Gift Shop - The cucurbits family includes pumpkins, cucumbers, squashes, melons, watermelons and luffas. Their fruits present an appealing diversity of shapes and colors. However, many are vulnerable to pests and diseases. We'll see organic approaches that have been working for us.
Fee: Walk is free; Talk is $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

September 17
2:00 Walk: What’s in Bloom Meet our docent at the Holly House
3:00 Talk: Seed Saving, Ellen and Bob Simonetti, Meet at the Gift Shop – Join Master Gardens Bob and Ellen to learn some interesting facts about seeds and methods for gathering, curing, cleaning and storing your own seed. Good-to-know facts will include difference between dehiscent and indehiscent fruits and heirlooms vs. hybrids varieties.
Fee: Walk is free; Talk is $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

October 1
2:00 Walk: What’s in Bloom - Meet our docent at the Holly House
3:00 Talk:  “What an arborist can do for you”. Trees are a valuable asset to our home landscapes, but often we don’t think about them until there is a problem. When you have a problem, who do you call? An arborist or tree-care specialist! Join Tom Purtell, from Bartlett Tree Experts, to learn about what an arborist can do to help keep your trees healthy and beautiful.
Fee: Walk is free; Talk is $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

October 15
2:00 Walk: What’s in Bloom - Meet our docent at the Holly House
3:00 Talk: Putting the Garden to Bed, Ellen and Bob Simonetti, Meet at the Gift Shop - Now is the time to put your garden to bed for the winter. We will discuss sanitation, diseases and insects that winter over, how to protect your soil's surface, soil tests and amendments to do now and planting of winter hardy crops and garlic.
Fee: Walk is free; Talk is $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

[More Walk and Talk events will be added soon.