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 to get here please enter 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.

March 7
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk:    House Plants, Bruce Crawford
During the winter months, house plants provide that bit of green and floral beauty necessary for us to get through these bleak months until spring beauty begins!   Bruce will highlight some of the easiest plants to grow in your home along with some cultural tips.  Various houseplants will also be available for sale!
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

March 21
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Cool Season Vegetable Gardening, Debbie Henry
Looking to get more out of your vegetable garden? One solution is to start earlier. Come learn about the different vegetables you can grow during the cooler weather and how to prepare and start your garden in early spring.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

April 4
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Artist at Work, James Long
Do you ever wonder how artists get their inspiration? Or how they can take an object from nature and turn it into an art-piece? Join James to learn the process of turning one thing of beauty (a chunk of wood) into another thing of beauty (a piece of art).
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

April 18
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk:Sustainable Landscapes with Trees & Shrubs, Bruce Crawford
Plants beautify landscapes and make important environmental contributions to air quality, climate control, water and soil preservation, oxygen production, and wildlife habitats. Join us to learn about selecting a location, proper planting techniques, and care of trees and woody ornamentals.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

May 2
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Birding
Rutgers Gardens is a great location for seeing a large variety of different birds, including Bald Eagles!  Come and learn about the different types of birds that can be seen in NJ and some plants that are ideal for attracting our feathered friends!
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

May 16
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
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: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

June 6
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Container Gardening, MaryAnne McMillan
Learn techniques for planting and maintaining beautiful containers. MaryAnne will explore the containers at Rutgers Gardens, the plants that are used and show you some tricks for maintaining your container for summer long color!
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

June 20
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Basics of Gardening with Vegetables, Theresa Lam
Learn the basics of what you should be planting and the cultural techniques required to have a productive vegetable garden once the warmer weather arrives.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

July 18
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Composting, Theresa Lam
Well-made compost is a rich balance of beneficial organisms and nutrients which is great for the garden and easy to make in your own yard. Learn about the many aspects of composting including choosing a location, materials to add and maintenance. Compost building and turning demonstration will be included.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

August 1
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk:  “How to Grow and Use Herbs”, Master Gardeners, Bob and Ellen Simonetti
Are you growing lots of herbs, but don’t know what to do with them? Or would you like to learn how to grow a variety of herbs to enhance the flavor of your food? Join us to learn about selecting and growing herbs and a variety of ways to use and preserve what you grow.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

August 15
2:00 Walk: Showcasing what's in bloom
3:00 Talk: Stories of a Forest, Hervé Barrier
Every forest has a story to tell and Helyar Woods has multiple stories! Come explore the 70 acre woodland, hike the trails and learn about the ecology of this fascinating place! The walk will also visit the Pine Forest, the Labyrinth and the various quarries.
Fee: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members

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
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: Vegetable Gardening in the Fall, Theresa Lam
Many cool season crops actually thrive better in the fall than the spring!   Learn how to keep your Vegetable garden growing well into the Fall and even Winter.
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

December 5
3:00 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: $5.00 or free to Rutgers Gardens Members