Winter Classes

 

New classes will be added so please check back soon!

Register on line by following the link associated with each class.
or Download class Registration Form
Mail: Rutgers Gardens, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Fax: 732-932-7060

Home Landscape Design – Fundamentals (Sold Out)
Explore the fundamentals of design, and introduce a unique Design Process which provides the basis for problem solving of various scale projects, spatial development, and sound garden and general land use planning. The basics of graphics, balance, color, forms, sequence, scale and textures will be discussed. Some in class drawing to explore a residential program, and functional relationships, and their resulting spatial relationships will be done in class. Good design is not arbitrary or just intuitive.... it should follow a process.
Instructor: Roy DeBoer
Fee:
$60
Date:
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Time:
9:00 am to 12:00pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 3.0


Home Landscape Design - Incorporating Hardscape
Learn how to effectively use hardscape elements to improve the functionality and appearance of your outdoor home landscape. Topics include features and structures such as paving and walls, hardscape materials choices, and construction considerations, including how hardscape choices can affect landscape plants through their impact on microclimates and water management. Additional information and project examples will include sustainable design and construction options; such as reuse of materials, inside/outside integrated design, design for storm water management and effective outdoor space maximization for lifestyle.
Instructor: Tobiah Horton
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, February 04, 2017
Time:
1:00-3:00pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0


Home Landscape Design - Incorporating Plants
Plants provide shade, color, texture and even sound to the home landscape.  The challenge with plants is determining where the plants should best be located or how they should be combined to enhance the overall impact of the Garden Design.   Bruce will focus on the basic concepts of how to place and combine woody and herbaceous plants to create a pleasing, outdoor garden room!
Instructor: Bruce Crawford
Fee:
$60
Date:
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time:
9:00 am to 12:00pm
Location: Holly House
RMG-CEU: 3.0


Home Landscape Design Series
Instructors: Roy DeBoer, Toby Horton, Bruce Crawford
Fee:
$130 (Special pricing when you register for all three classes.)
Dates and Times:
Saturday, February 04, 2017 and Saturday, February 11, 2017
Time:
(see times for individual classes above.)
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 8.0


The Victorians: How they forever changed the Garden
When it comes to widespread impact on gardening practices, it can be argued that no time period rivals the 90 year span known as The Victorian Era.  The Victorians used flowers as a non-verbal language and transformed the garden from a symmetric, formal regiment into a frothy disarray of cottage informality. Their gardens included exotic plant material recently discovered in the jungles of Africa, the remote valleys of the Himalayan highlands, the plains of the Amazonian rainforest and the arid plateaus of Australia and the Andean Mountains.  This talk provides an overview with some interesting vignettes about one of the most exciting periods in the history of horticulture and agriculture.
Instructor: Barbara Melera
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time:
10:00am-12:00pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0


Seedy Business: Plants That Do Best When Grown From Seed
How many times have you thought, heard or said, “I just don’t do well with seeds….I prefer plants…”?  WELL!!! It is time to rethink your stand on seeds, and this talk will inspire you to do just that.  There are a number of situations where growing things from seed is not only advisable, it is preferable, much more fun and much, much, much more rewarding.  This is a beautifully illustrated slide show about the fruits and vegetables that do best when grown from seed and why that is the case.
Instructor: Barbara Melera
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, February 18, 2017
Time:
1:00-3:00pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0


Sound Gardening Techniques for a Healthy Garden
Gardening can be a rewarding but challenging endeavor. Plants require a wide variety of care, including siting, planting techniques and proper watering, pruning, fertilizing, and mulching. Learning the right techniques will help you grow a beautiful and healthy garden and ensure success of both old and new plantings. This lecture will offer basic and advanced information to help you maintain your landscape.           
Instructor: Vincent Simeone
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time:
10:00 am-12:00 pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0


Great Gardens of the World
Since 1998 I have had the pleasure to travel to some of the most breathtaking gardens in the world. The countries visited include Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa. This lecture provides detailed information on a wide variety of unusual and exotic species of plants, picturesque views of natural and cultivated areas and helpful information on garden design and popular trends. Come along with me for a train ride through the Canadian Rockies, a hiking trip into the wild bush of New Zealand, a whale watching expedition to Cape Town and a visit a 15th century abbey in jolly old England. Don't miss this unique and inspiring journey around the globe!
Instructor: Vincent Simeone
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, February 25, 2017
Time:
1:00-3:00pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 0


Pruning Techniques for the Homeowner (workshop)
The 3 W’s of pruning – the When, Where and Why - are typically reduced to a thoughtless shaping of plants with electric shears!  This class will discuss the various methods of pruning small trees, shrubs and shade trees, the time of year various plants should be pruned and how proper pruning can produce not only unique growth responses, but a healthier, more attractive and longer-lived plant.  Bring along your own pruners and handsaw, or you can purchase tools during the class as this will be a “hands-on” program in the Gardens.  Please dress accordingly.
Instructor: Bruce Crawford
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Time:
9:00 am-12:00 pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 3.0


A Year in the Vegetable Garden: The Lengthening Days of Spring
The days are still cold, but it’s time to think about the summer vegetable garden now!  Join Arianna to explore early spring preparation for a bountiful harvest throughout an extended growing season.  Learn about early plantings of cool-season crops, seed starting, succession planting, bed preparation and more. Class will be indoors and outdoors, so please dress accordingly.
Instructor: Arianna Lindberg
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, March 04, 2017
Time:
1:00-3:00pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0


Organic Lawn Care
Do you want to care for your home landscape without using pesticides, and have a beautiful lawn? This class will present concepts important to successful organic lawn care. Concepts include understanding benefits of various turf grasses species, techniques to improve and maintain soil health and proper cultural practices to maintain lawn health. Cultural management discussion will focus on proper mowing, fertilization and irrigation techniques.
Instructor: Jim Murphy
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, March 11, 2017
Time:
10:00am-12:00pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0
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Landscaping with Colorful Native Plants
We have so many native plants to choose from – there is a plant for every place!  Join us for a look at the fantastic diversity of native plants that can brighten up and enhance our gardens, meadows and forests. Through proper plant selection you can both beautify and greatly enhance the natural environment. Randi will show you how to use native plants in Landscape Design and elevate gardens to a higher purpose.
Instructor: Randi Eckel
Fee:
$50
Date:
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time:
10:00am-12:00pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0

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Making More of a Good Thing!  Propagation of Native Plants (workhop)
The time to plant seeds is NOW!  Learn techniques and tricks for growing native perennial plants from seed.  Randi will discuss seed dormancy, scarification, stratification and other special seed treatments sometimes needed to coax seeds to grow.  Each workshop participant will go home with a flat containing several species of native plants all planted and ready to grow.
Instructor: Randi Eckel
Fee: $55
Date:
Saturday, March 18, 2017
Time:
1:00-3:00pm
Location:
Holly House
RMG-CEU: 2.0
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Register on line by following the link associated with each class.
or Download class Registration Form
Mail: Rutgers Gardens, 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Fax: 732-932-7060

Registrants may cancel up to 3 days before a class date. A refund will be given, minus a $10 administrative fee. Cancellations must be received in writing by email. To cancel, please email Nancy Herbert at herbert@aesop.rutgers.edu.

The Gardens reserves the right to cancel a class due to low enrollment.Classes cancelled by the Gardens because of low enrollment or Garden closure will be automatically fully refunded.