Updates about current operations at Rutgers Gardens.
February is the month to finalize design considerations for the year and finish ordering seeds. Enjoy the garden’s late-winter beauty and give thought to changes. Here is a list of all of the things you will want to tackle this month—from pruning, to seeding, to edging—to insure a repeat of your past successes!
Italian Arum plays an important role of providing winter foliage interest. Its unusual flowers have a unique method of attracting a specific type of pollinator. And after the flowers fade and the foliage withers away, clusters of bright red fruits bring another layer of interest to the garden well into August.
Chilly temperatures are in the air, and it’s time to properly prepare the garden for winter, as autumn truly bids farewell and sub-freezing temperatures are just around the corner. Here are some things to keep in mind for your December garden.
Dr. Dennis Werner, of NCSU, was the 2019 Hamilton Award recipient. He accepted the award at the Gardens Party, our annual fundraiser to support the Rutgers Gardens Internship Programs.
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While you may not be celebrating in the traditional ways, we hope you are outdoors enjoying some sunshine and nature! A couple of post holiday ideas for your pumpkin: Feed wildlife, feed birds, add it to your compost. ... See MoreSee Less
Swing by the gardens gift shop today and pick up a bouquet of flowers cut from the garden, or one of our diverse succulents. or even some bulbs to plant outdoors for next spring blooms! ... See MoreSee Less
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We are right around the time when our first fall frost could arrive any day. Presently, we're looking at Saturday night into Sunday morning as a potential first frost. The forecast is only calling for a low of 39 or 40 degrees, but it would only need to drop a couple of degrees to make it a possibility. Forecast and temperature readings are taken at 6' above ground level. This means that if a weather forecast indicates it will be 38 or 39 degrees, it still could be 32 at ground level. There are other factors involved too--dew point, humidity, daytime temperatures, and wind. Wind can help keep cold air from settling and actually prevent frost, as can high humidity or precipitation because water holds warmth better than air. Regardless of what happens this weekend, stay tuned to the forecast over the coming days and weeks in case you need to cover more sensitive plants or harvest any remaining holdouts from summer. Most fall crops actually get better when frost-kissed, as they convert their energy stores (starches) to sugars--acting as a form of antifreeze. This natural adaptation in turn provides us with the most sweet and delicious veggies. There's nothing quite like a December carrot, so make sure you leave some in the ground for future treats! ... See MoreSee Less