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National Public Gardens Week

May 18, 2019 | 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

National Public Gardens Day was started in 2009, with hopes of increasing emphasis on the importance of building vibrant, relevant gardens committed to community enrichment and environmental responsibility. Beginning this year, the American Public Gardens Association has announced National Public Gardens Week (May 13–19, 2019), a celebration of our nation’s public gardens.

To celebrate this year, we want to recognize our unsung heroes, which serve as both a shade-providing canopy and backdrop to all of our other features: the many mature trees on the grounds. While some provide fleeting shows of spring color and dazzling autumn displays, much of the year they blend inconspicuously into the background, despite their size. In order to bring much-deserved attention to these beautiful specimens, we wanted to do something extra special.

A term not widely known, except among crafters who have encountered it, “yarn bombing” is the act of covering objects and structures with decorative displays of knitted or crocheted yarn or fiber art. Gardens volunteers and staff members have worked all winter to construct bright, colorful, handmade coverings for 16 different trees. Although installed for Arbor Day (April 26th), the creations will remain on display for several weeks, to be enjoyed during our Spring Flower Fair plant sale and throughout National Public Gardens Week.

Join us on Saturday, May 18, as we celebrate National Public Gardens.

Schedule of events on May 18  
9am–12pm Plant sale at the Greenhouses 20% off all plants purchased, including annuals, vegetables, herbs, flowering trees and shrubs, and beautiful perennials, as well as rare and unusual selections. Rutgers Gardens Members get an additional discount when they present their membership card.  
12:00pm–2:00pm near the Small Tree Collection See the unique and creative yarn bombing installation that was created by Gardens staff and volunteers.
Tour of Rutgers Gardens highlights at 12:30.
Bartlett Tree Experts will be here to answer your questions on tree care at 1:00.
A Rutgers Scarlet Fire® dogwood will be planted in honor of National Public Gardens Week, demonstration at 2:00.
Make your very own Tillansdia (air plant) terrarium. Tillandsia is a genus of around 650 species of evergreen, perennial plants in the family Bromeliaceae, many of which are epiphytes, which hang on the branches of trees. 12:00-2:30


May 18, 2019
9:00 am - 3:00 pm
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