A Full Day of 35 Workshops is Planned for March 21

rutgers home gardening school 1NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J. —  Plant enthusiasts will have the opportunity to learn innovative gardening and landscaping techniques from 25 of the state’s top horticulture experts at the 39th Annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School on Saturday, March 21, 2015.

Held from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. on the Cook/Douglass campus at Rutgers University in New Brunswick, the program features 35 different workshops on a variety of topics, including pruning, irrigation, composting, flower arranging, beekeeping, and more. Among the workshop options are 16 brand new offerings on subjects such as exotic plants, monarch butterflies, hydroponics, and herbs.

The registration fee is $75, but a special early registration discount price of $60 is being offered through March 10. An additional discount is also offered to Master Gardeners. Bring your own bag lunch or purchase a $10 box lunch when you register. Pre-registration at www.cpe.rutgers.edu/hgs  is recommended.

rutgers home gardening school 3The program’s expert speakers represent commercial horticulture and landscape design firms, as well as faculty and staff from Rutgers Cooperative Extension, to provide attendees with valuable opportunities to learn from the best in the business. A special lunchtime presentation will feature Peter Pascale CCC, Executive Chef at Robert Wood Johnson Hospital Somerset, doing a live cooking demonstration featuring local Jersey Fresh produce.

Participants create their own customized schedules for this fun day of hands-on learning by selecting the workshops that are most relevant to their gardening interests. As one attendee from last year’s event commented, “I come back year after year for the opportunity to have multiple education opportunities at one location on one day.” Another attendee added, “I have learned many things that I will apply to my own yard/garden. Nothing offered today has not been useful!”

rutgers home gardening school 2During breaks, participants can browse gardening and landscaping volumes at the book sale or purchase plants to take home (plants can be held for end-of-day pick-up and all plant sale proceeds benefit the Rutgers Gardens). They can also learn about soil health and purchase soil testing kits from the Rutgers Soil Testing Laboratory or expand their horizons with one of the many other organizations represented: NJ Nursery and Landscape Association, NJ Beekeepers Association, Garden Club of NJ, Jersey Fresh, Flower Station and EcoBeneficial, just to name a few.

For more information or to register, visit www.cpe.rutgers.edu/hgs or call the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education at 732-932-9271.