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Rutgers Home Gardeners School

Please join us for Home Gardeners School @Home Edition this spring,
a NEW series of 1-hour online gardening workshops.
Learn more and register!

Save the date! The next offering of Home Gardeners School is planned for Saturday, March 20, 2021. Join our mailing list to be notified when registration opens in the fall!

Home Gardeners School provides expert instruction in the most innovative gardening and landscaping subjects available!

Designed to offer "something for everyone," Home Gardeners School is made up of 40 individual workshop sessions covering a wide array of horticulture topics. This format allows you to select the workshops that are most relevant to your gardening interests in order to create your own unique, customized schedule for this fun day of learning.

Speakers from commercial horticulture and landscape design companies will be presenting these workshops, along with Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE) and Rutgers School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (SEBS) faculty and staff, providing you with the opportunity to learn from true experts who want to share their expertise with gardeners like you.

These instructors will cover a whole host of practical topics designed to prepare you and your garden for the spring and beyond, including landscape design, common problems and solutions, annuals, perennials, native plants, vegetables, bees, pruning, best management practices, and much more!

The 44th annual Home Gardeners School will also feature two Lunch and Learn presentations that you can attend while eating lunch:

The Future of Our Farmers and Our Food Systems: Importance of Local Food
William Hlubik, Agricultural and Resource Management Agent, Rutgers Cooperative Extension, Middlesex County
Participants will gain a better understanding of the importance of New Jersey agriculture and how we can all help to keep the garden in the Garden State by supporting local agriculture. Bill will discuss some of the fascinating new crops and varieties developed by NJAES that are on the horizon for New Jersey farmers and for home gardeners.

The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening
Kim Eierman, Horticulture Consultant, Kim's Native Landscape Consulting
Many pollinator species have suffered serious declines in recent years. It's a serious problem for all of us since pollinators are responsible for the pollination of 80% of all flowering plants and at least 30% of the food that we eat. Unfortunately, most of our landscapes offer little in the way of appropriate habitat and forage for pollinators. With simple strategies, you can attract and support not just bees, but an array of pollinators that have different requirements. Learn how to create a Pollinator Victory Garden to help win the war on pollinator decline!


Video Sneak Peek: Watch this 2-minute video preview to see what Home Gardeners School is all about.




 

Home Gardeners School Schedule of Events

8:00 AM
Check-in; Coffee/Tea; Plant Sale

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM
Workshop Session #1

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM
Workshop Session #2

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch; Lunch & Learn Presentations; Plant Sale

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Workshop Session #3

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM
Workshop Session #4






Home Gardeners School Workshops

Please join our mailing list to be notified when the 2021 workshops become available.

Workshop
Session #1:

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Workshop
Session #2:

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Lunch;
Lunch and Learn Presentations

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Workshop
Session #3:

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Workshop
Session #4:

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM

#1

NEW!
The Basics of Butterfly Gardening




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#11

Pondless Water Features



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#21

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP:
Potted Plant Creations



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#31

HANDS-ON WORKSHOP:
Fresh Flower Arranging



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#2

An Overview of Hydroponic Basics for the Homeowner



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#12

NEW!
What Makes a Landscape Beautiful?



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#22

Easy Breezy Succulents



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#32

REVISED!
The Grass is Always Greener



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#3

Easy Drip Irrigation for Your Garden



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#13

Planting for Honey Bees Seasonal Planting



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#23

NEW!
Assessing Your Garden for pH and Nutrient Needs



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#33

NEW!
Fertilizer and Pesticide Calibration Demystified



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#4

Starting a Small Farm, One Step at a Time



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#14

NEW!
Growing the Perfect NJ Tomatoes and Peppers Organically



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#24

Designing the Yard of Your Dreams



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#34

NEW!
Deer Control Methods and Deer Resistant Plants of the Past and Present



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#5

NEW!
A Look at the Wonderful World of Bulbs



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#15

Jam'in Basics



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#25

NEW!
Trellises in the Edible Garden



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#35

NEW!
Raised Bed Vegetable Gardens: Where, Why, and How



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#6

NEW!
Small and Large Trees for Your Garden



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#16

Garden Accessories, Alias Garden Bling



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#26

Garden Photo Tips



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#36

REVISED!
Designing With Native Plants



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#7

Composting and Good Soils: A Gardener's Best Tools



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#17

Tips for Early and Late Season Vegetable Gardening



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#27

A Rose Parade: Splendor in the Garden



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#37

A Change of Scenery on the Way to Your Front Door



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#8

Introduction to Plant Identification



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#18

Best Management Practices for Pruning



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#28

All About Hydrangeas



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#38

Berrymania



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#9

Walkways, Pathways, and Stairways: Our Portals into the Garden



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#19

Landscaping for Winter Interest



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#29

NEW!
The Cook's Herb Garden



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#39

Organic Gardening: Beneficial Soil Organisms



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#10

Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping



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#20

NEW!
Vegetables That Take Root



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#30

NEW!
Native Pollinators and the Native Plants That Feed Them



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#40

Top 10 Garden Apps



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Home Gardeners School: Details for Your Day

Course Code: AH0201HA20


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Date

Saturday, March 20, 2021

Join our mailing list to be notified when registration opens.

 

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Time

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM

Workshops begin at 9:00 AM and conclude at 4:00 PM


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Registration Fees

Early Registration Fee:
TBD

Standard Registration Fee:
TBD

Master Gardeners Fee*:
TBD
*Must use promo code and fax proof of certification to 732-932-8726

For the following hands-on workshops, additional fees apply to cover the cost of the materials:

Workshop #21 - TBD
Workshop #31 - TBD

Registrants may withdraw in writing up to 12:00pm on March 13, 2020, and receive a full refund, less a $35.00 processing fee and less any materials fees for hands-on workshops. Registrants who withdraw after that time will be responsible for the full fee.

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Meals

Coffee/tea will be available in the morning.

For lunch, you have two options:

1. Pre-order a box lunch for $14.00. Please include payment and indicate your sandwich preference when you register.

2. Bring your own bag lunch or drive to a nearby eatery.

There are no options to buy lunch on-site.

   

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Map and Directions

Home Gardeners School is held at:

Hickman Hall
89 George Street
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

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Please note: GPS systems may not recognize campus addresses. Even if they take you to the correct building, they will not take you to the assigned parking lot. Therefore, we strongly recommend that you use the directions provided above.

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Parking

Please park your car in the Douglass Parking Deck and allow for a 5 minute walk to get from the parking deck to Hickman Hall.

If you require handicapped parking, please call 848-932-9271, option 2 to reserve a handicapped parking space at Hickman Hall.

All visitors must register their vehicles online with the Rutgers Department of Transportation Services. A link will be provided via email. Be sure to complete this important step prior to traveling to campus.

   

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Lunch and Learn Presentations

All attendees can attend a presentation during lunch.

There will be two options this year:

1. "The Future of Our Farmers and Our Food Systems: Importance of Local Food" - William Hlubik

2. "The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening" - Kim Eierman


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Donations

We will be collecting donations of canned or boxed food items on behalf of Rutgers Against Hunger, a university-wide initiative working to address hunger across the state.

You can also bring donations of unopened dry dog or cat food and other pet supplies for Scarlet Paws Animal Welfare Network.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!

   





How to Register for Home Gardeners School

Registration for Home Gardeners School is not currently available. Please join our mailing list to be notified when registration opens for the next offering.


Registration Questions?

Call our Registration Department at 848-932-9271, option 2 or email us at registration@njaes.rutgers.edu.





Home Gardeners School Policies

Accommodations for Individuals with Disabilities

If you require special assistance, please notify our office when you register or no less than one week before Home Gardeners School. Every effort will be made to accommodate reasonable requests.

Refund Policy

Registrants may withdraw in writing from Home Gardeners School up to 12:00pm on March 13, 2020, and receive a full refund, less a $35.00 processing fee and less any materials fees for hands-on workshops. Registrants who withdraw after that date / time will be responsible for the full fee.

Substitutions are permitted.

 


Contact Us


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For registration assistance, please contact our Registration Department at
848-932-9271, option 2 or registration@njaes.rutgers.edu.

For all other questions, please contact Olga Welsh at
848-932-7315 or ow31@njaes.rutgers.edu.

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Home Gardeners School Stories and Photos

Stories About Home Gardeners School

Rick Mikula, "the butterfly guy" The 2 B’s of Gardening: Attracting Bees and Butterflies

Rick Mikula, who has given professional advice to both the TV show CSI: Las Vegas and Dolly Parton's Dollywood amusement park, taught a Rutgers workshop on attracting bees and butterflies to gardens in 2010.
   
Ned Lipman, cranberry grower and teacher of cranberry history in NJ Cranberries in NJ: A Long and Rich History

History of NJ Cranberries and Harvest workshop was offered at Rutgers annual Home Gardeners School in 2011.


View Photos from Past Offerings of Home Gardeners School