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Rutgers Home Gardeners School

The next offering of Home Gardeners School is tentatively planned for March 21, 2020. Join our mailing list to be notified when registration opens in the Fall!

Plus, handouts and materials from many of our 2019 workshops are available for download in PDF format.
Visit our Workshops section and click on the "Details" button for each workshop to see the related resources available for download.

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, vegetables, bees, pruning, best management practices, and much more!

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; Keynote 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

Handouts and materials from many of our 2019 workshops are available for download in PDF format! Click on the "Details" button for each workshop to see the related resources available for download.

Please join our mailing list to be notified when the 2020 workshops become available.

Keynote Presentation: What Does Climate Change Mean for My Garden? - Dr. Anthony Broccoli (Download Presentation)

Keynote Presentation: Pets and Plants: The Good, the Bad, and The Evil - Dr. Ernest Rogers (No Materials for Download)

Session #1:

9:00 AM - 10:15 AM

Session #2:

10:30 AM - 11:45 AM

Lunch &

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Session #3:

1:15 PM - 2:30 PM

Session #4:

2:45 PM - 4:00 PM


Small Paver Project



Historical Uses of Everyday Plants



Creating a Living Frame with Succulents



Fresh Flower Arranging



An Overview of Hydroponic Basics for the Homeowner



Creative Containers for All Seasons



Diversity in the Landscape and Its Impact on Insects



Creating an Entrance to Your Home for All Seasons



Easy Drip Irrigation for Your Garden



Growing the Perfect Jersey Tomatoes



Gardening for Winter Interest



RainXchange™, What is That?



Starting a Sustainable Small Farm in Your Yard: How to Grow From Here



Basic Pruning Techniques



Nativelicious: Gardening with Ornamental and Edible Native Plants



The NJ Gardener and the White-tailed Deer: How the Two can Co-exist



All About Hydrangeas



Great Soil, Great Gardens PART 1: Basic Soil Science



Great Soil, Great Gardens PART 2:
10 Tips for Great Soil



Garden Equipment 101: Maintenance and Safety



Public Gardens: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow



Designing with Native Plants



Using the Internet to Answer Your Gardening Questions



Flowering Shrubs and Small Trees for Your Garden



Canning Fruits and Vegetables



Tips for Early and Late Season Vegetable Gardening



All About Roses



Lawn Problems and How to Fix Them



Composting and Good Soils: A Gardener's Best Tools



Best Gardening Practices to Attract and Support Birds



The Wonderful World of Tropicals in Containers



Backyard Beneficials: Designing Your Landscape to Attract the "Good Guys!"



Introduction to Plant Identification



Freezing Techniques for Fruits, Vegetables, and Herbs



How to Turn Your Landscape into a Pollinator's Paradise



Growing Herbs in Containers



Introduction to Honey Bees and Beekeeping






Aquatic Plants: How to Use Aquatic Plants in Your Pond and Garden



Planting by the Ocean



Home Gardeners School: Details for Your Day

Course Code: AH0201HA20

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Next offering tentatively planned for March 21, 2020. Join our mailing list to be notified when registration opens.


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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:

Standard Registration Fee:

Master Gardeners Fee*:
*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

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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

Download Directions and Map

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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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.

NEW! 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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Keynote Presentations

All attendees have the option of attending a keynote presentation during lunch.

There will two keynotes this year:

1. "Pets and Plants: The Good, the Bad, and The Evil" - Dr. Ernest Rogers

2. "What Does Climate Change Mean for My Garden?" - Dr. Anthony Broccoli

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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 Happy Paws Rescue and Scarlet Paws Rescue.

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 15, 2019, 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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Questions? We're Here to Help!

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 Program Coordinator Rosemary Mende at
848-932-7643 or rosemary.mende@rutgers.edu.

You can also live chat with a member of our team! Click the red chat icon at the bottom right corner of your screen.

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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