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Rutgers Home Gardeners School

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!

The 43rd annual Home Gardeners School will also feature two keynote presentations that you can attend while eating lunch:

What Does Climate Change Mean for My Garden?
Tony Broccoli, PhD, Professor and Chair, Department of Environmental Sciences; Co-Director, Rutgers Climate Institute
The climate is changing. Temperatures and sea levels are rising and heavy rains are becoming heavier. This talk will describe the changes in climate that have occurred, the changes that lie ahead, and what such changes may mean for the gardener.

Pets and Plants: The Good, The Bad, and The Evil
Dr. Ernest Rogers, Maplewood Animal Hospital; Chief Forensic Investigator, Animal Forensic Investigations, LLC
Dr. Rogers will review plants that are animal friendly, poisonous to animals, animal/insect attracting, and animal repelling.

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

Review the workshop choices below and choose which one you would like to attend from each column.

You can only attend one workshop during each of the four sessions, but it is a good idea to have a few alternate choices in mind in case your first choice is sold out. Make sure to take note of the workshop numbers and titles for each of your selections before beginning the registration process!

You can also download a print-friendly workshop grid to help you plan out your day!

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: AH0201HA19

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Saturday, March 23, 2019


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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:
$75.00 (on/before 2/28/19)

Standard Registration Fee:
$90.00 (after 2/28/19)

Master Gardeners Fee*:
$65.00 (on/before 2/28/19)
*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 - $20 additional fee
Workshop #31 - $40 additional fee

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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

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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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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

Admission will be on a first-come, first-served basis. Workshops do fill up quickly, so register early to guarantee your preferred workshop selection!

Step 1: Choose Your Workshops

Review the workshop choices and decide which ones you would like to attend. You can read the descriptions of each workshop on this webpage or download a print-friendly workshop grid to help you plan out your day.

You can only attend one workshop during each of the four sessions, but it is a good idea to have a few alternate choices in mind in case your first choice is sold out. Make sure to take note of the workshop numbers and titles for each of your selections before beginning the registration process!

Special Notice: Home Gardeners School workshops are held in two buildings, requiring a short walk across a foot bridge. If you prefer to remain in one building for the whole day, please contact a member of our Registration Department at 848-932-9271, option 2 to discuss the best choices before registering.

Step 2: Choose Your Registration Method

You can register online or by mail/fax. Instructions for each method are provided below.

Register Online with a Credit Card

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To assist our valued customers in navigating the Rutgers Continuing Education registration system, we have created a new step-by-step online registration guide. Please download and follow this guide when registering for Home Gardeners School.

Register by Mail/Fax with a Check or Purchase Order

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Download and complete the Mail/Fax Registration Form. Please list your top three choices for each of the four workshop sessions in case your first selection is full.

Mail the form and a check or purchase order for payment to:

Registration Desk
NJAES Office of Continuing Professional Education
Rutgers University
102 Ryders Ln.
New Brunswick, NJ 08901

Checks should be made payable to Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey.

You can also fax your registration form and a copy of your payment to 732-932-8726 or email it to registration@njaes.rutgers.edu. Then, mail the original payment to the address above.

Step 3: Receive Your Confirmation Email and Register Your Vehicle

On the next business day after your registration has been processed, you will receive a confirmation email. This email contains important information; please read it!

NEW FOR 2019! You will need to register your vehicle for parking on campus. A link will be provided to you via email before the event date.

A link with directions and a map to the Home Gardeners School location is also included. Please save this email and refer back to it when you're getting ready to travel to campus for the big day!

Registration Questions?

Call our Registration Department at 848-932-9271, option 2 or email us at registration@njaes.rutgers.edu. Before you contact us, please decide which workshops you would like to attend and know the numbers and titles of those workshops. We will be happy to assist you!

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