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The Woody Plants of Summer: Plants from Abroad

Course Code: AL0263CA21

Purple Loosestrife, Non-Native Woody Plant

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Date & Time

July 28, 2020
9:00am - 3:30pm (Check in time: 8:30am)

Next offering TBD


Come discover some of the most impressive and useful plants of foreign lands, including but not limited to:

  • Chinese Fringetree
  • European Smokebush
  • Japanese Clethra
  • Rose of Sharon
  • Russian Arborvitae
  • Turkish Filbert
  • And much more!

Instructor Steve Kristoph will teach you what they are, where they grow, and where to plant many of the species and cultivars that are leading the current trend in woody plant material. These are the plants used by top Landscape Architects and Designers.

The class will begin with a short in-class presentation, followed by an outdoor experience where you'll learn how to identify and appreciate the ornamental value of these wonderful plants.

This one-day class can be taken in conjunction with "The Woody Plants of Summer: Native Plants" (July 21) for a combined price of $370, or as a single-day course for $210.

Attendees will receive special take-home plants for participating in this informative and exciting class!

If you've taken Steve Kristoph's winter course, "Landscape Plants: Identification, Selection and Application," you'll definitely enjoy this summer class. If you haven't taken that course, no worries - all you need is a love for plants. We hope to see you there!

Meet Your Instructor: Steve Kristoph

Instructor Steve KristophSteve Kristoph is widely known for his encyclopedic knowledge of plant material. He received his Bachelors and Masters degrees in horticulture from Rutgers University, and he has been an adjunct instructor at Rutgers for over 25 years. He also owns and operates Steven Kristoph Nursery in Monmouth County, NJ, where he grows many types of ornamental trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials. The landscaping division of his business, P. Steven Kristoph Garden Design, serves both residential and commercial customers and offers a full range of services, including design, installation, maintenance and seasonal color. Steve is passionate about plants and enjoys sharing his passion with others. Plant walks with him are always an adventure!

Here's what past students have to say about Steve:

  • "[He] has forgotten more about landscaping plants than I will ever know!"
    -- M. Booth, Co-owner, Booth Brothers Landscaping
  • "I have never met someone as passionate about plants as Steve is!"
  • "Absolutely amazing, he knows his stuff."
  • "Excellent depth of knowledge and conveys it well."

NJ Urban and Community Forestry Continuing Education Units

International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) Credits

NJ Licensed Tree Experts

For the latest credit information, please call (848) 932-7483.

Registration Fee for Plants from Abroad Class ONLY TBD  
Multi-Course Registration Fee TBD Save when you register for this class and The Woody Plants of Summer: Native Plants!
Cancellation Fee TBD  

Substitutions are permitted. View cancellation policy.


Continental breakfast and deli buffet lunch will be provided to you at no additional cost.

NOTE: If you have any dietary restrictions or food allergies, please alert us at least one (1) week in advance of the course start date so that we can make reasonable accommodations. We cannot guarantee accommodations for special requests made after that time.


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 we provide.

Holly House
130 Log Cabin Road, New Brunswick, NJ 08816
Directions, Parking Information & Map

Note: Pre-registration is required. We're sorry, but we cannot guarantee a seat, materials or meals for walk-in registrants. Location is subject to change; registrants will be notified in the event of a change.


Sorry, registration is not currently available for this course.

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1. Click here to join our mailing list (please reference "The Woody Plants of Summer: Plants from Abroad" or Course Code AL0263) 
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3. E-mail us at ocpe@njaes.rutgers.edu

Program Questions? Contact Us!

Program Coordinator: Joe Canzano, 848-932-7317
Administrative Assistant: Beth Perez, 848-932-7483

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