Rutgers Gardens is a self-sustaining operation and relies upon
public support for maintaining the gardens, purchasing equipment
and materials, supporting salaries, and providing public programs.
Funds are raised through facility rental fees, special events,
membership dues and donations from our generous supporters.
We are one of the few botanical gardens in the country that does
not charge a visitor’s fee and is open 365 days a year.
Learn more about Rutgers Gardens, how you can help and upcoming events and programs!
Trained in the science and art of gardening, Master Gardeners are passionate people who share their time and expertise as volunteers in community gardens, city beautification projects and more.
The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Sussex County is a horticultural education, outreach and service program administered through Rutgers NJAES Cooperative Extension (RCE) of Sussex County. Master Gardener volunteers are trained from January through June to work in all areas of home horticulture, including ornamental horticulture, lawn care, fruit and vegetable culture, Integrated Pest Management (IPM), identification of common home and garden pests as well as other topic areas.
Meet several of these amazing individuals and learn more about the program.
From small home gardens to sprawling farms, good soil is important for growing healthy plants, flowers and produce. Even the slightest imbalances in your soil’s nutrients or limestone can be harmful to plant growth.
The scientists at Rutgers’ Soil Testing Laboratory provide soil testing service to New Jersey residents. For a nominal fee, their expert analysis provides information on soil pH and concentrations of 9 essential plant nutrients. You can even have their team test for lead traces! Learn more about their process and how you can have your own garden soil tested.
Did you know that plants get sick too? But determining
what’s wrong with them – whether the issues are caused by disease,
insects or something else – isn’t always easy for the average
Rutgers Plant Diagnostic Laboratory is a full-service plant health diagnostic facility that provides accurate and timely diagnoses of plant health problems. For a nominal fee, plant specimens or parts can be submitted for examination/testing to determine the cause of their problems. Meet the team and learn how you can have your plants tested!
In agriculture, variety selection is a key strategy for managing pests and diseases, as well as improving yields and profits. At the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station, plant breeders develop and evaluate varieties for New Jersey. Learn more about the Rutgers breeding program and purchase some of their new “Rutgers 250” seeds -- an improved version of the classic Rutgers tomato!