The Rutgers Master Gardeners of Essex County are a group of volunteers who provide horticultural information and programs to the community.  Trained by faculty and staff of NJAES, Rutgers University, and by horticultural experts, the Master Gardeners are knowledgeable about a wide range of gardening subjects. 

Rutgers Gardens Gardening Notes For October:   October marks the true start of autumn and much work for the gardener! We are now racing against time to complete our chores before that first strong frost. September was a very dry month, so watering chores remain a crucial part of the daily chores! Remember to take a moment and make some notes about your garden. Among other details, take note of what annuals are still looking respectable, which late season vegetables lived up to expectations, and perhaps what woody plants or perennials should be added to enhance the autumn garden for next year – people have certainly been very impressed by the Calicarpa or Beautyberry at the Gardens this fall!