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 JULY:  Finally, the hazy, lazy days of summer have arrived – something many of us longed for during the long cold and damp spring! The temperatures are warm, the sun is high in the sky and the rain has fortunately remained consistent! The heat and humidity have certainly returned too, so try to garden during the cooler temperatures of the early mornings and evenings. Keep records on daily temperatures and rainfall, since summers’ heat and warm nighttime temperatures impact a plant as much as winters’ cold. If you live close to Rutgers Gardens, you can also look at ‘Rutgers Weather’, which has a summary of the weather conditions in Rutgers Gardens – it is almost like being here! Also, remember to wear a big hat, apply the sunscreen and to drink plenty of water while you garden!