Rutgers Gardens celebrates nature at Fall Festival

Rutgers Gardens hosted its annual Fall Festival over the weekend to help raise funds for the 180-acre public garden. Bruce Crawford, director of Rutgers Gardens, said the festival is a fun day out intended to serve as a fundraiser and community awareness event. "As long as the gardens have been here, there are still a number of families who don’t know we exist," he said. "There’s nothing out front that screams ‘Rutgers Gardens.’"…The preserve, which opened in 1922, is tucked away off Ryders Lane between New Brunswick and East Brunswick.

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The Hot Pepper Potential: Rutgers Ag Research Aims for Alternative Markets in New Jersey and the Region

Habaneros are among the exotic hot peppers with growing market potential.

Habaneros are among the exotic hot peppers with growing market potential.

It’s hard to be neutral about hot peppers. People often run, pardon the pun, hot or cold when it comes to these spicy meal additions. Those with “seasoned” taste buds may ply their dishes with daring degrees of spiciness, while others who fear the burn decline to indulge. But hot peppers offer more than a spicy bite to meals and present some other uses that can turn up the heat on its market potential. [Read more...]

LA Internship Provides Opportunity to Restore Historic Maplewood Park

A team of Rutgers students installing new plants at Maplewood’s Memorial Park. Photo: Courtesy of Maplewood Matters

A team of Rutgers students installing new plants at Maplewood’s Memorial Park. Photo: Courtesy of Maplewood Matters

Maplewood’s Memorial Park, designed by Olmsted Brothers firm, was in need of sprucing up. The town’s garden club created an internship where SEBS Landscape Architecture students could assist in its restoration. Read more at Rutgers Today.

New Rutgers Students Get Intro to New Brunswick Through Start with Service Program

First-year students at Rutgers got a chance to pitch in on some community service projects in their new city before classes even began this fall. The new Start with Service program aims to build a legacy of service at Rutgers. Nutritional Sciences major Shaun Hui (SEBS 2016) discusses first year students’ introduction to the community of New Brunswick.

 

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Two Big Ten Universities Work to Develop Environmentally Friendly Lawns

In June, New Jersey homeowners looked at and walked on different kinds of grass grown at Rutgers' Horticulture Farm II in New Brunswick.

In June, New Jersey homeowners looked at and walked on different kinds of grass grown at Rutgers’ Horticulture Farm II in New Brunswick.

Maintaining a lush green lawn with less inputs of water, fertilizer and pesticides is a promising reality as Rutgers turf breeders Bill Meyer, Stacy Bonos and Austin Grimshaw team up with University of Minnesota researchers in search of the finest of fine fescues. Read more at Rutgers Today.