Classic rock and the aroma of hamburgers hung in the air, welcoming farmers and gardening enthusiasts to the EARTH Center for a Garden Field Day gathering… The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County was the host to the celebration at Davidson’s Mill Pond Park in South Brunswick on Aug. 15. The event featured environmental and agricultural organizations, a lush butterfly garden and, of course, the new Rutgers Scarlet strawberry… "We’ve been working on this project for two years… working with local growers to get the plants for various trials," said Stephen Jakubiec, an incoming Rutgers senior who worked on the Scarlet strawberry… Researchers utilized more than a dozen partner farms to grow the different generations of the strawberry, capitalizing on the differing soil types in order to emphasize different traits in the plants. According to Jakubiec, the goal was three-fold… Vivian Morris, a master gardener with Rutgers Cooperative Extension, was explaining the how-to’s of building a residential rain garden to passersby. Sitting beside a larger rain garden that she tends at the EARTH Center, Morris listed the benefits they convey.
/ / New Strawberry is Centerpiece of Garden Field Day