From November 10, 2015 through the end of 2016, the Rutgers New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station (NJAES) is celebrating Rutgers 250th anniversary by showcasing an all-star variety of it breeding program each month. The select varieties are developed by Rutgers agriculture and aquaculture researchers from across New Jersey.
Holly trees are the featured all-star breed for December. Rutgers plant breeders have been at the forefront of holly tree research, crossing varieties of trees from the genus Ilex for decades. The main purpose of this research is to improve the durability, pest and disease resistance, and overall appearance of this beautiful tree. A lovely display of mature hollies can be found at Rutgers Gardens’ Holly House.
NJAES’ Facebook and Twitter followers participated in a social media photo challenge to show off their favorite ornamental evergreen! From December 8-15, participants shared selfies with their holiday holly decor using the hashtag #RU250Holly. NJAES had many submissions and it was very hard to pick just one winner!
Jennifer Beacham, Rutgers School of Arts and Sciences student, is the proud new owner of a Rutgers250 prize-pack! Due to the popularity of December’s social media challenge, NJAES is going to have many more in the new year. Keep a close eye on NJAES’ Facebook and Twitter pages for another chance to win Rutgers250 prizes.