Jersey is nicknamed the Garden State, so on a beautiful
summer Sunday morning, we drove to Rutgers Gardens in
North Brunswick, New Jersey to explore the beauty
of their gardens. Part of Rutgers University, Rutgers
Gardens is a sensational botanical garden that has
delighted visitors for over 100 years and was the perfect place to stroll and
spend a few hours soaking up nature. After "sheltering in place" for several
months due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, we were more than ready to get out
in nature while maintaining social distancing, and the 180-acre Rutgers Gardens
was the perfect place for a morning of exploration.
rest of the United States, we had spent the past several months "sheltering-in-place"
at home due to the 2020 Coronavirus pandemic, and by mid-June 2020 we were more
than ready to stretch our legs and take in nature's beauty in a space where we
could maintain social distancing yet experience nature. On a warm and sunny
blue-sky Father's Day, Sunday, June 21, 2020, we drove 90-minutes from our home
in Connecticut to North Brunswick, New Jersey to experience the beauty of
Mother Nature and the splendor of Rutgers Gardens. Part of Rutgers University,
the gardens are open year-round and have a variety of gardens to entice the eye
and soothe the spirit. There are also lovely hiking trails to meander and soak
up nature and solitude.
Allilum (with a visiting bee)
We spent an
enjoyable morning at the Rutgers Gardens and began our visit by exploring the
Donald B. Lacey Display Garden where there were many highlights including the
diverse collection of allium which we love for their beautiful purple flowers
that form spheres of color in season, and once their blooms are spent, they are
still interesting to look at with their architectural "skeletal" shapes that
remind us of fireworks displays. Allium, whose Latin name means "cultivated
garlic" belong to the genus of cultivated garlic, scallion, chives, and many
others, and range in size from dainty (i.e. chive flowers) to giant allium varieties,
all whose spheres balance on long, graceful, slender stems. There were several varieties in the garden and
we thoroughly enjoyed experiencing some of them which were "in-bloom" and
There was also
a lovely aquatic garden with white and purple water lilies made especially
interesting by a frog whom we enjoyed watching swim to and fro' among the lily
pads. Interesting to note about water lilies is that the flowers open in the
morning and close in the evening, and the blooms can last from 3-5 days.
Also interesting was their Art Randolph Sun and Shade Garden with its
attractive Gazebo and visually stunning plants. The gardens were visual eye
candy everywhere we looked; a wood bench nestled amidst a cloud of white
flowers beckoned invitingly and large blue and green chairs added whimsey to another
garden. There were a variety of gorgeous hydrangeas including white paniculata
hydrangea, whose flowers grow into large conical shapes.
are perfect to visit in every season whether there are flowers are in bloom or
not, as the Roy H. DeBoer Evergreen Garden features an amazing collection of
evergreens, and the Holly Collection is also interesting in any season,
although we imagine they would be especially splendid to experience in winter when
they have a sprinkling of pristine snow dusting their green leaves and bright
red or orange berries.
thoroughly enjoyed our visit to Rutgers Gardens and look forward to visiting
again in different seasons to experience its exquisite beauty. Rutgers Gardens
are located 30 miles from Newark, 35 miles from New York City, and 60 miles
from Philadelphia, making it a desirable day trip. The gardens are open year-round
from Saturday through Thursday from 8:00 am until 7:00 pm. The Gardens are
closed on Fridays. Entrance and parking are free. While you can stroll the
gardens on your own, they also offer 1-hour garden tours. Tours must be
arranged in advance. There is a fee for the docent-led tour.
We sign our
postcard from Rutgers Gardens, With Love from Luxury Experience! Come and
enjoy Rutgers Gardens and nature at its finest.
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information on visiting Rutgers Gardens, please visit their website: www.rutgersgardens.rutgers.edu
Brunswick, New Jersey 08901-8525
State University of New Jersey
Brunswick, New Jersey 08902
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