County’s Garden Field Day/Open House July 22

The Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County will host its Garden Field Day/Open House from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, July 22 at the EARTH Center located in Davidson’s Mill Pond Park at 42 Riva Ave. in South Brunswick. The rain date will be July 23.

The day will be filled with activities for the whole family, including garden tours, presentations and showcases on gardening and landscaping, plus live music.

Throughout the event, the Agriculture Office and the Rutgers Master Gardeners will offer advice on horticulture and environmental stewardship while guiding visitors through various teaching gardens and learning projects. Examples of their work include the Children’s Garden with Green Roof playhouse, an enormous vegetable display garden, a new Native Plant Garden and the popular Butterfly House. Lectures will be offered on topics such as Container Gardening and The Dandelion– Weed or Herb.

From 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. kids age 14 and under can participate in the Master Gardener Scavenger Hunt, a hunt for medallions in the gardens throughout the park. Once completed, they turn in their hunt forms and a randomly chosen prize winner will be drawn at 2:30 p.m.

Gardeners are encouraged to bring a sample of their biggest or most outstanding homegrown produce to enter in the “Greatest of the Garden” contest. Categories include but are not limited to:

Biggest tomato
Biggest cucumber
Biggest watermelon
Longest gourd
All Vegetables: Best Likeness to a Celebrity or Historical Figure

Attendees are asked to bring a donation of a non-perishable food item for MCFOODS, the County’s food bank. Contributions will help restock MCFOOD’s shelves and assist in providing nutritious food to County residents in need.

Many exhibitors who collaborate with the Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County throughout the year will be on hand to share their programs and accomplishments. For more information, please call 732-398-5268 or e-mail

For information on the office visit and search “extension.”

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