Rutgers Today, the university’s daily news service, writes that the university is putting the finishing touches on a new master plan that will put the gardens in the same category as the New York Botanical Garden, the United States Botanic Garden and Monticello, Thomas Jefferson’s home in Virginia, by being designated a Horticultural Landmark by the American Society for Horticultural Society.
The university envisions an investment of about $70 million, funded through donations and revenue generated by events at the gardens. New features will include a 1.5-mile educational path dedicated to explaining the evolution of plants, trees, insects, and animals over 400 million years.
The gardens, located off Ryders Lane in New Brunswick, receive about 35,000 visitors a year, have varied attractions including one of the largest collections of American hollies; pollinator gardens; a bamboo forest; a large rain garden; and tree and shrub collections. They also have a weekly farmer’s market and mount family events. Find out more about Rutgers Gardens.