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Rutgers Gardens

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Address: 112 Ryders Lane, New Brunswick, NJ 08901
Phone Number: (732) 932-8451
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A family favorite.

We have visited Rutgers Gardens and Helyar Woods regularly for more than 20 years. It's a beautiful oasis in crowded central Jersey, a great place to walk the dog or look at... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 2, 2015
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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 2, 2015

We have visited Rutgers Gardens and Helyar Woods regularly for more than 20 years. It's a beautiful oasis in crowded central Jersey, a great place to walk the dog or look at gardens. I've learned a lot about gardening here over the years, and walked the trails more times than I could count. Beware of events on some weekends that... More 

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Edison, New Jersey
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8 helpful votes 8 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 9, 2015

Since I live near Rutgers Gardens, I enjoy stopping by whenever I want to be in a beautiful and peaceful place. If you like walking, there are trails. If you like gardens and beautiful flowers, there's a magnificent display garden, different theme every summer. A photographer's paradise! (for flowers, etc.). There are a number of benches for just relaxing and... More 

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Jamesburg, New Jersey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 2, 2015

Very nice gardens. Worth a visit if you are in central NJ. Very organic with fruits, veggies and flowers. Go there when they have a festival going on. Nice gardens to walk through too!

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Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
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4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

If you are looking for something else to do and out of the typical date spot...I would suggest the gardens. A lot to see...its free...and its a nice way to escape the stresses of college...at least for a lil while

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Hoboken, New Jersey
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28 helpful votes 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 29, 2014

Lots to see. From the bamboo forest to the log cabin. There is a perennial forest also. Best time to visit is Mother's day weekend. They have a plant show from shrubs, to flowers to vegetables. Very knowledgeable staff. Ask for Ira Grasgreen to give you a tour and answer any of your questions.

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Mirabel, Qc
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Cute gardens for short walk. Gardens are pet friendly. Access is free unless you want a guided tour. Good to know: - Rutgers campus is not really a nice campus to walk (compare to others like, let say, Princeton). The whole campus is not worth a detour but if you are in the area and need a little fresh air,... More 

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White Plains, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 27, 2014

We went here just to check out what it was like and it was fairly nice. Free parking and a good amount to walk around and see. There was nothing there like food or activities that could occupy you for more than 2 hours.

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East Brunswick, New Jersey
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9 reviews 9 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 14, 2014

Most fascinating feature: huge bamboo forest, where the bamboo is so tall and dense that it is noticeably cooler and darker. A trail makes it hiker friendly, although watch out for little stumps from cut down sections that were made to clear the path. Wooded section with trail, with steep bank leading down to a small lake. small stream bisects... More 

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New Providence, New Jersey
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014

I have been to a few gardens before...this place was great. Beautiful lay out. Child got a bit bored, but she appreciated the work. Flowers were magnificent. Would bring more water , but other then that"....go go go. This is a place that is a good trip, good exercise , and good fun. It's free...if that helps

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New Brunswick, New Jersey
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

I liked the fact that you can almost feel (almost) that you are out their in the wild by yourself. Well, there is nothing to dislike really but nothing outstanding about them either. The hiking trail was nice, the garden's were garden variety (sorry, couldn't help it). Word of warning: it was a bit confusing for me to locate the... More 

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