I finally made it to the famous (at least in Central New Jersey) Rutgers Gardens Annual Plant Sale. I wasn’t disappointed with the plants but with the crowds – there were just too many people there! We had to park all the way near the highway and walk all the way down to the pavilion by the Raritan River. Why were so many people available on a Friday? I can understand seniors or moms with kids, but young couples hand-in-hand? Neither had a full-time job they needed to be at – or maybe they both thought it was worth a day off or a leisurely lunch hour (more like leisurely three hours, to get the most out of the sale).
Do you have popular plant sales where you live?
And these are just photos of the annuals!
36 thoughts on “Red at Rutgers Gardens Sale”
I tried to picture these floral images without red and it was a disappointing exercise. Red in a garden is NECESSARY!!!
I guess it was just too hard to resist a good plant sale. 🙂 It sounds like you had a long way to lug those plants back to your car though!
I found the parking to be a hassle; first, wait in line with your car. Then find a parking space in a crowded field. Then figure out how to get out of that field and back to the area with the plants. By the time I got to the actual sale, I wasn’t terribly relaxed. I had brought my own bag, and I only bought 3 small plants, so carrying them back wasn’t a big deal.
We had a gardens sale yesterday. There were also far too many people. Unfortunately this year it was very disappointing; fewer sellers and too many other stuff which were not related to gardening.
And of course not nearly as pretty as what your photos feature.
I love visiting what we call plantations.
I never can concentrate with people swirling all around me though. Therefor I guess I wouldn’t made any great captures even with all these wonderful flowers all over the place. I should like to see a close up of your catch, maybe next week?
What beautiful flowers. We don’t have big plant sales like that here, at least not that I’ve ever heard of. Everyone just goes to a nursery to buy plants.
What marvelous captures of color and contrasts. I love flower and plant sales…there are many in my area.
The remembrance of flower sales like this is what keeps me going all winter! I’m sure this was an enjoyable three [or more] hours and well worth the trip.
p.s. I’ll be back to see where that lovely watercolor is headed.
Beautiful shots of such lovely flowers.
Maybe the young couples are students? It sounds like a colorful happening. Lovely photos!
Yes, given this is next to Rutgers, quite possible!
lovely I am always tempted to spend too much on these sales
I’ve never been to a big plant sale. Some non-profits like volunteer fire companies and Scouts hold flower sales for Easter and Mother’s Day.
Happy RT, Leora! Hope to see your purchases next time.
Oh, yeah, I could photograph the petunias or the begonias. But I didn’t buy anything red. Planning mostly purples with some yellows, pinks and oranges for my flower garden.
The beauty of the myriad flowers, in color or texture can bring many to a flower market such as this. So many flats of beautiful flora…what to buy, what looks best in the yard, or any (perhaps many) questions about so many choices. A fragrant and beautiful market!
thanks for the photos and a glimpse into the event, I would never have the tolerance for the crowds
I just don’t do crowds very well any more 🙂
That is the place I wanted to go ^_^. Happy RT!
Thanks for reminding me of the proper name of my pink perennials – dianthus.
I couldn’t remember
I would love to be at that place…flowers everywhere! love the colors! must be fragrant too. have a good week!
Well, Leora, you hit the jackpot here it seems! There is hardly anything worth having that is super easy to obtain. It wasn’t hot though, was it?
Happy RT! 🙂 My dearest three are holding two red Mother’s day roses, the third must be in SIL’s hand.
My mother always used to have a stunning display of red salvia against a fence, and it would be in full bloom each Christmas. They always look gorgeous.
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Incredible array of flowers on display! And the streaming sunlight makes the whole scene bright and berautiful!
I’d so not wanna go home!!! What a dream shopping trip.
I’d like to have you visit with me today if you can. It’s a special day for me and my husband…today we celebrate 42 years of marriage. My RUBY TUESDAY is HERE
for scarlet gardens,
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Red is always need in the garden. Love all the flowers.. time to plant is coming up.
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Leora, I should try to get to that plant sale. It’s not that far from me here in Queens! Your photos are excellent! 🙂
Next year … we could have a blogger meet up!
Great shots of the sale. I’m glad you got away with something for your effort :0)
Beautiful and delightful!
these are beautiful 🙂 such a feats in the eye 🙂
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It looks like a wonderful place to spend a couple of hours, camera at hand!
The weather looks nice where you are. It’s been VERY very cold here ( and rainy), it feels like Winter!
We can have a frost through May..I have to wait a bit..glad you could get out and enjoy even with all the people…
I was there the same day and wondered the same thing about the crowds. Mostly I wondered what it must be like over the weekend! But I love the sale. I mostly buy herbs, and the selection is a world away from any of the nurseries around here. They have 7-8 varieties of herbs that are hard to find at all anywhere else. And the volunteers are really knowledgeable. Although the amount of choice was a little overwhelming. I bought 2 tomato plants, but I just grabbed something randomly – the number of different types was mind-boggling.
Hi, Kira! So nice to have comment on my blog. Maybe next year we can go together. I just find going anywhere on a Friday overwhelming; I am always thinking about what else I need to do.