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Our Teaching Garden

Tomato plants in a garden.

The Melda C. Snyder Teaching Garden has been created to promote and provide accurate information about the art of horticulture with an emphasis upon the relationship between plants, human health, and nutrition in the home garden setting.

Melda Snyder was active as a teacher and school administrator, all the while an integral part of a farm family business. In 1992, the Melda C. Snyder Teaching Garden was established acknowledging her accomplishments as a teacher and farmer. Tens of thousands of visitors have enjoyed and learned from visiting the Teaching Garden.

Nationally, more than $36 billion annually is spent on gardening. Our consumer horticulture program provides information to the gardening public utilizing expertise of New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station and Rutgers Cooperative Extension personnel in a learn-by-doing atmosphere.

The Melda C. Snyder Teaching Garden serves to educate the non-farming public on lawn and garden issues. Our faculty, staff, and Rutgers Master Gardeners offer science-based, factual information to home gardeners visiting the Teaching Garden and attending a variety of educational events such as plant clinics, gardening demonstrations, field day programs, and horticultural therapy workshops.

Our Teaching Garden Includes: