Posted by: John Chadwick | April 30, 2011

Making it an Annual Family Tradition

Rutgers alumnus Peter Roche, and his son, Simon, began their day at the Rutgers Gardens plant sale.

For Rutgers alumnus Peter Roche, Rutgers Day has become an annual rite of spring. This year, with  his wife staying home to care for their youngest child, Roche and his four-year-old son, Simon, began the day at the Rutgers Gardens plant sale, and were planning to take in Ag-Field Day before winding up at Rutgers Stadium to meet former Rutgers football players and get their autographs.

“There is something for everyone here,” he said.

The Rutgers Gardens plant sale served as a scenic focal point for Rutgers Day festivities on the Cook/Douglass Campus, and introduced many people to the Gardens.

The Rutgers Gardens plant sale served as a scenic focal point for Rutgers Day festivities on the Cook/Douglass Campus, and introduced many people to the Gardens.

Roche, from the class of 1990, noted with wonder how Rutgers Day is always blessed with gorgeous weather. The Rutgers Day tradition started in 2009.

“It’s just amazing how we have these gorgeous days,” he said. “Years ago, I can always remember it always raining on Ag-Field Day.”

The Rutgers Gardens plant sale was drawing sizable crowds from the moment Rutgers Day began. Bruce Crawford, director of Rutgers Gardens, said the event is a great way to let people know about the Gardens. The most popular items on Saturday were vegetable and annual plants.

“A lot of still don’t know the Gardens exist over there,” Crawford said.   “So this is a day of recognition for us.”


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