Classes and Events at Rutgers

Story Hour!

Thursdays, 10:30-11:30am

Join us for stories, games, crafts, and therapy dogs! 

Story Hour meets weekly in our open-air greenhouse.

A community event • All are welcome.






Thank you for helping us make our events so memorable! 

Art at Story Hour

Spring 2022

The Year of the Tiger! Artist Yuka helped to turn us all into tigers to celebrate the new year.




Puppies are the best!

Spring 2022

Today’s stories, games, and art were all about puppies. Not to mention our guest visitor therapy dogs. What a fun morning!                                                             




Art at Story Hour

December 2021

Let the season be merry! Artist Yuka helped us create our own holiday ornaments. And our visiting therapy dogs wore their holiday best.




Art at Story Hour

November 2021

We created our own thanksgiving decorations with Artist Yuka!





Outdoor puppet show

October 2021

Philadelphia’s Puppet Master David Fiebert took us on a grand adventure in “Miles in the Heart of the Forest.” 







Art at Story Hour

September 2021

Artist Yuka brought us another special project: we made our own rainbows with flower rain.







September 2021

More about animals — how fun are monkeys?






Fun with Teeth!

August 2021

Story Hour had a special visit this week from Hunterdon Pediatric Dentistry. We learned how to take care of our teeth for a beautiful healthy smile.





Tiger Stripes!

August 2021

This week’s stories and projects were all about tigers!



July 2021

We had fun learning about lions this week. We made our own lions with paper plates!





Art at Story Hour

July 2021

Artist Yuka was here for another visit. She helped us create amazing flower garlands.




Art at Story Hour

June 2021

Gifts for Dads! Artist Yuka hand-dyed paper and collected petals that we used to create our own suncatchers.                                                        


Art in Bloom: Annual garden tour

June 2021

A glorious day of gardens, art, and music in collaboration with New Hope Historical Society and New Hope Arts. The Nursery hosted eleven artists and three musicians.

Visit New Hope to follow the work of the artists that exhibited at the five gardens along the tour.



Story Hour — Bees and Butterflies!

May 2021

Nursery Associate Kristin visited twice to tell us all about bees and butterflies, and why our gardens need pollinators.




Art at Story Hour

May 2021

For Mom: Artist Yuka designed paper beads and flowers that we made into necklaces for mom.  




Circus: a puppet show

April 2021

Philadelphia’s Puppet Master David Fiebert returned with a new puppet show all about his friends at the circus. A great audience and perfect spring weather made for a marvelous day at the Nursery.



Art at Story Hour

March 2021

Princeton Artist Yuka helped us celebrate the arrival of spring — we created our own amazing flowers!                                                                                      


Art at Story Hour

February 2021

Our Valentine’s project was snowed out twice! Luckily it’s never too late to make hearts for friends.                                         




Art at Story Hour

January 2021

Snowflakes — Part 2: A real snowstorm in December kept us from finishing our holiday snowflakes. But snowflakes are just as fun in January! Artist Yuka taught us how to fold and cut our custom-painted paper to create huge snowflakes.                                                                                                                                                     



Art at Story Hour

December 2020

Snowflakes — Part 1: Artist Yuka and her helpers used watercolors to hand paint their own snowflake materials.  





Art at Story Hour

November 2020

Princeton Artist Yuka Koiwa returned with projects to celebrate Thanksgiving and fall harvest. With her help our young artists created decorative turkeys and miniature ears of corn — to feed the turkeys, of course!                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   




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October 2020

Local Flemington Brownies and our Nursery Associate Robin Lee-Cronin created their own seed tape. They’ll have their zinnias ready for planting come spring 2021!  




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October 2020

Our Nursery Associate Robin Lee-Cronin hosted a visit from the Flemington Brownie Troop. This is a brand new troop in Flemington, and their very first meeting!

The girls prepared seed tape and learned about seeds, germination, and planting.                                                                                   



Scary Saturday

October 2020

The Nursery celebrated Halloween with costumes, a haunted house, and hayrides!                                                             





Halloween at Story Hour

October 2020

Stories and songs plus costumes and treats!                                                                                                                                                                                                                     




Art at Story Hour

October 2020

Princeton Artist Yuka Koiwa visited Story Hour to help our young gardeners and artists learn about trees in autumn. They created cardboard trees with hand-dyed leaves made from paper towels. 

Keep an eye on our Events Page — Artist Yuka will return with holiday projects in November and December.                                                 


A Rutgers Nursery Seminar: Design Techniques and Trends

October 2020

Homestead Garden Club visited the Nursery for a tour and design discussion with Landscape Designer Helen Grundmann. 

Let us know if your garden club, school group, or scout troup would like to arrange a visit and class.




An outdoor puppet show — Bartholomew Bear’s Moon Misadventure

October 2020

Philadelphia Puppet Master David Fiebert of The Segal Puppet Theatre took us on a grand adventure with Bartholomew Bear and friend Patch. We explored all the seasons and met new friends along the way. 





An outdoor workshop — Make your own puppets!

October 2020

Fun with socks! Add silly eyes, stars, crazy hair, and imagination. Puppet Master David Fiebert also demonstrated how to make origami paper puppets. Our young artists made some fantastic creations.





An outdoor screening — Five Seasons: The Gardens of Piet Oudolf

October 2020

A stunning introduction to the vision and plantings of Dutch landscape designer Piet Oudolf, emphasizing Oudolf’s reverence for plants and gardens in all seasons.





An outdoor screening — Andy Goldsworthy: Rivers and Tides

September 2020

Our first outdoor movie! An inspirational movie about the artist’s patience, persistance, and extraordinary sense of place, enjoyed in the gorgeous setting of our evening Nursery.





Painting with Maureen Chatfield 

September 2020

Students worked with local contemporary artist Maureen Chatfield to create still life paintings inspired by our Greenhouse.





Arts Weekend and Fundraiser 

September 2020

A glorious event: artists, musicians, dancers, and perfect weather created a marvelous weekend. Hardy’s Café contributed coffees and baked goods from their Flemington coffee shop. The event benefited The Flemington Area Food Pantry and Delaware Valley Food Pantry. 

This weekend launched our Arts + Nature program promoting arts at our Nursery. A truly great beginning with more to come!




December 2019

A very special Story Hour!






Wreath-making Benefit

December 2019

A fundraiser for Barley Sheaf School PTO. Good fun for a great cause.                                          






Columbus Family Weekend 2019

October 2019

What fun: pumpkin painting and a visit from Unique Creatures — including a gecko, an armadillo, and a huge rabbit! This is always a great weekend.





Ladies’ Night 2019

September 2019

Our best Ladies’ Night yet!

Light fare from Stangl Catering and Blue Fish Grill, wine tasting with Unionville Vineyards, and Counter Culture coffee from Factory Fuel. Mini-massages from Zanya Spa & Salon. Plus jewelry, accessories, gifts, and gourmet specialties from local shops: Edye’s Naturals, Funk & Junk, Libbybeans Chocolatier, Lili B’s, Olive with a Twist, Retro Remix Pass It On, and River Gypsy.

Can’t wait until next year!

Ice Cream Social

August 2019

Ice cream with family and friends at the Nursery — a perfect summer evening!                                                                                 





Dog Adoption Day with Animal Alliance

June 2019

Another great visit from Animal Alliance and a new round of family-friendly dogs. We’ll plan another adoption day in the fall.





Design Days 

Spring 2019

Design consultations with Designer Donna Dahringer. Donna brings her expertise to your project.                                                


Seminar: Intro to Pruning

March 2019

A terrific class with Rachel DeFlumeri, arborist and horticulturalist with Organic Plant Care in Flemington. Questions, answers, and demonstrations — a great way to get ready for the season.





Special Guest!

December 2018

Santa visits our Story Hour.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  




Columbus Day Weekend

October 2018

Unique Creatures captivates with a collection of furry, scaled, and feathered friends.                                                                                                                        





Our annual Ladies’ Night

September 2018

A wonderful evening!

Light fare from Stangl Catering and Blue Fish Grill and wine tasting with Unionville Vineyards.       Mini-massages from Puritie Spa. Plus jewelry, accessories, gifts, and gourmet specialties from local shops: Bliss Boutique, Bridge Street Soap, The Cocoa Exchange, Retro Remix Pass It On, River Gypsy,   and UnCorked. Music provided by Safe Harbor Child Access Centers Children’s Choir.



Dog Adoption Day with Animal Alliance

September 2018

Another visit from Animal Alliance — a new round of family-friendly dogs visits the Nursery.                                                                               





Design Saturdays

April and May 2018

Free consultations with our Designers. We start with your photos and measurements to help you create plans for your property.





Planting Hope for Safe Harbor Child Access Centers

May 2018

Our spring potting party helped raise awareness and funds for Flemington’s Safe Harbor Child Access Centers. 





Dog Adoption Day with Animal Alliance

April 2018

Animal Alliance brings a variety of adoptable dogs of all ages to our Nursery.                                                                               





A Rutgers Nursery Seminar: Home Composting

March 2018

A community event at the Ewing Public Library.