Bulb Planting at Rutgers Gardens
I joined the volunteer program at Rutgers Gardens back in September. I was taken on a wonderful orientation tour and then put on the email list that goes out weekly with the volunteer schedule. I helped set up for their annual Fall Foliage Festival on the first weekend of October but my work schedule and subsequent health issues prevented me from participating in other activities. The wonderful woman who manages the volunteer program even called me to make sure I was receiving the emails.
Today I was finally able to go back to the gardens. They had ordered $500 worth of bulbs to sell at the Festival. The weather was so bad that day (pouring rain) that not many people came and very few bulbs were sold. Our project for today was to plant the left over bulbs. It was a perfect autumn day. Maybe a little too chilly but we were all dressed in layers and digging hundreds of holes kept us warm. At first, I was pretty intimidated by all of the cartons of bulbs. I had never seen so many at once. Narcissi, snowdrops, grape hyacinths, glory of the snow and alliums. There were six of us working. We got everything planted in three hours.
Now I just have to remember to bring my camera with me next year whenever I am working in the gardens so I can take pictures of my handiwork!