Press release from Rumson Garden Club

On Tuesday, December 8, the Rumson Garden Club hosts Rutgers Gardens director Bruce Crawford in a special public lecture entitled “A Designer’s Love Affair With Trees.”  Scheduled for 6 pm at Bingham Hall (40 Bingham Avenue in Rumson, the free lecture is open to the public.

An adjunct professor in the Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University, Crawford supervises the official botanic garden at the school’s New Brunswick campus. In addition to managing, designing and developing the 180 acres of the Rutgers Gardens, he teaches and shares his love of fun and unusual plants with students, garden clubs, Master Gardeners, community groups and Rutgers Gardens visitors.

Mr. Crawford’s lecture will center on the benefits of planting and cultivating trees on private properties, which include reducing cooling and heating bills by creating shade and protecting homes from cold winds, creating depth and texture in a garden, blocking noise, and even helping us to live longer.

“Without question, everyone loves and appreciates a tree,” says Crawford. “I would also suspect that everyone has a memory associated with a tree. Whether that memory is of climbing a tree, enjoying a picnic beneath a tree or — dare I say — perhaps your first kiss underneath a tree, we all have an emotional attachment to trees. But there are also numerous reasons to appreciate trees for what they can do for the garden and for making your home more enjoyable.”

Reservations are not required for the lecture. More information can be found at here or by calling club president Diane Guidone at (732)933-0235.