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December 2017   
Festive Poinsettia on Sale Through December 1

Every year at this time, Rutgers alumna Nicki Graff CC'77, research farm supervisor Poinsettia array at the Floriculture Greenhouses on the G.H. Cook campus, opens the doors to the public to view the latest beautiful poinsettia cultivars breeders have produced. The public then "grades" the plants during a one-day plant trial, giving feedback to the developers.

The best part of the process is that after the evaluations, the plants go on sale, with this year's sale happening through December 1, 2017. If you are in the neighborhood, please visit the greenhouses at 64 Nichol Avenue, New Brunswick. And while you're there, give a shout out to Nicki.
Alumni Evening Features Actress Kathleen Turner

Kathleen Turner On December 15, 2017, alumni will be special guests of the George Street Playhouse for a reception, tour, and talk starting at 6 p.m. and followed by the production of the comedy An Act of God, starring award-winning stage, screen, and television actress Kathleen Turner ( Body Heat, Prizzi's Honor, The Accidental Tourist, The War of the Roses, Who Framed Roger Rabbit, and much more). Guests will include executive board members of the Cook Community Alumni Association, and hosts are Executive Dean Bob Goodman and wife Lauren.
 
A limited number of seats for the play are reserved for interested alumni and friends and are available through December 1 at a cost of $85 each. Please call Jackie at 732-246-7717, extension 134, and mention that you are purchasing from the alumni block. The theatre is located in its interim home at 103 College Farm Road on the Cook campus, former home of the New Jersey Museum of Agriculture. Ample parking is available on site.
Reminder: Retired Faculty Luncheon on December 7

Retired faculty and their guests are invited to the Executive Dean's annual Retired Faculty Luncheon at 11:30 a.m. on Thursday, December 7, 2017, in the Rectangular Room of the Neilson Dining Hall. Registrations are open until December 1 online or by calling Yolanda Cardin at 848-932-3572 or Diana Orban Brown at 848-932-4215.
Planning a Garden? Think About Soil Testing

It's never too early to think about spring planting, and to get a head start, consider Soil testing process testing the soil in your garden, pasture, or horticultural areas for fertility and pH analysis. Knowing the right balance of nutrients makes soil more productive and eliminates unnecessary fertilization - which saves money and is good for the environment.  
 
The Soil Testing Laboratory of Rutgers Cooperative Extension offers soil testing services to the public.  It is conveniently located on the Cook campus just off Route 1 in New Brunswick. Sampling instructions and soil testing kits are available by visiting the lab's website.
Upcoming Events
 
December 1, 2017 -- Winter Farmers Market begins at Rutgers Gardens, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. each Friday through December 22

December 7, 2017 -- Retired Faculty Luncheon, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m., Rectangular Room, Neilson Dining Hall (see story above)

December 13, 2017 -- Fall semester regular classes end

December 15, 2017 -- Alumni event at the George Street Playhouse, 103 College Farm Road, New Brunswick, activities begin at 6 p.m. (see story above)
Quick Links

The Discovery Newsletter is brought to you by the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement, a unit of the Division of Advancement of the Office of the Executive Dean of the School of Environmental and Biological Sciences and the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Please visit our website at discovery.rutgers.edu. Contact the Office of Alumni and Community Engagement at 848-932-4215 or discovery@sebs.rutgers.edu.
Diana M. Orban Brown, Director