Bringing Nature Home

I was lucky enough to have attended University of Delaware professor Doug Tallamy's excellent lecture, Bringing Nature Home, this afternoon at the Arboretum. Dr. Tallamy spoke about the need to preserve biodiversity and what we individual gardeners can do at home to promote it.


Check out his website, for extensive native plant lists and for information about his book of the same title.



Brighten Your Day

Several weeks ago I got an email from a visitor, William Benjamin, enclosing a couple of nice pictures he took while walking around the Arboretum. My vacation intervened, but on this grey, drizzly day they serve as a good reminder of how pretty the Arboretum is!

Thanks, William. Pictures of the Arboretum are always welcome.


Membership Holiday Benefits

Membership in the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum has always offered many benefits, including reduced prices on most of our programs, subscription to our 5-time a year newsletter, The Arboretum Leaves and many more things, all detailed on our Membership Page.


Butterfly on Butterfly Bush

Another Contributed Photo - 9/26/10Here is a nice reminder of how nice and summery the Arboretum was only a few short weeks ago. Bundle up and come over this weekend to see the final Fall trappings. Perhaps butterflies will be in short supply, but there is still plenty to see.

What's in Bloom

I got a note from volunteer Phil Dahlen yesterday. Phil maintains our What's in Bloom list throughout the growing season, but the season has come to an end, so yesterday was the last update of the list until Spring.


Thanks, Phil, for the regular updates -- the Arboretum is a big place, full of wonderful flowers, shrubs and trees. You help us keep in touch with what is exciting right now. We look forward to your return along with spring blossoms.


Gingerbread Wonderland


Learn how to exhibit your creation, by clicking on the brochure image at left. There you will learn all the rules, entry categories and schedule.

Need help with the basics? Read the Basic Gingerbread and Royal Icing recipes in the brochure.


Coming Events

Here are some great events in the next couple of weeks:

Bulbs For Sale

Now is the ideal time to start your bulb planting for next spring's enjoyment. The Friends are here to help with some nice Pink Ribbon Narcissus at $5 per bag of 5 bulbs, as displayed in the cart in the lobby of the Haggerty Center.


Fall Garden Club Shows

Events Next Weekend

Our calendar of Fall activities is quite full as you can see, but I thought I would mention two excellent programs coming up this weekend:

North Jersey Dahlia Society Dahlia Show

The North Jersey Dahlia Society, one of the Arboretum's affiliate organizations, will fill the Haggerty Education Center Auditorium with Dahlias of all sizes, shapes and colors this coming Saturday, September 25th, from 1:30p - 3:00p.


Plants of China: A Friendship and Peace Exhibit and Cell Phone Tour

The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum are pleased to join UPS, Provident Bank Foundation and the Morris County Parks Commission in sponsoring Plants of China: A Friendship and Peace Exhibit and Cell Phone Tour.