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Sat Apr 4, 2015

Sat/Sun Apr to June
9:00a - 3:30p

Spring Weekend Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt. Visitors can pick up the list, head outside and shoot away. Take a picture of every item, return to the Education Center and pick up your prize. Scavenger lists will change every month:

  • April’s theme is “Hello Spring”;
  • May’s is “The Merry Month of May”;
  • and the theme for June is “Live In Color”.

What a great way to explore the arboretum and to get the family outside in the fresh air.

Saturdays and Sundays in April, May and June. Families welcome to participate any time between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm

Cost: $10 per family payable at the Haggerty

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sun Apr 12, 2015

2:00p

Garden Tours Return

On the first Sunday of the month, from April through October, meet us in the lobby of the Haggerty Education Center for a tour of the grounds of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Learn some of the history and enjoy the beauty of this exceptional horticultural site with a knowledgeable tour guide.

Dates: Sunday(s), April 12, May 3, June 7, July 5, August 2, September 6 and October 4

Cost: $3 per person - pay at Haggerty Center

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Fri May 1, 2015

All day

In Our Gallery - May

Stories of Flowers by Artist Hannuo (Echo) Wu

Treat yourself to the stunning watercolor paintings of flowers by artist Echo Wu. Her magnificent show is inspired by flowers in all four seasons. Echo is an expert in the technique of Chinese watercolor and will amaze you with the beauty and serenity of her flowers.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sun May 31, 2015

1:00p - 3:00p

Cooking Demonstration: Cherries Jubilee

This iconic dessert is definitely on the menu as we celebrate the start of cherry season here in New Jersey. Learn to make traditional French clafoutis, and two other recipes using fresh and dried cherries.

Register by May 15

Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Mon Jun 1, 2015

All day

In Our Gallery - June

Flowers and Plants by the HUB Camera Club

The popular HUB Camera Club is returning with a show devoted to flowers and plants. A variety of styles, interpretations and techniques will be on display. The HUB Camera Club was founded in 1998 to promote photography as an enjoyable hobby for all skill levels and is a member of the NJ Federation of Camera Clubs.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Tue Jun 2, 2015

8:30a SHARP
Returns Wed June 3
approx. 8:00p

South Fork Saunter

A Bus Trip Sponsored by the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Dig-It! Magazine

Escape to Long Island on an overnight South Fork Saunter on June 2 - 3, 2015. We’ll enjoy guided tours at four fabulous gardens, dining in three interesting towns, a stay at the Hyatt, and shopping at a stellar nursery.

Brief itinerary:

  • Begin with a guided tour of the sculpture gardens at the Nassau County Museum of Art, the former Gold Coast estate of US Steel Corporation’s co-founder Henry Clay Frick.
  • Lunch on own in the village of Oyster Bay
  • Then on to Planting Fields Arboretum Historic State Park, former Gold Coast estate, for a one-and-a-half-hour tour of formal gardens, greenhouses and plant collections
  • Overnight at the Hyatt Place East End in Riverhead
  • Wake to a delicious, hot and cold, full breakfast buffet in the hotel.
  • Tour the 16 acres of gardens and sculpture at LongHouse Reserve in East Hampton.
  • Lunch on our own in the tony Village of Bridgehampton.
  • Spend the afternoon touring The Madoo Conservancy, former estate of eccentric artist, writer and gardener Robert Dash, in the nearby village of Sagaponack.

Full details are in the flyer attached (click on image above).

Tuesday, June 2 & Wednesday, June 3, 2015. Bus leaves Frelinghuysen Arboretum Tuesday at 8:30am SHARP and returns approximately 7:30-8:00pm on Wednesday.

TICKET COST: $350 member / $375 non-members includes bus, hotel, full breakfast, all garden admissions, guided tours and (for non-members) a one-year individual membership in The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Price is the same per person whether or not you share a room. See Cancellation / Refund Policy on attached flyer.

Register by May 15

Cost: $350 member / $375 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Tue Jun 2, 2015

7:30p

North American Butterfly Association

Threatened and Endangered Butterflies and the Delphi Process – Jim Springer

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Fri Jun 5, 2015

7:30p

The New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

“Travel Along the Coast of Maine” by Judy Snow followed by a discussion on how and when to transfer plants to final location and how to apply B9 – a potent plant growth regulator.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: NJCS

Sat Jun 6, 2015

2:00p - 3:30p

Fairy Furnishings

Ages 6 and up

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Fairy gardens are all the rage. What makes a house a home for fairies is the same as for people – the furnishings! Make five adorable fairy furnishings for your home Fairy Garden or to bring to Fairy Day at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum on June 28. Furnishings include a sweet birdhouse, a finely wrought arbor and more. Arboretum staff will guide children through the steps to complete these projects. Adults stand by and cheer on the progress and give an occasional hand.

Register by May 23

Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Sun Jun 7, 2015

Noon - 1:00p

The Potting Shed – As Fair as An English Rose

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Join us every month for an informal look at some DIY garden projects.

  • April 12 – Compost Happens. Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps, garden waste and autumn leaves into compost. Purchase worms to start your own worm bin at home.
  • May 3 – Tomato Growing 101. Learn all you need to know to grow your own and purchase some heirlooms to plant.
  • June 7 – As Fair as An English Rose. Learn the history of the modern day rose and get an overview on their care. Then, we’ll trot along to see the Frelinghuysen’s roses and you’ll get to take a cutting home to grow forevermore at your castle.

It’s free to watch the demonstrations, and a small fee (paid in cash, please) to join in.

These programs are eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Cost: Free or small fee ($5 in cash) to join in

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sun Jun 7, 2015

2:30p

Those Crazy Victorians

Plantsmanship in Great Britain circa 1837-1901

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The practice of horticulture during the reign of Queen Victoria was particularly fervent. The Elizabeth Donnell Kay Rare Book Collection contains many volumes from this period. We’ll study books on orchids and ferns, works from the colonies, books by Charles Darwin, the travels of Robert Fortune, and ivy, which the Victorians embraced as particularly well suited for funereal needs.

The fee for Non-Members includes a one year Individual Membership in The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. All proceeds benefit the Rare Book Collection.

Register by May 23

Cost: $15 members / $40 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$15.00

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$40.00

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Sun Jun 7, 2015

9:00a - 4:00p

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Annual Bonsai Open House

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: GSBS

Wed Jun 10, 2015

11:30a - 1:30p

Tea and Roses

Enjoy an afternoon tea and a tour of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, as part of the year- long “Focus on England.”

From the moment you arrive at Matilda’s Café, overlooking the very English Cottage Garden to your last tasty morsel of scone, you will be immersed in the British history and garden elements at this regional center for horticulture. An hour long leisurely stroll through the grounds is followed by a delicious tea featuring a variety of tea sandwiches, pastries and beverages. Group reservations are accepted based on availability, so reserve early as seating is limited.

NOTE THAT THERE ARE TWO DATES: Wednesday, May 13 and Wednesday, June 10. Be sure to register for the correct one.

Cost: $35 per person, please call 973.394.1100 to make your reservation.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sat Jun 13, 2015

10:00a - Noon

Backyard Foraging with Ellen Zachos

You don’t need to trek into the forest to forage edible plants. You’ll be amazed by how many of the plants you see each day are actually nutritious edibles! You will learn tips on where certain plants are likely to be found, how to avoid pollution and pesticides, and how to recognize the plants you should never harvest. This award-winning speaker makes foraging as safe and simple as stepping into your own backyard.

Ellen Zachos is a professional gardener and proprietor of Acme Plant Stuff, a garden and houseplant maintenance company. She is also the author of several books, including Backyard Foraging, Tempting Tropicals, Orchid Growing for Wimps, and Down & Dirty.

A book signing will follow the program.

Register by June 1.

Cost: $25 members / $30 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Sun Jun 14, 2015

1:00p

Friends Annual Meeting

Rare Wildlife in New Jersey

Explore the unparalleled array of imperiled wildlife species that call New Jersey home – and learn why the Garden State offers unmatched biodiversity, wildlife habitats, and opportunities for outdoor nature adventures!

David Wheeler is the Executive Director of the nonprofit Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Mr. Wheeler has worked on environmental issues in New Jersey and beyond for more than a decade. He is the author of the 2011 book Wild New Jersey: Nature Adventures in the Garden State, and a contributor to the 2014 book, Bald Eagles in the Meadowlands and Beyond. Mr. Wheeler earned his M.B.A. from New York University’s Stern School of Business and his B.A. from American University in Washington DC.

The Annual Meeting provides a chance to meet the new Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Board of Trustees and to thank the Board’s departing members for their service.

This year, enjoy an excellent presentation, “Rare Wildlife in New Jersey” by David Wheeler, Executive Director of the non-profit Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey. Following the presentation, Hospitality Chair, Patti Millar, welcomes you to enjoy a variety of light refreshments.

Please register early by calling 973.326.7603 or by doing so using the button below to reserve your seat.

Register by May 29.

Cost: FREE, but registration is a must

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Jun 17, 2015

7:00p - 8:30p

Grow, Cook, Eat: Edible Flowers

From Spade to Spatula

Go from spade to spatula each month with Horticultural Program Specialists Gwen Montgomery and Cynthia Triolo. The series focuses on a different garden vegetable every month during the growing season and offers growing suggestions, planting tips, pests and diseases, new varieties and recipes.

April’s focus is on Annual Herbs, in May we’ll be discussing the best veggies to grow in containers and June is all about edible flowers. We’ll have seeds, recipes and a tasting sample to get you motivated to get out in the garden and plant.

  • April 15 – Annual Herbs
  • May 20 – Container Vegetables
  • June 17 – Edible Flowers

Each session in this series is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Cost: $15 members / $20 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Wed Jun 17, 2015

1:00p

The Home Garden Club of Morristown

Lecture on Hardy Camellias – Joe Keiffer from Triple Oaks Nursery will give us his expert advice on camellias for our area. He will bring samples that will be available for purchase after the talk.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: HGC

Sat Jun 20, 2015

10:00a - 3:00p

Tri-State African Violet Council

Joint spring meeting of the Tristate African Violet Council and the NJ Council of African Violet Judges with a pot luck luncheon.

Anyone interested in African violets is welcome to attend.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: AVC

Sun Jun 28, 2015

8:00a - 10:00a

Poet’s Walk and British Breakfast

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A fine day in June is the perfect time to celebrate the connection between landscapes and poetry. Take an early morning walk and learn about the Frelinghuysen’s English roots with Lesley Parness, Superintendent of Horticultural Education. We’ll pause at some inspirational spots for a poetry reading. If you have a favorite British poem, please bring it along to read.

Spiritually fortified, we’ll then set upon a Full British Breakfast prepared by Chef Cynthia Triolo including a fry-up of eggs, bangers, mushrooms, beans, roasted tomatoes, crumpets and scones. Don’t forget your wellingtons (rainboots) and brolly (umbrella) in case of inclement weather.

Register by June 14

Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Sun Jun 28, 2015

1:00p - 3:00p

Fairy Day

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Fairy Day is a day for fairies, magic, and wishes to come true. For one day, put aside the cynicism of the modern world and embrace the possibilities of the unknown, and believe in fairies. For centuries, fairies have been an important part of culture and legend, and in all of the ancient legends, these mythological creatures are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical.

Mortals don’t often see fairies because of the division between our world and theirs but creating special fairy houses can draw them into our world. Families are invited to the Sylvan Terrace to build homes for these visitors. All supplies – bark, branches, lichens, mosses, feathers, stones and leaves – will be provided, or bring your own as long as it’s natural. Fairies shun man-made materials. Summon the fairies with music and fairy snacks and learn which plants and trees will attract fairies to your own backyard. You never know when you might stumble across something magical!

All the fairy houses will be on display through the end of July. To see photos of last year's Fairy Houses or to get ideas for your own house visit our FaceBook photo album.

Register by June 14

Cost: $30 per house

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$30.00

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Sat Dec 5, 2015

& Sun. Dec. 6th
Plus Sat. Dec. 12 & Sun. Dec. 13
10a - 4:30p

Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show 2015

SAVE THE DATE

The Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show is open to all artists who design, handcraft, and exhibit their own work.

Interested artists may email kmuccillo@morrisparks.net with a photograph and description of their work. No applications will be sent without this information. The sale of food items are not acceptable.

Come be part of the tradition at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Cost: See flyer.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends