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Sat Apr 2, 2016

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

Spring Weekend Photo 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.

Monthly themes are:

  • 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.

Cost: $10 per family, exact change, please.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sun Apr 3, 2016

and every 1st Sunday through October
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: Sundays – April 3, May 1, June 5, July 3, August 7, September 4 and October 2

Cost: $3 per person (exact change is appreciated)

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sun May 1, 2016

All Day Throughout the Month

In Our Gallery - May

Springtime New Jersey

The talented members of the Art League of the Chathams display their work in a variety of styles and media choices all depicting spring in New Jersey. The Art League is a supportive community of visual artists living in the Chatham area. The League’s mission is to nurture the artistic development of its members and to foster an appreciation of their work in the community.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Wed Jun 1, 2016

All Day Throughout the Month

In Our Gallery - June

Nature Inspired Works by Katherine Yvinskas

Katherine Yvinskas earned her MFA at Northern Illinois University. Her work encompasses a personal vision of nature as seen through her drawings, watercolors, hand-colored prints and mixed media collages.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Fri Jun 3, 2016

7:00p - 8:00p

Cottage Garden Concerts - June 3

Evening is a lovely time in the Cottage Garden. Its bright colors and many textures take on a special glow as the sun fades. Enjoy this garden, a concert of live music, and complimentary refreshments.

  • June 3 – Classical Guitar with Alan Rigoletto

        Click the flyer for artist bio. Artist web page: www.alanrigoletto.com

 

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June 10 – Indie with The Break Lights

June 24 – Country with The Buskers

July 15 – Coffee House with Cherry Lane

July 22 – Eclectic Pop with Dani Zanoni

July 29 – Brazilian Jazz with the Aubrey Anne Trio

 

Seating is limited, so register soon.

Dates: Six Friday evenings, June 3, 10, 24, July 15, 22, 29 Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Registration is by individual concert.

Cost: $15 per person per concert

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$15.00

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$15.00

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Fri Jun 3, 2016

7:30p

The New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Program: “Gardens of England” by Judy Snow

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sat Jun 4, 2016

and Sun Jun 5
10:00a - 1:00p

Mosaic Workshop

Create a beautiful  oral sun catcher for your garden under the expert guidance of mosaic artist Eleanor Parr-DiLeo in this two-day workshop. Learn the basics of cutting techniques, placing stained glass, gluing, and grouting as you create an 8 x 10 inch work of art. No art or mosaic experience is required.

Cost: $20 per person plus $25 materials fee to be pd to instructor

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sun Jun 5, 2016

Noon - 1:00p

The Potting Shed - June 5

Join us on first Sundays for an informal look at some DIY garden projects.

  • June 5 – Compost Happens - Learn how to turn your kitchen scraps, garden waste and autumn leaves into compost.

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

It’s free to watch the demonstrations, and $5 (paid in cash, please) to join in.

Cost: $5 at event

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sun Jun 5, 2016

10:00a - 4:00p

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Annual Bonsai Open House

Affiliate Member Programs - free and open to the public

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Mon Jun 6, 2016

1:00p

Garden Lovers Book Club

The Garden Lovers Book Club meets monthly in the Haggerty Center and focuses on a different theme each month. One member will be in charge of the subject and will act as the commentator. The other members are encouraged to read books from the Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Library and to participate in the meeting's discussion.

Read more about the Book Club on our Library page.

Upcoming meetings, with their themes and commentators, are:

  • June 6 — Garden Fiction books
  • July 11 — Martha Brooks Hutchinson New Jersey garden designer
  • August 1 — TBD

We meet at the Arboretum at 1 PM. Must be a member to attend.

Cost: Free (members only)

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Tue Jun 7, 2016

7:30p

North American Butterfly Association

Programs to be announced.

Affiliate Member Programs - free and open to the public

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Fri Jun 10, 2016

6:00p - 9:00p

Genius Loci: The Spirit of The Garden

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Honoring the work of Martha Brookes Hutcheson

The gardens at Bamboo Brook are thriving since their recent restoration. Join us for a lecture in the Music Room and a twilight tour, replete with wine and cheese. Dr. Jean Marie Hartman, Assistant Professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University combines history, ecology and biography in her fascinating talk on the work of Martha Brookes Hutcheson.

Following this presentation, a tour of the grounds will be given by Horticulture staff. Please wear sturdy walking shoes.

This program is eligible for 3.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Here is a tip for directions to Bamboo Brook: search for "170 Longview Rd., Far Hills, NJ 07931" in google maps.

Register by June 3

Cost: $25 members / $30 non-members

Location: Bamboo Brook Music Room

Sponsor: Friends

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$30.00

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Fri Jun 10, 2016

7:00p - 8:00p

Cottage Garden Concerts - June 10

Evening is a lovely time in the Cottage Garden. Its bright colors and many textures take on a special glow as the sun fades. Enjoy this garden, a concert of live music, and complimentary refreshments.

  • June 10 – Indie with The Break Lights

           Click the flyer for artist bio. Artist web page: www.thebreaklights.com

 

Scroll down to reserve seats for these upcoming concerts:

June 24 – Country with The Buskers

July 15 – Coffee House with Cherry Lane

July 22 – Eclectic Pop with Dani Zanoni

July 29 – Brazilian Jazz with the Aubrey Anne Trio

 

Seating is limited, so register soon.

Dates: Six Friday evenings, June 3, 10, 24, July 15, 22, 29 Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Registration is by individual concert.

$15 per person per concert

Cost: $15 per person per concert

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$15.00

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Sat Jun 11, 2016

1:00p - 3:00p

Herbal Mixology

Enliven your gatherings and wow your guests with “mocktails” crafted by infusing herbs,  owers, roots, bark, rinds, seeds and spices. Learn the history of bitters and syrups for medicine and  avoring, how to make them yourself as well as how to create mixed drinks using what you’ve made from Master Herbalist, Elizabeth Scholl. Take home the recipes along with two bottles each of bitters and simple syrup.

Register by June 4

Cost: $30 members / $35 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$30.00

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$35.00

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Sun Jun 12, 2016

1:00p

Friends Members Only Annual Meeting

The New American Cottage Garden: A Contemporary Revival of a Beloved Garden Style for a More Resilient Future

It’s time to take a fresh look at the Cottage Garden. This traditionally British garden form can be easily adapted for American gardens using native plants. The charming jumble of perennials and shrubs can be a truly sustainable and beautiful model for small gardens. Learn how our gardens can have all the advantages of a Cottage Garden – the romantic appeal, the low maintenance, and the colorful charm of it all – with a wildlife friendly native mix. Landscape architect, writer, and teacher Thomas Rainer explains how to design a contemporary Cottage Garden using his pick of native plants.

Mr. Rainer is a passionate advocate for an ecologically expressive design aesthetic that does not imitate nature, but interprets it. He is best known for his influential and provocative blog, Grounded Design. In addition to writing, Thomas has designed landscapes for the U.S. Capitol grounds, The New York Botanical Garden, and over 100 gardens from Maine to Florida. Thomas is a Principal for the firm Rhodeside & Harwell, teaches planting design for George Washington University, and has recently released the best-selling book Planting in a Post-Wild World: Designing Plant Communities for Resilient Landscapes from Timber Press which will be available for sale and signing.

Following the presentation, The Friends welcome you to enjoy a variety of light refreshments.

Please register early – no later than June 5th. Call 973.326.7603 or click the button below to reserve your seat.

Cost: FREE for members only; registration required & seating lim

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Wed Jun 15, 2016

11:00a - 1:00p
See above for May 11th event.

Flowers Galore Tour and Tea - June 15

What could be more pleasant than a leisurely stroll amidst the flowers of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum? This tour followed by a delicious tea prepared by classically trained German baker Christina Renfer! In the cool of the morning, take a tour of our grounds under the expert tutelage of the horticulture staff. Then, on to the charming Matilda’s Café located adjacent to the Haggerty Education Center, for a sumptuous selection of scones, traditional tea sandwiches, baked from scratch pastries and teas from around the world and from our own herb garden. Children, ages 13+ and gentlemen are most welcome! Think: anniversary present, group meeting, or birthday surprise for that special person in your life!

Tour, tea, gratuities and tax are included. Tours start promptly at 11:00 am and meet in the lobby of the Haggerty Education Center. Please wear comfortable walking shoes as we will be exploring the grounds.

Tea will follow the tour at approximately 12 noon.

Note this is the June 15th program. If you wish the May 11th event, scroll up to it.

Cost: $35 members / $40 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sat Jun 18, 2016

10:00a

Tri-State African Violet Council

Program to be determined. Anyone interested in African violets is welcome to attend.

Affiliate Member Programs - free and open to the public

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Sun Jun 19, 2016

10:30a - Noon

Biblical Botany Walking Tour - Morning

View The Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s plant collections through the lens of the Old Testament. Dr. Jon Greenberg returns to The Frelinghuysen for the fourth year to walk us through more than 5000 years of history. His knowledge of botany and the Talmud combine to make a fascinating walk, even for experienced horticulturists. Learn something new from a very old source!

This program is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Register by June 12

Note: this is the morning session. Scroll down for the afternoon program.

Cost: $10 members / $15 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$15.00

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Sun Jun 19, 2016

1:00p - 2:30p

Biblical Botany Walking Tour - Afternoon

View The Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s plant collections through the lens of the Old Testament. Dr. Jon Greenberg returns to The Frelinghuysen for the fourth year to walk us through more than 5000 years of history. His knowledge of botany and the Talmud combine to make a fascinating walk, even for experienced horticulturists. Learn something new from a very old source!

This program is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Register by June 12

Note: this is the afternoon program. Scroll up for the morning session.

Cost: $10 members / $15 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Wed Jun 22, 2016

Bus leaves Arboretum Wed 6/22 at 7:30 am SHARP

Philadelphia Fun Overnight Bus Trip

Escape for some Philadelphia Fun on an overnight garden-intensive bus trip with The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and DIG IT! Magazine. We’ll have guided tours at four fabulous gardens (two are National Historic Landmarks and two are collegiate arboreta), dine in three interesting towns, stay at a well-appointed Days Inn, and visit a nationally renowned rare plant nursery.

Full details may be found in the flyer above.

Bus leaves Frelinghuysen Arboretum Wednesday at 7:30 am SHARP and returns approximately 7:30 pm on Thursday.

Cost: $350 includes bus, hotel, full breakfast, all garden admissions and guided tours. Price is the same per person whether or not you share a room.

Note the Refund Policy for Philadelphia Fun Overnight Bus Trip

  • Cancellation received before May 7 = full refund
  • Cancellation received May 7 – May 22 = 50% refund
  • Cancellation after May 22 = no refund

Ticket purchasers may transfer their tickets to another individual at any time prior to June 15.

Our refund policy is based on reservation policies at the hotels and gardens we are visiting.

Cost: $350 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Fri Jun 24, 2016

7:00p - 8:00p

Cottage Garden Concerts - June 24

Evening is a lovely time in the Cottage Garden. Its bright colors and many textures take on a special glow as the sun fades. Enjoy this garden, a concert of live music, a cold beverage and tasty cookie from Matilda’s Café.

  • June 24 – Country with The Buskers

           Click the flyer for artist bio. Artist web page: www.myspace.com/johnny.busk

 

Scroll down to reserve seats for these upcoming concerts:

July 15 – Coffee House with Cherry Lane

July 22 – Eclectic Pop with Dani Zanoni

July 29 – Brazilian Jazz with the Aubrey Anne Trio

 

Seating is limited, so register soon.

Dates: Six Friday evenings, June 3, 10, 24, July 15, 22, 29 Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Registration is by individual concert.

Cost: $15 per person per concert

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$15.00

Non-members

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$15.00

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Sun Jun 26, 2016

10:00a - Noon

Creating Meadows

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Convert a lawn to a wild ower meadow or restore a field to a diverse, bountiful native habitat. This class, led by Jared Rosenbaum of Wild Ridge Plants, LLC., will explore meadow ecology and creation, including plant selection, pollinators, site preparation, seeding and planting, and maintenance. Deer resistant wildflowers will be highlighted as well. Jared Rosenbaum has professional experience in the stewardship of natural areas, in native plant propagation, and in botanical surveys of wild plant communities. He is the author of two books on native plants, including the children’s book, The Puddle Garden, and is prominently featured in the documentary film “Sourlands.” His writings on plant ecology and culture can be found at wildridgeplants.blogspot.com.

This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Register by June 19

Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Sun Jun 26, 2016

1:00p - 3:00p

Fairy Day

This is a day for fairies, magic, and wishes to come true. For centuries, fairies have been an important part of culture and legend, and in many ancient legends, these beings are described as intelligent, mischievous, and magical, and creating special fairy houses can bring them here.

Families are invited to 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 they are natural – fairies shun man-made materials. We’ll summon the fairies with music, fairy snacks and dancing around a maypole with the Germantown Country Dancers. All fairy houses will be on display through the end of July. To see photos of previous Fairy Houses or to get ideas for your own house visit www.arboretumfriends.org.

Register by June 14

Cost: $30 per house

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Mon Jul 11, 2016

1:00p

Garden Lovers Book Club

The Garden Lovers Book Club meets monthly in the Haggerty Center and focuses on a different theme each month. One member will be in charge of the subject and will act as the commentator. The other members are encouraged to read books from the Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Library and to participate in the meeting's discussion.

Read more about the Book Club on our Library page.

Upcoming meetings, with their themes and commentators, are:

  • July 11 — Martha Brooks Hutchinson New Jersey garden designer
  • August 1 — TBD

We meet at the Arboretum at 1 PM. Must be a member to attend.

Cost: Free (members only)

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

Fri Jul 15, 2016

7:00p - 8:00p

Cottage Garden Concerts - July 15

Evening is a lovely time in the Cottage Garden. Its bright colors and many textures take on a special glow as the sun fades. Enjoy this garden, a concert of live music, a cold beverage and tasty cookie from Matilda’s Café.

  • July 15 – Coffee House with Cherry Lane

        Click the flyer for artist bio. Artist web page: www.facebook.com/CherryLaneAcoustic

 

Scroll down to reserve seats for these upcoming concerts:

July 22 – Eclectic Pop with Dani Zanoni

July 29 – Brazilian Jazz with the Aubrey Anne Trio

 

Seating is limited, so register soon.

Dates: Six Friday evenings, June 3, 10, 24, July 15, 22, 29 Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Registration is by individual concert.

Cost: $15 per person per concert

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$15.00

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$15.00

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Fri Jul 22, 2016

7:00p - 8:00p

Cottage Garden Concerts - July 22

Evening is a lovely time in the Cottage Garden. Its bright colors and many textures take on a special glow as the sun fades. Enjoy this garden, a concert of live music, and complimentary refreshments.

  • July 22 – Eclectic Pop with Dani Zanoni

        Click the flyer for artist bio. Artist web page: www.facebook.com/DaniZanoniMusic

 

 

 

Scroll down to reserve seats for this upcoming concert:

July 29 – Brazilian Jazz with the Aubrey Anne Trio

 

Seating is limited, so register soon.

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Registration is by individual concert.

Cost: $15 per person per concert

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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Fri Jul 29, 2016

7:00p - 8:00p

Cottage Garden Concerts - July 29

Evening is a lovely time in the Cottage Garden. Its bright colors and many textures take on a special glow as the sun fades. Enjoy this garden, a concert of live music, a cold beverage and tasty cookie from Matilda’s Café.

  • July 29 – Brazilian Jazz with the Aubrey Anne Trio

Click the flyer for artist bio. Artist web page: www.facebook.com/aubreyanneduo

Seating is limited, so register soon.

Time: 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm. Registration is by individual concert.

Cost: $15 per person per concert

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends

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$15.00

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$15.00

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Mon Aug 1, 2016

1:00p

Garden Lovers Book Club

The Garden Lovers Book Club meets monthly in the Haggerty Center and focuses on a different theme each month. One member will be in charge of the subject and will act as the commentator. The other members are encouraged to read books from the Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Library and to participate in the meeting's discussion.

Read more about the Book Club on our Library page.

Upcoming meetings, with their themes and commentators, are:

  • August 1 — TBD

We meet at the Arboretum at 1 PM. Must be a member to attend.

Cost: Free (members only)

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: Friends