It's March and Spring is Coming Soon.
We may call this "Winter News" but signs of Spring are in the air. Most of the snow has melted in my yard. I am sure many of you can see witch hazels blooming and spring bulbs poking up through the leaf-litter. Great things are at work all over the yard.
The latest issue of Arboretum Leaves went out to members at the beginning of the week. All the events can be found on our Events Page where, we are happy to say, you can register and pay on line -- just click on the "Add to Cart" buttons on our Events page and Membership page.
Intelligent Use of Water Contest
Offered by Rain Bird (makers of sprinklers and irrigation systems)
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a member of Garden State Gardens and is participating in this contest. Our entry is called "Liquid Assets."
Help us win by voting online at www.rainbird.com. Look in the lower left corner of their page to see a link to "The Intelligent Use of Water" contest. Then search for "Liquid Assets" or "New Jersey." Read about our project and press the vote button.
You can vote once every day. Thanks so very much. We really appreciate your support!
Our Plant Sale Co-chairs, Sue Acheson and Ilona Ontscherenki are busy selecting plants and doing the myriad of planning activities involved with putting a sale of this magnitude together. Follow their progress on our Plant Sale page where you can see regularly updated articles, pictures and -- best of all, our on-line plant list.
Second Sunday Family Series - Native Plant Seedballs
Join us Sunday Mar. 13th for another of our Second Sunday of the month family programs. This time we focus on creating a habitat for our pollinating friends by making seedballs from clay and seeds. Read about it by clicking on the link and sign up now!
Second Sunday, the Friends' new series of family programs, celebrates the changing seasons each month, on the second Sunday, with a different activity for families of all ages.
Although The Frelinghuysen Arboretum does have rabbits in its gardens, they are not of the Beatrix Potter variety. But on March 19 you can learn about these garden visitors at the 8th Annual Matilda's Tea.
Rabbit Breeder Susan Prisco from Triple Creek Rabbits, Mendham, NJ, will speak about rabbits both wild and domestic. Several of the rabbit breeds, including Rex and Holland Lop, will be attending the party. Tea takers can then share an elegant tea with their favorite young person. Afterwards, each young party guest will make a springtime garden craft as everyone ushers in spring and chases the naughty outside rabbits away.
Click the image at right for all the information and to sign up now.
Saturday, March 26th is the date to learn how to select and purchase a tree for your property.
Rob Lindsley, a NJ Certified Tree Expert and the Arborist Representative of Bartlett Tree Expert Company will be guiding us through the selection, purchasing, planting and proper care of trees for your home landscape.
Each year, the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum is proud to present the Blackburn Scholarship Tea, the proceeds of which help fund the Blackburn Scholarship. This annual award is given to County College of Morris horticulture students.
This year's program, on Wednesday, March 30th, features speaker Bill Graham, owner of "Beautiful Things Ltd." in Salem, Massachusetts, who will present a program entitled The Little Black Dress. Read all about it by clicking the image at the left. Won't you join us to support horticultural education in Morris County.
Save the Dates!
Many other programs are listed in our Events Calendar, but here are a few you may want to check out and add to your calendar:
The Friends are going to Scotland from May 26th to June 5th of 2011 and we still have two or three places left. Wouldn't you like to see the beautiful gardens of southern Scotland in late Spring? We need to hear from you soon for you to be included in this great trip.
Full details are on the Scotland section of our website, including maps, pricing and the full itinerary. Just click on the headline or the image at right to go there now.