Spring Sprung Today
The sun passed the equator this afternoon on its way to its summer peak. My plants heard it coming and are hard at work: witch hazels and snow drops are in full bloom, crocuses aren't far behind. I see yellow in the forsythia buds and my daffodils shoots are several inches high. Who cares if it's chilly -- that will be fixed in the next few weeks! Get outside and watch nature's wonderful show -- no tickets required.
With that exhortation in mind, we have created a new section on the website, entitiled Garden Fact Sheets (you can find it under the "Resources" tab at the top of each page). Here we will post periodic, seasonal articles on various topics related to garden craft.
Finally, a reminder to check out our Retail Partners. These fine local companies not only support us at our various events, but they offer our members discounts. Just show them your membership card at time of purchase.
Arboretum Leaves went out to members a few weeks ago. Remember that 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.
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.
Interested in a preview of some of the great plants at the Plant Sale? Join Plant Sale Co-Chair, Sue Acheson on Saturday, April 9th at 10am for a morning's fun as she presents a slide show entitled, Must Have Plants for Every Garden featuring many of the great plants available at this year's Best Ever Plant Sale. Better yet, we're trying something new this year: people attending this slide show will be able to pre-purchase from a list of 15 featured plants. Plants ordered now will be available for pickup at the Plant Sale in May.
Remember the dates: Friday May 6th (4-7pm) for the Members-only Party and Sale and Saturday, May 7th (9am-3pm) for The Main Event.
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.