Spring is in the Air
Every day in May brings new wonders in nature. The plants are splendid, the bugs and birds are flocking about. Don't let them be the only ones to enjoy Spring's bounty -- take a walk at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum this week.
Our What's in Bloom list is updated regularly so check it out and take a few minutes from your busy schedules and walk around the Frelinghuysen Arboretum soon. Nature's splendor is worth pausing for regularly.
Take advantage of the great events at the Arboretum this Spring. Here are just a few of our upcoming programs.
Botanical Papermaking Workshop
On Saturday, May 21st learn to make your own hand-pulled paper that incorporates plant material found at the Arboretum.
The workshop will include a brief history of papermaking, demonstrations and hands-on experiences using recycled paper. Not only will students learn set up, studio terminology, sheet forming, pressing and drying but will also form their own sheet of recycled paper to take home.
Saturday, June 4th is the date for this lecture and workshop. Tom Goforth, owner of Crow Dog Native Ferns and Gardens in South Carolina, is a well-known authority on native ferns. He researches fern ecology and plant community/geology correlations throughout the United States and consults widely on landscaping with native ferns.
The morning lecture will consist of a presentation on fern history, taxonomy, morphology, ecology and landscaping ideas followed by a walk to the Marvin A. Eger Fern Garden. The afternoon lab session will focus on the details of fern taxonomy and morphology and involve close up examination of fronds from a large number of fern species as well as a spore propagation demonstration.
NYBG Bus Trip
Rumor has it there are other gardens besides the Frelinghuysen that are worth visiting. Saturday, June 18th is your chance to find out as we travel by bus to the New York Botanic Garden where we will enjoy a private guided tour of their new exhibit "Spanish Paradise: Gardens of the Alhambra" in the Enid A. Haupt Conservatory. Featuring flowing fountains, elegant arches and a broad palette of old world plants, this exhibit was designed and curated by world-renowned horticulturalist and garden historian Penelope Hobhouse.
Following the tour, we will enjoy a gourmet lunch presented by caterer extraordinaire Abigail Kirsch at the beautifully renovated Lillian and Amy Goldman Stone Mill. To view the historic mill, take the virtual tour.
After lunch, a guided tour by tram leads us through the gardens. Finally, spend some time on your own visiting your favorite part of the garden or gift shop or even stop to "smell the roses" in their outstanding Peggy Rockefeller Rose Garden which will be spectacular at this time of year.
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:
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.
Don't forget 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.