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Mon Feb 1, 2021

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MASTER CLASS VIDEOS

The Friends have recorded a number of events over the past couple of years which are available on our Pre-recorded Events page. Go there, follow the instructions and sit back and enjoy from our growing catalog.

Cost: See pre-recorded events page

Location: Pre-recorded

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Sep 22, 2022

7:00 pm

MORE GREAT GARDENS OF CORNWALL AND DEVON with Judy Snow

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Forde Abbey

If you're not quite ready to travel but yearn to see beautiful English gardens, join Friends board member Judy Snow for a virtual tour of 10 amazing gardens in Cornwall and Devon. We'll see plants ranging from unique succulents to towering palm trees, deep borders of gorgeous perennials and much more. The gardens include: Trebah, St. Michael's Mount, Tregothnan Tea Plantation and Botanical Garden, Killerton, Forde Abbey, Burrow Farm Gardens, Lytes Cary, Milton Lodge Gardens, Bishop's Palace and Gardens in Wells and Wisley Gardens. Along the way, we'll look in at Port Isaac (where the Doc Martin series is filmed), Wells Cathedral and Stonehenge.

This presentation covers the second half of a trip to England organized by the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in 2017.

This program is FREE to members. Registration IS NOW CLOSED.

Registration for this program will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the progam.

This program will be recorded.

For questions contact: mennist@arboretumfriends.net or lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

Cost: Free for Members / $10.00 fo non-members

Location: VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Sep 27, 2022

7:00 PM

WHY YOU SHOULD CONSIDER A WATER FEATURE FOR YOUR GARDEN with Dr. Alexander Grimwade

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

RESCHEDULED FROM JULY 14, 2022

Dr. Grimwade's Water Garden

A garden water feature can be anything from a birdbath to a large Versailles-type installation with sculptures and fountains. Whatever the size or type you choose, it will dramatically alter your landscape, broaden the palette of plants you can cultivate and enhance your garden for wildlife. Dr. Grimwade will consider the ideal site for a pond, styles of construction, equipment, plants and maintenance. Whatever the style and size of your garden, there is a water feature for you!

Alexander (Sandy) Grimwade has been an avid, life-long gardener in Britain, the Netherlands and the United States. He is webmaster for the Delaware Valley Water Garden Society (DVWGS), he has constructed his own backyard pond and advised DVWGS members and many others on construction and management of their water features. Sandy is a Penn State Master Gardener and a volunteer guide and plant advisor at Pennsylvania Horticultural Society events.

Registration is now closed.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

This program will be recorded and available only to people who register for it.

For questions contact: mennist@arboretumfriends.net or lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

Cost: Members $10 - non-members $15.00

Location: VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Oct 11, 2022

7:00 PM

HAPPY, HEALTHY HOUSEPLANTS with Master Gardener Linda Zenkert

VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Happy Houseplants

If you would like to learn how to add warmth and decorative quality to areas of your home and how to group plants to encourage growth but are too busy or don't have the information needed to take care of them, this presentation is for you. We will discuss the importance of choosing adaptable houseplants and those that tolerate neglect, plants that will forgive inconsistent watering and lack of proper lighting and yet, reward you with continued growth. The presentation includes suggestions for using plants in small spaces and in low-light areas to create attractive focal areas in a room.

This program is FREE, but Registration is required.

Please register here: https://forms.gle/qCrDfXNygLQGAyWs6

Registration for this program will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

This program will not be recorded.

For questions, contact: mennist@arboretumfriends.net or lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

Cost: FREE

Location: VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Oct 22, 2022

12:00 Noon

DESIGNING WITH PEONIES, a Luncheon Event with Kathleen Gagan

IN PERSON IN THE HAGGERTY EDUCATION CENTER

Kathleen Gagan

At long last the Friends will be gathering in person to enjoy a buffet lunch together and hear from Kathleen Gagan on how to incorporate peonies in your garden design. This will be a special event after several years without in person programs, and Kathleen Gagan is the perfect person to kick it off.

This local resident is the founder and owner of Peony's Envy Nursery in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Kathleen has made a national name for herself as a peony diva and has appeared on the Martha Stewart Living Show, among many other venues. Her pictorial lecture will show you how to design with peonies (which are deer resistant), with an in-depth look at peony cultivar selection, siting, planting and care. Why talk about peonies now? Because fall is a good time to plant peonies! Kathleen will bring a selection of bare-root peonies for sale after the program.

The catered lunch will feature a delicious selection of salads, breads, fruit and yummy desserts plus some sparkling beverages. We hope you can join us for this festive event!

Registration for this event will close at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 19.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

This program will not be recorded.

Cost: $60 members / $75 non-members

Location: Haggerty Education Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Thu Oct 27, 2022

7:00 PM

DIABOLICAL BOTANY

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Dorothy Smullen

Join Dorothy Smullen as she explores the world of plants that are poisonous, thorny, smelly, insect eaters, irritating and illegal. A perfect program to watch a couple of days before Halloween!

Ms. Smullen is a retired high school science teacher, a teacher and naturalist at the New Jersey Audubon and past President of the New Jersey Mycological Association. She has been a nature and garden club speaker for 35 years and is a former board member of the Friends of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

Registration for this program will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

This program will not be recorded.

For questions, contact: mennist@arboretumfriends.net or lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

Cost: $10 members / $15 non-members

Location: VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Sponsor: FOFA

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$10.00



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$15.00



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Mon Oct 31, 2022

7:00 PM Eastern - Tuesdays, Nov 1 - 22

2022 TREE SYMPOSIUM

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAMS

November 1: Kim Eierman - NATIVE TREES FOR SMALL SPACES: BIG ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS IN SMALL SIZES

November 8: Gerald Kral - CONIFERS: WHAT THE WELL DRESSED GARDEN IS WEARING

November 15: John Michalski - BONSAI INYOUR GARDEN: TIME TO TRY IT

November 22: Mason Vollmer - FIGS: THE IDEAL CONTAINER FRUIT TREE

More information on each speaker and their talk can be found below listed by date.

Each program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

PLEASE NOTE: You can sign up for each program individually, but if you register for all four programs at once on the "Add To Cart" link below, you will receive a discount. **Members of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum: $30 for all 4 programs versus $10 each individually and non-members: $45 for all 4 programs versus $15 each individually. The Zoom link will be sent to the email address used at registration unless you notify us otherwise: mennist@arboretumfriends.net

**$30 - Members of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum only. Any other individual or membership is subject to our non-member pricing.

Questions, contact: mennist@arboretumfriends.net or lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

Cost: $30 members / $45 non-members

Location: VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Sponsor: FOFA

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$30.00



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$45.00



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Tue Nov 1, 2022

7:00 PM

2022 TREE SYMPOSIUM - NATIVE TREES FOR SMALL SPACES: BIG ECOLOGICAL BENEFITS IN SMALL SIZES

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Kim Eierman

Even with limited space you can still plant beautifully and ecologically with a wide array of small native trees. Learn which choices are most suitable for your region and provide important ecological services, including: nectar, pollen, fruit, seeds, nuts and berries, cover and bird nesting sites. Get the information you need to source and correctly plant the best small native trees.

Kim Eierman is the Founder of EcoBeneficial LLC. She is an environmental horticulturist and ecological landscape designer, specializing in native plants. Based in New York, Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center, Rutgers Home Gardeners School and several other institutions. She is the author of the book, The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening.

Kim provides horticultural consulting and native landscape design to homeowners and commercial clients, including landscape architects and engineers. In addition to being a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society for Horticultural Science, Kim is an accredited Organic Landscape Professional, a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center, and a member of The Ecological Landscape Alliance and Garden Communicators International.

Registration for this program will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

This program will not be recorded.

For questions, contact: mennist@arboretumfriends.net or lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

Cost: $10 Members / $15 non-members

Location: VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Sponsor: FOFA

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$10.00



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Tue Nov 8, 2022

7:00 PM

2022 TREE SYMPOSIUM - CONIFERS: WHAT THE WELL DRESSED GARDEN IS WEARING with Gerald Kral

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Gerald (Jerry) Kral

Conifers can add an aesthetic to an ornamental garden impossible to achieve with other plants. This sometimes-cutting-edge slide presentation is for folks wanting to create a garden that uses conifers and small trees for effect and structure rather than an exclusive display of speciments.

Exciting ways to display conifers, some still experimental, will be explored. How to choose the best conifer or small tree for such a purpose considering size, growth habit and form will be covered. Adding bling to your conifer vignettes using selected companion plants will be explored. Landscape rockeries, container rockeries and table rockeries will also be addressed in this lecture.

Gerald (Jerry) Kral attended Cornell University where he majored in Agricultural Science. He has been a dairy farmer, high school science teacher and founder with his wife of Jerry and Karen's Gardens in Rochester, New York, where they give regular garden tours. Jerry became a Master Gardener in 1996 and was on the originating committee of the very successful Gathering of Gardeners Symposia, which has featured such luminaries as Dan Hinckley, Tony Avent and Michael Dirr (all of whom have toured Jerry and Karen's Gardens). Jerry is an active member of the American Conifer Society (ACS), serving as a member of their Board of Directors for six years. In 2020 the ACS awarded him with the Marvin and Emily Snyder Award for Dedicated Support.

Jerry's main passion continues to be his garden in Rochester, where he plays with rocks, conifers and companion plants and pushes the limits of what can be done!

Registration for this program will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

This program will be recorded.

For questions, contact: mennist@arboretumfriends.net or lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

Cost: $10 members - $15 non-members

Location: VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Sponsor: FOFA

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$10.00



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$15.00



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Mon Nov 14, 2022

1:30 PM

MEMBERS ONLY GARDEN LOVERS' BOOK CLUB

VIRTUAL MEETING VIA ZOOM

Book for the November Meeting

Did you know that there is a group of interested gardeners that meet bimonthly on a Monday* afternoon at 1:30 PM to share their love of gardening?

The club reads and discusses gardening books, talks about garden trips, shares gardening successes and failures and exchanges ideas.

The book for November is Silent Spring, by Rachel Carson.

Open only for Members of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Registration is required. Register here: https://forms.gle/adimzcJVYyUW4sn38

A Zoom link will be sent to you a few days prior to the meeting date.

*Please note the November meeting is taking place on the 2nd Monday of the month.

Questions? Contact: lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

Cost: FREE TO MEMBERS

Location: VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Nov 15, 2022

7:00 PM

2022 TREE SYMPOSIUM - BONSAI IN YOUR GARDEN: TIME TO TRY IT with John Michalski

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Bonsai

Due to their tiny proportions, bonsai are ideal for the small garden, yet many people are daunted by the perceived difficulty and challenges of designing and keeping these container-grown trees alive and healthy. John Michalski will present the artistic and horticultural principles behind this ancient art form, and hopefully convince you that, if you know how to tend a garden or prune a hedge, you can successfully grow, style and maintain bonsai in your own yard.

John is a public school science teacher who enjoys gardening and has been working with bonsai since 1988. He is currently President of the Great Swamp Bonsai Society, which is based in Morris County, New Jersey.

Registration for this program will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

This program will be recorded and available only to those who register for it.

For questions, contact: mennist@arboretumfriends.net or lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

Cost: $10 members - $15 for non-members

Location: VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Sponsor: FOFA

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$10.00



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$15.00



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Tue Nov 22, 2022

7:00 PM

2022 TREE SYMPOSIUM - FIGS: THE IDEAL CONTAINER FRUIT TREE with Mason Vollmer

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Mason Vollmer

In this presentation, appropriate for home gardeners, educators and professionals, you will learn how to successfully include Figs in your Zone 6 garden, why Figs can be a valuable component in environmental education programs and the care and propagation techniques for container Figs. Mr. Vollmer will share his approach as to how Science informs the Craft which in turn ispires the Art of gardening. Even in the smallest spaces, you can cultivate trees that will grow your gardening skills and satisfaction. As an Arborist, Mr. Vollmer knows that "the right tree for the right place" includes education about Keystone and Native species, which the Fig is not, yet this talk will show how it can fit well into the science, craft and art of educational programs and backyard gardens, leading to further environmental literacy so vital today.

Mason Vollmer is a Horticultural educator with over 40 years experience gardening with people of all ages and abilities in schools and organizations with productive, educational, therapeutic and socially beneficial outcomes in mind.

Registration for this program will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

This program will be recorded and available on a one-time basis only to registrants.

For questions, contact: mennist@arboretumfriends.net or lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

Cost: $10 members - $15 non-members

Location: VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Sponsor: FOFA

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Tue Dec 13, 2022

7:00 PM

STARTING SEEDS INDOORS: WHEN AND HOW with Master Gardener Grace Tshanakas

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Various Seedlings

There is such joy and excitement watching as seedlings emerge and mature. The biggest excitement, or course, comes from either harvesting a food you have grown or seeing a beautiful flower develop. In this presentation, you will learn everything you need to know about starting seeds indoors including seed types, supplies needed, the planting process and caring for seedlings. Handouts will include a great list of resources as well as Rutgers Fact Sheets.

This program is FREE, but Registration is required.

Please register here: https://forms.gle/pjuHoKrJQTHKdpoP8

Registration for this program will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

This program will not be recorded.

For questions, contact: mennist@arboretumfriends.net or lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

Cost: FREE

Location: VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Sponsor: FOFA