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Sun Sep 1, 2019

2:00p

Garden Tours at the Park Commission’s Horticultural Sites

First Sunday Tours of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Second Sunday Tours of Willowwood Arboretum

Third Sunday Tours of Bamboo Brook

Learn some of the history and enjoy the beauty of these exceptional horticultural sites with a knowledgeable tour guide.

Please wear sturdy walking shoes. Terrain can be grassy and uneven in places. See calendar for exact dates.

Cost: $3 (exact change please)

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Tue Oct 1, 2019

All Day

In Our Gallery - October

Award-winning botanical artist Beth Murphy exhibits her pressed botanicals in her show “Flowers Take Flight”.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Oct 2, 2019

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Garden Sprouts Program

Ages: 2 – 5 with an adult

Programs:

  • Hello Autumn – Wednesday, October 2
  • App-solutely Delicious! – Wednesday, October 9
  • Leaf Man – Wednesday, October 16
  • Furry Friends – Wednesday, October 23
  • Pumpkin Patch – Wednesday, October 30
  • Growing Vegetable Soup – Wednesday, November 6
  • Thanks for Trees – Wednesday, November 13
  • Gingerbread Village – Wednesday, December 4
  • Gingerbread Party – Wednesday, December 11 ($10 per child and adult pair.)

Times: 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Check morrisparks.net for program descriptions Call 973.326.7601 to register.

Cost: $5 per child unless otherwise noted.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Oct 3, 2019

4:00p - 5:00p

Arboretum Artists

Programs:

  • Leaf Landscapes – Ages 8 – 11, Thursday, October 3
  • Pinecone Critters – Ages 6 & Up, Thursday, November 14
Check morrisparks.net for program descriptions Call 973.326.7601 to register.

Cost: $10 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Oct 13, 2019

& Sun Nov 3
9:00a - 11:30a

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide

Ages 12 & Up

Enjoy a combination of Japanese oriented walking, meditation, mindfulness, and wellness promotion, complete with a Japanese Tea Ceremony. Proper footwear, please.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm for information and registration.

Cost: $20 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Oct 13, 2019

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Fall Big Tree Tour

Take a guided tour of our New Jersey State Champion Trees. Learn what qualifies a tree as a Champion while enjoying the colors of the season.

Dates: Sundays October 13, October 20, and October 27 Time: 11:00 am – Noon

Cost: Cost: $3 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Tue Oct 15, 2019

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Any time between 9am + 3:30pm

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt.

Dates: October 15 – November 24, and December 21 through December 31

Families welcome to participate any time between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm

Check morrisparks.net for program descriptions Call 973.326.7601 to register.

Cost: $10 per family at front desk

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Oct 19, 2019

10:00a

Northeast Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

Anyone may bring an orchid to be judged or listen in on the educational programs.

Educational Program: 10:00 am | Orchid Judging: 12:00 pm

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Oct 19, 2019

Noon - 4:30p

New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Annual show opens to the public. Garden mums will be on sale to benefit the scholarship fund.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun Oct 20, 2019

11:00a - 4:30p

New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Annual show opens to the public. Trophy and certificate awards presentation – 4:00pm.

Mum blooms will be on sale after 4:00 pm.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Oct 24, 2019

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Children’s Holiday Centerpiece Workshops

Programs:

  • Boo-tiful Flowers – Ages 6 & Up, Thursday, October 24, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm.
  • Thanks for Thanksgiving – Ages 6 & Up Sunday, November 24, 1:30 pm – 2:30 pm
  • Edible Holiday Terrarium – Ages 8 – 12 Wednesday, December 4, 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm
  • Always Evergreen – Ages 6 & Up, Saturday, December 21, 10:00 am – 11:00 am
Check morrisparks.net for program descriptions Call 973.326.7601 to register.

Cost: $20 per person, all materials are supplied.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Oct 26, 2019

12:30p

Tri-State Hosta Society

Glenn Herold, retired Professor of Horticulture from Illinois Central College will speak on “Hostas and Other Shady Companions, Good or Bad”.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun Oct 27, 2019

2:00p - 3:30p

Margaret Roach Nonstop Plants: A Garden for 365 Days

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Expressions commonly heard each September like “the season’s almost over” don’t sit well with Margaret Roach.

She has worked for more than 25 years to make her garden in the Hudson Valley-Berkshires area a visual treat every day of the year. Meet the plants and the philosophy that make it happen, delivered with a dose of horticultural how-to and woo-woo.”

Margaret’s book “A Way to Garden”, originally released in 1998, has now been fully updated for the just released 21st Anniversary edition and will be available for signing.

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

Cost: $30 members / $40 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Fri Nov 1, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p

New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Program: Members show

Mum Topic: How to select chrysanthemum cultivars for next year. Bring your notes of success and failure stories.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Fri Nov 1, 2019

All Day

In Our Gallery - November

“Arboretum Inspirations” showcases works by young artists who participated in the Park Commission’s Arboretum Artists program.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Nov 2, 2019

1:30p - 4:30p & Sun Nov 3 10:30a - 2:00p

Tristate African Violet Council

Presents its 57th Annual Show and Plant Sale - "Violet Destinations"

This year’s show theme “African Violets Destinations” will feature American’s favorite houseplant-the African violet- in horticulture form and flower arrangements/designs depicting world travel destinations.

Don’t miss the opportunity to see our award-winning plants, creative designs and educational displays by regional club enthusiasts and prominent growers from our Tristate area. Stop at our sales table where hundreds of blooming and unusual African violets and gesneriads, including Streptocarpus, will be for sale from commercial growers and our club members. Experts will be available to answer questions to help you grow beautiful plants.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Facebook: Tristate African Violet Council Link: https://www.facebook.com/Tristate-African-Violet-Council-107418299416193...

Email: tristateafricanvioletcouncil@gmail.com

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Nov 7, 2019

7:30p

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Propagation Meeting – Learn how to propagate Gesneriads, the African Violet cousins.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Nov 9, 2019

10:00a - 3:00p

2019 Tree Symposium

Learn about the great tree men and women of America, the many botanical taxa of maples, bringing back the American chestnut and dogwood and hazelnut breeding at Rutgers.

10:00 am – Frank Goodhart

Great Tree Men and Women of America

A chronology of those who contributed to horticulture and forest preservation in America from early colonial times to the early twentieth century. Beginning with Bartram followed by Franklin, Jefferson, Michaux, Johnny Appleseed, Morton, Marsh, Thoreau, Muir, Martha Fenimore Cooper, Sargent, Pinchot, Teddy Roosevelt and Mather. Highlights are given for each of their contributions, along with important governmental actions that took place along the way and how they shaped early American forest conservation.

11:00 am – Adam Wheeler

Maples

Join Adam Wheeler of Connecticut’s Broken Arrow Nursery for this informative and educational program that outlines new, unique and exceptional maples. Adam will showcase a broad diversity of options that are well suited for use in Northeast gardens. In addition to ornamental qualities he will highlight important cultural requirements and design considerations.

Adam is the Container Production & Horticulture Manager at Broken Arrow. He is a past recipient of the Young Nursery Professional Award from the New England Nursery Association and is the current Vice President of the North American Maple Society.

1:00 pm – Mike Aucott

Bringing Back the American Chestnut

Mike Aucott will discuss the importance and tragic history of this iconic tree, which once dominated Eastern forests but was virtually wiped out by an imported blight that appeared in the early 1900s. He will describe the challenges and the several varied strategies underway that are part of the effort to help propel the tree over what researchers have called “the cusp of extinction” and to re-establish it in the North American forest. Mike will include a simplified description of the genetics involved in developing a blight-resistant chestnut that can thrive in the forest environment. He will also discuss the importance of local efforts to find surviving Ameri- can chestnuts, and offer keys to help identify this tree.

Mike Aucott holds a Ph.D. in Environmental Science from Rutgers University. He retired from his position as research scientist for the NJ Department of Environmental Protection in 2012, and now teaches chemistry at the College of New Jersey. He also does consulting work in energy issues, air pollution and climate change, and is a member of the American Chestnut Foundation. Mike has established a research orchard of 800 hybrid chestnut trees in Northern Pennsylvania.

2:00 pm Tom Molnar

Dogwood & Hazelnut Breeding at Rutgers

Tom will discuss his current work including germplasm exploration, collection, and evaluation. A major aspect of his current research is developing and characterizing genetic resistance to eastern filbert blight, a fungal disease which is the primary limiting factor of hazelnut production in eastern North America. Breeding objectives in both woody ornamentals and hazelnuts emphasize selection for high levels of disease and pest resistance and cold hardiness.

Thomas Molnar received his PhD from Rutgers University in 2006. He is currently an Associate Professor in the Plant Biology Department of the Rutgers University School of Environmental and Biological Sciences (New Brunswick, New Jersey, USA). His research program concentrates on the genetic improvement and study of hazelnuts (Corylus) and large-bracted dogwoods (Cornus).

Fall is when trees come into their glory. Join us for a multi-faceted look at these critically important members of our ecosystem. Please bring a bag lunch.

This program is eligible for 4.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s, 4.0 Urban Forestry CEU's, and 4.0 New Jersey Board of Tree Experts LTE/LTCO.

Cost: $40 members / $45 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sun Nov 10, 2019

1:00p - 2:00p

Make & Take Essential Oil Holiday Gifts

In this holiday gift making workshop, discover the wonders of essential oils, the plants, and the history of aromatherapy. Take home three gift items.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm for information and registration.

Cost: $30 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Tue Nov 12, 2019

7:00p

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Programs to be determined, guests are welcome.

To receive our free newsletter for updates and events, please email club president John Michalski at huonia@aol.com.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Nov 12, 2019

7:00p

North American Butterfly Association

Programs to be determined, guests are welcome.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Wed Nov 13, 2019

7:30p

African Violet Club of Morris County

Growing African Violet miniatures and trailers

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Nov 16, 2019

10:00a

Northeast Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

Anyone may bring an orchid to be judged or listen in on the educational programs.

Educational Program: 10:00 am | Orchid Judging: 12:00 pm

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun Nov 17, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p

Cooking Demonstration: Cranberries – From Sweet to Savory

When it comes to the holidays, cranberries are king. Learn some new recipes, both sweet and savory, with which to adorn your holiday table and impress your guests with Chef Cynthia Triolo.

Cost: $25 members / $30 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Nov 21, 2019

7:00p - 8:00p

Make & Take a “Gourdgeous” Thanksgiving Centerpiece

Design and create a Thanksgiving centerpiece using gourds and pumpkins as the container. These one of a kind centerpieces will look spectacular on your holiday table or as a great hostess gift!

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm for information and registration.

Cost: $30 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Dec 5, 2019

3:30p - 7:00p

Members Night at Gingerbread Wonderland

Members are invited to attend Gingerbread Wonder- land, free of charge on Thursday, December 5 from 3:30 pm – 7:00 pm.

After viewing the exhibit, come to the lower level for complimentary refreshments!

Please register for this evening event using the button below.

Cost: Free for Members -- Registration Required

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Fri Dec 6, 2019

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The 28th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland

Celebrating 28 Years of Wonder!

This December marks the 28th Anniversary of Gingerbread Wonderland. Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity, skill and sense of optimism that characterizes this charming and ecumenical exhibit of hundreds of edible structures.

Vote for your personal favorite in The People’s Choice Award. An award will be given to the first place winners in each of the categories that include Adult, Family, Children, School, Scout and Special Needs.

Groups of 8 or more must make a reservation to visit by calling 973-326-7601.

GINGERBREAD VOLUNTEERS NEEDED!

As always, the success of the Gingerbread Wonderland depends on our wonderful volunteers.

We have implemented a new volunteer signup system for 2019 which we hope you will find quicker and easier to use. Learn more about how to sign up by going to our Gingerbread Volunteers - 2019 page.


ENTER YOUR GINGERBREAD WONDERLAND CREATION

Enter your edible structure in one of six categories: Adult, Family, Child, School Group, Scout Group and Special Needs.

Be a part of this Morris County holiday tradition this year by entering and then visiting the show. Here are all the materials you need to enter your own creation in this year's Gingerbread Wonderland (click on each to open in a separate window):


Dates: Friday, December 6 through Sunday, December 15

Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm daily, Fridays until 7:30 pm

Cost: Cost: $2 per person, children under 2 FREE

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Dec 7, 2019

& Sun Dec 8 and Sat/Sun Dec 14 & 15
10a - 4:30p

Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show

Holiday shopping is easy at our Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show, now in its tenth year.

Our “handmade only” show features local crafters offering beautiful, affordable and completely handmade gifts perfect for yourself or that special person on your list.

Dates:

  • Saturday, December 7
  • Sunday, December 8
  • Saturday, December 14
  • Sunday, December 15

Time: 10:00 am – 4:30 pm

Cost: $2 per person gains entry to both the Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland.

NOTICE TO EXHIBITORS

The 2019 Gingerbread Festival Craft Show tables have all been committed to...and there is a significant Wait List.

We appreciate your interest and suggest you contact us after January 15, 2020 with regard to 2020 table availability.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Dec 21, 2019

9:30a

Northeast Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

Auction Party – More than 100 orchids will be auctioned to benefit the non-profit Northeast Judging Center. Many of the plants are donations from the judges’ personal collections. A list of available plants will be posted on Facebook at AOSNortheastJudging

A complimentary light buffet lunch is provided to all attendees. Following the Auction and lunch, observe the regular Northeast Center Orchid judging for an educational and entertaining afternoon. Opening: 9:30 am | Preview bidding: 10:30 am

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA