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Announcements as of September 1, 2015

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is proud to host dozens of events in the coming weeks, ranging from exhibits to photo classes to tours to informative programs on gardens and horticulture.
Our full program is found on the Events Page of our website.
Please browse there at your leisure, but here are some upcoming events that we would like to highlight.
Click here to read this and previous newsletters on-line.

Visit the Arboretum

If you haven’t visited the arboretum all summer, this weekend would be a great time to do so.

On Sunday you can enjoy watching floral designer, Marge Hulstrunk create arrangements that capture the plethora of blooms available at this time of year.

Also on Sunday, take a guided tour of the arboretum with a knowledgeable volunteer. Meet in the Haggerty Education Center just before 2 and please have $3 in cash at the ready.

In programs, we end summer, with a bang.

  • You can read about Linda Pastorino’s September 27 class “Table Dressings: A Unique Vision” in the September 4 edition of the Star Ledger or you can just click here to register.
  • There’s no escaping the review of your perennials that comes due in September. Did they live up to your expectations? Learn why not at “Essential Perennials” from our “Great Speaker” series guest, Ruth Clausen on September 20. Register on-line by clicking here
  • Settle back and enjoy a movie in our auditorium with like-minded folks on September 11. “Numen: The Healing Power of Plants" is sure to delight us all, and so will the complimentary popcorn. Click here to register.
  • Boy, the melons have been sweet this summer. Learn how to grown your own at “Grow, Cook, Eat: Melons” on September 16. Register on-line by clicking here.
  • Learn how to make herbal vinegar and create 3 hand-crafted bottles for your pantry on September 30. This year, we’ll feature a balsamic dessert vinegar for pouring over vanilla ice cream – yum! Click here to register.
  • Our bus trip to Wave Hill on October 15 is filling up. A leisurely day at one of New York’s most beautiful gardens is assured. Register on-line by clicking here.

Affiliate Offerings – All FREE, no registration required

  • African Violet Club of Morris County meets on September 9 at 7:30pm
  • Great Swamp Bonsai Society meets on September 8 at 7pm
  • NJ State Mum Society meets on September 4 at 7:30pm – speaker Ingrid Witty talking on Rain Gardens… A Plethora of Benefits
  • Open Positions

    We encourage you to look over these open positions within the Morris County Park Commission and respond or pass them on to someone you think might be interested.

    September 2015: Volunteer Coordinator

    The Morris County Park Commission’s Horticultural Education Department is seeking an energetic, “people-person” for the position of Volunteer Coordinator.

    This is part time job – 21 hours per week. The ability to work weekends and evenings is required. A demonstrable interest in horticulture is required.

    Computer literacy is required, including the use of Excel. Volunteer management experience is a plus.

    To apply for this position, please send a cover letter and your resume to No phone calls please.

    The Morris County Park Commission is an Equal Opportunity Employer.


    August 2015: Senior Gardener - Willowwood Arboretum

    Employees in this position are responsible for the supervision and monitoring of subordinate staff, seasonal, intern and volunteer staff, as well as the hands-on maintenance of the gardens and plant collections at the Willowwood Arboretum, a facility of the Morris County Park Commission, located in Chester Township, NJ. Individuals should have a strong understanding of horticulture, possess the skills necessary to perform horticultural maintenance tasks, and be familiar with the identification and cultivation of a wide variety of woody, herbaceous, and annual landscape plants. The Senior Gardener reports to and works under the general supervision of the Manager of Horticulture and/or his/her designee for the coordination of daily activities, attendance and other operational procedures.

    Send written applications to John Morse, Manager of Horticulture of the Morris County Park Commission. Full details about the position and application process may be seen by clicking on the image at right.

    The Morris County Park Commission is an equal opportunity employer.

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    What's in Bloom At the Arboretum

    Coming for a walk? Check out what’s in bloom right here with our on-line What's in Bloom list, updated regularly by volunteer Phil Dahlen. Thanks to Phil for his regular updates throughout the summer.

    Retail Partners

    As a member of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum you can enjoy discounts at our Retail Partners. Please show your Friends' membership card at time of purchase. Click here to see the up-to-date list of fine vendors.


    Matilda's Café Open Through Fall

    Matilda’s Café is now open every Friday, Saturday and Sunday through Fall from 10:00a to 5:00p. Why not stop by and enjoy a menu item?

    Check out their spring menu on the Matilda's Café page.

    All our 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. Alternatively, you may register by calling 973-326-7603.

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