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Announcements as of September 15, 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.

Sorakaya Squash

It’s Harvest Time!

What are you gathering from your garden?

Here is member and volunteer flower arranger, Vasu Tadikonda, with a sorakaya squash in her garden.

Have you grown any remarkable fruits or vegetables that you’d like to show off? Please send pictures to for our facebook page.

Herbal Vinegar Workshop

There are still a few seats left in the Wednesday evening September 30 class of our herbal vinegar workshop.

Will you add a twist of lemon peel to your “thyme in a bottle” vinegar?

Click here to register.

Ruth Clausen and Essential Perennials

Ruth Clausen’s lecture this Sunday will feature some very unusual perennials.

Do you know tulbaghia violacea or cardamine pretense? Come along and learn!

Click the flyer to register on line.

ArTboretum Mini-Camp

If you have school age children, you know about teacher conference days.

We have a day long program for 4th and 5th graders that will keep them busy and engaged – arTboretum Mini-Camp on Thursday November 5. They’ll make a bonsai, a bog garden, a Victorian fern planting and a kokedama, which is a special Japanese form of hanging plant.

What fun! All the kids have to bring is a bagged lunch – no peanuts please.

Click here to register.

Introducing Seedlings

Plant the love of nature in your preschooler, at this new series of classes every Monday morning starting October 5.

We’ll keep it simple, all you have to do is attend.

Germination guaranteed!

Click here to register.

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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