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While you may view our full program on the Events Page of our website, we are pleased to highlight these upcoming programs.


Announcements as of April 19, 2017

Call for Volunteers


Volunteers needed for our annual Plant Sale May 5-7

You don’t need to be a member to join the team at our annual plant sale! We need your help to make this event, the Friends only fundraiser, a success again this year. You’ll get the chance to shop before the sale, meet other local plant lovers, and shop at the after sale if we have leftovers, but only if you volunteer.

We have a few openings throughout the week of set up, but we especially need:

  • plant sitters to mind the plants in between sale hours while the park is open
  • more folks to work at checkout either tallying purchases or as cashier

All these jobs are shaded from the weather and can be done seated or standing.

So if you have a few hours the weekend of the sale, please volunteer! You can see the opportunities on the Volunteer Signup Form on our website, or call Beth Feldman at 973-631-5049.


Prosecco, Pellegrino, and Plants with David Culp

Plantsman David Culp joins us for a talk about exciting new plants for our gardens and helps us shop for some of his favorites to put in our own gardens.

This is a members only event but you can join us by signing up on-line for a membership today! Membership includes a yearly plant dividend.

Just click the picture at right to register for this Friday May 5 event..

Members Only!

Get first dibs on hundreds of plant picks before the general public. Plant Experts will be on hand to help you make the best choices for your landscape.

Join us Friday evening and then have all weekend to plant your special finds! Click here for more information and to register on line.

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Welcome Ann!

Ann Fahey has joined the Horticulture Education staff as the Assistant Superintendent of Horticulture Education.

Ann has owned and operated her own business in landscape design and horticulture consulting for the past 20 years. She has also developed and implemented botany and environmental programs for the Montclair State Gifted and Talented Program. She has a horticulture degree from Rutgers University, her MBA from Montclair State University, and a Certificate in Horticulture Therapy from the New York Botanical Gardens.


Arbor Day Tree Planting Celebration

Join our gardeners to learn the correct way to purchase, plant and care for trees. Practice these skills as you help us plant some trees at the arboretum and take a native tree sapling home to plant in your own backyard.

Click the image at right for details of this Saturday April 29th program and to register on line.

Friends Arbor Day Award Recipients

Lesley Parness - click to enlarge

The Friends honored volunteers Stephen and Sue George and former staff member Lesley Parness at their Arbor Day Awards ceremony April 10.

The Georges - click to enlarge

The Georges joined the Friends Board in 2004. They served as Bus Trip Co-Chairs for 10 years, served on the Finance Committee, and helped with all the major events. A Serviceberry (Amelanchier x grandiflora ‘Autumn Brilliance’) was planted in their honor in the Lindner Garden.

Also honored was Lesley Parness, recently retired Superintendent of Horticulture Education, for her many years of dedicated service and leadership at the Arboretum. A pink Korean Dogwood (Cornus kousa ‘Miss Satomi’) was planted next to the patio at the Lindner Garden.

Congratulations and thanks to the Georges and to Lesley!

EcoBeneficial Gardening 101: Boosting the Ecosystem in Your Own Yard


Gardening with an ecosystem approach contributes to species diversity.

Kim Eierman, Environmental Horticulturist, explains how the design choices you make, the plants you select, and the maintenance practices you use can make a huge difference in creating a healthy, vibrant ecosystem, filled with life.

Just click the butterflies to sign up on line for this Saturday April 22nd program.

Dr. Jon Greenberg

Biblical Botany

View The Frelinghuysen's plant collections through the lens of the Old Testament.

Dr. Jon Greenberg returns to walk us thru more than 5000 years of history.

Click on his picture at right for more information and to register for this Sunday April 30th tour.


Get Crafty with Us

Get in a spring mood and look good doing it with your very own Apple Blossom Necklace, hand created by you under the expert guidance of two bead weaving mavens.

Register on line for this Saturday April 29th class by clicking the picture at right.

Image by K. Muccillo - click to enlarge

What's in Bloom

Tulips! You'll find a variety of colors and cultivars all over our gardens and in container plantings. Come see them at their peak and check these links to jumpstart your own tulip collection.



Enjoy a sweet or a savory at Matilda's Cafe, with garden views out every window.

Matilda's will be open each weekend (except Mother's Day) from now until October.

Click to open Plant Sale Page

PLANT SALE – May 5, 6 + 7, 2017

All this nice weather has us dreaming about our 22nd Annual Plant Sale!

Learn why you won’t want to miss it and more on our Plant Sale 2017 page.

Stourhead - click to enlarge

The Majestic Gardens of Southwest England

We are happy to announce that our upcoming international trip, traversing the counties of Wiltshire, Somerset, Devon and Cornwall, is filled.

Details of how to add your name to our waiting list are found on our website by clicking here.

Volunteer Opportunities

Current open positions: Treasurer and Accounting Assistant

Do you have the accounting or related background that would be useful in one of these roles? Your expertise can be a valuable contribution to the Friends and the Arboretum. Check the Positions Open page on our website and/or call Friends at 973-326-7603 for details about these positions.

Retail Partners

When shopping at our fine Retail Partners, please remember to present your Membership card at the beginning of your check out transaction. Our Retail Partners need to enter the discount at the beginning of that process.

If you have not yet used this wonderful Member Benefit, you can view our full list of Retail Partners by clicking here.

Amazon Smile

Don't forget to "SMILE!"Amazon Smile, that is!

Amazon, through the AmazonSmile Foundation will contribute 0.5% of your purchases on Amazon to a charitable organization you select. Please consider selecting The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum as your designated recipient from this wonderful program.

Click here and log in to your amazon account to designate the Friends as your charity.

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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