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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 March 14, 2018

WHEN GARDENS DON’T HEAL - a Lecture by Dr. Robert Lyons


Saturday, March 17 (this Saturday)

Although widely believed to be true in an anecdotal sense, there is also an abundance of research espousing the curative value of gardens and other green spaces. However, what happens when gardens are integral to the source of disappointment, stress or even personal tragedy? Can we expect their reputed healing powers to live up to our own expectations for overcoming personal grief?

This talk will highlight one man’s journey following personal loss and the serendipitous role of gardens in the recovery process.

Click on the flyer at right for more information and on-line registration.



Saturday, March 24

The gardeners at Willowwood really know their stuff, and when it comes to pruning, no one does it better.

Learn the hows and whys from the experts, the science behind it all and what tools to use. Then, practice your new skills on the trees and shrubs in the gardens. Dress for the weather and bring your garden gloves for this program at Willowwood Arboretum.

Click on the flyer at right for more information and on-line registration.


Thursday, April 12

Grow strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and other small fruit in your own backyard.

Peter Nitzsche, the County Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County will show you how. Learn which varieties grow best in our area, how to plant and maintain them and proper layout practices.

Participants will receive Rutgers Scarlet strawberry plants to plant at home. See our flyer for details.

Click on the flyer at right for more information and on-line registration.


Following our third winter storm in less than two weeks, the grounds at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum are looking lovely under a blanket of snow.

Here are a few photos, including a confused Robin (Turdus migratorius), the entryway to the Haggerty Education Center, some snow-covered Witch Hazel (Hamamelis x intermedia ‘Diane’) flowers and the Frelinghuysen mansion.

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Thanks to Margery Ennist for braving the cold for the beautiful pictures. Click on each picture to enlarge it.

Save the Dates -- 23rd Annual Plant Sale

Friday, May 4th through Sunday, May 6th

Volunteers needed! We would appreciate your help. Click here for our on-line Volunteer Signup Form.

Free Affiliate Member Programs:

North American Rock Garden Society – Watnong Chapter

Sun Mar 18 10:00 am

Marta McDowell – Writer – All the President’s Gardens

Home Garden Club of Morristown

Wed Mar 21 1:00 pm

“Big Surprises from Small Trees” Brian Oleksak, Chairperson of the Landscape and Horticultural Technology Department at the County College of Morris, presents a program focused on the selection and use of small statured trees for use in gardens, small urban/suburban properties and in street tree planting. Emphasis is placed on the selection of trees that are generally pest resistant and with year round aesthetic appeal. Attendees will learn how small trees can be used in challenging design settings.

Tri-State Hosta Society

Sat Mar 24 12:30 pm

Annual Plant Sale – This is a members’ only event, but anyone wishing to attend may purchase a one-year membership at the door for $10.00. Your membership gains admittance to the annual plant sale, four issues of the Tri-State Hosta Society’s award-winning newsletter, admittance to two additional indoor meetings at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, and at least three summer garden tours of member gardens.

Affiliate member programs are all free and open to the public.

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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