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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 21, 2018


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.

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



Saturday, April 14

If you grow your own seedlings you won’t want to miss Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gardener Jeanne Lardino’s talk on transplanting.

Bring your seedlings if you have them or transplant some of ours so you’ll be ready to “grow your groceries”. Prepare to get your hands dirty as we transplant them into 4 inch pots.

Click the flyer at right for details and registration.



Saturday, April 21

Chuck Hinkle, a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Gold Medal Plant Committee, speaks about his favorite plants.

His talk focuses on the winners of this prestigious award, all of which you will want to plant in your own garden.

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


There are many lovely things to see in the winter garden, one of them is beautiful bark. Below are a couple of examples:

Acer Griseum Bark
Seven Sons Tree Trunk

Click the images to see them in a photo gallery on our website.

Thanks to Margery Ennist for braving the cold for the beautiful pictures.

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.

Ramp up your Gardening Know-How and Get Ready for Our Big Plant Sale in May!

The Friends’ mission is education and our big event to support all of our programs throughout the year is our big Plant Sale in the Tent during the first weekend in May, May 5 and 6. (Members Only shopping on May 4)

Throughout the month of April, we’re offering a number of Gardening programs for free or a nominal fee to help you get your garden ready for spring (umm, when will that be?), and to help you plan for shopping at the sale, of course:

  • Thursday, April 5 at 7:00 pm, Gardening for Pollinators, Gail DiDomenico, Morris County Master Gardener – No registration required.
  • Saturday, April 14, 1:00 pm, Plant Sale Preview Talk – Ilona Ontscherenki, Friends Plant Sale Chair. Register at
  • Tuesday, April 17, 7:00 pm, Start your Spring Garden, Bill Moran, Morris County Master Gardener – No registration required.
  • Saturday, April 21, 10:00 am, PHS Gold Medal Plants, Chuck Hinkle, Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore. Register at
  • Saturday, April 28, Morris County Master Gardeners’ extravaganza of popular talks – No registration required:
    • 10:00 am Renewing Your Garden, Veronica Dengler,
    • 1:00 pm Cottage Gardening Style, Diane Lattanzio,
    • 3:00 pm Starting Your Vegetable Garden, Wing-Yee Pavlosky

See the Plant Sale page in Events on The Friends’ website for more details on these talks and this year’s plant sale.

Free Affiliate Member Programs:

Home Garden Club of Morristown

Wed Mar 21 1:00 pm

Please note that the Home Garden Club of Morristown’s March 21 meeting has been cancelled and rescheduled to March 28 due to today's expected snow storm. Unfortunately, Brian Oleksak is unable to present his lecture “Big Surprises from Small Trees” at the rescheduled meeting.

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.

North American Butterfly Association

Tues Apr 3 7:30 pm

Programs to be announced

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.

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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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