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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 October 10, 2018

We know everyone’s schedules are busy, so walk-ins to the speaker programs are welcome. However, early registration will guarantee you a seat and will help us plan.


Thursday, October 11

Horticulturist Marc Zukovich will focus on the true meaning behind plant names, their classifications, and where they originated.

A history of plant taxonomy and systematics will be covered as well as the future direction of the plant classification system. Latin names will be demystified according to translation. Identification of plant families will be discussed as well as the differences between cultivars and varieties.

This program is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Click the flyer for details and on-line registration.



Sunday, October 14

Rashid Poulson, Brooklyn Bridge Park Horticulture Supervisor, gives an overview explaining how BBP’s horticultural practices are breaking away from more traditional approaches to horticulture with a keen focus on ecologically friendly and organic methods of managing landscapes from meadows to woodlands and even lawns.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Click the flyer for details and on-line registration.



Sunday, October 21

Historian Victoria Johnson’s groundbreaking book, American Eden, is a biography of the doctor at the Hamilton-Burr duel, David Hosack, a pioneering physician and botanist. As Victoria reveals, Hosack was one of the few things the duelists did agree on.

Summoned that morning because of his role as the beloved Hamilton family doctor, he was also a close friend of Burr’s. A brilliant surgeon and a world-class botanist, Hosack was a pioneering thinker who shaped a young nation. One goal drove Hosack above all others: to build the Republic’s first botanical garden. Despite innumerable obstacles and near-constant resistance, Hosack triumphed when, by 1810, his Elgin Botanic Garden at last crowned twenty acres of Manhattan farmland. It is now buried under Rockefeller Center.

A book signing and sale follow the lecture.

Victoria’s book, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic has been nominated for a 2018 National Book Award for non-fiction.

Click the flyer for details and on-line registration.


Many butterflies are fluttering and nectaring around our late-season flowers, including newly hatched Monarchs. Following are a few photographs of our visitors.

  • Black Swallowtail Butterfly
  • Cabbage White Butterfly
  • Monarch Butterfly
Monarch Butterfly
Cabbage White Butterfly
Black Swallowtail Butterfly

Click the image to see it enlarged in our website's In Bloom page. Images courtesy Margery Ennist.


Gingerbread Entry Form Available

For all you Gingerbread Exhibitors, the 2018 Gingerbread Entry Form is now available for download as are recipes, construction hints & tips and more. Just go to the Gingerbread event by clicking here.

Volunteers Needed!

As always, the success of the Gingerbread Wonderland depends on our wonderful volunteers.

Please sign up using our on-line Volunteer Form. Beth Feldman, the Volunteer Coordinator at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum will respond confirming your schedule.

Note to Craft Show Exhibitors

We have had a great turnout of potential exhibitors this year. Our exhibitor list is full for this year's show as is our waiting list. We look forward to possibly working with you for next year's Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show.

Free Affiliate Member Programs:

African Violet Club of Morris County

Wed Oct 10, 2018

7:30p - Growing African Violets under Artificial Lights – discussion on plant stands, and different types of light fixtures.

New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Fri Oct 12, 2018

3:00p - 9:00p - Show Setup – show entries of blooms and plants are accepted for review & classification. Non-member entries are permitted.

New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Sat Oct 13, 2018 Noon - 4:30p & Sun Oct 14 11:00a - 4:30p

65th Annual Show and Sale – Hundreds of judged entries on display. Potted mums and arrangements on sale to benefit Rutgers Scholarship Fund.

Home Garden Club of Morristown

Wed Oct 17, 2018

11:30a Regular Monthly Meeting, followed by,

12:00p Program and Workshop – “The Art of Pressed Flowers,” with Doris Cunniff, Doris will conduct an optional workshop for our members following her presentation. The presentation at 12:00 pm is free but participation in workshop requires advance registration (call Pam 973-713-6352) and payment of $10 materials fee.

North East Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

Sat Oct 20, 2018

10:30a - Educational Program followed by Orchid Judging at noon. Anyone may bring an orchid to be judged or listen in on the educational programs and/or judging.

North American Rock Garden Society - Watnong Chapter

Sun Oct 21, 2018

10:00a - Speaker John Lonsdale of Edgewood Gardens presents ‘Fall Bulbs – Untapped Treasures’.

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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