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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 24, 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.



Saturday, November 10

Fall is when trees come into their glory. Join us for a multi-faceted look at these critically important members of our ecosystem.

To lead off, Professor Tom Ombrello reveals the role of trees in history, as he tells us about the Historic Tree grove on the campus at Union County College. Willowwood’s Superintendent of Horticulture, John Beirne, will convince you that Magnolias should be your favorite tree. After lunch, Dr. Neil Hendrickson will offer timely information on the pests and diseases threatening our landscapes, giving us information to deal with these challenges to become effective stewards of the land. Last, but not least, author William Bryant Logan’s lecture The Thousand Year Wood: Our Enduring Reliance on Trees is about the long and intimate relationship between people and trees.

Bring a brown bag lunch, we’ll provide the drinks.

This program is eligible for 4.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Click the flyer for details and on-line registration.



Thursday, December 13

Explore through pictures one of the Earth’s unique habitats: an urban wilderness, with Riverkeeper Captain Hugh Carola.

The Hackensack River watershed covers a 197-square mile area in northeastern New Jersey and southern New York. It is a place where humans and wildlife have learned to co-exist and flourish. The uppermost portion of the watershed is less developed than the highly urbanized lower portion, which comprises the Hackensack Meadowlands.

Don’t miss this rescheduled program on its new date, Thursday, December 13.

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

Click the flyer for details and on-line registration.



Friday, November 30 through Sunday, December 9

This December marks the 27th Anniversary of Gingerbread Wonderland. Guests, young and old, marvel at the creativity, skill and sense of optimism that characterizes this charming and ecumenical exhibit of hundreds of edible structures.

Vote for your personal favorite in The People’s Choice Award; an award will be given to the first place winners in each of six categories.

Click the flyer for all the details about this annual favorite.


Thursday, November 29 – 3:30 to 7:30 PM

If you are a Member of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, don’t forget to register for the Members Night at Gingerbread Wonderland on Thursday, November 29, and get a preview of the show free of charge.

After viewing the exhibit, come to the lower level for complimentary refreshments.

Click here to register on line.

If you are not a Member, we encourage you to become one by going to our Membership page on our website and joining on line. Then go ahead and register for the Members Night event.



The Friends Are Traveling to Wales in 2019

Wales is home to some of the finest gardens in the British Isles and they will be at their best in late May through early June when we will travel there.

Click the flyer at right for more information about this great upcoming trip.



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:

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Thu Nov 1, 2018

7:30p - General meeting

New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Fri Nov 2, 2018

1:00p - 3:00p - Regular Meeting – Program is the “Members Show”. Entries not mature enough for Annual Show in October are entered and will be judged in a member-to-member competition. Mum Topic will be “How to select mums for next year” with success and failure stories.

Tri-State African Violet Council

Sat Nov 3, 2018

1:30 pm - 4:30 pm & Sun Nov 4 10:30 am – 2:00 pm - 56th Annual Show and Sale – The theme of this year’s show is “African Violets on Safari.” African violets and other gesneriads will be on sale at the show. African violets and gesneriads will be displayed in both horticulture and design classes. Tri-State members will be available to answer questions.

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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