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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 31, 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.


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.


Growing Degree Days

Friday, November 9 – 10:30 AM to 12:00 Noon

Amy Ricco, Associate Professor of Horticulture at Mercer County Community College, will be giving her lecture on Growing Degree Days. By knowing what Growing Degree Days are and how to count them you can better predict when to apply pre-emergent in the spring (much more accurate that “when the forsythia blooms”!), when to plant certain plants, and when to expect insect problems to emerge.

There is no cost for this CEU opportunity as it is sponsored by the Rutgers Cooperative Extension Office and the Events Committee.

To register, please email Cynthia Triolo at




Enter your edible structure in one of six categories: Adult, Family, Children, School, Scout and Special Needs.

Entry Forms (and all other things Gingerbread) are on our website now. Click here for the details and entry forms.

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.


Fall in all its glory has finally arrived at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, lots of color via foliage, berries and flowers. HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!!

  • Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite’
  • Japanese Maple and Ornamental Grasses
  • Anemone

Click the images to see them in our site's photo gallery. Thanks to Margery Ennist for the beautiful images.

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.

New Jersey Mycological Association

Sun Nov 11, 2018

Noon - 4:00 pm Monthly Meeting Sunday,

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Tue Nov 13, 2018

7:00p - 9:30p - Bonsai Education Lectures

North American Butterfly Association

Tue Nov 13, 2018

7:30p - Monthly Meeting.

Home Garden Club of Morristown

Wed Nov 14, 2018

Regular Monthly Meeting 11:30 am, followed at 1 pm by “Big Surprises from Small Trees,” Brian Olelsak, the chairperson of the Landscape and Horticultural Technology Department at the County College of Morris, will present a program focused on the selection and use of small-statured trees.

African Violet Club of Morris County

Wed Nov 14, 2018

7:30p - AVSA Convention Designs – slide show of the designs at the 2017 AVSA convention in Orlando, Florida

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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