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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 December 12, 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.




Visitors Galore Enjoyed Delightful Displays

Our Gingerbread Elves are busy counting the thousands of votes. We hope to announce all the winners in the next day or two on our website, so keep checking!



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.


The Botany and History of Holiday Desserts Lecture by Dorothy Smullen

fig pudding

Sunday, January 13 (Snow Date - Sunday, January 20)

Do you know what is in your fruit cake, mince pie and plum pudding? You’ll enjoy learning the history and understanding the botany of these traditional holiday desserts. Recipes will most definitely be included with Dorothy’s talk. Dorothy has been a nature and garden club speaker for 35 years. She is a retired high school science teacher, a teacher/naturalist at NJ Audubon, past president of NJ Mycological Association and a former board member of the Friends of Great Swamp National Refuge. Following Dorothy’s talk, please join us for refreshments.

If you are not a Member of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, we encourage you to become one at, select a membership level, then go ahead and register for the Members Only New Year’s Party – it promises to be an enjoyable and informative program!

Click on the Plum Pudding graphic for details.


Saturday, February 2 (Snow Date: Sunday, February 3)


Since 1979, the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum have supported horticultural education through a scholarship named for Dr. Benjamin Blackburn. This year’s Blackburn Lecture speaker is Joan Maloof. Joan’s lecture, Speaking for the Trees: The Importance of Old-Growth Forests, is not only timely but fascinating and incredibly important. Joan is Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University and founded the Old-Growth Forest Network to preserve, protect and promote the country’s few remaining stands of old-growth forest. She spends her time lecturing, writing, visiting forests, assisting private landowners and supporting local groups trying to protect community forests from development.

Dr. Blackburn was a professor of Botany at Drew University. He published many articles and wrote a number of books on gardening as well as being the host of a very popular radio gardening program. He generously shared his vast knowledge and deep love for horticulture with many staff members in the Horticulture Division and with his countless fans, members of the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and area garden clubs.

Admission fees support the scholarship that is offered to students in the Landscape and Horticultural Technology Program at County College of Morris. This scholarship allows interested students the opportunity to explore the different horticultural, environmental and design studies offered through the accredited CCM program. The increased knowledge the students acquire in the classroom and through hands-on programs at CCM will benefit them as they enter their chosen field in horticulture and landscape design.

A book signing and light refreshments follow the talk.

This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Click our flyer for details and registration.


The Friends Are Traveling to Wales in 2019

There is nothing quite like the scenic beauty of Wales. A country known for its majestic mountains, lakes, forests and stunning coastlines, it is also home to some of the finest gardens within the British Isles.

Join the Friends in late May - early June 2019 as we travel from the mountains of Snowdonia to the seaside coast and beyond, visiting an outstanding mix of public and private gardens both large and small. The gardens chosen for our itinerary represent an extensive array of historical garden designs and include features such as herbaceous borders, parterres, terraces, cascades, champion trees, laburnum arches and much more.

If you are interested in this exciting trip, please click the flyer image at right to go to our web page where all the details are posted.

Note: you must be a Friends member to participate in this event. To become a member click here to visit our membership page and select a membership level.

Free Affiliate Member Programs:

North East Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

Sat Dec 15, 2018

9:30 am. Preview; bidding 10:30 am - Auction Party – More than 100 orchids will be auctioned to benefit the non-profit Northeast Judging Center. Many of the plants are donations from the judges’ personal collections. A list of available plants, some with photos, will be posted on

A complimentary light buffet lunch is provided to all attendees. Following the auction and lunch, observe the regular North East Center orchid judging for an educational and entertaining afternoon.

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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