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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.

March 3, 2021

Good Morning! Just a few more days to register for the 11th Annual Community Garden Conference; also, our Online Plant Sale is live, so read on for information on how/when/where.

DEER RESISTANT PLANTS: HOW TO BAMBOOZLE BAMBI AND ENJOY YOUR GARDEN AGAIN

Thursday, March 4 - 7:00 PM

Join us for the second of our free Zoom talks previewing plants we'll have for sale online this year. Click here to register. The Zoom link will be sent to you the morning of the program.

We're open online now for plant orders, so click here (or on the Plant Sale Banner, above) to check out the plants available, place your order and find out when and where you can pick your order up. Happy Shopping!

Help support our annual fundraiser by forwarding this blast to family, friends and other contacts, the more the merrier. The Friends appreciate your help!


11th ANNUAL COMMUNITY GARDEN CONFERENCE

This Saturday, March 6 - 9:00 AM

VIRTUAL ZOOM MEETING

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The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County are teaming up to present their Annual Community Garden Conference for the eleventh year in a row. It's going to be virtual this year, but we have an impressive list of session speakers, all experts in their field who will cover topics relevant to community gardeners, garden managers, and those trying to establish a new community garden.

Some of the sessions will be recorded prior to the conference so you will be able to watch at your leisure and some will be live with a Q&A in real time on March 6.

The topics for the 2021 conference include:

  • Keynote Speaker Ken Greene, founder of Hudson Valley Seed Company.
  • Ask the Experts with County Agent and Rutgers Vegetable Expert Peter Nitzsche and Kris Holmstrom, Rutgers Vegetable IPM Expert on Understanding Disease Management in a Community Garden.
  • Food Safety in Community Gardens by County Agent Meredith Melendez.
  • Seed Starting by Rutgers Master Gardener Grace Tshanakas.
  • The Pest Patrol: Discovering Pests and Diseases in Community Gardens by Rutgers Master Gardener Community Garden IPM Team.
  • The Coordinator's Round Table moderated by Ned Gardner, Co-manager of the Ted Largman Community Garden.
  • Vegetable Garden Planning for Community Gardens by Rutgers Master Gardener Brian Monaghan.

This program is eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs.

Please click on the graphic for more information and to register online.



COOKING DEMONSTRATION: RISI E BISI (Rice and Peas)

Anytime in March

A RECORDED PROGRAM

Chef Cynthia Triolo will make Risi e Bisi (Rice and Peas) a traditional Italian dish similar to risotto. It is best made in early spring when fresh peas and their tendrils are available.

Register now and receive the access link when the recording is available.

Please click on the rice & peas to register for this program online.



RUTGERS' PERSONAL BIOBLITZ 2021

March 1 - May 15, 2021

Here's a great program to help you get involved in what's going on in your own backyard!

Click on the flyer for more information and links, or click here to go to the Rutgers Personal Bioblitz 2021 project website.



MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION PROGRAMS

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, AMFT Guide

Sunday, March 21, 9:30 AM to Noon at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Saturday, March 20, 9:30 AM to Noon at the Willowwood Arboretum

Click on the flyer for more information and to register.




THE WITCH HAZELS ARE BLOOMING AT THE FRELINGHUYSEN ARBORETUM!

It's wonderful to see flowers blooming outside at this time of the year. Enjoy the following photos of Hamamelis vernalis 'Red Imp', Hamamelis x intermedia cv. Sunburst and Hamamelis x intermedia cv. Diane. Spring is just around the corner!


Thanks, Margery Ennist, for these fine Spring harbingers at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Click an image to see them all in our website's picture gallery.



FRIENDS YOUTUBE CHANNEL

We are happy to announce that the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum now have a YouTube channel.

Please visit by clicking the image (or go to: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCCwLu6l-05_VnSNQlkvi3Aw)





YOU CAN STILL REGISTER FOR PREVIOUS ZOOM PRESENTATIONS

We are pleased to make several of our previously recorded events available in case you missed one or another of them.

Go to our new Pre-recorded Events page for more information and to register and pay online.



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. Questions or need more information? Email Lisa Bencivengo: lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net or leave a message at (973) 937-8803.


That's it for this time. Hope you enjoyed this edition of the newsletter. Tell your friends about this handy way to keep up with activities at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (click here for complete directions for subscribing.


IMPORTANT INFORMATION

Friends Staff will be out of the office until Fall 2021, however we will continue working remotely. Please note our new Post Office Box number and staff emails.

MAIL:
Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Post Office Box 2267
Morristown, NJ 07962

EMAIL:
Lisa Bencivengo: lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net
Margery Ennist: mennist@arboretumfriends.net



SCHEDULE ANNOUNCEMENTS

PANDEMIC SCHEDULE

Morris County Park Commission has reopened the Frelinghuysen, Willowwood and Bamboo Brook Arboreta 7 days a week, from 8am to dusk.

  • Parking is limited. Buildings remain closed. Portajohns are available.
  • Please protect yourselves and fellow visitors by social distancing and by wearing masks.
  • HUNTING IN THE PARKS - Be aware that deer hunting is permitted in many of the MCPC facilities, including the arboreta, during the fall and winter. The schedule and type (bow or firearm) is listed on the MCPC website here.

We will keep you posted as further updates become available.



Visit our website: https://www.arboretumfriends.org.
Email your comments or suggestions to webmaster@arboretumfriends.org.

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The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a facility of the Morris County Park Commission

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