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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.

April 7, 2021

Good morning! Three weeks of shopping left on our virtual Plant Sale, plus two great programs: Suburban Ecology and Backyard Birding. Read on for details and to register.


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The Plant Sale is ongoing now until Tuesday, April 27

Thank you to all who have supported the Friends by shopping at our virtual Plant Sale. We still have a great selection of plants available, so you can continue to indulge in plant fever right up until pick-up days.

An online link will be sent in the next week or so to all who have ordered so they can schedule pickup of their plant orders on either April 30 or May 1.

We're open online for plant orders, so click on the banner above or on this link to check out the plants available and place your order. Happy Shopping!

Please feel free to support our annual fundraiser by forwarding this blast to family, friends and other contacts, the more the merrier. We appreciate your help!


SUBURBAN ECOLOGY: EASY GARDENING PRACTICES FOR A HEALTHY PLANET

Thursday, April 15 - 7:00 PM

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Carolle Huber, local Landscape Architect, will discuss some easy practices that can help you make your landscape more eco-friendly. Not only the how, but the why. From choosing plants in the spring to your fall cleanup. Plants, lawn, birds and insects and more. Sustainable design is simply good design guided by solid environmental goals. We can all have landscapes that inspire awe, while still doing right by the environment.

Carolle calls this Suburban Ecology.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Master Gardener CEU.

Click on the Goldfinch for more information and to register.



THE JOY OF BACKYARD BIRD FEEDING AND WATCHING

Thursday, April 22 - 7:00 PM

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Jim Walker, owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Denville, New Jersey, will provide our audience with the necessary information to make the hobby of bird feeding more enjoyable.

Topics will include the best food to offer to attract the widest variety of birds, the different types of feeders available, why water and nesting boxes are so important, as well as ways to thwart those pesky squirrels.

Jim will also pay special attention to nesting, migrating birds and hummingbirds.

Click on the logo for more information and to register.



MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Lunch and Learn: Secrets of our Treasured Gardens
Thursday, April 8 - 12:00 to 12:45 PM

Join MCPC collection staff as we explore some of the treasured places, inspiring people, stories and plants that have been preserved within MCPC's historic gardens. Learn more about the garden design and preservation efforts at Willowwood Arboretum, The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Bamboo Brook and Fosterfields Living Historical Farm.

To register go to: tinyurl.com/MCPCadults - Cost: $10.00

Click on the Fosterfield image for more information and to register.




THE PARADE OF SPRING BLOOMS CONTINUES AT THE FRELINGHUYSEN ARBORETUM

This week I am sharing a photo of a Praying Mantis egg case (ootheca), these beneficial insects can be very useful in your garden. I'm also sharing photos of Pasque Flowers, Spirea thunbergii 'Ogon', Chionodoxa (Glory of the Snow) and a flower bud on the Magnolia x Butterflies tree.





Click an image to see them all in our website's picture gallery. All pictures courtesy of Margery Ennist.



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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