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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.

January 19, 2022

Community Garden Conference

Don't forget to register for the 12th Annual Community Garden Conference on Saturday, March 12. Full details and registration available on our website at www.arboretumfriends.org.




THE GARDEN TOURIST'S NEW ENGLAND, with Jana Milbocker

Thursday, January 20 - 7:00 PM

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Don't miss out on Jana's armchair presentation covering some of New England's lovely gardens. A list of gardens will be sent to you with the Zoom link to the program.

Do you enjoy beautiful gardens? In this armchair tour of some of the best public gardens and hidden gems of New England, you will learn about each garden's history, horticultural highlights and special events that will inspire you to plan your own visit. (The photo at right shows a garden at Edith Wharton's home, The Mount, in Lenox, MA.)

Jana Milbocker is a garden designer, speaker and author. She combines horticulture, design and travel tips to educate, inspire and delight both new and seasoned gardeners. She is the author of The Garden Tourist, The Garden Tourist's New England and The Garden Tourist's Florida. Jana has lectured at flower shows, horticultural societies, garden clubs and libraries throughout the Northeast. She is the owner of Enchanted Gardens, a landscape design firm in the Boston area.

Please click on the picture for more information and to register.



BENJAMIN BLACKBURN SCHOLARSHIP LECTURE

Native Plants - Designing to Attract Wildlife with Bruce Crawford

Sunday, February 6 - 4:00 PM

Even if you are unable to attend on Sunday, February 6, please consider registering for the program, as all proceeds from this program support the scholarship that is offered to students in the Landscape Technology Program at County College of Morris.

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

There has been a tremendous surge in use and interest in native plants. These plants are great for our many beneficial insects, offering leaves and pollen to eat and stems in which to overwinter. The challenge is how to organize these plants such that they provide an attractive garden for your home. Bruce will share his thoughts, starting from the ground up, on how to combine these plants into cohesive and attractive designs for your garden.

A longtime proponent of unusual and fun plants, Bruce had his own design/build gardening business for nearly 25 years, specializing in plantings for year-round interest. One of those gardens was published in Fine Gardening Magazine. From 2005 to 2020, Bruce was the Director of Rutgers Gardens, the botanical garden at Rutgers University, and from 2020 to 2021, he was the State Program Leader for Home and Public Horticulture with the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Bruce was also an instructor in the Landscape Architecture program at Rutgers University from 1987 to 2020. Currently, he is the Manager of Horticulture for the Morris County Park Commission. He lectures frequently to various groups and has yet to find a plant he doesn't like!

Please click on Bruce's picture for more information and to register.



A SPECIAL POP-UP PROGRAM JUST ADDED TO OUR SCHEDULE:

ROCK GARDEN PLANTS OF CANADA'S WET COAST, with Jay Akerley

Saturday, February 19 - 10:30 AM

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Jay Akerley is a rock gardening enthusiast with gardens in both Greater Vancouver and at Sun Peaks, Canada's second largest ski resort - two very different climates. He is the current President of the Alpine Garden Club of British Columbia. Jay's degree in Geography from Simon Fraser University and training at the Pacific Horticulture College in Victoria nurtured an interest in the world's montane and high steppe plants and landscapes.

The Friends are pleased to collaborate with the Watnong Chapter of NARGS (North American Rock Garden Society), who have graciously allowed us to offer this program to our members. Watnong members will receive the program link from their organization, which is an affiliate member of the Friends.

Friends' members and others can register by clicking on the adjacent photo. Please register by February 16.



HOME GARDEN CLUB OF MORRISTOWN VIRTUAL PROGRAM

Start Where You Are: Garden Design and Established Landscapes, with C. L. Fornari

Wednesday, February 16 - 1:00 PM

Learn how assorted changes can enhance a garden's appearance and functionality. Ms. Fornari has been speaking, writing and consulting on all phases of horticulture for 31 years. She has a call-in radio show called Gardenline and has written eight books, the latest of which is entitled Sand and Soil: Creating Beautiful Gardens on Cape Cod and the Islands.

Contact Pam Venanzi at pdv51@optonline.net to register for the Zoom lecture and receive a link.



AT THE FRELINGHUYSEN ARBORETUM

Brrr, it was cold and windy at the Arboretum today! And yet, there was still some green to be found peeking through the snow which fell last week, i.e. fronds of Dryopteris erythrosora cv. Brilliance (Autumn Fern, note the fertile fronds at the top of the photo) and the tight evergreen rosettes of Euphorbia amygdaloides subspecies robbiae (Wood Spurge). Also, the beautiful, delicate, dry seed pods of Caryopteris x clandonensis 'Blue Mist' (Blue Mist Shrub also known as Bluebeard or Blue Spirea).



Click an image to see them all in our website's picture gallery. Picture credits: 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.
  • 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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