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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 26, 2022

Community Garden Conference

Don't forget to register for the 12th Annual Community Garden Conference on Saturday, March 12.

This year the Community Garden Conference features two great speakers: Niki Jabbour, an award-winning author, is the Opening Keynote Speaker; she will be speaking about her newest book: Growing Under Cover. Ellen Ecker Ogden is the Closing Keynote Speaker and she will be speaking about her newest book: The New Heirloom Garden. Click here for full details and registration on our website.




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.



AN EVENING WITH JAN JOHNSEN AND HER NEW BOOK, FLORATOPIA

Thursday, March 24 - 7:00 PM

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Join Distinguished Speaker and Landscape Designer Jan Johnsen, as she shares her experience and contagious passion for flowers in her illustrated talk based on her new book Floratopia - 110 Flower Garden Ideas for Your Yard, Patio or Balcony. Jan offers illustrated tips and flower design suggestions. She underscores flowers' role as pollinator magnets and encourages combining grasses and flowers and using deer resistant selections. She stresses both perennials and annuals and gives recommended cultivars. Jan's aim is to ensure flower success for gardeners of all skill levels.

Jan is a principal of the award-winning Johnsen Landscapes & Pools firm based in Westchester County, New York and an admired garden designer and author. She taught at Columbia University for many years and still teaches at the New York Botanical Garden.

Please click on the book cover for more information and to register.



MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION PROGRAM


Lunch and Learn: Birds in Winter


Thursday, January 26 - 12:00 Noon-12:45 PM


Click on the flyer for more information and to register,




YELLOW IN THE WINTER GARDENS AT THE FRELINGHUYSEN ARBORETUM

You might be surprised to see yellow in the winter garden, but several so-called evergreen plants also sport some yellow foliage; i.e., the green and yellow-spotted Aucuba japonica cv. Variegata (Japanese Aucuba), a rosette of yellow Ilex leaves (Holly species) and the yellow needles of Cephalotaxus harringtonia cv. Korean Gold (Japanese Plum Yew). Incidentally, Cephalotaxus is a good, deer-resistant substitute for Taxus baccata (English Yew).



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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