2022 FRIENDS PLANT SALE
We're having an in-person plant sale at the Arboretum this year - April 30 & May 1 - so please put those dates on your calendar and follow updates in future eblasts and at our weekly free Zoom programs starting in April.
Because our online sale was so successful last year AND because we again have special access to plants from one of our favorite growers AND because we sold out on so many of the plants we offered last year, we've decided to again have an online sale of several dozen plants that you can order now and pick up during the weekend of the plant sale. So, get first dibs on a great selection of high quality plants by ordering online between now and April 28. Then, come to the sale to pick up your order and to shop from a wider selection of plants to add to your order. We can't guarantee that all the plants on our online list will be at the sale, or that we won't sell out before the sale, so if you see something you want, order it now. Need more of what you ordered last year and loved, perhaps another Ilex verticillata, because the fruiting was beautiful last fall? Another Fig or Blueberry? Or that Blue Gentian that would be just perfect in your shade garden?
Take a look at our whole list here
Happy Spring from the Plant Sale Team!
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.
Thursday, April 7 - 7:00 PM
VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM
Dr. Jon Greenberg, an agronomist and Biblical and Talmudic ethnobotanist, is familiar to many of us from his annual Biblical Botany walking tours at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. In April, as Passover approaches, he will share insights from his research and from Fruits of Freedom, the Torah Flora Hagadah, his botanical guide to the Passover celebration published in 2021.
Dr. Greenberg will explain how every detail of the ritual Passover meal, or seder, carries deep theological meaning, from the choices of vegetables and recipes for the ritual foods to the use of red or green grapes to make the wine for the meal - he will also talk about table settings.
Thursday, April 21 - 7:00 PM
VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM
Recently retired as Executive Director of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Michele Byers will review the status of New Jersey's land preservation program and share some of the planning tools used to identify important conservation lands; she will also discuss current threats to New Jersey's lands and environment as well as offer some solutions and proposed actions.
Ms Byers has a BA in Biology from Western State College, Gunnison, Colorado. She is the 2022 recipient of the Garden Club of America's Francs K. Hutchinson Medal, awarded for distinguished service to conservation, in recognition of her decades of work to conserve natural lands.
MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION PROGRAMS AND NOTICE
Pruning Workshops with Bruce Crawford
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Saturday, March 26 - 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
Saturday, March 19 - 10:00 AM-12:00 Noon
Click on the flyer for more information and how to register.
Job Opportunities at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Morris County Park Commission is looking to fill several job opportunities.
Click on the flyer for more information and where to apply.
The weather continues to warm up and the Robins (Turdus migratorius) are back in droves, happily feeding on the leftover dried berries on the Korean Mountain Ash by the front entrance of the Haggerty Education Center. The Tulips planted last fall are beginning to break ground, the Hyacinthus orientalis cv. Delft Blue bulbs (common Hyacinth) are budding, Edgeworthia chrysantha (Paper Bush) is blooming and I found a lovely patch of Delosperma basuticum (Ice Plant) in a bed by the parking lot. Officially, at least, Spring is less than a week away!
Click an image to see them all in our website's picture gallery. Picture credits: Margery Ennist.
We are pleased to make several of our previously recorded events available in case you missed one or another of them.
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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: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at (973) 937-8803.