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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.

May 4, 2022

THANK YOU! THANK YOU! THANK YOU!

Many thanks to Members and non-members alike who supported the Friends' annual fundraiser by purchasing plants online as well as at our weekend sale in the tent. This was our first live event in over two years and the turnout of shoppers combined with the lovely weather over the weekend made for a very nice event.

Thanks also to Friends' Board Members and staff, and a very special thank you to our many hardworking, energetic and tireless volunteers who helped get things ready for our shoppers. We know you put in some long hours building the shelving, setting up the plants, making sure they were watered, etc., so THANK YOU!!!




UNEARTHING THE SECRET GARDEN with Marta McDowell

Thursday, May 12 - 7:00 PM

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Frances Hodgson Burnett's classic, The Secret Garden, has inspired generations of readers to cultivate their own bits of earth. Join Marta McDowell as she remembers the thrill of reading about Mary Lennox turning the key in the door to the locked garden at Misselthwaite Manor for the first time. This lecture explores Burnett's life, work, and the passion for flowers and gardening that inspired her book before, during, and after publication in 1910. Marta will focus on the three gardens Burnett planted in England, America and Bermuda.

Marta McDowell lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Women's Day, Country Gardening, The New York Times and she is a regular contributor to the British journal, Hortus. Marta teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens. She was the 2019 recipient of the Garden Club of America's Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for outstanding literary achievement.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

Please click on the photo of Marta for more information and to register.



SUSTAINABLE GARDENING: GROW A GREENER, LOW MAINTENANCE LANDSCAPE WITH FEWER RESOURCES with Vincent Simeone

Tuesday, May 24 - 7:00 PM

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

With detailed, strategic timelines for both short-term and long-term gardening techniques, Vincent Simeone's latest book, Sustainable Gardening lets you put your best foot forward in creating an efficient, sustainable home landscape. From composting and mulching to planting trees, Mr. Simeone covers all the eco-friendly essentials in one straightforward handbook and in his talk; he makes the what, how and why of sustainable gardening unmistakably clear. Learn why we should plant for the long-term, how to make the best plant selections possible, how to make the most of your lawn (regardless of its size), the importance of fighting insects and pests, how to conserve water with proper irrigation and more.

Mr. Simeone has worked in the horticultural field for over 30 years; for the past 23 years he has worked in public horticulture at Planting Fields Arboretum State Historic Park in Oyster Bay, New York, where he is the Director.

For more information and to register, click on the photo of Mr. Simeone.


This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

Please click on the photo of Mr. Simeone for more information and to register.


FRIENDS ANNUAL MEETING

Highlights of the Chicago Botanic Garden with Fred Spicer

Sunday, June 12 - 4:00 PM

VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM

Join Fred Spicer for a virtual tour of the Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the world's great public gardens. Opened in 1972, the 385-acre site features nine islands, 28 gardens, and six natural areas. Fred will explain the sound planning basis for the Garden, which features the work of some of the masters of 21st century landscape architecture and garden design. The Garden is a modernist masterpiece, and is known for eye-popping seasonal displays, dramatic views and vistas, and plant collections, now numbering over 14,000 different kinds of plants.

Fred Spicer has been the Executive Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden since February 2017. In his role at the Gardens, Mr. Spicer oversees horticulture, design, facility operations, maintenance and capital planning and projects. Most recently he served 15 years as the Director and then CEO of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Before that, he was Manager of Horticulture for the Morris County Park Commission in New Jersey, where he oversaw The Frelinghuysen and Willowwood Arboretums. Fred is a 1983 graduate of Rutgers University with a B.S. in environmental planning, design and landscape architecture.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

Please click on the photo of Mr. Spicer for more information and to register.


MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION

What's in Bloom Tours:

  • Willowwood Arboretum - Wednesday, May 18 - 10:00 AM
  • Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center - Wednesday, June 15 - 10:00 AM

For more information and to register, click on the flyer.



TODAY AT THE FRELINGHUYSEN ARBORETUM

The Tulip show at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum has been truly spectacular this year, close up as well as from a distance. However, as we all know, all good things must come to an end, so as the show dwindles, please enjoy these lovely photos taken by Heather Emelander.



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: info@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



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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