This Saturday, June 25, from 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM, in the big tent at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, the Friends are holding a FREE Pollinator Day Event. We'll be hosting Jane Hurwitz from the North American Butterfly Association, as well as Lorette Cheswick, horticulturist and beekeeper, Jim Walker owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Denville and Gail DiDomenico, a popular local speaker and plant expert.
In her podcast last week, Margaret Roach again mentioned Jane Hurwitz's book on butterflies and her interview with Jane. Read the interview here: https://awaytogarden.com/butterfly-gardening-with-jane-hurwitz/ - then come to the Arboretum on Saturday and meet Jane in person!
There will be games and crafts, all free, geared towards children and learning about a diverse group of creatures fundamental to us all.
Sat June 25 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
We're celebrating Pollinator Week with a family-friendly mix of activities and exhibits focused on those all-important insects and birds who pollinate the flowers - without them there wouldn't be any seeds or food!
There will be experts on hand to talk about butterflies, honey bees and their hives, birds, and other insect pollinators. Guides will lead walks to identify insects at work in the garden and explain the clever ways that flowers attract them.
They'll be joined by horticulturists who can tell you what plants will bring pollinators into your own garden from early spring through the fall.
Activities will be under the big tent at the top of the parking lot at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.
Thursday, July 14 - 7:00 PM
VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM
A garden water feature can be anything from a birdbath to a large Versailles-type installation with sculptures and fountains. Whatever the size or type you choose, it will dramatically alter your landscape, broaden the palette of plants you can cultivate and enhance your garden for wildlife. Dr. Grimwade will consider the ideal site for a pond, styles of construction, equipment, plants and maintenance. Regardless of the style and size of your garden, there is a water feature for you!
Alexander (Sandy) Grimwade has been an avid, life-long gardener in Britain, the Netherlands and the United States, and currently serves as webmaster for the Delaware Valley Water Garden Society (DVWGS). He has constructed his own backyard pond and advised DVWGS members and many others on construction and management of their water features. Sandy is a Penn State Master Gardener and a volunteer guide and plant advisor at Pennsylvania Horticultural Society events.
This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.
RUTGERS MASTER GARDENER PROGRAMS
The Friends are sponsoring the following free Rutgers Master Gardener programs:
MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION PROGRAM
Floral Arranging with Garden Flowers
Tuesday, July 12 - 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
For more information and to register, click on the flyer.
TODAY AT THE FRELINGHUYSEN ARBORETUM
Cloudy and muggy with rain in the forecast. Nevertheless, lots in bloom in the gardens. A sea of Callirhoe involucrata (Purple Poppy Mallow) gently swaying in the breeze, a tall Verbascum thapsus (Common Mullein) blooming against a Blue Spruce in the background, the complex, scented flowers of Asclepias syriaca (Common Milkweed), the fluffy white flowers of Sambucus canadensis cv. Maxima (American Elderberry) and the tall, feathery, pale yellow flowers of Thalictrum flavum subspec. glaucum (Meadow Rue).
Click an image to see them all in our website's picture gallery. Picture credits: Margery Ennist.
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