Notes from the Board

The Board of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum has proposed two changes to the by-laws. These changes require approval of the membership and will be voted on at the New Year’s Party on January 10, 2010.

Change in term limits for officers

Article IV, Paragraph 4 presently reads:


Fall Activities in Full Swing

The next few weeks are jam-packed with programs and events at the Arboretum. Here are a few items of note, but be sure to check out the full list on our Events Page:


Hats Off to Miss Matilda

Every year the Friends sponsors a mother-daughter tea like the ones Miss Matilda Frelinghuysen may have attended as a child. This year's is early in 2010 and is entitled, "Hats off to Miss Matilda." We will post lots more information on the website as the time gets nearer.

Our Marge Hulstrunck, who many of you know from the exciting flower arranging programs at the Arboretum, is in charge of the centerpieces for the tables. She has written, asking for your help:


What's in Bloom Updates

Our long-time volunteer, Phil Dahlen, sent in his last What's in Bloom update of the year. Thanks, Phil, for these regular snapshots of the Arboretum's flowering activity.


The next few weeks should be especially beautiful at the Frelinghuysen as nature buttons up its blossoms and cloaks itself with the red and yellow hues of fall. We look forward to seeing you here.


Fall Colors Building

Early Fall ColorsNature is preparing for its spectacular fall display. Late blossoms, ripening grasses and building reds in the leaves are all in evidence at the Arboretum. Enjoy the beautiful weather while it lasts and come see the daily changes as the plants prepare for their winter's sleep. Click on the image for more pictures.


What's in Bloom Update

Phil Dahlen, our What's in Bloom volunteer writes, "One of my favorite gardens, The Cottage Perennial Garden, is still beautiful with so many dramatic, colorful plants in bloom even now at the end of summer." Along with that, he sent the latest update of the What's in Bloom list. Use it as a guide to the floral splendor this week at the Arboretum.


Sundowner Tour

Sundowner Tour - Sept. 18, 2009I was fortunate enough to have signed up for a Sundowner Tour at the Arboretum last Friday evening. These tours are staged periodically in that magically lighted time around sundown and are led by one or another of the Arboretum's Plantsmen, this time Scott Scarafile.


New Website

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is proud to present its new website. Powered by the drupal content management system, this site will make our job of presenting up-to-date information about events and activities at the Arboretum easier than ever to publish. Hopefully, you will also find it useful and pleasant to look at.


While we have spent a lot of time trying to make this roll-out flawless, there are bound to be some glitches, so let me know if you encounter one and I will get it fixed as soon as possible.


Garden Club of America Fall Rose Sale

The Garden Club of America  is having a fabulous fall rose sale. The varieties were chosen by rosarian Steven Scanniello and are available in limited quantities.

See these flyers (Catalog and Order Form) to learn more about this extraordinary opportunity for purchasing a rose with a history and a scent!


The Summer That Wasn't

Here we are in early September already after a very un-summerlike summer! The plants are happy, though, having had lots of rainy days, so use the Labor Day weekend for a walk around the gardens at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Volunteer Phil Dahlen has once again updated the In Bloom list so you can plan your visit around the showiest areas.