Is It Spring Yet?
Despite the sun it's still cold this morning, but the weatherman promises warmer weather for next week. Believe it or not, the Vernal Equinox is less than 6 weeks away!
While awaiting the thaw, perhaps you would like some news from the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. You can begin now your planning for garden activities in nicer weather. Remember, you can now register and pay for events and membership on line -- just click on the "Add to Cart" buttons on our Events page and Membership page.
Speaking of things to do in the garden, here is something to do in our garden. We have just updated the GardenWorks section of our Volunteer page. GardenWorks volunteers meet weekly to work on a range of garden projects. Read about it at the link above and email or call Kate Gutierrez (973-326-7629, email@example.com), Horticulture Volunteer Program Specialist for more information.
Intelligent Use of Water Contest
Offered by Rain Bird (makers of sprinklers and irrigation systems)
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a member of Garden State Gardens and is participating in this contest. Our entry is called "Liquid Assets."
Help us win by voting online at www.rainbird.com. Look in the lower left corner of their page to see a link to "The Intelligent Use of Water" contest. Then search for "Liquid Assets" or "New Jersey." Read about our project and press the vote button.
You can vote once every day. Thanks so very much. We really appreciate your support!
Our Plant Sale Co-chairs, Sue Acheson and Ilona Ontscherenki are busy selecting plants and doing the myriad of planning activities involved with putting a sale of this magnitude together. Follow their progress on our Plant Sale page where you can see regularly updated articles, pictures and -- best of all, our on-line plant list.
Second Sunday Family Series - Mad for Maple Syrup
Join us this Sunday (Feb. 13th) for another of our Second Sunday of the month family programs. This time we focus on maple syrup --how it is made, how to tap a tree, tastings (yum!) and more. Read about it by clicking on the link and sign up now!
Cabin Fever Movie Series
About this time of year, the four walls start closing in and it's "cabin fever" time. If you are looking for a pleasant way to spend a Sunday afternoon, join us for thought-provoking, environmentally-themed movies and some excellent snacks. Perhaps you will be inspired to take a winter walk through the arboretum's grounds before or after the film to shake those couch potato cobwebs away. Movies are shown on the big screen, in the warm and comfortable Haggerty Education Center Auditorium.
Follow the links here to get the full story on each day's films:
Added Sections for Cooking Classes
We have added a new, morning session to Cynthia Triolo's winter cooking classes (Feb. 27th Teabreads and Coffee Cakes). The new section is from 9:30a to 11:30a.
If you are interested, reserve right away -- these classes book quickly.
Save the Dates!
Many other programs are listed in our Events Calendar, but here are a few you may want to check out and add to your calendar:
The Friends are going to Scotland from May 26th to June 5th of 2011 and we still have a few places left. Wouldn't you like to see the beautiful gardens of southern Scotland in late Spring? We need to hear from you soon for you to be included in this great trip.
Full details are on the Scotland section of our website, including maps, pricing and the full itinerary. Just click on the headline or the image at right to go there now.
By the way, if you are planning on traveling alone and would like a roommate. We would be glad to pair you with another adventurous gardener. All our rooms come with two twin beds.
We will be seeing botanical gardens, private gardens, castles, historical houses, beautiful scenery and so much more. Sign up soon and don't get left behind!