First Freeze Tonight
Tonight we can expect the first freeze. Draping a sheet over your tender plants can help to protect them, but only if you do it by 3 or 4 pm, so that some of the day’s heat is trapped inside. Use stakes to hold the sheet up so that it does not damage the plant material. You can also make a simple u-shaped hoop with sturdy wire or coat hangers and lay the sheet across that.
And speaking of freeze – here is a neat chart about keeping vegetables thru the winter (click on the image at right).
Annual Chrysanthemum Show and Sale
This weekend: It’s the Mum Show – Saturday afternoon and all day Sunday. See these seasonal beauties, bred to perfection – Free and Open to the Public
Fall’s answer to flowers is berries. Luminous and long-lasting or sparkling delights gobbled by avian friends, every garden needs a berried plant. Learn about these Berried Treasures on Saturday morning, October 20.
There will be plants from the famed Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden CT to buy and plant now.
Ireland Trip Preview
Slides and information about the 2013 Friends' Trip to Ireland await you Saturday afternoon, October 20th. Join frequent traveler, Sue Acheson for a fun presentation.
You can read more about the trip below but don't miss this slide show and talk.
Paint It Black
Paint It Black
Saying goodbye is hard, but as you evaluate this past season’s garden – did it have enough drama?
Re-think “basic black” at Paint It Black on October 28 with Superintendent Lesley Parness.
Families – get off the couch! Take a Family Hike: Big Trees, Changing Trees, our October Scavenger Hunt. Sunday Oct. 28th.
A Pressing Matter
With all the fading flowers, aren’t you tempted to press some? Wouldn’t you like to learn how to capture and document your garden’s history with a herbaria? Learn about herbaria from Lauren Spitz from the Chrysler Herbarium at Rutgers University and take home a mounted specimen on November 4 in A Pressing Matter.
Gingerbread Tips & Techniques
If you are planning to enter Gingerbread Wonderland, or just making a Gingerbread House for your family's pleasure, learn from a pro at Gingerbread Tips and Techniques on October 27 with resident Chef Cynthia Triolo.
The Friends Are Going to Ireland in 2013
And you are invited to join in on a wonderful tour of Irish gardens. Join us on Saturday October 20 for the Friends Trip to Ireland Preview where veteran traveler Sue Acheson will describe the tour and all the details, including itinerary, cost, accomodations, etc. The Preview is free, but we ask that you register in advance.
Want a head start? Read about the program on our Ireland2013 page.
If you decide to join in on the fun (and we hope you do), you can reserve a place with a deposit either by check or credit card at the Preview Program, or mail your check or use PayPal on our website. Read about it on the Ireland2013 pages.
What's in Bloom At the Arboretum
Coming for a walk? Check out what’s in bloom right here with our on-line What's in Bloom list, maintained by volunteer Phil Dahlen.
Remember that 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. Alternatively, you may register by calling 973-326-7603.
Our Retail Partners list continues to grow! Look under "Membership" and then "Discount Offers" on our website (or just click on the headline above).
Remember to bring your membership card when shopping.