New Virtual Gardener Column

The latest entry in the continuing "Virtual Gardener" series has been posted. Check it (and earlier articles) out at


Special Offer From Walkers

We are pleased to extend an exclusive offer from Walkers to members of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum!

Walkers is the authentic pure butter Scottish Shortbread, baked in the Highlands with only the finest ingredients. Walkers is happy to include a FREE carton of Festive Shapes with ANY order made at Enter code “shortbread” at Checkout . The offer expires 1/31/10.


New Years Party

Please call us at 973-326-7603 to reserve your seat at our New Year’s Party on Sunday, January 10 at 1pm.


Enjoy Professor Wm. Dunscombe’s talk on “The Horticulture of the Pinelands,” refreshments and companionship.


If you want to bring a friend, please remember: They must be “FRIENDS,” – memberships may be purchased at the program.


Tai Chi Classes

Gardeners: Keep yourself limber this winter with Tai Chi! There is a free demonstration on Monday, January 11 from 9:30-10:30. Please call to reserve your place and plan to wear comfortable clothing and flat shoes.


New Winter Hours

We wish to inform you of the new winter hours for general public access:

From December 19, 2009 – April 2, 2010 The Haggerty Education Center is open Monday-Friday from 9am-4:30pm and closed on weekends and holidays except to registrants of scheduled programs.

Gingerbread Wonderland a Huge Success

Gingerbread Wonderland - December 12, 2009

This year's Gingerbread Wonderland closed this afternoon with lots of happy participants. The creations were beautiful, the volunteers were terrific and the staff outdid themselves at making this year's the best ever. Thanks to all for their efforts. The crowds were evidence of the success.

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.



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