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Wed Jan 1, 2020

Every Day 9:00a - 3:30p through Mar 31st

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt.

Monthly Themes:

  • January: Baby, It’s Cold Outside
  • February: You’d Better Believe It, and
  • March: Everywhere Signs

Cost: $10 per family at front desk.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Feb 1, 2020

All. day

In Our Gallery - February

Photographs by Rob Cardillo

Come experience the idyllic vignettes created by photog- rapher Rob Cardillo. Rob has been the sole photographer for more than 25 books including The Art of Gardening by R.W. Thomas. His work has also been published in Country Gardens, Garden Design, Gardens Illustrated and The New York Times. This is a must see exhibit!

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Wed Feb 26, 2020

10:00a - 11:00a OR 1:00p - 2:00p

Garden Sprouts

Ages: 2 – 5 with an adult

Times: 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

Programs:

  • Shh! We’re Sleeping! – Wednesday, January 8
  • Snowy Day – Wednesday, January 15
  • Bare Branches, Green Needles – Wednesday, January 22
  • I See Ice – Wednesday, January 29
  • Scarves, Hats and Mittens – Wednesday, February 5
  • Love Grows – Wednesday, February 12
  • We Heart Birds – Wednesday, February 19
  • Sweet as (Maple) Sugar – Wednesday, February 26
  • P is for Plant – Wednesday, March 4
  • Super Seed – Wednesday, March 11
  • Spring is Coming – Wednesday, March 18
  • Out Like a Lamb – Wednesday, March 25

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm. Check the Park Commission’s website at morrisparks.net for program descriptions and more information.

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Mar 1, 2020

10:00a - 3:00p

Symposium: Martha Brookes Hutcheson

Celebration of Women in Landscape Architecture, Starring Local Legend Martha Brookes Hutcheson

Martha Brookes Hutcheson was the second female landscape architect in the United States and her property, Merchiston Farm, now called Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center, is part of the Morris County Park system. Click the image at right to see her plan enlarged. Her gardens have been restored and her design aesthetic is in evidence there, as it is in many gardens throughout the Northeast. She was a woman who bucked convention and was ahead of her time in so many ways. Her book, Spirit of the Garden, was re-issued by the American Society of Landscape Architects in 2001 and is still as relevant today as it was when it was first published in 1923 to rave reviews.

Join Professors Laura Lawson, Connie Webster, Anette Freytag, Kathleen John-Alder and Jean Marie Hartman of the Landscape Architecture Department at Rutgers University for a symposium about women in Landscape Architecture, past and present. Bring a bag lunch. Drinks provided.

This program is eligible for 4.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs.

Cost: $45 members / $55 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sun Mar 1, 2020

All. day

In Our Gallery - March

High School Photography Contestants

High school students compete in the Frelinghuysen Arboretum High School Photo Contest. They capture and share moments in nature through the lens of their cameras.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Mar 3, 2020

10:30a - 8:30p

Bus Trip with the Friends: 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show

Join the Friends on this always popular and highly anticipated annual trip.

Inspired by the world’s exotic Mediterranean gardens, the 2020 Philadelphia Flower Show invites you to fall in love with gardening all over again. Chat with garden experts and watch how-to gardening demonstrations in the Gardener’s Studio. See top floral designers in fun-filled competitions in the Designer’s Studio and shop acres of vendor booths brimming with merchandise in the Marketplace.

Explore the hundreds of award-winning plants in the PHS Hamilton Horticourt and enjoy lunch and/or dinner on your own at the show or the Reading Terminal Market.

Cost: $80 Members / $90 Non-members. PLEASE NOTE THAT THE PRICE INCLUDES THE BUS AS WELL AS SHOW ADMISSION.

Bus leaves from the arboretum parking lot.

No refunds after February 15.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Tue Mar 3, 2020

7:30p

North American Butterfly Association

Topic: “Moths, Monkeys, Morphos and More of Panama” – Wade Wander

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Mar 5, 2020

4:00p - 5:00p

Arboretum Artists

Ages: 8 – 12

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Winter Watercolor – Thursday, February 6

Printmaking – Thursday, March 5

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm. Check the Park Commission’s website at morrisparks.net for program descriptions and more information.

Cost: $10 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Mar 5, 2020

7:30p

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Propagation Workshop RSVP required, reply to Karyn Cichocki, kdc05@ptd.net

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Fri Mar 6, 2020

1:00p - 3:00p

New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Program: An illustrated talk on Gardens of the Pacific Northwest, home to many spectacular and very interesting gardens.

Mum Topic: Evaluating wintered-over mums and preparations for the 2020 growing season.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Mar 7, 2020

8:30a - 4:00p
Snow Date: Sun Mar 8

Tenth Annual Community Garden Conference

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County are teaming up to present their Annual Community Garden Conference for the tenth year in a row. We can hardly believe that it’s been 10 years since the first conference was held and this year we are bringing back our very first keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Lawson!

The impressive list of session speakers, all experts in their field, will cover topics relevant to community gardeners, garden managers, and those trying to establish a new community garden. The topics for the 2020 conference include: Weed ID and Management with County Agent and Rutgers Vegetable Expert Peter Nitzsche, Straw Bale Gardening with a team of Rutgers Master Gardeners who experimented with this type of growing throughout the 2019 season, Early Season Vegetable Gardening with Virginia Lamb, Finding and Securing Funding Sources with Samantha Rothman, Culinary Herbs with Lindsay Napolitano and back by popular demand, Farmer Shaun Ananko on Succession Planting. Read all about the speakers and programs in the by clicking the image at right.

Join us for a full day of education, exhibitors, networking, and camaraderie. Lunch is provided.

This program is eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Please bring a donation for the Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County.

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Cost: Cost: $50 pp before February 1, $60 pp February 1 and after

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Mar 10, 2020

6:30p - 9:30p

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

To receive a free newsletter for updates and events, please email club president John Michalski at huonia@aol.com.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Mar 12, 2020

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Children’s Centerpiece Workshops

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Cost: $20 per person unless otherwise noted, all materials are supplied.

Programs:

  • Winter Light – Ages 6 – 10, Thursday, January 16, Cost: $10
  • Feather the Nest – Ages 7 – 12, Thursday, January 23
  • Hearts and Flowers – Ages 6 – 12, Thursday, February 13
  • Tip of the Hat – Ages 6 – 12, Thursday, March 12

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm. Check the Park Commission’s website at morrisparks.net for program descriptions and more information.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Mar 14, 2020

10:00a - 12N

Make a Macramé Hanging Planter Workshop

What’s old is new again! Join Samantha Matthews to create a beautiful macramé hanging planter.

Learn a few basic knots to create your own handmade wall hanging in this beginner macramé class. You will leave with a finished wall hanging and the knowledge to design future pieces.

Class fee includes all materials.

Cost: $40 members / $50 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sun Mar 15, 2020

1:00p - 2:00p

Which House Plants are Right for You?

Discover which houseplants are right for you! Tips on indoor plant care.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm for information and registration.

Cost: $15 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Mar 18, 2020

11:30a

Home Garden Club of Morristown

11:30 am Meeting

1:00 pm - “Through the Garden Gates of England” a photographic tour of private and public gardens with a discussion of characteristic elements and practices.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Mar 21, 2020

10:00a

North American Rock Garden Society – Watnong Chapter

Joseph Tychonievich, NARGS Editor, Green Sparrow Gardens, lectures on ‘Rock Gardening: Reimagining a Classic Style for Today’s Garden’

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Mar 21, 2020

10:00a

Northeast Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

Anyone may bring an orchid to be judged or listen in on the educational programs.

10:00a Educational Program

12 Noon Orchid Judging:

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun Mar 22, 2020

12N - 4:00p

New Jersey Mycological Association

Meeting.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun Mar 22, 2020

1:00p - 3:00p

Cooking Demonstration: Are You Ready for Arugula?

Take advantage of the start of growing season with Chef Cynthia Triolo. Learn new recipes and techniques for cooking with arugula, that wonderful, peppery and versatile springtime favorite.

Cost: $25 members / $30 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Mar 26, 2020

7:00p - 8:00p

Designing a Garden for Birds

Feed the birds and enjoy the beautiful flowers! Native perennial plants, shrubs and trees that invite birds into our yards.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm for information and registration.

Cost: $15 per person

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Mar 28, 2020

1:00p - 3:00p

An Afternoon with Paul Meyer

Botanical Adventures in Kazakhstan – Recent Travels in the Altai Mountains

Join Paul Meyer, recently retired Executive Director of the Morris Arboretum in Philadelphia, for an illustrated lecture on his recent trip to the dramatic Altai Mountains in Kazakhstan. He will highlight major tree species of this region as well as the rich diversity of steppe and alpine wildflowers.

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Join him as he and his fellow adventurers travel well off the tourist path and experience a part of the world relatively unblemished by modern development.

This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs.

Cost: $35 members / $45 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sun Mar 29, 2020

2:00p - 3:30p

Plant Sale Preview

The Plant Sale team will preview their favorite plants ordered for the annual sale and share planting tips to help you shake off your winter doldrums and look forward to our fun spring event on May 1-3. You’ll also be able to pre-order selected plants after the talk that won’t be available at the sale.

This program is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Get involved! Volunteer to help at the plant sale this year. It’s a great way to meet new friends and to learn more about plants as you help us set up during the week leading into the sale and during the sale itself. Plant Sale volunteer registration is now open - information here.

The Plant Sale Page is now live -- check there regularly for schedules, plant articles and more.

Cost: FREE, but registration is required

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Wed Apr 1, 2020

10:00a - 11:00a OR 1:00p - 2:00p

Garden Sprouts Program

Ages 2 – 5 with an adult

Plant the seeds of love for nature in this preschool program! Each session features a different theme and includes an indoor activity and an outdoor exploration of the Arboretum. Dress for the weather.

Dates: Select Wednesdays Time: 10:00 am – 11:00 am or 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm

  • Wed. April 1: Spring Beginnings
  • Wed. April 8: April Showers
  • Wed. April 15: Good Enough To Eat
  • Wed. April 22: Tree Huggers
  • Wed. April 29: Delightful Daffodils
  • Wed. May 6: Terrific Tulips
  • Wed. May 13: Gardener’s Best Friend
  • Wed. May 20: Crazy Plants
  • Wed. May 27: Bug Safari
  • Wed. June 3: A Leaf Can Be...
  • Wed. June 10: Here Comes Summer

Cost: $5 per child.

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed Apr 1, 2020

All day

In Our Gallery - April

Arboreal Images

Photographs, like paintings, are artificially constructed portrayals, carefully composed and properly lit. Come enjoy the diverse works of the Hub Photo Club. The clubs members’ dedication to promoting the craft of photography is mirrored in their photos.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Wed Apr 1, 2020

Daily between 9 am & 3:30 pm

Family Photo Scavenger Hunts

Grab a camera or phone and stop by the Haggerty Education Center for a nature photo scavenger hunt. Visitors can pick up the list, head outside and shoot away. Take a picture of every item, return to the Education Center and pick up your prize.

Scavenger lists will change every month:

  • April’s theme is “Kinda Blue”;
  • May’s is “Going Green”;
  • and the theme for June is “Here Comes Summer”.

Families welcome to participate any time between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm; cost: $10 per family

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Apr 2, 2020

7:30p

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Propagation Workshop – different methods of propagating Gesneriads (African violet cousins) will be demonstrated. RSVP required to Karyn Cichocki, kdc05@ptd.net as space is limited.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Thursday, April 2 7:30 pm

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Fri Apr 3, 2020

1:00p - 3:00p

The New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Program: Be transported back in time and take a journey to Michigan’s unique treasure, Mackinac Island. Discover the history of the island, the famous Grand Hotel and visit the beautiful homes and gardens. Doris Cunniff will share with us her recent visit to The Grand Garden Show on that more-than-picturesque island.

Mum topic: Preparing soil and getting ready to receive new plants

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Apr 4, 2020

1:30p - 4:30p
and Sun Apr 5 11:00a - 3:00p

African Violet Club of Morris County

Annual show & plant sale celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the African Violet Club of Morris County. The theme for the 2020 show is “Violets – a Silver Anniversary”.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Apr 7, 2020

7:30p

North American Butterfly Association

Don’t Skip the Skippers – Sharon Wander’s program will help us identify and appreciate this sometimes cryptic but always fasci- nating family of butterflies.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Wed Apr 8, 2020

6:30p - 8:00p

Elegant Spring Centerpiece Demonstration

Professional Floral Designer Marge Hulstrunk demonstrates how to create an elegant spring centerpiece. She will share tips sure to make you confident about creating your own centerpiece at home. There will be a raffle afterward, and the lucky winners will take Marge’s creations home.

Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Wed Apr 8, 2020

7:30p

African Violet Club of Morris County

General Violet Care

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Apr 9, 2020

7:00p - 8:00p

Make and Take Workshops - Herb Container Garden - Thu May 16

Presented by Catherine Allison, MCPC Horticulture Program Specialist

Select Thursdays, 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm, $30 per person. Call 973.326.7601 to register

  • Thursday, April 9: Early Spring Container Garden - Welcome in the spring season with this early spring container garden. Plant spring flowering bulbs and pansies and create a colorful arrangement of flowers to bring home.
  • Thursday, April 16: Essential Oils for Spring - Welcome in the spring season by creating your own essential oil cleaners and bug spray.
  • Thursday, April 23: Cold Weather Crop: Strawberry Hanging Basket - The early spring season is the time for planting strawberries. We will plant them in hanging baskets to help keep the critters away.
  • Thursday, May 7: A Mother’s Day Container Garden - Make an annual flower container garden for Mom or yourself and take it home to enjoy throughout the spring and summer season.
  • Thursday, May 14: Herb Container Garden - Discover the wonderful world of herbs and their many uses for culinary, medicinal and pest repellant purposes. Make your own herb garden and take it home to enjoy throughout the season. This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.
  • Thursday, June 4: Hummingbird and Butterfly Container Garden - Plant a beautiful planter that will attract hummingbirds and butterflies. Discover ways to entice them to your yard by planting the plants they love. Bring your planter home and watch for these amazing creatures throughout the season. This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Tue Apr 14, 2020

1:00p - 2:00p

Garden Buds

Ages 4 - 5 with an adult

Instill a love of gardening in preschoolers in this 10-week hands- on gardening series. Little gardeners with their adult helpers plant, harvest, and even taste vegetables straight from their gardens.

Dates: Tuesdays, April 14 through June 16

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm; cost: $70 per child

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Tue Apr 14, 2020

6:30p - 9:30p

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Soils and Repotting Workshop

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Apr 16, 2020

4:00p - 5:00p

Teeny Tiny Tea

Ages 6 – 12

Just in time for spring’s arrival, young designers will create a flower arrangement in a tea cup.

Thursday, April 16 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm; cost: $20 per child

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Apr 18, 2020

09:30a

Planting Paradise Gardens for Pollinators, by Gail Di Domenico

Friends’ Plant Sale Gardening Education Extravaganza - Talk #1

Create a mini paradise in your backyard with Gail’s help. Learn what is required to attract butterflies, a variety of birds including hummingbirds, bees and dragonflies. Find out what trees, shrubs, perennials and annuals they like and what those plants require for success in your garden. Help to restore native habitats and the environment while you benefit from beautiful plants & creatures in your yard.

We’ve put together a day filled with gardening ideas featuring the expertise of Rutgers Master Gardeners of Morris County. Each talk is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s. Sign up for as many as you like (to ensure we have enough handouts) and plan to bring a bag lunch and enjoy the garden during our midday break!

Cost: FREE, but registration is required

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sat Apr 18, 2020

10:00a

Northeast Judging Center of The American Orchid Society

Educational Program: 10:00 am

Orchid Judging 12:00 pm

Anyone may bring an orchid to be judged or listen in on the education programs.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Apr 18, 2020

10:00a - Noon

Pruning Workshop at Bamboo Brook

Turn to the Morris County Park Commission’s gardeners for their expertise and learn the science behind pruning and what tools to use. Practice your new skills on the trees and shrubs in the gardens. Dress for the weather, and bring your garden gloves and pruners. Rain date Sunday, April 19.

This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Saturday, April 18 10:00 am – 12 noon $20 per person

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: $20 per person

Location: Bamboo Brook

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Apr 18, 2020

11:00a

Plants that Thrive in the Shade, by Diane Lattanzio

Friends’ Plant Sale Gardening Education Extravaganza- Talk #2

Diane is also back this year focusing on design ideas for the shady areas of your garden. She’ll give helpful advice on plant combinations that will work well together in beautiful vignettes so that you can create a shady retreat and relish the fact that your garden is not parched by the sun all day.

We’ve put together a day filled with gardening ideas featuring the expertise of Rutgers Master Gardeners of Morris County. Each talk is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s. Sign up for as many as you like (to ensure we have enough handouts) and plan to bring a bag lunch and enjoy the garden during our midday break!

Cost: FREE, but registration is required

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sat Apr 18, 2020

1:00p

"Black Gold" for Your Garden... Composting Simplified, by Cheri Wilczek

Friends’ Plant Sale Gardening Education Extravaganza- Talk #3

Everyone has kitchen scraps, clippings from house and garden plants, leaves and brush available for recycling. Just a little effort can turn these resources into compost that can nourish your plants better than anything bought in a bag and do it much more cheaply. Gardeners call compost “black gold” and at this talk you’ll learn the science of com- posting and provide easy-to-follow recipes to get started.

We’ve put together a day filled with gardening ideas featuring the expertise of Rutgers Master Gardeners of Morris County. Each talk is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s. Sign up for as many as you like (to ensure we have enough handouts) and plan to bring a bag lunch and enjoy the garden during our midday break!

Cost: FREE, but registration is required

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sat Apr 18, 2020

2:30p

Fight Invasives and Plant Natives, by Ilona Ontscherenki

Friends’ Plant Sale Gardening Education Extravaganza- Talk #4

Ilona will give safe and effective advice for ridding your landscape of common problem plants and offer creative ideas on how to improve your garden and wildlife habitat with native plantings that thrive in this area.

We’ve put together a day filled with gardening ideas featuring the expertise of Rutgers Master Gardeners of Morris County. Each talk is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s. Sign up for as many as you like (to ensure we have enough handouts) and plan to bring a bag lunch and enjoy the garden during our midday break!

Cost: FREE, but registration is required

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sat Apr 18, 2020

9:00a - 11:30a

Forest Bathing with Rich Collins, ANFT Guide

A Japanese walking meditation reminds us that we are part of nature not separate from it. This program is a mix of meditation, mindfulness, wellness promotion, and ends with a Japanese Tea Ceremony. Space is limited – Ages 12 & Up.

Dates and locations:

  • Saturday, April 18 – Willowwood Arboretum
  • Sunday, April 19 – The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
  • Saturday, May 16 – Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center
  • Sunday, May 17 – The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
  • Saturday, June 20 – Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center
  • Sunday, June 21 – The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

9:00 am – 11:30 am $20 per person

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: $20 per person

Location: Various

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Apr 19, 2020

1:00p - 4:00p

Arbor Day Celebration

Celebrate Arbor Day with New Jersey’s largest living things- trees. Learn how to plant, identify, and appreciate our local trees. Take a tour of the Arboretum’s Big Trees, do a tree craft, and take home some seedlings to grow in your own yard.

Sunday, April 19, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Suggested donation $5 per family

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Apr 19, 2020

1:30p

The New Jersey Mycological Association

Guest speaker: Christian Schwarz. Topic: Collecting Mushrooms

Christian Schwarz is a mushroom enthusiast, taxonomist and citizen science advocate from Santa Cruz, the land of milk (caps) and honey (mushrooms). He studied at UCSC, and now spends his time photographing, teaching about and making scientific collections of macrofungi. He is co-author of Mushrooms of the Redwood Coast, and is slowly building a mycoflora for Santa Cruz County. He also writes a blog called Notes of a Mycophile.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Apr 21, 2020

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Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Time of daytime workshop to be announced Workshop (paid) with guest artist Suthin Sukosolvisit, fresh from the Mid-Atlantic Bonsai Societies’ Spring Festival in Hershey, PA.

6:30p - 9:30p Evening presentation with same

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Apr 23, 2020

4:00p - 5:00p

Arboretum Artists

Ages 8 – 12 Dates: Select Thursdays

Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm, Cost: $10 per child

Thursday, April 23: Spring Watercolor

Practice layering different artistic media in this spring inspired watercolor class!

Thursday, May 21: Bold Blooms

Using pastels, create a magnified image of a flower in this modern art class!

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Apr 25, 2020

12:30p - 3:00p

Tri-State Hosta Society

Annual plant sale.

This is a members only event, but anyone interested in purchasing the latest in hostas can gain admittance by purchasing a one year membership at the door for $10.

Except as noted, Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun Apr 26, 2020

1:00p - 3:00p

Cynthia's Cooking Corner - Lovely Leeks

Leeks are one of those vegetables we don’t use often enough. They pair beautifully with a number of foods and are at their best this time of year.

Take them on in this cooking demonstration with Cynthia Triolo, because once you know how to handle them you’ll be using them regularly.

Cost: $25 members / $30 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sun Apr 26, 2020

1:00p - 3:00p

6th Annual Tubbs Lecture: Lilac-A Purple Haze

The Tubbs Lecture at Willowwood Arboretum honors the memory of Henry and Robert Tubbs. This year’s guest speaker, Jack Alexander, held the position of Plant Propagator for 40 years at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University. Jack has had a long interest in the propagation of woody plants and has a special interest in lilacs. He will share his expertise in growing lilacs and give a guided walk through the lilac collection at Willowwood Arboretum.

This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Sunday, April 26 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm $30 per person.

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: See above.

Location: Willowwood Arboretum

Sponsor: FOFA

Fri May 1, 2020

4:00p - 7:00p

Plant Sale 2020 - MEMBERS ONLY SHOPPING

As always, members will get first dibs on all the plants, beginning at 4:00 pm on Friday. There will be an amazing selection of vegetables, herbs, annuals and tropicals, perennials, trees, and shrubs and lots of plant advisors on hand to answer questions and recommend which plants will work best in your own garden. Help us celebrate 25 years of our fabulous Plant Sale with prosecco, pellegrino and some light refreshments to add to the fun.

Keep watch here and on the Plant Sale Page for lots more information as we get closer to the dates.

Volunteers Needed

Please help make our 2020 Plant Sale a success by volunteering for one of the many tasks that go into the Friends’ major fundraising event. Sign up online on our Plant Sale Volunteer Page. It’s easy, and takes just a few minutes. We need help with moving, labeling, pricing, watering, grooming, selling and more. Select the day, time and task that suits you best. Your selection will be confirmed with a subsequent email and a big thank you!

Cost: Free for Members -- Registration Required

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Fri May 1, 2020

All day

In Our Gallery - May

Watercolors

The atmospheric effects of light, shadow and mist are captured in the watercolor landscapes of artist, Debbie Tintle. Debbie is a graduate of Middlebury College in Vermont and a past president of the NJ Water Color Society. Come experience the feelings generated by her art.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat May 2, 2020

& Sun May 3
9:00a - 4:00p

The 25th Annual Friends Plant Sale

Saturday and Sunday Sale

Members are welcome to shop all weekend, of course, but the public sale opens Saturday morning and we’ll have plant advisors available throughout Saturday and Sunday to help shoppers select the best plants for their gardens.

Keep watch here and on the Plant Sale Page for lots more information as we get closer to the dates.

Volunteers Needed

Please help make our 2020 Plant Sale a success by volunteering for one of the many tasks that go into the Friends’ major fundraising event. Sign up online on our Plant Sale Volunteer Page. It’s easy, and takes just a few minutes. We need help with moving, labeling, pricing, watering, grooming, selling and more. Select the day, time and task that suits you best. Your selection will be confirmed with a subsequent email and a big thank you!

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun May 3, 2020

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Garden Tours at the Park Commission’s Horticultural Sites

The Sunday Garden tours begin at 2:00 pm and cost $3 per person (exact change is appreciated). Learn the history of each site and enjoy the changing beauty of these exceptional gardens with a knowledgeable tour guide.

Sunday Garden Tours at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Meet in the lobby of the Haggerty Education Center for the tour of the grounds of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Dates: Every Sunday from May through October

Second Sunday Tours at Willowwood Arboretum

Meet in the parking area for the tour of this beautiful garden.

Dates: Sunday, May 10 and June 14

Third Sunday Tours at Bamboo Brook

Meet in the parking area at the top of the stairs for a tour of the gardens at Bamboo Brook.

Date: Sunday, June 21

Cost: See above.

Location: Various

Sponsor: MCPC

Tue May 5, 2020

7:30p

North American Butterfly Association

Meeting Subject to be determined.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu May 7, 2020

4:00p - 5:00p

Moss Balls for Mom

Ages 6 – 12

Science meets art meets history in this hands-on workshop in the ancient, but updated, craft of kokedama or Japanese moss ball gardens. Learn the history as well as the art of this type of garden design. Create a moss ball of your own to give to mom on her day.

Thursday, May 7 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm; cost: $20 per child

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu May 7, 2020

7:30p

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Program to be announced, for more information contact Karyn Cichocki, kdc05@ptd.net

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun May 10, 2020

Noon - 4:00p

Mother’s Day at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Celebrate Mother’s Day with a family tour of the beautiful grounds of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Make a small flower arrangement and craft to give to Mom on her special day. Play some family garden games and enjoy some light refreshments.

Date: Sunday, May 10, Noon – 4:00 pm

$10 per child. Mom is free (and so is Dad).

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: WW

Tue May 12, 2020

6:30p - 9:30p

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Topic to be determined.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue May 12, 2020

7:30p

African Violet Club of Morris County

Streptocarpus & Primulina – Growing & Showing These African Violet Cousins with speaker Joe Palagonia

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Fri May 15, 2020

1:00p - 3:00p

The New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

This is a working meeting during which we pack mum orders for distribution. There is no public program.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat May 16, 2020

10:00a

Northeast Judging Center of The American Orchid Society

Educational Program: 10:00 am

Orchid Judging 12:00 pm

Anyone may bring an orchid to be judged or listen in on the education programs.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat May 16, 2020

10:00a - 12N

The New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Mum school conducted by Doris Zurcher and Steve Avallone. Learn the details of chrysanthemum cultivation: how to obtain plants; potting up; care and feeding for maximum bloom; grooming your plants for exhibition. Advance registrants receive 6 mum cuttings. If interested, contact Cindy Hedin at cphedinb@icloud.com.

Distribution of pre-ordered mums & geraniums

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat May 16, 2020

1:00p - 2:30p

An afternoon with Jan Johnsen and her new book Gardentopia

Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

Garden lovers revel in being in an outdoor space where the feeling of wellbeing descends upon you. So how can you transform your backyard into a place where this happens? Jan Johnsen shares little-known design ideas based on her 45 years in the landscape design/build profession. Her beautiful and interactive presentation approach will have you saying, “I can do that!’

This program is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sun May 17, 2020

1:00p - 3:00p

Family Edible Garden Day

Create your own edible container or herb garden. Get tips on how to plant and get the most from this small space. Tour the Barkman Garden to experience French Intensive gardening. Bring your garden home and harvest your crops all season long.

Sunday, May 17 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm; cost: $30 per garden

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun May 17, 2020

4:00p - 7:00p

25th Anniversary Lilac Party and Wine Tasting at Willowwood Arboretum

Enjoy the intoxicating fragrance of lilacs in bloom at the Willowwood Foundation’s 25th Anniversary Garden Fundraiser. The Lilac Party and Wine Tasting feature artisan Spring wines. Stroll through spring gardens and taste tempting tidbits while listening to a cappella music provided by The Ten and Dixieland Jazz by Dan Levinson. Place your bids at the garden themed silent auction featuring unusual plants.

For more information and to RSVP email: wwfoundation@willowwoodfoundation.com

Cost: $100 per person, reservations are required.

Cost: See above

Location: Willowwood Arboretum

Sponsor: WW

Sun May 17, 2020

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National Public Gardens Day Tours

Celebrate National Public Gardens Day with a tour at one of the Morris County Park Commission’s exceptional horticultural sites. Please wear sturdy walking shoes.

Date: Sunday, May 17

Time and Locations:

  • Willowwood Arboretum – 10:00 am
  • Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center – 11:30 am
  • Frelinghuysen Arboretum – 1:30 pm

Cost: FREE

Cost: Free

Location: Various

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed May 20, 2020

8:00a - 5:00p

The Home Garden Club of Morristown

8:00 am – 5:00 pm - Fundraiser bus trip to NY Conservancy Garden and the Highline with guided tours. Leaving The Frelinghuysen Arboretum at 8:00 am returning at approximately 5:00 pm. Cost is $75. For details or to register contact pdv51@optonline.net

Except as noted, Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun May 31, 2020

1:00p - 3:00p

Cynthia's Cooking Corner - Ruby Red Rhubarb

Technically a vegetable, we’ve come to think of rhubarb as a fruit because of the way it’s used in most kitchens. It became extremely popular in England in the 19th Century when a new variety named ‘Victoria’ was introduced as a commemorative of Queen Victoria’s coronation in 1837.

Learn some recipes, both old and new, that star this versatile vegetable/fruit.

Cost: $25 members / $30 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sun May 31, 2020

9:00a - 4:30p

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Annual bonsai open house.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Mon Jun 1, 2020

All day

In Our Gallery - June

Scenes of the Local Landscape

Techniques from old masters of the late 19th through early 20th centuries are brought to life by the skilled hand of artist Francesca Pelaggi. A contemporary realist painter who studied at Du Crete School of Art and the Ringling College of Art & Design. The Chiaroscuro technique is used in her works to represent light and shadow creating a three-dimensional effect.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Jun 2, 2020

7:30p

North American Butterfly Association

Dragonflies and Damselflies of Northwest New Jersey - Damsels and Dragons – what could be more interesting? Tom Halliwell presents a program on odonates.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Fri Jun 5, 2020

1:00p - 3:00p

The New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Program: Join Judy Snow for a tour of beautiful gardens in Wales at the peak of early summer bloom. Starting in northern Wales, heading south through Snowdonia National Park and onward to southern Wales. Each of the gardens is unique, and the inspiring people who created them and care for them add much to the experience.

Mum topic: How and when to transfer plants to final growing location. When to debranch and disbud. When to shade. Why and how to apply B9.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Fri Jun 5, 2020

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New Jersey Public Gardens Day Tours

Celebrate this event with a tour of one or more of the Morris County Park Commission’s exceptional horticultural sites. Please wear sturdy walking shoes.

Date: Friday, June 5

Time and Locations:

  • Willowwood Arboretum – 10:00 am
  • Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center – 11:30 am
  • Frelinghuysen Arboretum – 1:30 pm

Cost: FREE

Cost: Free

Location: Various

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Jun 11, 2020

7:00p - 8:00p

Walk & Talk Shade Perennial Gardening

Program Specialist, Catherine Allison, leads you on a guided tour of the shade gardens of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Thursday, June 11 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm $15 per person

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Jun 14, 2020

2:00p - 4:00p

Friends Members-Only Annual Meeting

New Jersey’s Changing Climate

Dr. David Robinson, Rutgers Distinguished Professor and New Jersey State Climatologist will talk about ‘New Jersey’s Changing Climate’. Dr. Robinson caught the weather bug during his first week of kindergarten in Tenafly in 1960, when New Jersey got hit by the remnants of Hurricane Donna. The following winter, the state experienced record-setting snowfall. By fourth grade, Robinson had accumulated a cache of “weather kits” complete with rain collectors, barometers and gauges of all sorts. A self-described weather geek, he has for almost 30 years lived his childhood dream as the New Jersey State Climatologist, the person the governor, farmers and home gardeners rely on for weather research and statistics.

Light refreshments will be served following Dr. Robinson’s talk.

Cost: FREE, but registration is required. Please note that this program is for members only.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Wed Jun 17, 2020

1:00p

The Home Garden Club of Morristown

11:30 am Regular meeting

1:00 pm – Lecture entitled “Tempestuous Beauty” by art historian Janet Mandel will feature an astonishing array of images from a variety of historical periods as she describes how flowers and gardens inspire us, give us hope, nourish our souls and elicit pleasure and happiness.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Jun 18, 2020

4:00p - 5:00p

Welcome Tiny Friends

Ages 6 – 12

Using tiny plants, tiny decorations and big imaginations, young designers will create a fairy dish garden perfect for table top.

Thursday, June 18 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm; cost: $20 per child

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Jun 18, 2020

8:00a - 6:30p

Bus Trip to Jenny Rose Carey’s Garden and the Morris Arboretum

Join the Friends on a tour of Northview Gardens in Ambler, PA, created by noted author and British plantswoman extraordinaire, Jenny Rose Carey. Jenny is currently senior director of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm, and previously director of the Ambler Arboretum. Jenny’s remarkable 4 1⁄2 acre garden appeals to all five senses with interest in every season. It has 31 distinct areas, each with its own theme, and was originally part of an 1887 Victorian model farm.

From there we go on to the Morris Arboretum, where we’ll enjoy a sandwich buffet (included) and a special tour of the rose garden, which should be at its peak.

Bus leaves from The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Cost: $95.00 members/ $105.00 non-members, no refunds after June 4th.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sat Jun 20, 2020

10:00a

Northeast Judging Center of The American Orchid Society

Educational Program: 10:00 am

Orchid Judging 12:00 pm

Anyone may bring an orchid to be judged or listen in on the education programs.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Jun 23, 2020

7:00p - 9:00p

Summer Science: Attracting Birds and Insects

Come learn the importance of supporting our native wildlife within our gardens with Dr. Randi Eckel of Toadshade Wildflower Farm. Learn about some of the creatures that rely upon specific plants, and discuss the complexities of attracting rare wildlife (rare butterflies, for example) to our gardens. A large variety of plants will be for sale.

This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Cost: $15 members / $20 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sun Jun 28, 2020

1:00p - 3:00p

Fairy Day is Coming!

Fairies will once again be visiting The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. To prepare for their stay, houses need to be built. Families are invited to celebrate the 14th Annual Fairy Day on the Sylvan Terrace and build a home for these visiting wee folk.

Sunday, June 28 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm; cost: $30 per house

To register, please call 973.326.7601 between the hours of 9:00 am and 4:30 pm.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC