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Mon Apr 1, 2019

Any time between 9am + 3:30pm

Family Photo Scavenger Hunt

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 “Water, Water Everywhere”;
  • May’s is “Big, Bigger, Biggest”; and
  • the theme for June is “What Smells?”.

Cost: $10 per family at front desk

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Tue Apr 16, 2019

& Tuesdays through June 18
1:00 - 1:45p

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.

Cost: $70 per child, call 973-326-7601 to register.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Wed May 1, 2019

All day

In Our Gallery – May

The NJ Photography Forum and Paul Donahoe, Curator exhibit “Flower Power – Bold, Dramatic and Beautiful Portraits of Flowers”.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun May 26, 2019

10 days

Travel to the Wonderful Gardens of Wales

There is nothing quite like the scenic beauty of Wales. A country known for its majestic mountains, lakes, forests and stunning coastlines, it is also home to some of the finest gardens within the British Isles.

Join the Friends starting May 26, 2019 through June 6, 2019 as we travel from the mountains of Snowdonia to the seaside coast and beyond, visiting an outstanding mix of public and private gardens both large and small. The gardens chosen for our itinerary represent an extensive array of historical garden designs and include features such as herbaceous borders, parterres, terraces, cascades, champion trees, laburnum arches and much more.

Learn more about this exciting trip by visiting our Wales Trip page for a much more detailed description of the trip as well as reservation information.

THIS TRIP IS CURRENTLY FULL.

If you would like to be placed on our waiting list, please email your request to Friends Administrative Assistant, Margery Ennist at mennist@morrisparks.net.

Cost: To be advised.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Wed May 29, 2019

10-11 am OR 1-2 pm

Sprouts (Ages 2-4 with an adult): Tree Travels

Walk the arboretum and look for plants that traveled from some- where else to be here. Where did they come from? Who planted those seeds if it wasn’t the Arboretum’s gardeners?

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.

Cost: $5 per child, call 973-326-7601 to register.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Jun 1, 2019

2:00p - 3:30p

Fairy Friends Ages 6 and up

Using a variety of natural materials, crafters and fairy lovers of all ages will design and create elves, imps, fairies, and pixies to take home for their own gardens or to use in their fairy houses on Fairy Day, June 23.

Cost: $10 per person, call 973-326-7601 to register.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Jun 1, 2019

All day

In Our Gallery – June

The NJ Plein Air Painters exhibit mixed media portraits of nature.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Jun 2, 2019

10:00a - 4:00p

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Annual Bonsai Open House – See the incredible display of bonsai trees and vote for your favorite one. Demonstrations throughout the day.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: FREE

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun Jun 2, 2019

2:00p

First Sunday Garden Tours at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

First Sunday Garden Tours at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

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.

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

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Tue Jun 4, 2019

7:30p

North American Butterfly Association

Darryl Smith, a member of the HUB Camera Club will present the techniques and methods for taking up close photos of butterflies and insects.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: FREE

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Wed Jun 5, 2019

10-11 am OR 1-2 pm

Sprouts (Ages 2-4 with an adult): Tops and Bottoms

Which parts of the plant do we eat? Read a silly story and discover the differences between the tops and bottoms of plants.

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.

Cost: $5 per child, call 973-326-7601 to register.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Jun 6, 2019

4:00p - 5:00p

Arboretum Artists (Ages 8-12) - Quilling Creatures

Roll and fold strips of paper using the quilling technique to create beautiful butterflies, lovely ladybugs, and your own imaginative insects to take home!

Cost: $10 per child, call 973-326-7601 to register.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Fri Jun 7, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p

The New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Program: Dorothy Smullen – Duke Gardens: a Treasure Remembered – View the eleven gardens and statuary under greenhouse glass that no longer exist in Hillsborough, NJ. Learn about the vision of Duke Farms today.

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: F

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Fri Jun 7, 2019

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New Jersey Public Gardens Day Tours

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

Time and Locations:

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

Cost: FREE

Location: Various

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Jun 9, 2019

1:00p - 2:00p

Four Season Perennial Gardening

MCPC Program Specialist, Catherine Allison, will share her tips on planning a four-season perennial garden, deer resistant plants, fertilizing, pruning and more.

Cost: $12 members / $15 non-members

The Friends can no longer offer on-line registration for Morris County Park Commission programs. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Jun 9, 2019

2:00p

Second Sunday Tours at Willowwood Arboretum

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.

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

Cost: See above.

Location: Willowwood Arboretum

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Jun 9, 2019

2:00p - 4:00p

Friends Members Only Annual Meeting

Caren White: The Mixologist’s Herb Garden

Herbs aren’t just for cooking! Modern mixologists are using fresh herbs for new takes on classic cocktails. Learn how you can grow the ingredients for your next cocktail party.

Light refreshments will be served following Caren’s talk.

Register by June 6

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 12, 2019

10-11 am OR 1-2 pm

Sprouts (Ages 2-4 with an adult): Wonderful Water

Explore the wonderful, wet world of water. How do plants and animals get their water? Go on a walk to find water all around the Arboretum.

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.

Cost: $5 per child, call 973-326-7601 to register.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Thu Jun 13, 2019

4:00p - 5:00p

Filling Dad’s Shoes Ages 8-12

Bring in one of dad’s old shoes, and plant it with succulents. This great Father’s Day gift is cool to plant and easy for dad to maintain.

Cost: $15 per child, call 973-326-7601 to register.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sat Jun 15, 2019

10:00a

Tri-State African Violet Council

Meeting with the New Jersey Council of African Violet Judges Program has not yet been determined but anyone interested in African violets is welcome to attend.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: FREE

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Jun 18, 2019

7:00p - 8:30p

The Art of Topiary Design

Professional Floral Designer Marge Hulstrunk will demonstrate several different topiary designs that you will be able to re-create for your home or special event, using a variety of materials. She’ll share tips and show you how to make styles suitable for many occasions through the year, from casual to formal. We know you’ll feel confident about making your own topiary at the end of this demonstration.

There will be a raffle afterward, and lucky winners will be able to take one of Marge’s creations home.

Register by June 10

Cost: $20 members / $25 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Wed Jun 19, 2019

1:00p

The Home Garden Club of Morristown

11:00a - Regular Monthly Meeting

1:00 pm Program: “Mushroom Mania” Dorothy Smullen, Past President of the NJ Mycological Society speaks about the importance of mushrooms, their special characteristics and purposes. She will demonstrate how these infamous, fleshy fungi can be used in craft applications.

Affiliate Member Programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: FREE

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Jun 22, 2019

10:00a - 11:30a

Creating a Succession of Bloom in the Native Garden

If you want to attract and support pollinators, a succession of bloom is an absolute imperative in any landscape. From early spring through late fall, different species of pollinators look for different types of plants at different times of year. And, some plants are much more useful to pollinators than others. Is your garden ready?

Learn from Kim Eierman what you need to know to make your garden beautiful and ecologically-supportive throughout the growing season with great choices of natives. Kim is an Environmental Horticulturist specializing in ecological landscapes and native plants. She teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and around the metropolitan region.

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 Jun 23, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p

Fairy Day

This is a day for fairies, magic, and wishes to come true. For one day, put aside the cynicism of the modern world, embrace the possibilities of the unknown, and believe in fairies. We mortals don’t often see fairies but creating special fairy houses can bring them here.

Families are invited to Sylvan Terrace to build homes for these visitors. All supplies – bark, branches, lichens, mosses, feathers, stones, leaves – will be provided, or bring your own as long as they are natural – fairies shun man-made materials. We’ll summon the fairies with music and fairy snacks and learn which plants and trees attract fairies.

Fairy houses will be on display through the end of July.

Cost: $30 per house, call 973-326-7601 to register.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Jun 23, 2019

2:00p

Third Sunday Tours at Bamboo Brook

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.

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

Cost: See above.

Location: Bamboo Brook

Sponsor: MCPC

Sun Jun 30, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p

Cooking Demonstration: Chard – A Rainbow of Health

Chard is actually a beet that is grown for its leaves rather than its root. It’s loaded with vitamins and minerals and absolutely delicious.

Chef Cynthia Triolo prepares several recipes that will make chard a staple in your kitchen.

Register by April 24

Cost: $25 members / $30 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sat Dec 7, 2019

& Sun Dec 8 and Sat/Sun Dec 14 & 15
10a - 4:30p

Gingerbread Craft Show

Save the Dates!

The 28th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show is scheduled this year for the first two weekends in December:

  • December 7 & 8
  • December 14 & 15

Cost: $2 per person at the door gains entry to both the Craft Show and Gingerbread Wonderland.

NOTICE TO EXHIBITORS

The 2019 Gingerbread Festival Craft Show tables have all been committed to...and there is a significant Wait List.

We appreciate your interest and suggest you contact us after January 15, 2020 with regard to 2020 table availability.

Cost: See above.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA