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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

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 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

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

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

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

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

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

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