Category: Plant Sale

Vines and Climbers at the Plant Sale

Among the many beautiful plants at this year’s plant sale, we are offering these beautiful vines and climbers.

Clematis Henryi
Clematis Henryi

Clematis Henryi

‘Henryi’ features profuse, showy, eight-sepaled, 6-8″ in diameter, white flowers with purplish brown anthers that cover this vine in summer. Bloom on this cultivar comes primarily from the previous year’s stems in early summer, but also occurs in a second flush later in the summer on the new (current year’s) growth.

Clematis Multi-Blue
Clematis Multi-Blue

Clematis Multi Blue

Clematis ‘Multi Blue’ is a large flowering variety of clematis that is a sport of Clematis ‘The President’. The well-rounded 4-5 inch double flowers have deep purple-blue outer layer petals, topped with many layers of shorter, pointed, reddish-purple petals. Standing 5-10 feet tall, ‘Multi Blue’ blooms in May to June and again in August through October. Clematis ‘Multi Blue’ is a great rebloomer. ‘Multi Blue’ grows in full sun to part shade locations, although it prefers a part shade location.

Clematis Nelly Moser
Clematis Nelly Moser

Clematis Nelly Moser

‘Nelly Moser’ features profuse, showy, eight-sepaled, 6-8″ diameter, pale mauve pink flowers (sepals have reddish pink center stripes) with purplish brown anthers that cover this vine in summer. Bloom on this cultivar comes primarily from the previous year’s stems in late spring, but also occurs in a second flush later in the summer on the new (current year’s) growth. Flowers give way to attractive seed heads.

Clematis Nubia
Clematis Nubia

Clematis Nubia

Free-flowering and hardy, this exceptionally dark red, compact, reblooming clematis is excellent for large planters or as an entryway accent. Blooms prolifically from both leaf axils and stems, resulting in flowers from the ground up. An improvement over ‘Rebecca’. Deciduous.

Clematis Betty Corning
Clematis Betty Corning

Clematis Betty Corning

‘Betty Corning’ (C. crispa x C. viticella) is a late, small-flowered, semi-woody, climbing vine that was first discovered growing in Albany, New York in 1932. It typically grows to 6′ tall. It features single, nodding, bell-shaped, pale lilac flowers (to 2” long) with recurved tips. Flowers freely bloom from summer to fall. Flowers are slightly fragrant. Branches are clad with bipinnate to pinnate-compound dark green leaves.

Lonicera sempervirens 'Major Wheeler'
Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’

Lonicera s. Major Wheeler

Hummingbird favorite: Lonicera sempervirens ‘Major Wheeler’ produces a blanket of tubular, reddish orange to coral flowers from late spring through summer. Later, the vines’ red berries attract goldfinches and robins. It’s a selection of our native Honeysuckle species, Lonicera sempervirens, and plants are both carefree and noninvasive. They bloom on the previous year’s growth as well as new growth. Regular pruning is not required—any pruning to shape the vine can be done once flowering is over for the season. Do provide a trellis, fence, or post with wire grid for support.

Gelsemium s. Margarita
Gelsemium s. Margarita

Gelsemium s. Margarita

Carolina jessamine. A reliable zone 6 Gelsemium! A profuse display of clear yellow trumpet flowers in early summer with semievergreen foliage. ‘Margarita’ is a superior seedling selected by Don Jacobs of Eco Gardens in Decatur, Georgia.With its much larger, more prominent flowers, it was superior in every way to common seedlings, so Jacobs named it for his wife. He had no idea that it would survive winters to minus 25 F. Gelsemium ‘Margarita’ is a Gold Medal Award winner from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society.

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Landscape Plugs at the Plant Sale

This year at the Annual Plant Sale Under the Tent the Friends will be selling Landscape Plugs. 

Here are some of the benefits of using them instead of a larger container plants:

  • Plants reach flowering size in their first season and have a high transplant success rate.
  • Reduced labor costs for installation
  • Compact size is easy to transport with reduced handling costs
  • Reduced waste on the job site
  • Root channels, tapered cells and drainage holes direct roots to one point for air pruning, resulting in dramatically reduced root circling.
  • Reduced growing medium creates optimal root density for quicker establishment in native soil
  • Easy to plant under existing trees with minimal root disturbance.
  • Easier to fill in gaps in existing plantings.
  • Economical option for large green infrastructure and stormwater management projects.

Below are the selections you’ll be able to choose from:

Aster cordifolius 

Aster novi-belgii 

Carex pensylvanica 

Echinacea purpurea 

Eupatorium dub. Little Joe 

Heuchera villosa Bronze Wave 

Iris versicolor Purple Flame 

Monarda didyma Jacob Cline 

Pycnanthemum muticum 

Solidago Solar Cascade 

Viola Silver Gem 

Detailed descriptions and photos may be found here.

Landscape Plugs at the Plant Sale

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2024 Plant Sale

The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum invite you to our Annual Plant Sale on the first weekend in May.

Throughout the sale you’ll be able to get advice from local plant experts and select from a huge variety of houseplants, annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Preview the sale by signing up for free Zoom evenings during the month before the sale.

Details on our Events Page.

Members Only Plant Sale Preview

Friday 05-03-24 from 4:00 – 7:00 PM

As in past years, there will be special early shopping — plus refreshments and a plant dividend — for Members Only on Friday evening from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Find out more and register HERE.

Master Gardener talks via Zoom:

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteer to help us set up April 29 – May 3 and during the sale May 4 – 5. See all the opportunities and sign up HERE.


  • 2024 Plant List

    Plant Sale in the Tent logo
    Plant Sale in the Tent

    So many plants and so little time! Here’s the link to the list on Google Sheets.

    Once again, we couldn’t restrain ourselves and have ordered almost 400 different plant varieties so far for the upcoming sale.

    Read more...


  • Vines and Climbers at the Plant Sale

    Among the many beautiful plants at this year’s plant sale, we are offering these beautiful vines and climbers.

    Clematis Henryi
    Clematis Henryi

    Clematis Henryi

    This year at the Annual Plant Sale Under the Tent the Friends will be selling Landscape Plugs. 

    Here are some of the benefits of using them instead of a larger container plants:

    • Plants reach flowering size in their first season and have a high transplant ...
    Read more...


  • Plant Sales in the Tent

    Pictures from past Plant Sales in the Tent.

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    2023 Plant Sale

    The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum invite you to our Annual Plant Sale on the first weekend in May.

    As in past years, there will be special early shopping — plus refreshments, door prizes and a plant dividend — for Members Only on Friday evening from 4:00 PM to 7:00 PM. Registration is now FULL. Reserve a spot on our waitlist – Register here

    Throughout the sale you’ll be able to get advice from local plant experts and to select from a huge variety of houseplants, annuals, perennials, shrubs, and trees. Preview the sale by signing up for free Zooms every Tuesday evening during the month before the sale.  Details on our Events Page.

    Four Master Gardener talks via Zoom on Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM:

    Volunteer Opportunities

    Want to get involved and learn more about the plants at the sale?  Volunteer to help us set up May 1-5 and during the sale May 5-7.  See all the opportunities and sign up HERE.


  • THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!

    Many thanks to everyone who shopped at our 2023 Plant Sale last weekend (May 5-7, 2023); it was great to see you all there!

    A great big heartfelt thank you to all of the wonderful volunteers who made sure everything ran smoothly before, during and after the sale. We couldn’t ...

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  • 2023 Plant List – In the Tent

    Plant Sale in the Tent logo
    Plant Sale in the Tent

    So many plants and so little time! Here’s the link to the list on Google Sheets.

    Once again, we couldn’t restrain ourselves and have ordered over 400 different plant varieties so far for the upcoming sale.

    Read more...


  • Plant Sales in the Tent

    Pictures from past Plant Sales in the Tent.

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    The Friends have staged this annual fundraising event for the community since 1995.  It’s a wonderful place to find unusual plants, learn from expert garden advisors, and meet other enthusiastic gardeners.


  • Welcome Spring – Shop At Our 2022 Plant Sale!

    Welcome Spring - Shop At Our 2022 Plant Sale!
    Members Only Early Bird Shopping – Fri April 29 – 4 pm to 7 pm Plant Sale Join us in the big tent for light food, refreshments and early plant shopping. Members register for the Early Bird shopping by clicking here. Not a member? Why not join now on-line by going to our Membership Page and then register ...
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  • Plant List – In the Tent

    Plant List - In the Tent
    So many plants and so little time! Once again, we couldn’t restrain ourselves and have ordered over 500 different plant varieties for the upcoming sale. Here’s a link to the list so far on Google Sheets. You can sort it by clicking the column headings and you can download it as a pdf or several other things by ...
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  • 25th Anniversary Plant Sale at the Arboretum

    *April 29 – Members Only Early Bird Shopping – 4:00 – 7:00 PM* April 30 – Public Plant Sale – 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM May 1 – Public Plant Sale – 12:00 Noon – 4:00 PM 2022 FRIENDS PLANT SALE We’re having an in-person plant sale at the Arboretum this year – April 30 & May 1 – so ...
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    Welcome Spring – Shop At Our 2022 Plant Sale!

    Members Only Early Bird Shopping – Fri April 29 – 4 pm to 7 pm

    Plant Sale

    Join us in the big tent for light food, refreshments and early plant shopping.

    Members register for the Early Bird shopping by clicking here. Not a member? Why not join now on-line by going to our Membership Page and then register for Early Bird shopping.

    Here is the link to the Plant Sale in the Tent Order List.

    Public Plant Sale – Sat April 30 – 9 am to 4 pm & Sun May 1 – Noon to 4 pm

    Our 25th Annual Plant Sale, open to the public.

    Virtual Plant Sale – now closed

    SHOP NOW at our online plant sale featuring many special plants then pick your order up at the tent: Members Apr. 29 – May 1. Non-Members Apr. 30 – May 1. Shop early, as many of these plants sold out last year, and may not be available at our live sale. Browse and shop at (orders closed).

    The success of our Sale depends on our volunteers and we’d love to have you join us for a shift or two (or more) April 25 to May 2. There are lots of ways you can help.

    Lots more information coming soon, so check back regularly!

    MEMBER-ONLY PLANT DIVIDENDS
    All selections have been chosen.  Thank you for your support.