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Sat Jan 5, 2019

Sat & Sun
in Jan, Feb & Mar

Winter Weekend 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 change every month:

  • January’s theme is “Can You Believe That?,”
  • February’s is “Love Is In the Air,” and
  • the theme for March is “Top of the Morning.”

What a great way to explore the arboretum and to get the family outside in the fresh air.

Date: Saturdays & Sundays in January, February, and March

Families welcome to participate any time between 9:00 am and 3:30 pm

Cost: $10 per family at the door

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Jan 10, 2019

& Thursdays 2/7 aand 3/7
4:00p - 5:00p

Arboretum Artists

Ages 8-12

Arboretum Artists is a series designed for creative young people with an interest in both art and nature. Each class will focus on using a different artistic medium to capture the beauty of the natural world. Budding artists will explore new techniques and bring home one-of-a-kind masterpieces!

  • Thursday, January 10 – Snowy Silhouettes. Capture the beauty of leafless trees using a fun technique!
  • Thursday, February 7 – Miniature Garden. Sculpt a succulent garden out of clay; no green thumb required to keep these plants looking pretty!
  • Thursday, March 7 – Spring String. Use colorful yarn to create a cheerful floral masterpiece.

Dates: Select Thursdays Time: 4:00 pm – 5:00 pm Cost: $10 per child per class Preregistration recommended; walk-ins welcome.

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: FOFA

Fri Feb 1, 2019

All day

In Our Gallery — February —

New Jersey Art Association

Come enjoy the spectacular art and styles of the members of the New Jersey Art Association. These out- standing artists, amateurs and professionals both, work in varied media and treat us to the beauty of their talents.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun Feb 10, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p
Snow Date: Sat Feb 23

Suitable for Framing: A Woman’s Place in Botanical Art & Scientific Illustration

When English botanist John Lindley wrote “A Ladies Botany” in 1834, it was to separate women from the higher academic echelons of botany. Nevertheless, 17th-20th century women contributed greatly to the world of botanical art and scientific illustration. Learn about women who “broke the glass (house) ceiling” with their beautiful, extraordinary accomplishments and brave, often controversial decisions.

Following this hour-long illustrated lecture by Lesley Parness, you will have an opportunity to view an exhibit of Women’s Botanical Art and Scientific Illustration from the Elizabeth Donnell Kay Rare Book Collection.

Cost: $10 members / $12 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Feb 16, 2019

10:00a

North American Rock Garden Society – Watnong Chapter

Janet Novak, our February speaker will present Plants of Newfoundland

Affiliate member programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Feb 16, 2019

10:00a

Tristate African Violet Council

The NJ Council of African Violet Judges and the Tristate African Violet Council will have a joint meeting at 10:00 am followed by a program to be determined, a brown bag lunch, and the second meeting.

Anyone interested in African Violets is welcome.

Affiliate member programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Feb 16, 2019

10:30a

North East Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

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

Educational Program 10:30 am Orchid Judging 12:00 pm

Affiliate member programs are free and open to the public.

Saturdays – January 19, February 16, and March 16

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun Feb 17, 2019

1:00p - 2:30p

Fig Trees, Care and Maintenance

Growing figs in New Jersey is a challenge, but Bill Muzychko has developed a system that not only extends the growing season but also encourages rapid growth. Learn how he does it and how to best care for these beautiful trees.

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

Cost: $15 members / $20 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Mon Feb 18, 2019

9:00a - 2:00p

Tree Detectives

Grades 1-4

On this day off from school, find out about some of the oldest living things in New Jersey – our native trees. Spend time outside discovering just how great these elders of the natural world are. Plant some tree seeds, create tree-related art, learn how many things we eat come from trees, and cook a tree snack.

Cost $35 per child

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: FOFA

Sun Feb 24, 2019

1:00p - 2:30p

Let’s Talk Design

Learn how to create a beautiful landscape by following a few simple rules. Ann Fahey, Assistant Superintendent of Horticulture Education and landscape designer for over 20 years reveals her secrets to creating the garden of your dreams.

Bring in a photograph of your garden and she will give you helpful hints customized to your space.

Cost: $15 members / $20 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: FOFA

Tue Feb 26, 2019

7:00p - 8:30p

The State of Invasives in New Jersey

with Michael Van Clef, Ph.D.

Mike is the owner of Ecological Solutions, LLC and serves the NJ Invasives Strike Team as Science Director. He has a Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers University and over 20 years of experience in land stewardship, planning and research, working extensively in the evaluation and management of rare and invasive species. He has consulted with over 30 organizations in NJ, including the NJ Invasive Species Council for which he prepared the New Jersey Strategic Management Plan for Invasive Species.

In this lecture, Mike provides insight and an update on New Jersey’s invasive species, something we should all be aware of.

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

Cost: $15 members / $20 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Wed Feb 27, 2019

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Sprouts - Big and Small

Some plants are big and others are small. Why do they grow into the sizes they do? Search for the biggest and the smallest outside and inside.

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-4 and their adult caregivers will discover the wonders of nature. Each session features a different theme based on what is growing in the gardens. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

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

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

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Fri Mar 1, 2019

All day

In Our Gallery — March —

Focus On Nature

High School Photography Competition High school students from across Northern New Jersey submitted their best nature-themed photographs for this annual competition. Come view their work.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Mar 2, 2019

9:00a - 4:30p
SNOW DATE Sun Mar 3

Ninth 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 ninth year in a row.

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This year’s keynote speaker is Barbara Pleasant, Author, Lecturer and Gardening Expert for Mother Earth News. Her talk, Creating Abundance – The Community Gardening Experience will highlight the many things that go on among gardeners who work with others or share what they grow, along with the often unsung benefits to individuals and communities. The impressive list of session speakers, all experts in their field, will cover topics both relevant and pertinent to community gardeners, garden managers, and those trying to establish a new community garden.

The topics for the 2019 conference include:

  • The Top Ten Pests and Diseases of 2018 with County Agent and Rutgers vegetable and small fruit expert Peter Nitzsche,
  • Mastering the Art of Vegetable Gardening with author and plantsman Matt Mattus,
  • Garden Tools and Ergonomics with Shaun Ananko of Grow It Green Morristown,
  • Autumn Abundance: Extending the Vegetable Growing Season with Nick Storrs, owner of Homegrown Nursery in Tarrytown and instructor at the New York Botanical Garden,
  • Horticultural Therapy and Community Gardens with Ann Fahey of the Morris County Park Commission, and
  • a Garden Coordinators Round Table on Communication Strategies.

It’s 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.

Cost $50 per person before February 1, $60 per person after February 1

Register and pay in either of two methods: Download the registration form above to pay by check or register and pay on line by clicking the button below. PLEASE DO A SEPARATE REGISTRATION FOR EACH PERSON SO WE CAN GET THE RIGHT COUNT OF PROGRAM SELECTIONS AND MEALS.

Cost: See above

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Mar 5, 2019

10:30a - 8:30p

Bus Trip with the Friends: 2019 Philadelphia Flower Show

Flower Power

Join the Friends on this ever popular and eagerly anticipated annual trip. This year experience the power of flowers to convey some of the strongest human emotions. “Flower Power...the Power of Flowers!” pays tribute to the enormous impact of flowers on our lives.

This year’s special events include the FTD World Cup 2019 design competition, the interactive Butterflies Live! Exhibit featuring 1,000 live butterflies and their native host plants, and a Garden Tea experience. As always, the show will have abundant fabulous floral and landscape displays. Chat with garden experts and watch educational demonstrations in the Gardeners’ Studio. Enjoy observing fun-filled com- petitions in the Designers Studio and shop acres of vendor booths in the Marketplace.

Take in hundreds of award winning plants in the PHS Hamilton Horticourt. Enjoy lunch, tea and/or dinner on your own at the show or nearby Reading Terminal Market.

Bus leaves from the arboretum parking lot.

Register by February 15 -- No refunds after February 15, 2018

Cost: $75 members / $85 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Tue Mar 5, 2019

7:00p

North American Butterfly Association

Regular Meeting

Affiliate member programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Thu Mar 7, 2019

7:30p

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Propagation Workshop – learn how to propagate gesneriads from leaves, cuttings & rhizomes. RSVP for non-members required to Karyn Cichocki, kdc05@ptd.net by March 1, 2019.

Affiliate member programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Fri Mar 8, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p

New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Program: "The Healing Power of Plants. Many common plants have-long forgotten uses. Discover which of your backyard plant may have been part of your medicine cabinet 300 years ago. Today, scientists are still exploring the intersetion of plants, health, medicine and are making some exciting discoveries." Speaker from the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge.

Mum topic: Evaluating wintered-over mums and preparing for the growing season.

Affiliate member programs are free and open to the public.

 

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Mar 9, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p
SNOW DATE: Sun Mar 10

Matilda’s Tea: Shall We Dance?

Ages 5 & up with an adult

The dawn of the 20th Century gave rise to the ballroom dance craze so that every young girl and boy learned to dance the waltz and the foxtrot gracefully. Make your dance card and join dance instructor Jamie DiMare who leads everyone in the basics of ballroom dance. Wear your best dancing slippers and be prepared to fill your dance card and hit the dance floor to learn a few dances that a young Matilda Frelinghuysen would have known. Then enjoy tea, pastries, and tea sandwiches, both sweet and savory.

Cost: $25 per person

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: FOFA

Tue Mar 12, 2019

7:00p

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Bonsai education programs

For updates in topics and changes in dates and times please visit our webpage at: http://www.arboretumfriends.org/gsbonsai/

Affiliate member programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Wed Mar 13, 2019

7:30p

African Violet Club of Morris County

“Natural Gardens” – award winning designers of container gardens, Jill Fischer and Karyn Cichocki, will demonstrate how to create African Violet natural gardens

Affiliate member programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Wed Mar 13, 2019

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Sprouts - What Smells?

Some plants smell good and other plants smell awful! Bring your nose along for a smell safari!

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-4 and their adult caregivers will discover the wonders of nature. Each session features a different theme based on what is growing in the gardens. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

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

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

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Mar 16, 2019

10:30a

North East Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

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

Educational Program 10:30 am Orchid Judging 12:00 pm

Affiliate member programs are free and open to the public.

Saturdays – January 19, February 16, and March 16

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun Mar 17, 2019

2:00p - 3:30p

An Afternoon with Daniel J. Hinkley

Take Two: Windcliff

Teacher, writer, lecturer, plant explorer. consultant, nurseryman, naturalist, gardener. Dan Hinkley has achieved the pinnacle of success in all these areas and is recognized worldwide as a giant in the field of horticulture. Continuing a long tradition of presentations by world-renowned horticultural experts, the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum is proud to host Dan Hinkley at the Haggerty Education Center.

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As creator of the famed Heronswood Garden and Nursery near Seattle, Hinkley has explored remote corners of the globe in search of new plants to expand the ever-growing offerings in his, and ultimately our own gardens. A visit to Heronswood, Hinkley’s first garden, was a never to be forgotten experience of strolling through one beautiful garden room after another. The gardens were creative, environmentally sensitive and botanically stunning, drawing visitors from around the world.

Hinkley will share with us the joys and tribulations of creating his current garden, Windcliff. Heronswood was primarily a woodland shade garden and the new garden, Windcliff, is located on yes, a windy cliff. New plants, a different site, but with the same unequalled sense of design coupled with stunning views and intimate pathways. This is a plantsman’s garden but contemporary and harmonious in design, with art and handicrafts complementing the stunning horticultural displays.

Please join us for this rare East Coast visit by one of the most dynamic and popular speakers in today’s plant world.

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

Cost: $35 members / $40 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Wed Mar 20, 2019

11:30a

Home Garden Club of Morristown

11:30 am - Monthly Meeting

1:00 pm Lecture – Green Heron Tools

“Do what you love and stay healthy while doing it”. This is the goal of Ann Adams and Liz Brensinger co-owners of this tool company specializing in tools designed with women in mind. Drawing on their backgrounds in nursing and public health, these avid gardeners will discuss how the use of the correct tools and techniques can help gardeners avoid injury and stay healthy.

Affiliate member programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Mar 23, 2019

2:00p - 3:30p

Best Trees and Shrubs

with Heidi Hesselein of Pleasant Run Nursery

Heidi Hesselein, a 4th generation nurserywoman, cofounded Pleasant Run Nursery with her husband Richard in 1998. They grow rare, new, and unusual woodies, perennials, grasses, ferns and groundcovers, and currently produce 1,000 different species.

Heidi’s talk will cover many of the plants that she loves best and that will be for sale at the Friends Annual Plant Sale in May.

After the lecture, featured plants available at the Friends’ Plant Sale may be pre-ordered.

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

Cost: $15 members / $20 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sun Mar 24, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p

Cooking Demonstration: Spring Awakening

Spring is when we start thinking about asparagus, arugula, peas, and many other springtime favorites.

Chef Cynthia Triolo will make the most of the start of the growing season with new recipes and techniques.

Registration required by March 17 for purchase of supplies.

Cost: $25 members / $30 non-members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Wed Mar 27, 2019

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Sprouts - Here Comes The Sun

Hooray! Spring is here. Look around outside for signs of spring and plant a few early flowers to greet the sun.

Plant the seeds for a love of nature in Sprouts. In these programs, preschoolers ages 2-4 and their adult caregivers will discover the wonders of nature. Each session features a different theme based on what is growing in the gardens. Each session includes a story time, a hands-on activity based on the theme, and an outdoor exploration of the arboretum. Dress for the weather!

Pre-registration preferred; walk-ins welcome.

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

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

Cost: $5 per child

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat Mar 30, 2019

10:00a - Noon

Pruning Workshop with the Gardeners at Bamboo Brook

The gardeners at Bamboo Brook really know their stuff, and when it comes to pruning, no one does it better. Learn the hows and whys from the experts, the science behind it all, and what tools to use. Then, practice your new skills on the trees and shrubs in the gardens.

Dress for the weather and bring your garden gloves and pruners for this program at Bamboo Brook in Chester Township.

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

Cost: $15 members / $20 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: FOFA

Sat Mar 30, 2019

12:30p

Tri-State Hosta Society

Annual Plant Sale – This is a members’ only event, but anyone wishing to attend may purchase a one-year membership at the door for $10.00. Your membership gains admittance to the annual plant sale, four issues of the Tri-State Hosta Society’s award-winning newsletter, admittance to two additional indoor meetings at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, and at least three summer garden tours of member gardens.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun Mar 31, 2019

10:00a

North American Rock Garden Society – Watnong Chapter

David Culp, our March speaker will present Residential Meadow Making

Affiliate member programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sun Mar 31, 2019

2:00p - 3:30p

Plant Sale Preview

Plant Sale Chair Ilona Ontscherenki will give a mouthwatering peek at her top 100 favorites from over 700 plant varieties that will be offered at the Friends’ May sale. Her slides and tips about the plants will give you plenty of ideas for a long wish list.

Best of all, you can pre-order plants after the talk and be sure to get what you want.

Cost: FREE, but please register.

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

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Sat Apr 6, 2019

To be announced

African Violet Club of Morris County

Save the Date for the Annual show and sale

Affiliate member programs are free and open to the public.

Cost: Free

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Fri May 3, 2019

4:00p - 7:00p

24th Annual Plant Sale - Members Only Shopping

As always, members will get first dibs on our plants, so the sale will open to all members at 4:00 pm on Friday.

Keep a lookout here for more details and registration information soon.

Plant Sale Volunteers Needed

Please help make our 2019 Plant Sale a success by volunteering for one of the many tasks that go into the Friend’s major fundraising event.

Sign up online on our Plant Sale Volunteer Signup Page. It’s easy, and takes a 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 to Members

Location: Haggerty Center

Sponsor: FOFA

Sat May 4, 2019

& Sun May 5
9:00a - 3:00p

24th Annual Plant Sale

Saturday - Sunday Public Sale

SAVE THE DATES - More Information to Come.

Plant Sale Volunteers Needed

Please help make our 2019 Plant Sale a success by volunteering for one of the many tasks that go into the Friend’s major fundraising event.

Sign up online on our Plant Sale Volunteer Signup Page. It’s easy, and takes a 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 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