Events

Upcoming Events

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Master Class Videos

The Friends have recorded a number of events over the past couple of years which are available on our Pre-recorded Events page.

Go there, follow the instructions and sit back and enjoy our growing catalog.

Gingerbread Wonderland 2022

After consulting with Morris County Park Commission staff, we jointly determined that health and safety concerns prevent the Friends from staging this popular program in 2022.  Please check back next year.



  • Starting Seeds Indoors

    Tuesday 12-13-22 07:00 pm (Eastern)

    Location: VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM


    WHEN AND HOW with Master Gardener Grace Tshanakas

    Various Seedlings

    There is such joy and excitement watching as seedlings emerge and mature. The biggest excitement, or course, comes from either harvesting a food you have grown or seeing a beautiful flower develop. In this presentation, you will learn everything you need to know about starting seeds indoors including seed types, supplies needed, the planting process and caring for seedlings. Handouts will include a great list of resources as well as Rutgers Fact Sheets.

    This program is FREE, but Registration is required.

    Please register here: https://forms.gle/pjuHoKrJQTHKdpoP8

    Registration for this program will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

    This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

    This program will not be recorded.

    For questions, contact: mennist@arboretumfriends.net or lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

    Fees: FREE, but Registration is required




  • Garden Lovers’ Book Club

    Monday 01-02-23 01:30 pm (Eastern)

    Location: Virtual Via Zoom


    Did you know that there is a group of interested gardeners that meet bimonthly on a Monday afternoon at 1:30 PM to share their love of gardening?

    The club reads and discusses gardening books, talks about garden trips, shares gardening successes and failures and exchanges ideas.

    The book for January 2023 is A Garden of Marvels by Ruth Kassinger.

    Open only to Members of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

    Registration is required. Please register here.

    A Zoom link will be sent to you a few days prior to the meeting date.

    Questions? Contact: lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

    Fees: None




  • Members Only New Year’s Party

    Saturday 01-14-23 01:00 pm (Eastern)

    Location: Haggerty Education Center


    The program at this year’s New Year party will celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Friends’ founding in 1972. A slideshow by Judy Snow, past President of the Friends, will show highlights from Friends’ activities through the years and will bring back memories of many horticultural friends and events.

    Following the presentation, we’ll celebrate with our usual spread of delicious savory and sweet treats, accompanied by coffee, tea and wines.

    The event is free to Members of the Friends, but please register by Wednesday, January 17 as attendance is limited to 100 people.

    Please register here

    This program will not be recorded.

    Fees: Free to Members




  • From Great Estates to Public Gardens with Master Gardener Bill Moran

    Tuesday 01-17-23 07:00 pm (Eastern)

    Location: Virtual Via Zoom


    Untermyer Gardens

    What may be a surprise to many Morris County residents is that within a short driving distance there are hundreds of public gardens. Most of them are free and offer an incredible variety of plants and designs. In some instances, these gardens were once part of a private estate and the original mansion may be open for viewing.

    This presentation covers a range of gardens from pocket size to multi-acre arboretums. Pictures of each garden will be shown along with access information and the speaker’s highly subjective rating.

    A list of all local gardens will be included.

    This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs

    Registration will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

    This program will not be recorded.

    Free to all, but please register here

    Fees: Free




  • Joys of Winter Bird Feeding with Jim Walker

    Thursday 01-26-23 07:00 pm (Eastern)

    Location: Virtual Via Zoom


    Jim Walker, owner of the Wild Birds Unlimited store in Denville will be presenting on the “Joys of Winter Bird Feeding”: from feeding and attracting more of them, to helping keep them safe to simply enjoying watching them. Jim will offer do’s and don’ts and make suggestions to help make the hobby more productive, safe and enjoyable.

    The Wild Birds Unlimited store in Denville is a Retail Partner of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

    Registration will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

    This program will not be recorded.

    Fees: $10 Members / $15 non-members

    Not a member?

    Click to join the Friends

    Members of Friends
    $ 10

    Non-Members
    $ 15





  • The Benjamin Blackburn Scholarship Lecture with Jenny Rose Carey

    Saturday 02-04-23 01:00 pm (Eastern)

    Location: Haggerty Education Center


    Jenny Rose Carey

    Since 1979, the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum have supported horticultural education through a scholarship named for Dr. Benjamin Blackburn. Speaker Jenny Rose Carey will discuss her new book The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Guide: How to Combine Shape, Color, and Texture to Create the Garden of Your Dreams.

    Ms. Carey will discuss how the colors, shapes and scents of flowers are as ravishing to the senses as to the soul. But, it’s all too easy to get things wrong: colors that clash, flowers that bloom at the wrong time, plants that fail to thrive. She will explain exactly how to get started, how to combine plants for the most spectacular effects, and how to keep your garden going from year to year. Whether you’re interested in dramatic color combinations, how best to use a favorite flower or how to create a garden for a specific purpose, such as nourishing pollinators, you’ll find the answers in Ms. Carey’s presentation. As she says, “Don’t be afraid – just have a go”!

    Ms. Carey is a renowned gardener, educator, historian and author. She is also the former senior director at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm in Jenkintown. Jenny Rose has been lecturing nationally and internationally for many years. She previously worked at Temple University for over a decade, first as an adjunct professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and then as director of the Ambler Arboretum. Her Victorian property, Northview, contains diverse garden spaces, including a cutting garden, an herb garden, a dry garden and various mixed flower beds.

    Jenny Rose is the co-author with Mary Ann Fry of A Century of Cultivation, the author and photographer for Glorious Shade Timber Press 2017 and The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Guide, Timber Press 2022.

    Dr. Blackburn was a professor of Botany at Drew University. His involvement with the Morris County Park Commission began with his friendship with Henry and Robert Tubbs, whose property, Willowwood, eventually became the Willowwood Arboretum. Dr. Blackburn published many articles and wrote a number of books on gardening as well as being the host of a very popular radio gardening program. He generously shared his vast knowledge and deep love for horticulture with many staff members in the Horticulture Division and with his countless fans, members of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and area garden clubs.

    Admission fees for this program support the scholarship that is offered to students in the Landscape Technology Program at County College of Morris (CCM). This scholarship allows interested students the opportunity to explore the different horticultural, environmental and design studies offered through the accredited CCM program. The increased knowledge the students acquire in the classroom and through hands-on programs at CCM will benefit them as they enter their chosen field in horticulture and landscape design.

    The presentation will be followed by a book sale and signing. Light refreshments will be served.

    This program will not be recorded.

    This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs

    Fees: $45 Members / $55 non-members

    Not a member?

    Click to join the Friends

    Members of Friends
    $ 45

    Non-Members
    $ 55





  • History of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s (PHS) Flower Show

    Thursday 02-16-23 07:00 pm (Eastern)

    Location: Virtual Via Zoom


    Seth Pearsoll

    Seth Pearsoll, PHS Creative Director, will discuss the history of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s annual flower show which started in 1829. It is the oldest and largest indoor flower show in the world, attracting over 250,000 visitors each year.

    A preview of the Friends Plant Sale from May 6 to 7, will also be covered.

    Seth Pearsoll’s role as PHS Design Director for the Philadelphia Flower Show allows him to contribute to a variety of design tasks and creative projects. He focuses on finding and creating relationships with exciting new designers and creators for the Flower Show. Seth received his B.A. in English at the University of Nebraska and did his master’s coursework at the University of Iowa in the field of Hispanic Linguistics. While there, he found that his real passion was landscape architecture, so he dropped out of the Linguistics program to begin a master’s degree program in Sustainable Planning and Design from the Conway Design School in Massachusetts. After completing his masters, Seth began working in Philadelphia at a number of landscape design firms, eventually finding his way to PHS.

    Registration will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

    This program will be recorded.

    This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs

    Fees: $15 Members / $20 non-members

    Not a member?

    Click to join the Friends

    Members of Friends
    $ 15

    Non-Members
    $ 20





  • Avoiding Garden Bloopers … aka Right Plant, Right Place, Right Effect

    Tuesday 02-28-23 07:00 pm (Eastern)

    Location: Virtual Via Zoom


    Photo credit: CK Public Health

    In this presentation, Master Gardener Gail Di Domenico, covers hardiness zones, soil pH and conditions, light exposure, plant characteristics, features and attractions. Information on trees, shrubs, perennials, vines, ground covers, bulbs and annuals will be provided, along with many photos and suggestions (in the photo to the right, the large tree is too close to the house). Whether you are hiring a professional or doing it yourself, planting an expensive tree or a tiny annual, it pays to be in the know to protect and increase the value of your landscape investments. Proper selection and techniques save time, money and labor and add to gardening enjoyment.

    This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs

    Registration will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

    This program will not be recorded.

    Free to all, but please register here

    Fees: Free




  • 13th Annual Community Garden Conference

    Saturday 03-04-23 09:00 am (Eastern)

    Location: Haggerty Education Center


    In person and via Zoom

    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 13th year in a row. This year we are very excited to have Dr. William Woys Weaver as the keynote speaker. We have an impressive list of session speakers too, all experts in their field. They will cover topics relevant to not just community gardeners but backyard vegetable gardeners as well as garden managers, and those trying to establish a new community Garden.

    It’s going to be a hybrid conference this year, in person at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum or, if you prefer to Zoom in, you will have that option.

    The topics for the 2023 Conference are:

    • Keynote Speaker Dr. William Woys Weaver: The Roughwood Center for Heritage Seedways: Seed to Table — the Future of Regional Cuisine. Dr. Weaver is an internationally known food ethnographer and author of 20 books dealing with culinary history and heritage seeds. His presentation explains what they do at the Roughwood Center, the history of the seed collection and how they are devoting their energies to promote regional foods and foodways as an alternative and safer way to feed ourselves in the future. The lecture will be illustrated with heirloom plants and food preparations reflecting this underlying philosophy.
    • Peter Nitzsche, Morris County Agricultural and Natural Resource Agent, Rutgers Vegerable Expert and Conference Co-sponsor will discuss the findings from the season long community garden demonstration plot trials on tomatoes bred to be resistant to Septoria Leaf Spot and using Bacillus thuringiensis to manage squash vine borer in zucchini.
    • Rebecca Magron, Horticulturist from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County presents her excellent talk on Mindful Vegetable Gardening. She’ll discuss the trends in the industry, from attracting pollinators, to the best methods and techniques to use when growing in small spaces, to how a basic knowledge of botany will inform your growing practices. She’ll talk about the science behind companion planting too and dispel some of the myths that prevail.
    • The Coordinator’s Round Table will be moderated by Ned Gardner, Manager of the Ted Largman Community Garden in Morris Township. This is a chance for managers of community gardens to connect with other managers, get questions answered and share successes and not so sucessful endeavors they’ve encountered. The topic for the 2023 discussion is Conflict Resolution and is open to all attendees.

    This program is eligible for 6.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs.

    Cost: $60 without lunch and $75 including lunch. Feel free to bring your own lunch if you don’t want to pay for it.

    Please ignore the Member and non-Member wording in the PayPal boxes below; click on the Member box to pay $60 with no lunch or on the non-Member box to pay $75 to include lunch.

    Fees: $60

    Not a member?

    Click to join the Friends

    Members of Friends
    $ 60

    Non-Members
    $ 75





  • Garden Lovers’ Book Club

    Monday 03-06-23 01:30 pm (Eastern)

    Location: Virtual Via Zoom


    Did you know that there is a group of interested gardeners that meet bimonthly on a Monday afternoon at 1:30 PM to share their love of gardening?

    The club reads and discusses gardening books, talks about garden trips, shares gardening successes and failures and exchanges ideas.

    The book for March is The Triumph of Seeds by Thor Hanson.

    Open only to Members of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

    Registration is required. Please register here.

    A Zoom link will be sent to you a few days prior to the meeting date.

    Questions? Contact lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

    Fees: None




  • BUS TRIP TO THE 2023 PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW

    Tuesday 03-07-23 10:30 am (Eastern) 10:30 am departure from Arboretum parking lot - Return 8:30 PM

    Location: Haggerty Center


    After two years of being held outdoors, The Philadelphia Flower Show will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2023. This year’s theme is “The Garden Electric”, bringing the electrifying presence of today’s most dynamic designers of floral arrangements, lush gardens, and landscapes to visitors from around the world.

    Join the Friends on this always popular and highly anticipated trip. Chat with garden experts and watch how-to gardening demonstration in the Gardener’s Studio, shop acres of vendor booths brimming with merchandise in the Marketplace and enjoy lunch and/or dinner on your own at the show or at nearby Reading Terminal Market.

    No refunds after February 19.

    Time: 10:30 AM – 8:30 PM – Bus leaves from the Arboretum parking lot

    Fees: $80 members / $90 non-members

    Not a member?

    Click to join the Friends

    Members of Friends
    $ 80

    Non-Members
    $ 90





  • The Philadelphia Flower Show: Creating a Show Garden

    Saturday 03-18-23 01:00 pm (Eastern)

    Location: Haggerty Education Center


    Ever wonder how show gardens are created? Susan Cohan Gardens, a show garden veteran, will show you how the display gardens at the Philadelphia Flower Show are designed and built. This is sure to be a fascinating presentation on what takes place behind the scenes and in preparation for an exhibit at the Show.

    Susan Cohan, FAPLD, left a successful career in the fashion industry and founded Susan Cohan Gardens after earning a certificate in Garden Design from the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Gardens in London. Named The Designer of the Year by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in 2021, Susan is the principal and design director of Susan Cohan Gardens, a full-service landscape design studio located in the New York/New Jersey metro area.

    From small courtyards to large country estates, the studio is dedicated to the creation of exceptional residential outdoor living spaces and gardens. Susan and her team have created landscape designs for discerning regional and international clients. The finished results are frequently published and have won numerous awards, including the 2022 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Gold and Silver Trophy for her entry in 2022’s Philadelphia Flower Show (photo at right).

    Meet the speaker and chat with friends after the program.

    Light refreshments will be served.

    This program will not be recorded.

    Fees: $30 Members / $40 non-members

    Not a member?

    Click to join the Friends

    Members of Friends
    $ 30

    Non-Members
    $ 40





  • The Buffalo Style Garden: Adding Your Personality to Your Garden with Jim Charlier

    Tuesday 03-28-23 07:00 pm (Eastern)

    Location: Virtual Via Zoom


    Buffalo Style Garden

    Jim Charlier, co-author with Sally Cunningham, of “Buffalo Style Gardens: Create a Quirky, One-of-a-Kind Private Garden with Eye-Catching Designs” will present ideas on how to make your own garden more personal, showing how creative gardeners around the country have added their own unique spin to their gardens.

    Jim Charlier is a graphic designer, photographer, artist and garden blogger at ArtofGardening.org.

    This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs

    Registration will close at 4:00 PM on the day of the program.

    This program will be recorded.

    Fees: $15 Members / $20 non-members

    Not a member?

    Click to join the Friends

    Members of Friends
    $ 15

    Non-Members
    $ 20





  • Garden Lovers’ Book Club

    Monday 05-01-23 01:30 pm (Eastern)

    Location: Virtual Via Zoom


    Did you know that there is a group of interested gardeners that meet bimonthly on a Monday afternoon at 1:30 PM to share their love of gardening?

    The club reads and discusses gardening books, talks about garden trips, shares gardening successes and failures and exchanges ideas.

    The book for May is The Lost Gardens: An English Garden Mystery by Anthony Eglin.

    Open only to Members of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

    Registration is required. Please register here.

    A Zoom link will be sent to you a few days prior to the meeting date.

    Questions? Contact: lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net

    Fees: None



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