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Announcements as of March 25, 2010

The Friends of Frelinghuysen Arboretum are proud to host dozens of events in the coming weeks, ranging from exhibits to photo classes to tours to informative programs on gardens and horticulture.
Our full program is found on the Events Page of our website.
Please browse there at your leisure. Until then, here are some upcoming events that should be sure to be of interest.
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Believe it or not, the Events page on the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum website lists some 35 programs from now through the end of June! I would certainly bet that several of them are right up your alley. Here are a few important coming attractions:

blackburn tes11th Annual Blackburn Scholarship Tea - Wednesday April 7th

You probably know that the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum sponsors scholarships each year for students of horticulture and related fields in honor of Dr. Benjamin C. Blackburn who was of significant help to the Arboretum during its formative years. Read more about it here.

Funding of the scholarships comes from a variety of sources, including the Annual Blackburn Scholarship Tea. This year's program is entitled, “Branches, Berries and Bulbs,” and features acclaimed floral designers Debbie Budd and Mary Ryan from The Rose and Radish in Whitehouse Station.

Do your part for education and enjoy a great presentation. Register now by calling 973-326-7603. Don't miss out on this important annual event.

growing small fruitsGrowing Small Fruits - Thursday April 1st

Grow strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and other small fruit in your own backyard! Peter Nitzsche, Morris County's Agricultural Extension Agent and resident tomato and small fruit expert will show you how. Learn which varieties grow best in our area, how to plant and maintain them and proper layout practices so you will enjoy the "fruits" of your labors for years to come.

garden art swapGarden Art Swap - Sunday April 25th

GOT JUNK? Every gardener has containers, statues and various nick-knacks that are too nice to toss but not right for their garden. Bring them to GARDEN ART SWAP. Click here for flyer.

Everyone has some kind of unwanted decorative garden object and the Garden Art Swap is the place for them. Objects can include decorative containers, pottery, garden signs, statues, etc. And yes, pink flamingoes but nothing over 40 pounds, please!

15th Annual Friends Plant Sale - Friday April 30th & Saturday May 1st

The biggest and best plant sale of the year kicks off Friday evening April 30th with the Members-only Party and Sale and is followed the next day, Saturday May 1st, by the Main Event Plant Sale open to all.

Click on the tent at right to go to the Plant Sale page and read all about the plants (on-line plant list plus Plant Tidbits, a column by the plant sale co-chairs describing their particular favorite plants), and meet the Plant Experts, the red-hatted cadre who will guide your selections at the Members-only Party and Sale.

Rain Garden Certification Program

Our friends at Master Gardeners let us know about a rain garden certification program in early May taught by experts from Rutgers Cooperative Extension service. You can download a flier here. Follow the link in the flier to the Rutgers website for registration information.

Save the Dates!

Many other programs are listed in our Events Calendar, but here are a few you may want to check out and add to your calendar:

  • Cooking Series - Give Peas a Chance (Sunday June 27th) - another of chef and master gardener, Cynthia Triolo's wonderful cooking classes. These perennial sell-outs fill fast, so register now!


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