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Announcements as of April 1, 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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Here it is April 1st already. A beautiful weekend awaits us and bulbs and flowering trees are bursting forth with color everywhere. I hope everyone gets out and enjoys the Spring splendor.

Let's look at a few of the Arboretum's big events coming in the next few weeks.

blackburn tes11th Annual Blackburn Scholarship Tea - Wednesday April 7th

Last chance to sign up for next week's Blackburn Scholarship Tea. Don't miss out on this fun -- and beneficial, event.

Funding of the annual Blackburn Scholarship 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 while enjoying a great presentation. Register now by calling 973-326-7603. Don't miss out on this important annual event.


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.

Better yet, join us for a talk entitled "Four Seasons of Color" by author and radio host, Pegi Ballister-Howell. Her talk will give you a sneak peek at many of the plants available at the 15th Annual Friends Plant Sale. The sale kicks off 5 days later, so take notes and be ready to fill your garden the next week!

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.

This year's Plant Sale adds Organic Vegetables to the broad range of annuals, perennials, trees & shrubs, vines, etc. available at the sale. The Plant Sale page and the On-line Plantlist feature writeups, pictures and details about these great additions.

By the way, Friends members may pick up their annual plant dividends at the Plant 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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