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Announcements as of April 10, 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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After our few days of early summer, everything seems to be in bloom. Let's look at what's blossoming on the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Events Calendar over the next few weeks.

Sensational Succulents with Ray Rogers - Monday, April 19th

Don't miss out on this great program with noted author and speaker, Ray Rogers, focused on the wonderful world of succulents.

Endlessly fascinating in their range of color and form, cacti and other succulents satisfy beginning gardeners with their easy-going nature and inspire seasoned gardeners to grown them into sculptural works of art. Learn the basics as well as the finer points that will enable you to produce your own masterpieces with author, lecturer and Plantsman extraordinaire Ray Rogers.

Call during the week for one of the few remaining places.

Four Seasons of Color

Four Seasons of Color - Sunday April 25th

On Sunday, April 25th, we are lucky to present a talk on "Four Seasons of Color for the Garden State" by Pegi Ballister-Howells, a noted author and radio host. Her talk runs from 1:00 - 2:00 pm, and is followed immediately by our Garden Art Swap.

Pegi's talk will feature plants that will be available at the Friends Annual Plant Sale which kicks off Friday evening, April 30th and runs all day Saturday, May 1st. Read more below or learn still more by going to our Plant Sale Page.

Click on the image at right to display a nice flier on the Four Seasons of Color program and keep reading, below, for more on the Garden Art Swap.

Garden Art Swap - Sunday April 25th

garden art swapGOT JUNK? Every gardener has containers, statues and various nick-knacks that are too nice to toss but not right for your 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, too, but nothing over 40 pounds, please!

Swap items will be accepted from Noon - 1 pm at which time you will be given Trading Points.

At 1 pm, Pegi Ballister-Howells will give her talk on "Four Seasons of Color" (see above). Then, from 2 pm - 4 pm you can exchange your Trading Points for others' gently used treasures.

Call early this week to register.

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.


Herb Society of America Request

The Herb Society of America, Norther NJ Chapter, is seeking someone with a greenhouse to grow plants for its garden at the Wick Estate. The Herb Society will provide the seeds for the plants and pay a per-flat price. If you are interested, please call Nancy Sember at 973-895-1953.


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:


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