I hope you are enjoying this beautiful Labor Day weekend. The weather certainly couldn't be nicer for enjoying your yard or a walk at the Arboretum.
The Friends start celebrating their 40th Anniversary with a fabulous trip to Scotland in May/June 2011, just in time for the Edinburgh Flower Show.
Join us Sunday afternoon, September 12th from 2:00pm - 4:00pm (there are still a few places left) to learn all about the public and private gardens (and a wee bit of shopping) that travelers will enjoy at this informational talk complete with Scottish fare and accompanying bagpipers. Speakers include Susan Cloyd from C-I-E Tours International and Trip Co-Chairs Karen Curry and Ollie Acheson. There will be a bagpipe performance and, of course, food. We will have a sampling of cheeses, cookies, cakes and teas typical of Scotland.
We will also begin accepting deposits ($500 per person) at this meeting, so if you want to lock in your place on the trip, you may do so there following the presentations. Checks only, please.
Call us at (973) 326-7603 to reserve your place for this informative program.
Check out the new Scotland2011 section of the website for all the up-to-date information, including maps and a detailed itinerary.
Willowwood Tour with Plantswomen Judy Schaible
Join Judy on Sunday September 12th at 2pm for an intimate tour of the gardens at Willowwood where she has been working for the past six years. Judy has a B.S. in horticulture from Cook College and got her start in gardening by helping her Dad water his tomato plants when she was seven. At Willowwood, she is responsible for the Roserie, the Winter Garden, the Parking Lot and the Stone Barn plantings. At the Kay Center, Judy is responsible for the Butterfly Garden.
Intermediate Flower Arranging with Marge Hulstrunk
Everyone would like to be able to do a beautiful fresh flower arrangement as a hostess gift or birthday gift for a friend, but not everyone feels they are talented enough to do so. If you have some flower arranging experience/training, please join us Tuesday September 14th at 6pm for a pleasant evening and learn a new design using Fall garden flowers.
Instructor Marge Hulstrunk has been a professional floral designer for over 20 years and she will be happy to teach you a new design. Please bring clippers appropriate to cut fine plant material and a box to carry your creation home in. The flowers and supplies will be provided. Class size is limited.
The Friends Go Social!
Have your children or grandchildren convinced you that social networking, whether it be facebook, twitter or the like, are the wave of the future? Well, the Friends don't want to be left behind and invite you to look at our postings on these two popular venues. Just click on the icon and follow us (or friend us) to keep up with all our activities.
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:
- Introduction to Permaculture - Friday, September 17th, 7:00pm. Wanda Knapik, owner of My Local Garden, will share her experiences and advice on how to create a perennial polyculture of multipurpose plants that are edible and beautiful.
- Summit / Short Hills Garden Tour - Sunday, September 19th, 10am. Enjoy exclusive access to five beautiful gardens in Summit and Short Hills on this "drive yourself" tour.
- Herbal Vinegars Workshop - Friday, September 24th, 10:30a or 7:00pm. Make a trio of tasty herbal vinegars using herbs grown at the Arboretum and three different types of vinegar. Handsome bottles, personalized labels and matching ribbon make this a nice hostess gift -- but you won't want to give them away!