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Announcements as of October 5, 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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Junior Master Gardeners

Designed to connect kids to the natural world in an integrated hand-on learning experience, Junior Master Gardeners (JMG) expands The Frelinghuysen Arboretum's youth gardening to a year round program. Meeting every other Wednesday during the school year, beginning October 6, young gardeners will meet in the horticultural and environmental group that features learning and leadership projects.

Junior Master Gardeners is for young people in grades 3-5. Kids needn't have taken any other youth horticulture classes at the Arboretum but they must be willing to get dirty, go outside no matter what, help others, and have fun. This year's JMG class will focus on specific areas and collections at the Arboretum and the changes throughout the seasons. At the end of the each year, young gardeners will participate in a plant focused service project based on what they've learned and along the way they will become certified Junior Master Gardeners.

Junior Master Gardeners was created by the University Cooperative Extension, the same organization that coordinates the Master Gardener program in each state in the U.S. -- a program known for its educational outreach and service to the community.

JMG will begin Wednesday, October 6 and meet every other Wednesday throughout the school year from 4 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. The cost is $175 per child.

For more information or to request a registration brochure contact Senior Horticultural Program Specialist, Gwen Montgomery at 973-631-5004 or at As always, our Children's Page summarizes our many youth-oriented activities.

Fall Planning for Your Spring Vegetable Garden

Do you just love snow peas? You can have your fill by May, grown right in your own backyard.

Come Wednesday, October 6th at 7pm to learn the easy steps you can take now to have a garden that's ready to plant with spring vegetables in March.

Find that spot in your yard that gets 6 or more hours of sunlight a day and start dreaming. Virginia Lamb, composting guru and environmental educator, will cover topics that include soil preparation and amendments, cover crops and mulching, and seed and plant selection for successive crops.

Energy Saving Bulbs

No, not the compact fluorescent kind... flower bulbs! A little work in the fall will reward you with blooms in the spring and well into the future, saving you time and energy. Go green! ...and red, and yellow, and orange....

Join us Friday October 15th at 10:30 am to hear presenter Marc Zukovich, President of Sterling Horticultural Services and Professor at County College of Morris, a gifted speaker who is incredibly knowledgeable on all topics horticultural. His talk on bulbs is one of the best. There will be bulbs for sale (cash or checks only) following the talk.

The Friends Are Going To Scotland

The Friends are going to Scotland from May 26th to June 5th of 2011 and we would like to have you join us.

Full details are on the Scotland section of our website, including maps, pricing and the full itinerary. Just click on the headline or the image to go there now.

We are accepting deposits now, so sign up soon and don't get left behind!

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:


The Friends Have Gone Social!

Have your children or grandchildren convinced you that social networking (facebook, twitter or the like) is 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.

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