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Announcements as of October 2, 2012

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, but here are some upcoming events that we would like to highlight.
Click here to read this and previous newsletters on-line.


This coming Sunday (Oct. 7th) it's a Free Triple Header:

Read all the details at our events page,

Roads at Work But Gardens Beautiful

Please don't let recent road construction work here at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum keep you from visiting!

The gardens near the Mansion remain untouched and are lovely in their last days before the frost. The Katsura Tree growing on the Great Lawn across from the Rose Garden will soon reward lucky visitors with it's scent like burnt sugar. This wonderful, characteristic smell of Cercidphyllum japonicum is a result of the decay process within the deciduous foliage.

Just past the Katsura, is our labyrinth. Here is a nice story about it by garden writer Mary Jasch:

A fall afternoon is perfect for walking the labyrinth. Bring along a thermos of hot tea to enjoy afterwards.


We are just back from the Garlic Festival in Saugerties, NY with some new cultivars to introduce and sell at Simply Stinky on October 14.

These include a French Hardneck and new Czech variety (well, new to us in the USA). Limited space and limited garlic, so register now.

Drawing near:

Berried Treasure on Sunday, October 20 - plant a berried bush and make your bird friends happy

Magic Boxes on Wednesday, October 17 - keep that parade of salad greens going in a cold frame

2012 Gingerbread Wonderland Exhibit Registration and Reservations are open

Be a part of the exhibit! Learn more here:

Japanese Maples Fact Sheet

We have a new fact sheet posted here:, all about beautiful Japanese Maples.

The Friends Are Going to Ireland in 2013

And you are invited to join in on a wonderful tour of Irish gardens. Join us on Saturday October 20 for the Friends Trip to Ireland Preview where veteran traveler Sue Acheson will describe the tour and all the details, including itinerary, cost, accomodations, etc. The Preview is free, but we ask that you register in advance.

Want a head start? Read about the program on our Ireland2013 page.

If you decide to join in on the fun (and we hope you do), you can reserve a place with a deposit either by check or credit card at the Preview Program, or mail your check or use PayPal on our website. Read about it on the Ireland2013 pages.

What's in Bloom At the Arboretum

Coming for a walk? Check out what’s in bloom right here with our on-line What's in Bloom list, maintained by volunteer Phil Dahlen.


Remember that all our events can be found on our Events Page where, we are happy to say, you can register and pay on line -- just click on the "Add to Cart" buttons on our Events page and Membership page. Alternatively, you may register by calling 973-326-7603.

Retail Partners

Our Retail Partners list continues to grow! Look under "Membership" and then "Discount Offers" on our website (or just click on the headline above).

Remember to bring your membership card when shopping.


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