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Announcements as of November 7, 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.


Gingerbread Entry Deadline Extended

With cleanup from Hurricane Sandy on everyone's minds, we have extended the exhibitor's entry deadline by a week from Friday, November 16th to Friday, November 23rd. Read all about the Gingerbread Wonderland and download the entry form here on our Events page.

Sandy Cleanup

While the Frelinghuysen Arboretum is still closed to the public, staff are working hard to assess and repair the gardens. We hope to post photographs shortly.

Follow our grounds crews' advice and work safely: use goggles, gloves and appropriate footware.

You may be able to salvage some usable wood for building projects. As it happens our library received a generous donation of books and among them are 2 on making twig furniture. If you want to borrow one, call the front desk and leave a message for lesley -- it may take a few days to get an answer as the phones are not yet working in the Haggerty....

Likewise, fallen evergreen branches might make good wreath material. Or plan to take "got swag" (Holiday Swag Workshop) with Sue and Steve George on Saturday, November 24th, or the Children's Holiday Centerpiece workshop on Monday, December 17th.


Morris County was hit hard by the storm and many loved trees were lost. If you lost a special tree, please send us a picture and let us know what you will miss.

We will post these in our photo gallery next spring, we will look at them and have some perspective about what we have experienced collectively as gardeners.

Retail Partners

If you find yourself in need of gear, think about shopping at a retail partner - bring your membership card please.

Ireland 2013

We are thrilled that a number of you have already sent in your deposits and signed up for our 2013 trip to Ireland. There are only a few places left, so if you are interested, don't delay! Read all about the trip and send in your deposit now. Remember, you can use a credit card on-line for the deposit -- read below for more information.

Final Thoughts

  • Try to plant some bulbs in that newly sunny spot.
  • Clean and oil your tools.
  • Fertilize and lime areas that need it.
  • Keeping busy and looking forward is what gardeners do best.
  • When the arboretum re-opens, visit the back of the Barkman Cottage, where the gift shop was located for many years and where a cafe will open this coming year. At the rear of the building, a beautiful camellia blooms with quiet grace.
  • A walk around the labyrinth is recommended for all.

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.

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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