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Announcements as of April 15, 2014

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.



The Friends have funded a part time seasonal position within the Morris County Park Commission here at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Title: Cutting Garden Gardener
Hours: 8 hours a week from May – September, $12.50 per hour, days and times are flexible
Responsibilities: watering, weeding, deadheading, pruning feeding
Qualifications: Knowledge of the care of perennials and annuals in our Cutting Garden, which is not open to the public and is located near the Frelinghuysen’s Maintenance Shop

If you are interested, please send your resume to


This 4’ tall cactus (click on image to enlarge) is looking for a new home.

If you would like to adopt it, please contact Catherine Buehler at 973-538-98714.

Make a Culinary Herb Jar

Even those with limited space to grow can enjoy fresh herbs. Grow them in a strawberry jar that can be placed on a sunny porch, a deck or even a fire escape!

Register here for our Make a Culinary Herb Jar workshop on Friday, May 9. Note there are two session, morning and evening, so be sure to register for the right one.

A Gardeners Guide to Hydrangeas

Last week, three guests walked in with questions about pruning hydrangeas. Get the whole story on mopheads, oakleafs, old wood and new wood at A Gardeners Guide to Hydrangeas.

Click here to register on line for this Saturday May 17th program.

Wildflower Walk at the Tourne

Spring ephemerals have started their beautiful, but brief bloom.

Are you up for a walk at Tourne County Park to see them? Click here for on-line registration. Sunday, April 27th.

LAST CALL for Changing Climates, Changing Garden

LAST CALL for Changing Climates, Changing Garden: Protecting Plants in the 21st Century.

2.0 CEUs for Master Gardeners and a shot of reality check mixed with a dose of hope for everyone else. Thursday, April 17. Click here to register.

Berkshire Blast!

Who’s coming to the Berkshires with us?

What a trip we have planned! We’ll even get to see the special “Frelinghuysen” garden at the Berkshire Botanic Garden. Tuesday & Wednesday, June 24-25.

Pack up your walking shoes and register here.


  • The Great Swap Bonsai Society invites all interested individuals to their Tuesday, April 29 meeting to hear guest lecturer, bonsai artist, Suthin.
  • Are you interested in learning how to grow chrysanthemums? Who better to learn from than the New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society at their MUM School on Saturday, May 10. Here you will learn how to grow healthy, prolific garden mums and how to grow those big “football” exhibit mums too. Each attendee receives 3 (garden) mum rooted cuttings and 3 large disbud bloom type cuttings, plus soil and pots for your new plants. All for $15. Call Doris Zucher at 973-361-4323 to sign up. Please help to support this wonderful group!

Matilda's Café

Looking for a swell place to have a cup of joe on Sunday morning?

Matilda's Cafe is open from 10am on serving fresh coffee and a fine selection of pastries. Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays through October.

2014 Plant Sale

Here is a somewhat longer range welcome to Spring: The Friends 19th Annual Plant Sale is coming up the first weekend of May! Put big red stars on your calendar for the Members-Only Sale Friday, May 2nd, and the Main Event Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd & 4th.

We have added lots of plants to our On-Line Plant List so take a look and start your wish list. Also, there are several new articles on our Plant Sale Page where you can the whole scoop on this year's Plant Sale.

Retail Partners

As a member of The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum you can enjoy discounts at our Retail Partners. Please show your Friends' membership card at time of purchase. Click here to see the up-to-date list of fine vendors.

Featured Partner Articles


Great updates from two of our Retail Partners:

This and prior Featured Retail Partner articles may be accessed by clicking here.

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.


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