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Announcements as of July 1, 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.


Nurerymen's Garden

Things are finally starting to catch up in our gardens with the sun’s help.


Here’s a photo of the Nurserymen’s Garden on the way into the Haggerty Education Center. See those lovely caladiums – that’s Gingerbread, one of the cultivars given as this year’s PLANT DIVIDEND.

We also offered Elephant Ears - this second picture features an unusual variety “ Alocasia tigrina ‘Superba,’ We love those tiger stripes on the stem!

Click on the images to enlarge.

Are your Plant Dividends growing nicely? We would love to see them! Please share images of your garden by sending them to

Register Now for Family Day


Go right here to sign up for this great Sunday July 13th event.

Fairy Day

Fairy Day was super fun! 40 families gathered to create a temporary Fairy City on Sylvan Terrace. The houses will be on display the month of July, or until they biodegrade.

Our on-line gallery has some great images to enjoy of the houses and their creators -- click on the image to see them all.

Sunday Fun

Sunday, July 6 features FREE tours of the Frelinghuysen and this month’s POTTING SHED installment.

If you have company for the July 4th weekend, this is a nice way to spend Sunday Afternoon. Have lunch at Matilda’s Cafe, learn how to create a buttermilk shelled pot and take a tour of the grounds and seasonal blooms.

Grow, Cook, Eat – Beets and Kohlrabi

Grow, Cook, Eat still has a few spaces open, C’mon people: Eat your Beets!

Click the title to register for the Wednesday, July 16th program.

Flower Arranging for Beginners

The abundance of blooms inspires even the most floral design challenged of us!

Want to learn how to create beauty and order in a vase?

Click on the image to register for this Wednesday July 16th course. Marge Hulstrunk will guide you, instruct you and inspire you to flower design greatness!

Flower Shows

How are your HOSTAs looking? On Saturday, July 12, the Tri-State Hosta Society will “Celebrate Hostas” with an exhibit of rare and unusual hosta leaves in vases, arrangements and containers. This is a nice way to expand your Hosta vocabulary and to support this great group of plant people.

Are you planning to enter the Chrysanthemum Show? If so, you will want to attend their Friday, July 11 meeting where they will teach you how to debranch and disbud mums. A lot of work goes into raising those show stoppers – learn all about it from these experts!

Matilda's Café


Matilda’s Cafe is open Friday, Saturday and Sunday through October from 10am -5pm. Call 973-394-1100 for the menu and to reserve a nice box lunch!

Bring your laptop or tablet – the Café has WIFI! Or, bring a magazine and enjoy your lunch on the Waterwise Deck.

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.

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.

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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