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While you may view our full program on the Events Page of our website, we are pleased to highlight these upcoming programs.


Announcements as of April 11, 2018


Thursday, April 12

Grow strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and other small fruit in your own backyard.

Peter Nitzsche, the County Agent with Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County will show you how. Learn which varieties grow best in our area, how to plant and maintain them and proper layout practices.

Participants will receive Rutgers Scarlet strawberry plants to plant at home.

Click on the flyer at right for more information and on-line registration.



Saturday, April 14

If you grow your own seedlings you won’t want to miss Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gardener Jeanne Lardino’s talk on transplanting.

Bring your seedlings if you have them or transplant some of ours so you’ll be ready to “grow your groceries”. Prepare to get your hands dirty as we transplant them into 4 inch pots.

Click the flyer at right for details and registration.



Saturday, April 21

Chuck Hinkle, a member of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Gold Medal Plant Committee, speaks about his favorite plants.

His talk focuses on the winners of this prestigious award, all of which you will want to plant in your own garden.

Click on the flyer at right for more information and on-line registration.

23rd Annual Plant Sale - Friday, May 4th through Sunday, May 6th

Volunteers needed! We would appreciate your help. Click here for our on-line Volunteer Signup Form.

NEW: Click Here for On-line Plant List

Ramp up your Gardening Know-How and Get Ready for Our Big Plant Sale in May!

The Friends’ mission is education and our big event to support all of our programs throughout the year is our big Plant Sale in the Tent during the first weekend in May, May 5 and 6. (Members Only shopping on May 4)

Throughout the month of April we’re offering a number of Gardening programs for free or a nominal fee to help you get your garden ready for spring (umm, when will that be?), and to help you plan for shopping at the sale, of course. Our first talk (last week) was so popular that we ask you to pre-register for the upcoming talks. Just follow the links, below, for more information and registration:

Saturday, April 14 at 1:00 pm - Plant Sale Preview Talk

Ilona Ontscherenki, Friends Plant Sale Chair will cover a good portion of the hundreds of fabulous plant picks that we’ll have at our upcoming sale. Register here

Tuesday, April 17 at 7:00 pm - Start your Spring Garden

Bill Moran, Morris County Master Gardener covers all the steps to rejuvenating an old garden or creating a new garden from scratch. Photographs to show each step are included. Bill will show the proper tools and equipment and how to use them. There will be a discussion of new annuals and perennials and how to purchase healthy plants. Finally, how to plan a vegetable garden with three growing seasons continuing from mid March into early January will be discussed. Register here.

Saturday, April 21 at 10:00 am - PHS Gold Medal Plants

Chuck Hinkle, Scott Arboretum at Swarthmore (see above for details). Register here

Saturday, April 28 - Morris County Master Gardeners’ extravaganza of popular talks

No registration needed -- just walk in.

  • 10:00 am Renewing Your Garden, Veronica Dengler,
  •   1:00 pm Cottage Gardening Style, Diane Lattanzio,
  •   3:00 pm Starting Your Vegetable Garden, Wing-Yee Pavlosky

Friday, May 4 at 2 pm - Exclusive presale celebration and talk by Caren White, The Herb Lady

Register here.

See our Plant Sale page for more details on these talks and this year’s plant sale.


We have posted this week's pictures from Margery Ennist: pots of Tulips and Ranunculus and a nice white Hellebore.

Click the images to see them enlarged in our Photo Gallery.

Tulips and Ranunculus

Free Affiliate Member Programs:

African Violet Club of Morris County

Wed Apr 11, 2018 7:30p

Program “Leaf Exchange” – bring an African Violet leaf, get an African Violet leaf

New Jersey Mycological Association

Sun Apr 15, 2018 1:30p - 4:30p

Lecture on Lichens

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Tue Apr 17, 2018 6:30p - 9:30p

Guest speaker will be Tony Tickle from Great Britain

Affiliate member programs are all free and open to the public.

Retail Partners

When shopping at our fine Retail Partners, please remember to present your Membership card at the beginning of your check out transaction. Our Retail Partners need to enter the discount at the beginning of that process.

If you have not yet used this wonderful Member Benefit, you can view our full list of Retail Partners by clicking here.

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Don't forget to "SMILE!"Amazon Smile, that is!

Amazon, through the AmazonSmile Foundation will contribute 0.5% of your purchases on Amazon to a charitable organization you select. Please consider selecting The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum as your designated recipient from this wonderful program.

Click here and log in to your amazon account to designate the Friends as your charity.

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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