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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 25, 2018

We Need Your Help At the Plant Sale!

We need you as a Friend of the Arboretum to volunteer a few hours to help on the weekend of the Plant Sale.

We still have openings in the teams that will be checking out all those awesome plants; no one works alone and only basic arithmetic is needed to count plants, add up purchases, make sure correct amounts are written on checks or to use Square to swipe a credit card. No personal equipment is needed, we supply everything, including calculators.

Please click here to sign up online to help us at the sale.



Thursday, May 17

View the spectacular display of blooming fall planted bulbs and learn about the varieties chosen by our Horticulture staff. Questions like how were they planted, why were they chosen, how were they deer-proofed, what pests and diseases to monitor for and more will be answered.

Click the flyer for details and registration.



Sunday, May 20

Cricket Hill Garden specializes in peonies with over 400 varieties. Dan Furman’s lecture covers the botany and cultivation history of the various types of peonies in China, Japan and the U.S. and attendees will learn how to create a successful peony garden.

Click the flyer for details and registration.



Wednesday, June 6

While no plant is deer proof, Michael Van Clef, Project Director, NJ Invasive Species Strike Team will speak about native plants that deer often leave alone. He will also offer “tricks and tips” to effectively grow non-deer resistant native plants.

Click the flyer for details and registration.


Are you new to the area, or looking for some new friends who share your gardening and nature interests? Come meet members of some of the organizations who are affiliated with The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. They will have tables in the parking lot next to the big tent on Saturday (rain date Sunday) during the Plant Sale. Say hello, and find out about their programs and activities. It may be the start of a new hobby for you!

Participating Organizations:

  • African Violet Club of Morris County
  • Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society
  • Home Garden Club of Morristown
  • NJ Butterfly Club
  • NJ State Chrysanthemum Society
  • NJ Mycological Association
  • North American Rock Garden Society—Watnong Chapter
  • Tri-State Hosta Society


We have posted this week's pictures from Margery Ennist: Prunus subhirtella ‘Higan Cherry’, the Prunus cv. Accolade Flowering Cherry and a close-up of the Accolade flowers.

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


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.

Click Here for On-line Plant List

Ramp Up Your Gardening Know-How
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 28 - Morris County Master Gardeners’ extravaganza of popular talks

No registration needed -- just walk in. Click the title, above, for more details.

  • 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

Caren White

Join us at 2 pm on May 4th at the Haggerty Center at Frelinghuysen Arboretum for a special, members-only gathering and an engaging talk by Caren White, AKA The Herb Lady, who will offer timely tips and lively lore about growing herbs.

Light, herb-themed refreshments will be served.

Click Caren's picture for more information and to register on line.

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

Free Affiliate Member Programs:

North American Butterfly Association

Tue May 1, 2018 7:30p

Programs to be announced

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Thu May 3, 2018 7:30p

“Growing Smaller Rhizomatous Gesneriads – our Lesser-known Treasures” slide program by Dr. Jeremy Keene. Rhizomatous gesneriads come from Central and South America. Learn how to grow these interesting plants.

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Tue May 8, 2018 6:30p - 9:30p

Bonsai Education Tuesday

African Violet Club of Morris County

Wed May 9, 2018 7:30p

Program “Growing and Showing African Violets” – slide program by Sandy Skalski

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.

Amazon Smile

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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