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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 October 17, 2018

We know everyone’s schedules are busy, so walk-ins to the speaker programs are welcome. However, early registration will guarantee you a seat and will help us plan.



Sunday, October 21

Historian Victoria Johnson’s groundbreaking book, American Eden, is a biography of the doctor at the Hamilton-Burr duel, David Hosack, a pioneering physician and botanist. As Victoria reveals, Hosack was one of the few things the duelists did agree on.

Summoned that morning because of his role as the beloved Hamilton family doctor, he was also a close friend of Burr’s. A brilliant surgeon and a world-class botanist, Hosack was a pioneering thinker who shaped a young nation. One goal drove Hosack above all others: to build the Republic’s first botanical garden. Despite innumerable obstacles and near-constant resistance, Hosack triumphed when, by 1810, his Elgin Botanic Garden at last crowned twenty acres of Manhattan farmland. It is now buried under Rockefeller Center.

A book signing and sale follow the lecture.

Victoria’s book, American Eden: David Hosack, Botany, and Medicine in the Garden of the Early Republic is now a 2018 National Book Award Finalist for non-fiction! A book signing and sale follow the lecture.

Click the flyer for details and on-line registration.

Please note that the program is filling up, so registration now will insure you a seat.



Saturday, November 10

Fall is when trees come into their glory. Join us for a multi-faceted look at these critically important members of our ecosystem.

To lead off, Professor Tom Ombrello reveals the role of trees in history, as he tells us about the Historic Tree grove on the campus at Union County College. Willowwood’s Superintended of Horticulture, John Beirne, will convince you that Magnolias should be your favorite tree. After lunch, Dr. Neil Hendrickson will offer timely information on the pests and diseases threatening our landscapes, giving us information to deal with these challenges to become effective stewards of the land. Last, but not least, author William Bryant Logan’s lecture The Thousand Year Wood: Our Enduring Reliance on Trees is about the long and intimate relationship between people and trees.

Bring a brown bag lunch, we’ll provide the drinks.

This program is eligible for 4.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Click the flyer for details and on-line registration.



Thursday, December 13

Explore through pictures one of the Earth’s unique habitats: an urban wilderness, with Riverkeeper Captain Hugh Carola.

The Hackensack River watershed covers a 197-square mile area in northeastern New Jersey and southern New York. It is a place where humans and wildlife have learned to co-exist and flourish. The uppermost portion of the watershed is less developed than the highly urbanized lower portion, which comprises the Hackensack Meadowlands.

Don’t miss this rescheduled program on its new date, Thursday, December 13.

The program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Click the flyer for details and on-line registration.


The patios and walkways leading up to the Haggerty Education Center are under renovation. You may have noticed the orange mesh construction barriers and signs leading to an alternate entrance to the building; we promise this is just a temporary and minor inconvenience, please don’t let it stop you from visiting us!

The photos below show a partially completed patio and the main entrance demolition in progress.


Click the image to see it enlarged in our website's In Bloom page. Images courtesy Margery Ennist.


Gingerbread Entry Form Available

For all you Gingerbread Exhibitors, the 2018 Gingerbread Entry Form is now available for download as are recipes, construction hints & tips and more. Just go to the Gingerbread event by clicking here.

Volunteers Needed!

As always, the success of the Gingerbread Wonderland depends on our wonderful volunteers.

Please sign up using our on-line Volunteer Form. Beth Feldman, the Volunteer Coordinator at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum will respond confirming your schedule.

Note to Craft Show Exhibitors

We have had a great turnout of potential exhibitors this year. Our exhibitor list is full for this year's show as is our waiting list. We look forward to possibly working with you for next year's Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show.

Free Affiliate Member Programs:

Home Garden Club of Morristown

Wed Oct 17, 2018

11:30a Regular Monthly Meeting, followed by,

12:00p Program and Workshop – “The Art of Pressed Flowers,” with Doris Cunniff, Doris will conduct an optional workshop for our members following her presentation. The presentation at 12:00 pm is free but participation in workshop requires advance registration (call Pam 973-713-6352) and payment of $10 materials fee.

North East Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

Sat Oct 20, 2018

10:30a - Educational Program followed by Orchid Judging at noon. Anyone may bring an orchid to be judged or listen in on the educational programs and/or judging.

North American Rock Garden Society - Watnong Chapter

Sun Oct 21, 2018

10:00a - Speaker John Lonsdale of Edgewood Gardens presents ‘Fall Bulbs – Untapped Treasures’.

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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