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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 January 2, 2019

With this, our first Email Blast of the year, we would like to wish you all best wishes for a

Happy, Healthy and Successful New Year!

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, January 6 and Sunday, February 10

Shake that cabin fever. Play Gardenopoly, Plant Scrabble, Life-Sized Chess and Garden Bingo Challenge to win prizes. Enjoy popcorn and other seasonal snacks.

No pre-registration required.

Click the flyer for additional details.


Saturday, February 2 (Snow Date: Sunday, February 3)


Since 1979, the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum have supported horticultural education through a scholarship named for Dr. Benjamin Blackburn. This year’s Blackburn Lecture speaker is Joan Maloof. Joan’s lecture, Speaking for the Trees: The Importance of Old-Growth Forests, is not only timely but fascinating and incredibly important. Joan is Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University and founded the Old-Growth Forest Network to preserve, protect and promote the country’s few remaining stands of old-growth forest. She spends her time lecturing, writing, visiting forests, assisting private landowners and supporting local groups trying to protect community forests from development.

Dr. Blackburn was a professor of Botany at Drew University. He published many articles and wrote a number of books on gardening as well as being the host of a very popular radio gardening program. He generously shared his vast knowledge and deep love for horticulture with many staff members in the Horticulture Division and with his countless fans, members of the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and area garden clubs.

Admission fees support the scholarship that is offered to students in the Landscape and Horticultural Technology Program at County College of Morris. This scholarship allows interested students the opportunity to explore the different horticultural, environmental and design studies offered through the accredited CCM program. The increased knowledge the students acquire in the classroom and through hands-on programs at CCM will benefit them as they enter their chosen field in horticulture and landscape design.

A book signing and light refreshments follow the talk.

This program is eligible for 2.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Click our flyer for details and registration.


Sunday, February 10 (Snow Date: Saturday, February 23)


When English botanist John Lindley wrote “A Ladies Botany” in 1834, it was to separate women from the higher academic echelons of botany. Nevertheless, 17th-20th century women contributed greatly to the world of botanical art and scientific illustration. Learn about women who “broke the glass (house) ceiling” with their beautiful, extraordinary accomplishments and brave, often controversial decisions.

Following this hour-long illustrated lecture by Lesley Parness, you will have an opportunity to view an exhibit of Women’s Botanical Art and Scientific Illustration from the Elizabeth Donnell Kay Rare Book Collection.

Click our flyer for details and registration.


The Friends Are Traveling to Wales in 2019

There is nothing quite like the scenic beauty of Wales. A country known for its majestic mountains, lakes, forests and stunning coastlines, it is also home to some of the finest gardens within the British Isles.

Join the Friends in late May - early June 2019 as we travel from the mountains of Snowdonia to the seaside coast and beyond, visiting an outstanding mix of public and private gardens both large and small. The gardens chosen for our itinerary represent an extensive array of historical garden designs and include features such as herbaceous borders, parterres, terraces, cascades, champion trees, laburnum arches and much more.

If you are interested in this exciting trip, please click the flyer image at right to go to our web page where all the details are posted.

Note: you must be a Friends member to participate in this event. To become a member click here to visit our membership page and select a membership level.

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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