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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 9, 2019

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.


The Botany and History of Holiday Desserts Lecture by Dorothy Smullen

fig pudding

Sunday, January 13 (Snow Date - Sunday, January 20)

Do you know what is in your fruit cake, mince pie and plum pudding? You’ll enjoy learning the history and understanding the botany of these traditional holiday desserts. Recipes will most definitely be included with Dorothy’s talk. Dorothy has been a nature and garden club speaker for 35 years. She is a retired high school science teacher, a teacher/naturalist at NJ Audubon, past president of NJ Mycological Association and a former board member of the Friends of Great Swamp National Refuge. Following Dorothy’s talk, please join us for refreshments.

If you are not a Member of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, we encourage you to become one at, select a membership level, then go ahead and register for the Members Only New Year’s Party – it promises to be an enjoyable and informative program!

Click on the Plum Pudding graphic for 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 Dr. Joan Maloof. Dr. Maloof’s lecture, Speaking for the Trees: The Importance of Old-Growth Forests, is not only timely but fascinating and incredibly important. Dr. Maloof 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. Dr. Maloof 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 17

Growing figs in New Jersey is a challenge, but Bill Muzychko has developed a system that not only extends the growing season but also encourages rapid growth. Learn how he does it and how to best care for these beautiful trees.

This program is eligible for 1.5 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Click our flyer for details and registration.


The 2019 Plant Sale: 9am - 4pm on Sat May 4 and Sun May 5.

Special Members Only Preview: Fri May 3.

More details coming soon!


Saturday, January 19 at 11:00 AM

Of course we want you to shop at the sale, but have you ever thought about volunteering? We need volunteers in a variety of roles starting now, not just on the sale days, so if you’d like to find out more about what it takes to get ready for this big, fun event each year, come to a brief presentation by the Plant Sale team about what goes on behind the scenes before, during and after the sale.

You’ll have the opportunity to ask questions about how you can fit in and also be one of the first to sign up because registration for volunteers opens that weekend.

No registration is required for this free event, just stop by the Auditorium at the Haggerty Education Center on Saturday, January 19 at 11:00 AM. Hope to see you there!


"The one who plants trees, knowing that he will never sit in their shade, has at least started to understand the meaning of life." - Rabindranath Tagore

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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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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