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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 February 6, 2019

We know people’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.



Tuesday, February 26

Michael Van Clef is the owner of Ecological Solutions, LLC and serves the NJ Invasives Strike Team as Science Director. He has a Ph.D. in ecology from Rutgers University and over 20 years of experience in land stewardship, planning and research, working extensively in the evaluation and management of rare and invasive species. He has consulted with over 30 organizations in NJ, including the NJ Invasive Species Council for which he prepared the New Jersey Strategic Management Plan for Invasive Species.

In this lecture, Dr. Van Clef provides insight and an update on New Jersey’s invasive species, something we should all be aware of.

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

Click our flyer for details and registration.



Tuesday, March 5 – Bus leaves the Arboretum parking lot at 10:30 AM SHARP and returns at approximately 8:30 PM

Join the Friends on this ever popular and eagerly anticipated annual trip.

This year experience the power of flowers to convey some of the strongest human emotions. “Flower Power … the Power of Flowers!” pays tribute to the enormous impact of flowers on our lives. This year’s special events include the FTD World Cup 2019 design competition, the interactive Butterflies Live! Exhibit featuring 1,000 live butterflies and their native host plants, and a Garden Tea experience.

As always, the show will have abundant fabulous floral and landscape displays. Chat with garden experts and watch educational demonstrations in the Gardener’s Studio. Enjoy observing fun-filled competitions in the Designers Studio and shop acres of vendor booths in the Marketplace.

Take in hundreds of award winning plants in the PHS Hamilton Horticourt. Enjoy lunch, tea and/or dinner on your own at the show or nearby Reading Terminal Market.

Click on the Flower Show graphic to register.




Sunday, March 17

Teacher, writer, lecturer, plant explorer. consultant, nurseryman, naturalist, gardener. Dan Hinkley has achieved the pinnacle of success in all these areas and is recognized worldwide as a giant in the field of horticulture.

Continuing a long tradition of presentations by world-renowned horticultural experts, the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum are proud to host Dan Hinkley at the Haggerty Education Center. As creator of the famed Heronswood Garden and Nursery near Seattle, Hinkley has explored remote corners of the globe in search of new plants to expand the ever-growing offerings in his, and ultimately our own gardens. A visit to Heronswood, Hinkley’s first garden, was a never to be forgotten experience of strolling through one beautiful garden room after another. The gardens were creative, environmentally sensitive and botanically stunning, drawing visitors from around the world.

Hinkley will share with us the joys and tribulations of creating his current garden, Windcliff. Heronswood was primarily a woodland shade garden but the new garden, Windcliff, is located on a windy cliff. New plants and a different site, but with the same unequalled sense of design coupled with stunning views and intimate pathways. This is a plantsman’s garden but contemporary and harmonious in design, with art and handicrafts complementing the stunning horticultural displays.

Please join us for this rare East Coast visit by one of the most dynamic and popular speakers in today’s plant world.

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

Register now! Click on the flyer for on-line ticketing.

Volunteer Treasurer for the Friends

Member, Executive Committee of the Board of Trustees

The Friends are looking for a Treasurer to work in a team environment with the bookkeeping contractor, as well as two part-time administrators and Board members, to manage accounting functions. Key responsibilities include:

  • Maintaining effective internal control environment
  • Ensuring compliance with reporting requirements & monitoring regulatory status
  • Leading Finance Committee
    • Coordinating with outside accountant for audit/tax filings
    • Overseeing the budget preparation process
  • Participating in decision-making and implementation of operational changes

This volunteer position initially requires an average of 12-15 hours/week to understand FOFA’s operations, decreasing to an average of 8-12 hours/week once familiar with the tasks, plus one board and one committee meeting/month. If you have a strong background in audit, accounting or related financial field and are looking for a meaningful way to share your expertise, please contact the Friends office at: 973.326.7603 or to find out more about this opportunity.


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!


The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum will hold their 24th Annual Plant Sale Friday through Sunday, May 3 - 5, 2019 and we could use your assistance before, during and after it!

If you can help, sign up by clicking here.


Thoughtful words from an Ancient Proverb:

“All the flowers of all the tomorrows are in the seeds of today”.

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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