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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 March 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.




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.



Saturday, March 23

Heidi Hesselein, a 4th generation nurserywoman, co-founded Pleasant Run Nursery with her husband Richard in 1998. They grow rare, new, and unusual woodies, perennials, grasses, ferns and groundcovers, and currently produce 1,000 different species. Heidi’s talk will cover many of the plants that she loves best and that will be for sale at the Friends’ Annual Plant Sale in May.

After the lecture, featured plants available at the Friends’ Plant Sale may be pre-ordered.

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

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



Saturday, March 9 – Snow Date: Sunday, March 10

The dawn of the 20th Century gave rise to the ballroom dance craze so that every young girl learned to dance the waltz and the foxtrot gracefully. Make your dance card and join dance instructor Jamie DiMare who leads everyone in the basics of ballroom dance. Wear your best dancing slippers and be prepared to fill your dance card. Hit the dance floor to learn a few dances that a young Matilda Frelinghuysen would have known. Enjoy tea, pastries and tea sandwiches, both sweet and savory.

Ages 5 and up with an adult.

Call 973-326-7601 to register.

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.


Special Members Only Shopping: Fri May 3.

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

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Plant Sale Page

Our Plant Sale Page is active once again. Check regularly for news and links about events and plants at the 2019 Plant Sale.


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.

Free Affiliate Member Programs

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Thu Mar 7, 2019

7:30p - Propagation Workshop – learn how to propagate gesneriads from leaves, cuttings & rhizomes. RSVP for non-members required to Karyn Cichocki, by March 1, 2019.

New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Fri Mar 8, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p - Program: "The Healing Power of Plants. Many common plants have-long forgotten uses. Discover which of your backyard plant may have been part of your medicine cabinet 300 years ago. Today, scientists are still exploring the intersetion of plants, health, medicine and are making some exciting discoveries." Speaker from the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge.

Mum topic: Evaluating wintered-over mums and preparing for the growing season.

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Tue Mar 12, 2019

7:00p - Bonsai education programs

African Violet Club of Morris County

Wed Mar 13, 2019

7:30p - “Natural Gardens” – award winning designers of container gardens, Jill Fischer and Karyn Cichocki, will demonstrate how to create African Violet natural gardens

North East Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

Sat Mar 16, 2019

10:30a Anyone may bring an orchid to be judged or listen in on the educational programs and/or judging.

12 Noon - Educational Program 10:30 am Orchid Judging

Home Garden Club of Morristown

Wed Mar 20, 2019

11:30 am - Monthly Meeting

1:00 pm Lecture – Green Heron Tools - “Do what you love and stay healthy while doing it”. This is the goal of Ann Adams and Liz Brensinger co-owners of this tool company specializing in tools designed with women in mind. Drawing on their backgrounds in nursing and public health, these avid gardeners will discuss how the use of the correct tools and techniques can help gardeners avoid injury and stay healthy.

Tri-State Hosta Society

Sat Mar 30, 2019

12:30p Annual Plant Sale – This is a members’ only event, but anyone wishing to attend may purchase a one-year membership at the door for $10.00. Your membership gains admittance to the annual plant sale, four issues of the Tri-State Hosta Society’s award-winning newsletter, admittance to two additional indoor meetings at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, and at least three summer garden tours of member gardens.

North American Rock Garden Society - Watnong Chapter

Sunday, March 31, 2019

10:00 AM Renowned speaker, David Culp, will present “Residential Meadow Making”.

Mr. Culp is the author of The Layered Garden and his garden has been featured several times on Martha Stewart Living and on HGTV.

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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