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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 20, 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.



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.



Sunday, April 14

Artist Rae Hoffman will show you how to have fun painting flowers and leaves using various techniques: wet into wet, wet into dry, negative painting and sprinkling dry paint.

Ms. Hoffman exhibits annually in area shows and has won many awards. She is a member of Studio 7 in Bernardsville and has paintings in national and international collections.

The class is limited to 15 students. A list of supplies will be sent upon registration.

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



Thursday, April 11

Welcome in the spring season with this early spring container garden. Plant spring flowering bulbs and pansies and create a colorful arrangement of flowers to bring home.

Please call 973 326-7601 for required registration.

Click the flyer for details.


Wednesday, March 20 marks the first day of Spring 2019. Margaret Atwood, Canadian writer and author of The Handmaid’s Tale, once said,

“In the spring, at the end of the day, you should smell like dirt.”

Let’s keep that in mind and get out in the garden!

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.

Click the titles for more information.

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.


Please note that your Membership will be updated in our system as soon as payment is received, however, for the time being, new Membership cards will be mailed out on a monthly basis, so it may take a little longer to receive your updated card.

We apologize for any inconvenience.

Free Affiliate Member Programs

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.

North American Butterfly Association

Tue Apr 2, 2019

7:30p - Joseph Lopatka, Transmission Forestry Specialist for First Energy/ JCP&L will talk about one of the Club’s favorite butterfly habitats: electrical power line right-of-ways.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Thu Apr 4, 2019

7:30p - Program: Finding Gesneriads in Cuba – Karyn Cichocki will show pictures from the Gesneriad Society 2018 trip to Cuba.

The New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Fri Apr 5, 2019

1:00p - 3:00p - Program: “Butterflies in Your Garden” – Jane Hurwitz, editor of Butterfly Gardener magazine and former director of the Butterfly Garden and Habitat Program for the North American Butterfly Association, has spent decades observing and writing about the interface of butterflies and gardens. Jane will discuss butterflies found in New Jersey and the plants needed to attract them to your garden.

Mum topic: Preparing soil and getting ready to receive new plants

African Violet Club of Morris County

Sat Apr 6, 2019 1:30p - 4:30p & Sun Apr 7 11:00a - 3:00p

Annual Show and Sale – This is the 24th year for this popular flower show and sale. Marvel at a room full of these beautiful, diminutive houseplants. Learn growing tips, receive advice from the experts, and purchase a few of these lovely plants to take home. This year’s show theme is “Violets Through the Holiday”.

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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