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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 April 17, 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.


Special Members Only Shopping: Fri May 3.

Members, please do not forget to register for the special Members Only Shopping event on Friday, May 3 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM.

As always, Members will get first dibs on all the plants. There will be an amazing selection of vegetables, herbs, annuals and tropicals, perennials, trees and shrubs and lots of plant advisors on hand to answer questions and recommend which plants will work best in your garden.

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.



Saturday, April 27

Steve Kristoph, Adjunct Professor at Rutgers University and owner of an eponymous specialty nursery in central New jersey, returns with a fun and informative talk about small trees and shrubs, both native and non-native, that will be well-behaved and dazzle throughout the seasons in your garden. Many of the plants he recommends will be available at the plant sale the following weekend.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

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



Thursday, May 16

Celebrate the arrival of spring with a bus trip to Mt. Cuba Center in Hockessin, Delaware. Renowned for its spectacular displays of wildflowers and native plant research, Mt. Cuba Center will be in its peak spring bloom just in time for our visit. Rejoice in the extensive trillium collection, dogwood paths, lilac allees, slopes of wild columbine and other spring ephemerals. Our knowledgeable tour guides will help us understand the pivotal role native plants play in our environment. Get ready to be wowed by one of the most fabulous displays of wild flowers in the Mid-Atlantic region. We’ll also visit an excellent nearby nursery, the Gateway Garden Center, for some fun plant shopping. If you are a member of the Pennsylvania Horticulture Society, be sure to bring your membership card as members will receive a 10% discount at the Gateway Garden Center.

Eat a good breakfast and pack your lunch, we will provide drinks. Enjoy your lunch in a room reserved just for us.

Please wear closed shoes, suitable for uneven and muddy terrain.

No refunds after Friday, April 26.

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



Sunday, April 28

The Tubbs Lecture at Willowwood Arboretum, generously sponsored by the Willowwood Foundation, honors the memory of Henry and Robert Tubbs. This year’s guest speaker, Vincent Simeone, is a renowned horticulturist, lecturer and author. He will share his expertise in planting and caring for Viburnums and give a guided walk through the Viburnum collection at Willowwood Arboretum.

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

Click on our flyer for details.


The Camellia japonica shrubs are blooming in the Pinetum; it’s a bit of a walk, but worth the effort!

Click the images to see them in our site's photo gallery. Thanks to Ann Fahey for the two attached photos.

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.


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.

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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