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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 May 8, 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.

*** Friends Members Only Annual Meeting ***


Sunday, June 9

Members, please don’t forget to register for this year’s Annual Meeting, where Caren White will present “The Mixologist’s Herb Garden”.

Herbs aren’t just for cooking! Modern mixologists are using fresh herbs for new takes on classic cocktails. Learn how you can grow the ingredients for your next cocktail party.

Light refreshments will be served following Caren’s talk.

Click on Caren’s photo to register on line.

Note - if you are not a Member of the Friends, now would be a great time to join! Click here to view our membership page and join online.


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.

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


Wednesday, May 22

Jazzy containers are the jewelry of a garden, elevating it from good to great! Learn how to brighten shady spots with pops of color, create focal points for vistas and welcoming entry gardens with stunning container groupings. Ranging from whimsical to grand, these pots with pizzazz from private and public gardens will inspire and teach you to design your own potted masterpieces!

Presented by Jana Milbocker, author and principal of Enchanted Gardens.

Register for this program and receive a free plant to use in the pot you design at home based on what you learn in the class!

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

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



Tuesday, June 18

Professional Floral Designer Marge Hulstrunk will demonstrate several different topiary designs that you will be able to re-create for your home or special event, using a variety of materials.

She’ll share tips and show you how to make styles suitable for many occasions throughout the year, from casual to formal. We know you’ll feel confident about making your own topiary at the end of this demonstration.

There will be a raffle afterward, and lucky winners will be able to take one of Marge’s creations home.

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


The Wisteria is beginning to bloom, come visit soon!

Wisteria Arbor

Click the image to enlarge it. Thanks to Margery Ennist for the beautiful image.

Job Opening: Part-Time Administrative Assistant

(Paid, not volunteer)

The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum are looking for a part-time Administrative Assistant. This position handles clerical functions for program registrations, and organizational and affiliate memberships; maintains Board correspondence and files; and responds to inquiries from the public about activities at the Arboretum. Computer proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite and experience working with the public are required.

The ideal candidate is a detail-oriented self-starter with excellent people skills. The work schedule is 3 days per week, with occasional weekends/evenings.

Please send a cover letter with your resume to No phone calls, please.


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

African Violet Club of Morris County

Wed May 8, 2019

7:30p - Program: To be determined

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Tue May 14, 2019

6:30p - 9:30p - Phoenix/Approach Graft Workshop/Repotting Workshop. Learn how to graft live “whips” onto dramatic deadwood, to create stunning bonsai material. (Repotting Workshop may be moved to March depending on local conditions (that is, temperature!)

The Home Garden Club of Morristown

Wed May 15, 2019

11:00 am - Regular Monthly Meeting

1:00 pm Program: “Unfussy Native Plants for Your Garden” Michael Hagen, Curator of the Native Plant Garden and the Rock Garden at NYBG will focus on beautiful but un-demanding shrubs and perennials that will easily fit into an established garden.

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Thu May 16, 2019 - 7:30p

Collecting, Cultivating and Researching Old World Gesneriaceae. Speaker Sadie Barber is a horticulturist from the Royal Botanic Garden in Edinburgh, Scotland. She is an expert in collecting, growing, tending and displaying of Old World gesneriads.

The New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Fri May 17, 2019

2:00p - 5:00p - Distribution of mum cuttings & geraniums.

The New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Sat May 18, 2019

10:00a - Noon - Mum school conducted by Doris Zurcher, Steve Avallone and Cindy Hedin. Learn the details of chrysanthemum cultivation: how to obtain plants; potting up; care and feeding for maximum bloom; grooming your plants for exhibition.

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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