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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 July 24, 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, July 28

As we sip an herbal infusion, Shannon Mayernik will talk about how your backyard weeds can be turned into plant medicine that you and your family can enjoy year-round. As an herbalist, she utilizes what is around her home. She will bring in plants you may not be familiar with, but can almost promise you have growing in your neighborhood.

You will be able to touch, smell and taste the plants as well as try a tincture or two of her homemade plant medicines. She will discuss the different techniques for making plant medicine. The open conversation will invite questions, so bring a notebook and pen and get ready to learn all about plant medicine.

Please note: This is for informational purposes only and is not intended as a substitute for advice from your physician or other health care professional.

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



Saturday, August 3

Jim Murphy, Rutgers Extension Specialist in Turfgrass Management, will explain the major grass species used for lawns in New Jersey as well as the range of adaptation for those grasses. The adaptation of a grass species dictates the niche within a property where each grass should be used for renovation. Lawn management is more successful when the property niches are matched with the best adapted grass species.

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

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


Sunday, August 11

Learn how to increase your garden harvest by extending the growing season through the Fall and Winter. Over the past seven years, Matt Mayernik has been able to harvest kale, carrots, parsnips, beets, greens and other plants well into November and sometimes as late as December. Learn about the techniques he implemented and what plants he has found to be the most successful.

The class will include a recommended schedule for seedling germination in the summer to prepare for the Fall. Matt will share his experience of how his homemade greenhouse changed his methodology and provide some insights on how hoop tunnels can be used to increase late season harvests.

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

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


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On Saturday, August 3 at 2:00 PM and 4:30 PM The Center for Contemporary Art in Bedminster will hold a screening of Michael Reynolds’ documentary “Under the Great Oak”, which celebrates the life of the great Oak tree that lived in Basking Ridge for over 600 years.

The film illustrates the impact the tree had on the community through interviews and the Great Oak Art Celebration, which brought together artists and members of the community to honor the tree and its place in history.

Click the image to open the flyer for more information and to register.


And into the forest I go,
To lose my mind
And find my soul.

John Muir


Don’t forget about one of your member benefits, the American Horticultural Society’s Reciprocal Admissions Program which offers free or discounted admission and/or other benefits at nearly 300 gardens throughout North America and the Cayman Islands. Take your Friends Membership card and the list of gardens with you when you travel and your savings could easily recoup the cost of your membership!

Go to:, for garden locations and a printable garden list.

If you do use this benefit, please let us know how you make out. Send an email to

Free Affiliate Member Programs

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Tue Aug 13, 2019

Program to be determined, guests are welcome.

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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