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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 September 25, 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, October 6

View the Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s plant collections through the lens of the Old Testament.

Biologist, agronomist and Bible scholar, Dr. Jon Greenberg, walks us through more than 5,000 years of history as we tour the gardens at their fall peak.

Register now! Click on the flyer for more information and registration.



Saturday, October 12

Award-winning botanical artist Beth Murphy demonstrates the process of pressing plant material like leaves, flower petals and grasses and discusses basic collage design elements. Participants will work with pressed botanical materials supplied by the instructor to form a small collage on a card or bookmark to take home.

Register now! Click on the flyer for more information and registration.



Sunday, October 27

Expressions commonly heard each September like “the season’s almost over” don’t sit well with Margaret Roach. She has worked for more than 25 years to make her garden in the Hudson Valley-Berkshires area a visual treat every day of the year. Meet the plants and the philosophy that make it happen, delivered with a dose of “horticultural how-to and woo-woo.”

Ms. Roach’s book “A Way to Garden”, originally released in 1998, has now been fully updated for the just released 21st Anniversary edition and will be available for signing.

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

Register now! Click on the flyer for more information and registration.


Gingerbread Entries

On October 1st, we’ll be posting the rules, forms and volunteer opportunities on the Gingerbread Event on our website's Events page. You’ll find all the information you need to enter a gingerbread creation and a listing of all the volunteer tasks and time slots. Volunteers can sign up early and get the day, time and task that you want.

Better yet, sign up with a friend and enjoy volunteering together! Mark your calendars with the dates of this year’s event: December 6 – 15.

Note to Craft Show Exhibitors

We have had a great turnout of potential exhibitors this year. Our exhibitor list is full for this year's show as is our waiting list. We look forward to possibly working with you for next year's Gingerbread Wonderland Craft Show.


Flower Arrangement

Many talented volunteer flower arrangers contribute their time and talent to help beautify our building. Here’s one of Russell Gatzke’s lovely arrangements.

Russell is one of this year’s Arbor Tree Award winners, he will be honored at this week’s Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.

Click on the image to enlarge.

Free Affiliate Member Programs

North American Butterfly Association

Tue Oct 1, 2019 - 7:00p

Programs to be determined, guests are welcome.

New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Fri Oct 4, 2019 - 1:00p - 3:00p

Program: Assigning show tasks and responsibilities.

Mum Topic: Review of how to prepare an entry card. Pickup blank entry cards and get exhibitor number.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Sun Oct 6, 2019 - 11:00a - 3:00p

Annual show and plant sale featuring African Violets and their cousins. Horticulture and Design Exhibits as well as Educational Culture Information will all be on display. The sales table will have African Violets and other Gesneriads as well as supplies for sale. The theme this year is “Gesneriads Follow the Yellow Brick Road”.

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Tue Oct 8, 2019 - 7:00p

Programs to be determined, guests are welcome.

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African Violet Club of Morris County

Wed Oct 9, 2019 - 7:30p

Propagation Meeting – Learn how to propagate African Violets by leaves.

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.

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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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