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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 October 23, 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 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.



Saturday, November 9

Learn about the great tree men and women of America, the many botanical taxa of Maples, bringing back the American Chestnut, and Dogwood and Hazelnut breeding at Rutgers.

Fall is when trees come into their glory. Join us for a multi-faceted look at these critically important members of our ecosystem.

Please bring a bag lunch.

This program is eligible for 4.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s

Click on tree for more information and registration


Thursday, December 5 – 3:30 to 7:00 PM

If you are a Member of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, don’t forget to register for the Members Night at Gingerbread Wonderland on Thursday, December 5, and get a preview of the show free of charge.

After viewing the exhibit, come to the lower level for complimentary refreshments.

If you are not a Member, we encourage you to become one by going to the Membership page on our website and joining online. Then go ahead and register for the Members Night event. Hope to see you there!

Click here to register on line.


Sherrie Carr, another of our very talented floral arrangers has recently installed a couple of Halloween-themed arrangements. Cats and crows and skulls with flashing eyes, oh my!


Click the pictures to enlarge. Thanks to Lisa Bencivenga for the pictures.

Chrysanthemum Society Annual Show

The New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society held its Annual Show here at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum last weekend. Here are a couple of examples of the beautiful flowers that were exhibited.


Click the pictures to enlarge. Thanks to Judy Snow for the pictures.

Friends Annual Report

Each year, the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum produce an Annual Report recapping its past year's activities. These are published on our website and the latest report has just been added to our About the Friends page.



To all who use the trails at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, please note that some much needed maintenance and restoration will be going on over the next several months. To expedite the work and for safety reasons, the trails and gardens around the Mansion and other parts of the property will be closed from approximately mid-October through mid-January, depending on weather.

Please stay off the trails wherever you see this sign. We will keep you advised as to when the trails will reopen. Thank you for your cooperation!



Instructions, recipes, rules and entry form now available on our website. Click here for more information and downloads.


As always, the success of the Gingerbread Wonderland depends on our wonderful volunteers.

Our new volunteer signup system for 2019 is up and running now. More information and sign-up here: Gingerbread Volunteers - 2019 page.


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.

Free Affiliate Member Programs

Tri-State Hosta Society

Sat Oct 26, 2019 - 12:30p

Glenn Herold, retired Professor of Horticulture from Illinois Central College will speak on “Hostas and Other Shady Companions, Good or Bad”.

New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Fri Nov 1, 2019 - 1:00p - 3:00p

Program: Members show

Mum Topic: How to select chrysanthemum cultivars for next year. Bring your notes of success and failure stories.

Tristate African Violet Council

Sat Nov 2, 2019 - 1:30p - 4:30p & Sun Nov 3 10:30a - 2:00p

Presents its 57th Annual Show and Plant Sale - "Violet Destinations". This year’s show theme “African Violets Destinations” will feature American’s favorite houseplant-the African violet- in horticulture form and flower arrangements/designs depicting world travel destinations.

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Thu Nov 7, 2019 - 7:30p

Propagation Meeting – Learn how to propagate Gesneriads, the African Violet cousins.

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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