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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 December 11, 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.



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.

Please note that we still need volunteers for this event – Check the sign-up sheets, as some previously filled spots may have become available – Perhaps the perfect slot is waiting for you to fill!


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.


The Gingerbread Wonderland exhibit runs through Sunday, December 15 – Please note that during the week the lines are much shorter so there is only a minimal wait time to see the exhibit, plan your visit accordingly!


Andrea Buckingham – Landscape Architect/Horticulturist – Rock Ridge: Reinventing a Historic Estate for a Modern Day Family

Sunday, January 12 – Snow Date: Sunday, January 19

Times have changed since the initial inception of the gardens at the historic estate of Rock Ridge in Tuxedo Park, New York. Once featured in a 1908 American Homes and Gardens article as a stunning example of the Victorian style of gardening, the grounds endured decades of neglect.

See how the grounds were transformed for a modern day family. Native and reclaimed materials were used to create new structures and garden spaces. A vast palette of plantings highlights the innate beauty of the site and creates a multi-seasonal feast for the senses. Andrea Buckingham, the landscape architect on this project, gives us an insider’s guide to this beautiful and historic estate.

Following Andrea’s talk, please join us for refreshments.

Make your reservation early as seats are limited!

Click on the photo of Rock Ridge for more information and to register.


Four Saturdays: January 4, 11, 18 and 25

Do you ever wish you could capture the details of a plant long after you’ve seen it? This introductory class teaches you how to make realistic drawings of plants using a variety of techniques. Learn to draw a selection of plant parts, including branches, stems, leaves and flowers, for pleasure or to expand your drawing skills.

Artist Katy Lyness is a passionate home gardener and teaches botanical illustration at the New York Botanical Garden. She has been represented in international exhibitions and is active in the Tri-State Botanical Artist Group. She received her MA in Art Education from Columbia University Teacher’s College.

A materials list will be provided at registration.

Register early, space is limited.

Click on flyer for more information and to register.


Rob Cardillo: The Art of Garden Photography

Saturday, February 1 – Snow Date: Sunday, February 2

Since 1979, the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum have supported horticultural education through a scholarship named for Dr. Benjamin Blackburn, a professor of Botany at Drew University. Dr. Blackburn published many articles and wrote a number of books on gardening as well as being the host of a very popular radio program.

Join professional garden photographer Rob Cardillo as he illustrates the crafting of sweeping landscapes and compelling plant close-ups through engaging instructive stories. From pre-visualizing to post–processing, Rob will provide you with new tools and new ideas to help you find and translate your own vision of Eden, even if you only use an iPhone.

Admission fees support the scholarship that is offered to students in the Landscape Technology Program at County College of Morris.

Light refreshments follow the talk.

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

Click on Rob Cardillo’s photo for more information and to register.



Now through December 13

The Morris County Park Police are looking forward to keeping Sgt. Tim Abline’s dream alive. “It is a privilege and joy to help make the holiday season brighter for children and families”, said Lt. Steve Ferraioli of the Morris County Park Police, “we know that Tim would be proud”.

Those wishing to participate can drop off a new, unwrapped toy at one of the drop-off locations listed on the flyer.

Last drop-off day is Friday, December 13.

Click on the flyer for more information.

Free Affiliate Member Programs

Northeast Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

Sat Dec 21, 2019 - 9:30a

Auction Party – More than 100 orchids will be auctioned to benefit the non-profit Northeast Judging Center. Many of the plants are donations from the judges’ personal collections. A list of available plants will be posted on Facebook at AOSNortheastJudging

A complimentary light buffet lunch is provided to all attendees. Following the Auction and lunch, observe the regular Northeast Center Orchid judging for an educational and entertaining afternoon.

Opening: 9:30 am | Preview bidding: 10:30 am

Affiliate member programs are all free and open to the public.



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!

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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