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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 January 8, 2020

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.


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 the flyer for more information and to register.


Rescheduled from October


Saturday, February 15 – Snow Date: Saturday, February 22

Margaret Roach 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”.

Margaret’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.

Click on the photo for more information and to register.


Registration form

Saturday, March 7 – Snow Date: Sunday, March 8

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County are teaming up to present their Annual Community Garden Conference for the tenth year in a row. We can hardly believe that it’s been 10 years since the first conference was held and this year we are bringing back our very first keynote speaker, Dr. Laura Lawson!

The impressive list of session speakers, all experts in their field, will cover topics relevant to community gardeners, garden managers, and those trying to establish a new community garden. The topics for the 2020 conference include: Weed ID and Management with County Agent and Rutgers Vegetable Expert Peter Nitzsche, Straw Bale Gardening with a team of Rutgers Master Gardeners who experimented with this type of growing throughout the 2019 season, Early Season Vegetable Gardening with Virginia Lamb, Finding and Securing Funding Sources with Samantha Rothman, Culinary Herbs with Lindsay Napolitano and back by popular demand, Farmer Shaun Ananko on Succession Planting.

Join us for a full day of education, exhibitors, networking and camaraderie. Lunch is provided.

This program is eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Please bring a donation for the Interfaith Food Pantry of Morris County.

Click on the flyer for more information and to register.


The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum are looking for a Volunteer with knowledge of AV systems who would be able to help with setups for some of our programs. This would involve assisting speakers in setting up the projector, laptop, mic, and any other AV assistance required by the speaker.

The Volunteer would be welcome to remain for the program free of charge; scheduling is flexible.

Anyone interested, please contact Margery Ennist at Thank you!

Free Affiliate Member Programs

African Violet Club of Morris County

Wed Jan 8, 2020 - 7:30p

Judging African Violets

Great Swamp Bonsai Society

Tue Jan 14, 2020 - 6:30p - 9:30p

To receive a free newsletter for updates and events, please email club president John Michalski at

Northeast Judging Center of the American Orchid Society

Sat Jan 18, 2020 - 10:00a

Anyone may bring an orchid to be judged or listen in on the educational programs.

10:00a Educational Program

12 Noon Orchid Judging.

Garden Club of Morristown

Wednesday, January 22 – 10:30 AM

Topic: Katy Kinsolving, of the Cary Institute of Ecosystem Studies in Millbrook, New York and co-founder of C-Change Conversations will speak on the effects of food production on climate change.

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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