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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 March 25, 2020



The grounds of the Frelinghusen, Willowwood and Bamboo Brook Arboreta are closed to the public as of 4:30 pm Friday, March 20, 2020 until further notice. Announcements from the Morris County Parks Commission and the Friends may be found below:


If you are a student in County College of Morris's Department of Landscape and Horticulture Technology, you may be eligible for a scholarship funded by the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and the Watnong Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS).

Get the details, instructions and application form on our website's Blackburn Scholarship page. Note that applications must be postmarked no later than April 10, 2020.

Please pass this information along to anyone you think may be interested.


Thankfully, during these days of isolation, one of the things that we can still do is garden. Not only is it a healthy outdoor activity you can do alone, it also provides the opportunity for meditation and therapeutic tasks. There's nothing more rewarding than spending a day in the garden, especially in the spring when all our plants are waking up!

March is the beginning of our gardening season, so get busy preparing seed beds, sowing seed, cuting back winter shrubs and general tidying up in your perennial beds, by raking out the last of the fall leaves that have nestled in among your plants.

Things to do in March include:

  • Protecting new plant shoots from slugs
  • Lifting and dividing overgrown perennials
  • Redesigning some of your garden areas
  • Cleaning out bird baths and providing fresh water for our feathered friends
  • Cutting back ornamental grasses, Liriope, Nepeta, etc.
  • Weeding and mulching your perennial beds
  • Pruning bush and climbing roses
  • Refreshing your outdoor planters with some perky Pansies, they love the cool spring weather!

A lot of the garden centers are staying open, so you can purchase plants, mulch and other gardening needs.

Following are a few local garden centers and their hours of operation:

Agway of Morristown
176 Ridgedale Avenue
Morristown, NJ
973 538-3232
Their hours are 8:00 AM to 7:00 PM

The Farm at Green Village
403 Green Village Road
Green Village, NJ
973 377-8703
Their hours are:
Monday through Saturday 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM
Sunday 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM

Country Mile Gardens
1108 Mt. Kemble Avenue
Morristown, NJ
973 425-0088
Their hours are:
9:00 AM to 5:00 PM, seven days a week

Also, the garden centers in Home Depot stores will be open. Check your local store to find out what their hours are.

Above all, don't despair and remember the words of Marcel Proust who said: "The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new landscapes, but in having new eyes", so get out in your garden and discover it all over again!


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Click any of the images to view full-sized in our website's picture gallery. Images courtesy of Margery Ennist.

Free Affiliate Member Programs

Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society

Thu Apr 2, 2020 - 7:30p - CANCELLED

"Gesneridads for the Outdoor Garden", PowerPoint presentation showing how Gesneriad Society members grow various Gesneriads (African Violet cousins) in the outdoor garden. RSVP required to Karyn Cichocki, as space is limited.

The New Jersey State Chrysanthemum Society

Fri Apr 3, 2020 -1:00p - 3:00p - CANCELLED

Program: Be transported back in time and take a journey to Michigan’s unique treasure, Mackinac Island. Discover the history of the island, the famous Grand Hotel and visit the beautiful homes and gardens. Doris Cunniff will share with us her recent visit to The Grand Garden Show on that more-than-picturesque island.

Mum topic: Preparing soil and getting ready to receive new plants

African Violet Club of Morris County

Sat Apr 4, 2020 - 1:30p - 4:30p and Sun Apr 5 11:00a - 3:00p - CANCELLED

Annual show & plant sale celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the African Violet Club of Morris County. The theme for the 2020 show is “Violets – a Silver Anniversary”.

North American Butterfly Association

Tue Apr 7, 2020 - 7:30p - CANCELLED

Don’t Skip the Skippers – Sharon Wander’s program will help us identify and appreciate this sometimes cryptic but always fascinating family of butterflies.

African Violet Club of Morris County

Wed Apr 8, 2020 - 7:30p - CANCELLED

General Violet Care

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



Please be advised that the Trail restoration project has been temporarily halted due to winter weather conditions. The Trails will be open during this interim break but construction will begin again in late March and continue through April.

Please come into the Haggerty Education Center to consult the Trails Map displayed in the Lobby for more information. Thanks again for your patience while we make these necessary site improvements.

Stay tuned and thank you for your patience!

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. Questions or need more information? Call 862-325-7754.

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