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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 June 10, 2020


Friends Staff will be out of the office until January 2021, however we will continue working remotely, so please note our new Post Office Box number and staff emails. Please feel free to contact us via either method.

Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Post Office Box 2267
Morristown, NJ 07962-2267

Lisa Bencivengo: Margery Ennist:



The Frelinghuysen, Willowwood and Bamboo Brook Arboreta, are closed to the public until further notice. See the current 8-page announcement on the Morris County Parks Commission's website for this and other park closings.

Please continue to check here and at the above link for confirmation before visiting.

We will keep you posted as later news becomes available.


Thursday, June 11 from 4:00 to 4:30 PM

(Please register by 4:00 PM on June 10)

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Annual Meeting is our first virtual program, so if you have never used Zoom and want to attend the Annual Meeting, Zoom 101 is an opportunity for you to practice live with Friends staff.

Test your microphone and camera plus learn to chat. Once you feel comfortable using Zoom, you may leave the meeting at any time.

When you register for this event, you will be sent an email invitation the day before the Zoom meeting. We hope once you learn Zoom you will join us for more of our online programming.

Cost: Free, but registration is required. Click here to register on line.


Gardentopia: Design Basics for Creating Beautiful Outdoor Spaces

by Jan Johnsen June 14th at 2 p.m.

This is a Members Only Event. RSVP by 12:00 p.m. on June 12th to be sent a link to the event.


Join the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum for our first ever Virtual Annual Meeting! Spend a fascinating and idea-filled afternoon with NY designer Jan Johnsen as she shares highlights from her recently published book: Gardentopia.​ Find out how you can shape your own yard to combine the art of landscaping with ecological awareness. Jan’s inspiring presentation will have you seeing all the possibilities your garden areas offer. By utilizing such ideas as “hide and reveal”, “lure of the sheltered corner” and “principle of three depths” you can make your outdoor space a place of beauty and delight. Plant Lists will be available.

Jan has designed beautiful landscapes around the world over the past four decades and has lectured widely on her work. She also has taught at Columbia University and the New York Botanical Garden. Gardentopia is her third acclaimed book. You can learn more about Jan and her work at ​​ and follow her blog at or her page on ​Facebook​.


Rutgers Community Garden Lunch & Learn Series

Rutgers Cooperative Extension announced a community gardening Lunch and Learn series that begins Wednesday May 27 that continues through July 1.

The lectures will be held on Wednesdays from noon to 1pm. Click on the flyer for more details.


We have just received the completed video of the Tulip plantings at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and we are very anxious to share it with you. We know it's not the same as strolling the Arboretum grounds, but we hope you enjoy this virtual tour of the lovely Tulips in full bloom.

Thank you so much to all our Members and Donors who contributed towards the purchase of the Tulip bulbs and made this lovely display possible!

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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