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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.

January 6, 2021

Happy New Year to All! Read on for the winners of this year's Gingerbread Wonderland contest, as well as information on our Members Only New Year event and the 11th Annual Community Garden Conference.

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Celebrating 29 Years of Wonder

Thank you once again to everyone who submitted a gingerbread creation (they were all wonderful!) and to all who so generously voted for their favorites. We deeply appreciate your participation and your help in keeping this popular tradition alive during the pandemic - We couldn't have done it without you!!!

The winners of this year's Gingerbread Wonderland contest are listed below. Click any of the pictures to go to our website for browsing all of our wonderful entries:

She shed

Adult Category

Summer in the She Shed (entry #10348)

Happy horsey

Family Category

Happy Horsey Holidays! (entry #10347)

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Children Category

Zomzop's New UFO for Christmas (entry #10319)

Scouts Category

Save our Arctic Animal Habitats (entry #10299)

Special Needs Category

Impressionism at the Mendham Mudhole (entry #10296)

Congratulations to all the winners who will receive gift cards courtesy of ShopRite, this year's Gingerbread Wonderland sponsor.



Sunday, January 10 - 4:00 PM

Join the Friends for a Virtual Tour of the Flora and Fauna of Costa Rica

Phil and Becky Witt are volunteer associate naturalists at New Jersey Audubon's Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, where they help lead photography workshops. Becky and Phil started as birders while in graduate school and have continued pursuing their love of nature by traveling from Antarctica to Tanzania to photograph the world's wonders.

This program will be a composite of a number of their trips to Costa Rica, a mecca for birders and nature photographers. Because of its diverse habitats, ranging from tropical lowlands to chilly 13, 000-foot-high mountains, the flora and fauna of Costa Rica are equally diverse. Please join Phil and Becky on this virtual journey of some of Costa Rica's natural wonders - You won't regret it!

Please note that registration for this event will close at 12:00 Noon on Friday, January 8, 2021.

Please click on the toucan to register for this free program online.


Saturday, March 6 - 9:00 AM


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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 eleventh year in a row. It's going to be virtual this year, but we have an impressive list of session speakers, all experts in their field who will cover topics relevant to community gardeners, garden managers, and those trying to establish a new community garden.

Some of the sessions will be recorded prior to the conference so you will be able to watch at your leisure and some will be live with a Q&A in real time on March 6.

The topics for the 2021 conference include:

  • Keynote Speaker Ken Greene, founder of Hudson Valley Seed Company.
  • Ask the Experts with County Agent and Rutgers Vegetable Expert Peter Nitzsche and Kris Holmstrom, Rutgers Vegetable IPM Expert on Understanding Disease Management in a Community Garden.
  • Food Safety in Community Gardens by County Agent Meredith Melendez.
  • Seed Starting by Rutgers Master Gardener Grace Tshanakas.
  • The Pest Patrol: Discovering Pests and Diseases in Community Gardens by Rutgers Master Gardener Community Garden IPM Team.
  • The Coordinator's Round Table moderated by Ned Gardner, Co-manager of the Ted Largman Community Garden.
  • Vegetable Garden Planning for Community Gardens by Rutgers Master Gardener Brian Monaghan.

This program is eligible for 5.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs.

Please click on the graphic to register for this program online.

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Winter Plants at the Kay Center

Wednesday, January 20 - 2:30 to 4:00 PM

Get some fresh air and learn the science of winter plant identification.

Click on flyer for more information and to register.


We are happy to announce that the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum now have a YouTube channel.

Please visit by clicking the image (or go to:


Once you have registered for "Composting and Eco-friendly Yard Care" or "Dahlias", you will receive a link to watch the recorded version.

Go to our Events page to register and pay online.

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.

That's it for this time. Hope you enjoyed this edition of the newsletter. Tell your friends about this handy way to keep up with activities at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum (click here for complete directions for subscribing.


Friends Staff will be out of the office until January 2021, however we will continue working remotely. Please note our new Post Office Box number and staff emails.

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

Lisa Bencivengo:
Margery Ennist:



Morris County Park Commission has reopened the Frelinghuysen, Willowwood and Bamboo Brook Arboreta 7 days a week, from 8am to dusk.

  • Parking is limited. Buildings remain closed. Portajohns are available.
  • Please protect yourselves and fellow visitors by social distancing and by wearing masks.
  • HUNTING IN THE PARKS - Be aware that deer hunting is permitted in many of the MCPC facilities, including the arboreta, during the fall and winter. The schedule and type (bow or firearm) is listed on the MCPC website here.

We will keep you posted as further updates become available.

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