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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 13, 2021

Gingerbread Wonderland, Community Garden Conference, Oatmeal Bread and a Rutgers Cooperative Extension program, read on for details.


gingerbread poster


Celebrating 29 Years of Wonder

In case you missed it last week, following are the winners of this year's Gingerbread Wonderland virtual exhibit.

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!!!

Gingerbread Winners (click a picture to open in website):

She shed

Adult Category

Summer in the She Shed (entry #10348)

Happy horsey

Family Category

Happy Horsey Holidays! (entry #10347)

Zom zop

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.


Saturday, March 6 - 9:00 AM


community garden logo

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.


Anytime in January


Join Chef Cynthia Triolo as she demonstrates how to make James Beard's Oatmeal Bread. The recipe and a list of bread cookbooks will be provided when you register.

Since this is a recorded program, you can register to receive a link and watch the program at your convenience.

Please click on the bread photo to register for this program online.

RUTGERS COOPERATIVE EXTENSION - 2021 Gardening Education Series

Wednesdays, February 3 - May 12, 6:30 to 8:30 PM

Topics include botany, soils, entomology, plant pathology, composting,vegetable and fruit gardening, trees and shrubs. pruning and lawn care.

Please Click on the flyer for more information and how to register.


A stroll around the grounds of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum today provided a variety of red in the gardens, from leaves, to flowers to berries. Here's a sampling:

Ilex centrochinensis x aquifolium
'Centennial Girl', Hybrid Holly

Viburnum x bodnantense 'Dawn'
Dawn Viburnum

Leucothoe axillaris, Coast Leucothoe

Click any of the images to see these nice images from Margery Ennist enlarged in our website's picture gallery.


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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The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a facility of the Morris County Park Commission

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