What Did Punxsutawney Phil Predict?
By the time you read this we'll know what Punxsutawney Phil has predicted regarding the rest of this winter; fingers crossed that he hasn't seen his shadow and predicts an early Spring!!!
In the meantime, don't forget to register for the 12th Annual Community Garden Conference on Saturday, March 12.
This year the Community Garden Conference features two great speakers: Niki Jabbour, an award-winning author, is the Opening Keynote Speaker; she will be speaking about her newest book: Growing Under Cover. Ellen Ecker Ogden is the Closing Keynote Speaker and she will be speaking about her newest book: The New Heirloom Garden. Click here for full details and registration on our website.
Native Plants - Designing to Attract Wildlife with Bruce Crawford
Sunday, February 6 - 4:00 PM
Even if you are unable to attend on Sunday, February 6, please consider registering for the program, as all proceeds from this program support the scholarship that is offered to students in the Landscape Technology Program at County College of Morris.
VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM
There has been a tremendous surge in use and interest in native plants. These plants are great for our many beneficial insects, offering leaves and pollen to eat and stems in which to overwinter. The challenge is how to organize these plants such that they provide an attractive garden for your home. Bruce will share his thoughts, starting from the ground up, on how to combine these plants into cohesive and attractive designs for your garden.
A longtime proponent of unusual and fun plants, Bruce had his own design/build gardening business for nearly 25 years, specializing in plantings for year-round interest. One of those gardens was published in Fine Gardening Magazine. From 2005 to 2020, Bruce was the Director of Rutgers Gardens, the botanical garden at Rutgers University, and from 2020 to 2021, he was the State Program Leader for Home and Public Horticulture with the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station. Bruce was also an instructor in the Landscape Architecture program at Rutgers University from 1987 to 2020. Currently, he is the Manager of Horticulture for the Morris County Park Commission. He lectures frequently to various groups and has yet to find a plant he doesn't like!
A SPECIAL POP-UP PROGRAM HAS BEEN ADDED TO OUR SCHEDULE:
Saturday, February 19 - 10:30 AM
VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM
Jay Akerley is a rock gardening enthusiast with gardens in both Greater Vancouver and at Sun Peaks, Canada's second largest ski resort - two very different climates. He is the current President of the Alpine Garden Club of British Columbia. Jay's degree in Geography from Simon Fraser University and training at the Pacific Horticulture College in Victoria nurtured an interest in the world's montane and high steppe plants and landscapes.
The Friends are pleased to collaborate with the Watnong Chapter of NARGS (North American Rock Garden Society), who have graciously allowed us to offer this program to our members. Watnong members will receive the program link from their organization, which is an affiliate member of the Friends.
Thursday, March 24 - 7:00 PM
VIRTUAL ZOOM PROGRAM
Join Distinguished Speaker and Landscape Designer Jan Johnsen, as she shares her experience and contagious passion for flowers in her illustrated talk based on her new book Floratopia - 110 Flower Garden Ideas for Your Yard, Patio or Balcony. Jan offers illustrated tips and flower design suggestions. She underscores flowers' role as pollinator magnets and encourages combining grasses and flowers and using deer resistant selections. She stresses both perennials and annuals and gives recommended cultivars. Jan's aim is to ensure flower success for gardeners of all skill levels.
Jan is a principal of the award-winning Johnsen Landscapes & Pools firm based in Westchester County, New York and an admired garden designer and author. She taught at Columbia University for many years and still teaches at the New York Botanical Garden.
MORRIS COUNTY PARK COMMISSION PROGRAM VIRTUAL PROGRAM
Floral Arranging with Super Market Bouquets for Valentine's Day
Tuesday, February 8 - 10:00 AM
Click on the flyer for more information and to register,
The winter storm last weekend wasn't as serious as it might have been, but nevertheless the snowfall covered the Arboretum's grounds with a crisp white blanket. Come for a visit, but do wear boots as some of the paths have not been shoveled. Here are photos of the Meadow, the Mansion and the Arbor under their snowy cover.
Click an image to see them all in our website's picture gallery. Picture credits: Margery Ennist.
We are pleased to make several of our previously recorded events available in case you missed one or another of them.
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.
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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? Email Lisa Bencivengo: firstname.lastname@example.org or leave a message at (973) 937-8803.