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This is the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum’s Photo Gallery. Click on the title of one of the albums below to open it where you may then browse the pictures. To receive photos regularly, sign up for our weekly email blast by clicking here.

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  • At the Arboretum 9/19/23

    Fall is just a few days away, and there is a decidedly autumnal feel to the air. I discovered a couple of late bloomers at the Arboretum today: The small white flowers of Clerodendrum trichotomum (Harlequin Glorybower) are lovely against the large shrub’s bright green leaves. In the same area, under a large Quercus rubra (Red Oak), a large stand of Cimicifuga ramosa cv. Atropurpurea (Bugbane or Black Cohosh) is in full bloom, its white spikes of tiny fragrant flowers attracting bees and even a hummingbird, which I was not quick enough to photograph! Last, but not least, the immature cones on the huge Cedrus atlantica cv. Glabra (Blue Atlas Cedar) growing next to the Mansion are just beginning to take shape; when mature they will be barrel shaped and sit upright on the branches.

    Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

  • At the Arboretum 9/12/23

    Mid-September flowers, a pretty pink Hydrangea and a peach-colored tropical Angel’s Trumpet (Brugmansia). A wide angle shot of the large bed that borders the driveway as you come up from Hanover Avenue features a large white Hydrangea, some ornamental grasses, the Seven Sons Tree (Heptacodium miconioides) on the right and other plants as well.

    Picture credits: Margery Ennist

  • At the Arboretum 9/5/23

    The tropical plants are really enjoying the hot, humid weather we’ve been experiencing. 

    A Pineapple plant (Ananas comosus, in the Bromeliad family) is growing in a bed next to the Mansion by the Rose Garden and it has produced a fruit! The bed of tropical plants next to the Carriage House on the way into the Haggerty Education Center is a vibrant, colorful collection of Coleus, Croton, Banana and Colocasia surrounding a Sago Palm (Cycas revoluta) with its very symmetrical crown of dark green, glossy leaves.

    A tall, slender terracotta vessel is home to a spectacular Staghorn Fern (Platycerium). You can find it nestled in a shady corner next to the front steps to the Haggerty Education Center.

    Summer will soon be officially over, so make sure to visit the Arboretum soon!

    Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

  • Saunday Saunter – 9/4/23

    Steve Kanan recorded these late summer images of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Autumn will soon take hold, as illustrated by these beautiful pictures.

  • At the Arboretum – August 29, 2023

    Texture, height, form and color all contribute to the creation of a lovely garden “snapshot” such as that presented by the tall, purple Tibouchina, daisy-like yellow flowers in the middle and the lower Black-eyed Susan’s at the front of the bed in the photo below. Purple and yellow are opposites on the color wheel and thus make for a strong complementary color combination.

    The recently opened path that links the waterwise deck area to the lower area in front of Matilda’s cottage is another example of combining color, form, shape and height to create a pleasant to the eye vignette; there is a variety of low succulents, large mounds of silvery Artemisia. coral colored flowers in pots and more; there’s a bench nearby that allows a visitor to sit and enjoy the scenery.

    Verbena bonariensis punctuates the gardens next to Matilda’s Cottage with its airy purple flowers held aloft on delicate stems; the pretty Rudbeckia ‘Henry Eilers’ with its spoon-like yellow flower petals is happily blooming in front of the Branching Out fence.

  • At the Arboretum – 8/23/23

    It’s late August but the grounds at the Arboretum are still putting on quite a show. There’s a large pink Dahlia ‘Belle of Barmera’ blooming in the Cottage garden. The circular Tropical Garden in front of the deck by the Marsh Meadow is a wonderful assembly of Monstera, dark leaved/red flowering Cannas, tall Banana plants, Brugmansia, Elephant Ears, Rubber plants, etc. And the beds at the entrance to the Haggerty Education Center have filled out in an exuberance of muted pinks, from the flower heads of Savannah Ruby Grass (Melinis nerviglumis ‘Savannah’) to the tiny round pink flowers of Talinum ‘Jewels of Opar’ to the larger flowers of Digiplexis ‘Illumination Flame’. Be sure to schedule a visit soon.

    Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

  • Sunday Saunter – 8/20/23

    Steve Kanan sent us a new batch of photos from a walk at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Nice hummingbirds, Steve. Thanks for the lovely pictures.

  • At the Frelinghuysen – August 16, 2023

    Several weeks ago, we featured the lovely Koelreuteria paniculata ‘Rose Lantern’ tree. The delicate yellow flowers have transformed into green “lanterns”; eventually these will dry and hold the next generation’s seeds. Isn’t nature amazing?

    Picture credits Margery Ennist.

  • At the Arboretum 8/8/23

    A pretty Crapemyrtle (Lagerstroemia cv. ‘Acoma’) is blooming along the driveway as you come up from Hanover Avenue, its delicate, crinkly, white flowers floating above the foliage like soft little clouds. The attractive, exfoliating bark offers winter interest once the foliage and flowers have fallen.

    Picture credits Margery Ennist.

  • A Sampling of Plants from Portugal

    Regardless of where my travels may take me, I am always drawn to the plants and flowers typical of the area I’m visiting. A few special ones from my recent trip to Portugal:

    High above the Atlantic Ocean at Cabo da Roca (the westernmost point in Europe) I found a feathery yellow flower blooming among its succulent-like leaves, probably a Delosperma (Ice Plant).

    In a seaside town, lining the street, the striking red bottlebrush flowers of the Pohutukawa metrosideros excelsa trees (New Zealand Christmas Tree) were putting on quite a show.

    Bougainvillea could be found everywhere, draped over walls, fences and buildings and covered in masses of papery magenta flower bracts.

    A day trip to the Douro Valley was a wonderful experience; the hillsides of this World Heritage designated area are covered in grapevines as far as the eye can see. The harvest will begin in September followed by the production of the world famous Port wines of Portugal.

  • Sunday Saunter – 7/30/23

    Thanks to frequent contributor, Steve Kanan, for another batch of lovely pictures. He said he enjoyed normal weather so much that he followed up his morning visit with another in the afternoon.

    Don’t miss out on summer at the Frelinghuysen — visit the gardens soon.

  • Photo Highlights from Katharine Boyle

    Katharine Boyle visited the Arboretum yesterday and sent this batch of beautiful pictures along with the following note:

    …it’s been a while. And to my utter surprise, I spotted a pineapple there! It must have been “welcoming” me back.

    Thanks, Katharine, for the lovely images.

  • Hibiscus Flowers at the Arboretum

    There are many varieties of Hibiscus plants; two that are currently in bloom at the Arboretum are Hibiscus moscheutus and Hibiscus syriacus.

    Hibiscus moscheutus (Swamp Rose Mallow) is a herbaceous perennial that produces dinner plate sized flowers. The plants can reach 3-7 feet tall by 2-4 feet wide. New growth is slow to emerge in spring, but grows quickly thereafter. Hibiscus moscheutus cv. Kopper King is a pretty shade of pink with a dark pink throat. A bright red Hibiscus moscheutus (possibly ‘Lord Baltimore’) is blooming nearby.

    Hibiscus syriacus (Rose of Sharon) is a close relative of H. moscheutus. A native of eastern Asia, it is a vigorous, upright, vase-shaped, multi-stemmed, deciduous shrub which grows to 8-12 feet tall. Currently in bloom at the Arboretum are a white flowered plant, Hibiscus syriacus cv. Diana and the blue flowered H. syriacus ‘Blue Bird’.

    Several other varieties are also in bloom, why not visit and check them out for yourself?

    Picture credits: Margery Ennist.


    Shades of red, orange and yellow are considered “hot” colors; in the garden, they serve to brighten up a spot, highlight an area and/or provide a focal point to lure you in for a closer look.

    The arbor at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum holds a large Trumpet Vine (Campsis radicans), covered at this time of the year with big orange flowers. The Trumpet Vine is a vigorous, deciduous woody vine growing to about 33 feet long, with shiny, dark green, pinnately compound leaves. The flowers are each about 3.5 inches long, trumpet shaped and lacking in scent. After flowering, a six inch long seed capsule forms, dries and splits releasing hundreds of thin, brown, paper-like seeds. It is native to the Eastern United States..

    Another name for the plant is Hummingbird Vine because the flowers attract these tiny, jewel-like summer visitors. The vine also attracts a variety of other creatures: Birds nest in the vine and moths, bees, flies and ants feed on the nectar.

    A variety of vegetables and fruits are grown in the Barkman Vegetable Garden and this year there is a large bed of Sunflowers (Helianthus) growing against the fence, providing a nice, bright sunny yellow show. Sunflowers are native to the Americas and are said to symbolize long life and lasting happiness.

    An interesting fact about Sunflowers is that they track the sun (heliotropism). At night, Sunflowers face east, anticipating the sun’s return and track its progress throughout the day. They do this until they get old and stop moving.

    The gardens at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum hold a large variety of hot blooming plants, visit soon and discover them for yourself!

    Picture credits: Margery Ennist.


    Blue in the garden can create a cooling, soothing, restful atmosphere. This can be achieved by using flowers, foliage, garden ornaments, etc., in all shades and hues of blue. The Blue Garden in front of Matilda’s Cottage contains all sorts of blue flowered plants, from annuals such as Fan Flower (Scaevola) to perennials such as Balloon Flower (Platycodon grandiflorus) and the airy, delicate flowers of Love-in-a-Mist (Nigella damascena). Blue metal benches and a tall blue tuteur providing a climbing structure for a Clematis vine, complete this garden.

    Visit this lovely garden room soon, sit on one of the blue benches and watch the bees and butterflies as they hover around the many flowers in the garden.

    Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

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