Photo Galleries

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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  • Katharine Boyle 4/15/24

    Katharine Boyle emailed yesterday, “Enclosed are some images from my visit to the arboretum Monday evening. The image of the ladybug is quite interesting. It wasn’t until I looked through the images tonight that I realized those little green dots are likely family members of the ladybug! Nature always amazes me. 

    Thanks, Katharine. Nature is indeed putting on a great display.

  • At the Arboretum – 4/17/24

    On this glorious day it’s all about the infinite variety of spring bulbs. From the diminutive species tulips in the alpine raised bed and the many forms of daffodils, to the stately tulips and frothy narcissus in the entry borders, you have to marvel at the amazing display that bulbs provide. However, the blooms don’t last long, so plan to visit the Arboretum soon!

    Thank you, Judy Snow, for the lovely words and photos!

  • Sunday Saunter – 4/14/24

    Spring has taken the Arboretum by storm with bulbs, flowers and flowering trees putting on a splendid display as shown in these images from frequent contributor, Steve Kanan.

    Thanks to Steve for letting us see that the cold ugly days of earlier spring have paid off yet again.

  • At the Arboretum – 4/2/24

    All sorts of plants and flowers are making an appearance in the gardens at the Arboretum.  The pretty red stems and leaves of a Peony have broken ground, a Spirea thunbergii cv. Ogon is showing off its lovely, delicate white flowers and a beautiful double Daffodil is a putting on quite a show. Enjoy!

  • At the Arboretum – 3/25/24

    A nice day at the Arboretum, a bit chilly, but refreshing. A lovely Corylopsis gotoana tree (Winterhazel) is in full bloom on the left as you crest the hill from Hanover Avenue. It’s covered in small, delicate yellow flowers – don’t miss it!

    Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

  • At the Arboretum 3-20-24

    Spring has officially arrived and with it the flowering trees we love so much. Several Prunus cv. Okame trees (Flowering Cherry) are in full bloom, one to the right as you come up the driveway from Hanover Avenue and another in the upper parking lot. The beautiful white flowers on the Loebner Magnolia are beginning to open on the tree to the left as you come up the driveway. Also in the upper parking lot a large Salix chaenomeloides (Giant Pussy Willow) is putting on quite a show, full of fuzzy, young catkins. There are also many other plants blooming, i.e., Daffodils, early Irises, Crocuses, etc.

    Make plans to visit soon. Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

  • Photos from Katharine Boyle 3-18-24

    Katharine Boyle sent these beautiful pictures from her visit to the Arboretum on Sunday, saying, ” I went to the arboretum yesterday and was especially enamored by the hyacinths in sight and smell. It’s very inspiring seeing new flowers budding all around!”

    Thanks Katharine for the great images of Spring.

  • At the Arboretum 3/12/24

    Spring is decidedly in the air! Blue skies, temperatures in the 60s and many plants beginning to break ground, budding and blooming. The Prunus mume cv. Kobai (Japanese Apricot) is in full bloom against the Carriage House wall, its flowers’ sweet scent wafting through the air, calling to humans and bees alike. The delicate little yellow/green flowers of the Corylopsis gotoana ‘March Jewel’ (Winterhazel) are beginning to open on the plant’s bare branches.near the arbor and a bunch of Hyacinth buds are getting ready to burst into bloom by Matilda’s Cottage.

    Don’t miss all this early spring activity at the Arboretum! Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

  • At the Arboretum – 3/5/24

    Chilly, rainy and damp, but spring will not be deterred!!! The first daffodil flower is about to open, the Edgeworthia buds are finally beginning to show their pretty little flowers and a nice clump of purple Crocus buds are about to burst open.

    Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

  • At the Arboretum 2/27/24

    Spring is coming, you can feel it in the air and hear it in the birds’ songs!!! The tiniest and most delicate little Irises are blooming in the gravel/crevice garden, lovely yellow and white and pretty lavender and white flowers, standing no more that 6-7 inches tall. A busy little bee was climbing all over the Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite) flowers looking for an early snack. And the Adonis amurensis ( Pheasant’s Eye) is in bloom next to Matilda’s Cottage. It is wonderful to walk around the grounds and discover all these little gems.

    Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

  • At the Arboretum 2-20-24

    Another snowfall over the weekend is keeping the grounds covered under a white blanket. Crisp, clear and cold today, but the sky was a magnificent shade of blue. The fuzzy buds of a Magnolia x ‘Butterflies’ (Hybrid Magnolia) were lovely against the azure sky. I was lucky enough to capture a male Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis) flitting about in the shrubs along the Four Seasons Garden path. A patch of lemon yellow Eranthis hyemalis (Winter Aconite) is blooming in the snow under the Cornus alba cv. Siberica (Red Twig Dogwood) providing a nice contrast between the yellow flowers and the red twigs on the Dogwood.

    The days are getting longer, Daylight Saving Time is due to arrive on Sunday, March 10th and Spring is less than a month away. To quote Leo Tolstoy in Anna Karenina “Spring is the time of plans and projects”, for me that means thinking about my garden, creating new beds and introducing new plants.

    Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

  • At the Arboretum 2/13/24

    A freshly fallen blanket of snow covered the grounds at the Arboretum late this afternoon. As the sun was setting, the Frelinghuysen Mansion looked serene and peaceful surrounded by snow with a regal Gymnocladus dioica (Kentucky Coffee Tree) standing sentinel in the foreground. The Bacchus herm at the end of the Holly walk by Matilda’s Cottage sported a snowy cap and cold shoulder and the delicate, strappy flowers of the Hamamelis vernalis ‘Red Imp’ (Red Imp Witch Hazel) seemed immune to the snow covering the shrub.

    Picture credits: Margery Ennist.


    Saturday, February 3 was a beautiful sunny day, perfect for the Friends to host our annual Benjamin Blackburn Scholarship Lecture, this year with Marta McDowell speaking about Murder in the Garden! Marta treated us to a fascinating, informative and funny talk about the many aspects of garden murder mysteries, from Nancy Drew to Agatha Christie’s Miss Marple.

    The Haggerty Education Center’s Auditorium was festively decorated, with fuschia tablecloths, Cyclamens on each table and two lovely flower arrangements by Vasu Tadikonda. The talk was followed by an array of sweet and savory treats, Prosecco, tea and coffee.

    Thank you to all who attended and helped us raise funds for a scholarship to be awarded to a student in the Horticulture/Landscape Program at County College of Morris.

    A very special thanks to Mendham Capital Management for their generous support of this program.

  • At the Arboretum 2-6-24

    From a window in the Haggerty Education Center my eye was caught by the fiery red foliage of a Mahonia bealei shrub (Leatherleaf Mahonia) behind the building. A closer inspection revealed the Holly-like spiny leaves holding on to their lovely fall color as well as the flower buds which will open in late winter to sprays of small yellow flowers.

  • Katharine Boyle Pictures 2/4/24

    Katharine Boyle writes:

    Enclosed are some images from my visit yesterday. It was so nice to see the sun highlighting the trees and plants, dried flowers included. It was also inspiring to see some peeking buds flowering again. 

    Thanks Katharine for the lovely pictures.

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