Crafters! Exhibit at Gingerbread Wonderland

The 20th Annual Gingerbread Wonderland will host a craft show of local vendors selling hand-crafted items. Gingerbread Wonderland is an annual Holiday Event drawing over 12,000 visitors over a nine-day period (read about it here). Individual weekend days can draw between 1,500 and 2,000 visitors of all ages.


Hurricane Irene Notice

Just posted on the website:  

Important Notice

All Morris County Park Commission Facilities will be closed to the public on Sunday, August 28. Facilities will reopen on Monday, August 29 after buildings and properties have been assessed. Please call the Park Commission Headquarters telephone number, 973-326-7622, on Monday, after 8:30 a.m. regarding reopening of specific facilities/parks. Direct telephone numbers to specific facilities are on our Contact Us page.


New Virtual Gardener Article

This month's Virtual Gardener column is about the 16th Century Italian painter, Guiseppe Arcimboldo. His paintings are fanciful, naturalistic and surreal -- what a combination!

Read Dr. Lesley Parness's article and follow the links for a virtual tour of this fascinating painter's works.


Whole Foods Coupon

Our Retail Partner, Whole Foods has given us a coupon for free peaches with any purchase. Click on the coupon at right, print it and use it through August 10th.

F-Stop High School Photo Contest Winners - 2011

We are were proud to sponsor a photo contest this year for high school students. The entries were wonderful and the judges had hard decisions to make. Visit the gallery in the Haggerty Education Center at the Arboretum through July 29th to see the entries.


The Photo Gallery Is Back!

I am happy to announce that that the Friends' Photo Gallery is back!

Several albums are now available, including the Friends Trip to Scotland, the NY Botanic Garden trip, the Plant Sale and several other. Just click on the link here or the menu above.


Community Gardens

Our very-popular Community Gardens Conference last March led to numerous requests for information about local community gardens. As a result, we have posted the information on a new page which you can get to under the Resources menu tab above (click on "Community Gardens" under the Resources tab).


The Friends Go To Scotland

The Friends will be in Scotland from May 26th through June 5th. We will be tweeting and blogging all the way, so follow the twitter hashtag #fofascotland (or add your own tweets to that hashtag) or look for the blog posts on our Scotland page. We hope to keep everyone posted about our progress through "The Gardens of Scotland."


Don't Let the Weather Get You Down

Mother Nature teased us a little yesterday with a sunny, warm day which let our volunteer, Phil Dahlen make his rounds to update the What's in Bloom list.

It certainly isn't as nice today, but the buds and the blossoms are there. Take an antidote for the blah weather and walk around the Arboretum. It is in its full regalia, rain or shine.


It was the Best!

We say it every year, but this year we're really sure, It was the Best!

Mother Nature cooperated, the plants were terrific and everyone working on the 2011 Plant Sale were wonderful. Best of all, hundreds and hundreds of you came and made the sale a great success.


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