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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.

June 1, 2022


June has arrived, and with it our last three programs for the Spring quarter; please join us for the Friends Annual Meeting as well as the two pollinator programs described below and be on the lookout for our new Summer program offerings!

If you are not currently a Member of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, you can join by clicking here. We hope to welcome you soon as one of our new Friends!


Highlights of the Chicago Botanic Garden with Fred Spicer

Sunday, June 12 - 4:00 PM


Join Fred Spicer for a virtual tour of the Chicago Botanic Garden, one of the world's great public gardens. Opened in 1972, the 385-acre site features nine islands, 28 gardens, and six natural areas. Fred will explain the sound planning basis for the Garden, which features the work of some of the masters of 21st century landscape architecture and garden design. The Garden is a modernist masterpiece, and is known for eye-popping seasonal displays, dramatic views and vistas, and plant collections, now numbering over 14,000 different kinds of plants.

Fred Spicer has been the Executive Vice President and Director of the Chicago Botanic Garden since February 2017. In his role at the Gardens, Mr. Spicer oversees horticulture, design, facility operations, maintenance and capital planning and projects. Most recently he served 15 years as the Director and then CEO of the Birmingham Botanical Gardens. Before that, he was Manager of Horticulture for the Morris County Park Commission in New Jersey, where he oversaw The Frelinghuysen and Willowwood Arboretums. Fred is a 1983 graduate of Rutgers University with a B.S. in environmental planning, design and landscape architecture.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

Please click on the photo of Mr. Spicer for more information and to register.

Not a member of the Friends? Join here and then register for this program free of charge.


Tuesday, June 21 - 7:00 PM


Join Heather Andrews, The Thoughtful Gardener, as she shares the secrets she learned from her Grandfather Andrews in his North Carolina garden, along with extensive garden research that will enable you to create a paradise for wildlife and your own family. Heather will show us how to welcome the "royalty" of the butterfly kingdom into our own gardens by creating the perfect oasis for the Monarch butterfly migration.

Heather Andrews is an author, photographer, traveler and speaker who works with homeowners and businesses to create sustainable native pollinator habitats. During the growing season, you will find her in her Monarch waystation, Cat-a-pillar Haven, video blogging on her YouTube Channel, Garden Thoughtfully. Heather is a two-time recipient of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Garden of Distinction Award for her Monarch waystation and for a pollinator garden she designed for the historic Craighead House in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in conjunction with the Master Gardeners of central Pennsylvania. Her proposal, "The Resurgence of Pollinator Hedgerows - Using Science to Create a Pollinator Oasis in Your Own Backyard", was accepted at the 2021 International Master Gardeners Conference.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

Please click on the flyer for more information and to register.


Sat June 25 - 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM (Rain Date: Sun June 26)

We're celebrating Pollinator Week with a family-friendly mix of activities and exhibits focused on those all-important insects and birds who pollinate the flowers - without them there wouldn't be any seeds or food!

There will be experts on hand to talk about butterflies, honey bees and their hives, birds, and other insect pollinators. Guides will lead walks to identify insects at work in the garden and explain the clever ways that flowers attract them.

They'll be joined by horticulturists who can tell you what plants will bring pollinators into your own garden from early spring through the fall.

Activities will be under the big tent at the top of the parking lot at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Stay tuned for further details.


Art in Bloom

Sunday, June 5 - 10:00 AM to 3:00 PM

Join the Morris County Park Commission for a showing of more than a dozen of Matilda Frelinghuysen's original paintings accompanied by flower arrangement interpretations of her works of art.

For more information and to register, click on the flyer.


A hazy, hot and humid last day of May; few visitors at the Arboretum today, but a Robin was seen hopping along on the lawn in front of the Mansion. A majestic Aesculus chinensis (Chinese Horsechestnut) is in full bloom, the Enkianthus campanulatus shrub (Redvein Enkianthus) in front of the Mansion is flowering and I saw a striking combination of Deutzia cv. Pink-a-Boo and Veronica austriaca 'Crater Lake Blue' (Deutzia Cultivar and Speedwell). Plan a visit soon!

Click an image to see them all in our website's picture gallery. Picture credits: Margery Ennist.


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We are pleased to make several of our previously recorded events available in case you missed one or another of them.

Go to our new prerecorded-events Events page for more information and to register and pay online.

Retail Partners

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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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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? Email Lisa Bencivengo: or leave a message at (973) 937-8803.

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 are still out of the office, 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



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.
  • 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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