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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.

October 5, 2022


Fall is a lovely time of the year. Why not kick things off by attending the Peony program with Kathleen Gagan, Peony's Envy Nursery and Display Garden's founder and owner. A delicious catered lunch is part of the program as well as the chance to purchase bare-root peonies following the program. Don't miss our first in-person program in the Haggerty Education Center.

Then several days later, get in the Halloween spirit with Dorothy Smullen as she tells us all about "nasty" plants in her Diabolical Botany presentation!


Saturday, October 22 - 12:00 Noon

IN PERSON in the Haggerty Education Center at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

At long last the Friends will be gathering in person to enjoy a buffet lunch together and hear from Kathleen Gagan on how to incorporate peonies in your garden design. This will be a special event after several years without in person programs, and Kathleen is the perfect person to kick things off!

This local resident is the founder and owner of Peony's Envy Nursery in Bernardsville, New Jersey. Kathleen has made a national name for herself as a peony diva and has appeared on the Martha Stewart Living Show, among many other venues. Her pictorial lecture will show you how to design with peonies (which are deer resistant), with an in-depth look at peony cultivar selection, siting, planting and care. Why talk about peonies now? Because fall is a good time to plant them! Kathleen will bring a selection of bare-root peonies for sale after the program.

The catered lunch will feature a delicious selection of salads, breads, fruit and yummy desserts plus some sparkling beverages. We hope you can join us for this festive event!

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

Please click on Kathleen's photo for more information and to register.

Please note that registration for this program will close at 12:00 Noon on Wednesday, October 19

DIABOLICAL BOTANY with Dorothy Smullen

Thursday, October 27 - 7:00 PM


Join Dorothy Smullen as she explores the world of plants that are poisonous, thorny, smelly, insect eaters, irritating and illegal. A perfect program to watch a couple of days before Halloween!

Ms. Smullen is a retired high school science teacher, a teacher and naturalist at the New Jersey Audubon and past President of the New Jersey Mycological Association. She has been a nature and garden club speaker for 35 years and is a former board member of the Friends of Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

Please click on Ms. Smullen's photo for more information and to register.


Happy, Healthy Houseplants with Rutgers Master Gardener Linda Zenkert

Tuesday, October 11 - 7:00 PM - VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Click on photo to register

Starting Seeds Indoors: When and How with Rutgers Master Gardener Grace Tshanakas

Tuesday, December 13 - 7:00 PM - VIRTUAL VIA ZOOM

Click on photo to register


The FINAL Report for the season includes information about extending your growing season, garden plot cleanup, top overwintering pests, grasshoppers and much more.

Click on the Report cover to access and read.


A rainy, blustery and chilly day at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. The grounds are once again decorated with scarecrows, so plan a visit soon to see all these whimsical creations. Here's just a small sampling of some of the scarecrows awaiting your visit. Enjoy!

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


The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum have a YouTube channel.

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

Retail Partners

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.

Amazon Smile

Don't forget to "SMILE!"Amazon Smile, that is!

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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