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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 26, 2022


The Friends hosted our first in-person event in two and a half years last Saturday. Attendees enjoyed a catered luncheon in the Haggerty Education Center and heard Kathleen Gagan, owner of Peony's Envy Nursery in Bernardsville, present a program on Designing Gardens with Peonies. The auditorium was festively decorated with Dahlia centerpieces and matching tablecloths, and a great group of volunteers kept things running smoothly. Thank you to all who attended for helping make this event such a success!

Next week the Friends will present the first of our four virtual Tree Symposium programs:


Tuesday, November 1 - 7:00 PM


Even with limited space you can still plant beautifully and ecologically with a wide array of small native trees. Learn which choices are most suitable for your region and provide important ecological services, including nectar, pollen, fruit, seeds, nuts and berries, cover and bird nesting sites. Get the information you need to source and correctly plant the best small native trees.

Kim Eierman is the founder of EcoBeneficial LLC. She is an environmental horticulturist and ecological landscape designer, specializing in native plants. Based in New York, Kim teaches at the New York Botanical Garden, Brooklyn Botanic Garden, The Native Plant Center, Rutgers Home Gardeners School and several other institutions. She is the author of the book, The Pollinator Victory Garden: Win the War on Pollinator Decline with Ecological Gardening.

Kim provides horticultural consulting and native landscape design to homeowners and commercial clients, including landscape architects and engineers. In addition to being a Certified Horticulturist through the American Society of Horticultural Science, Kim is an accredited Organic Landscape Professional, a Steering Committee member of The Native Plant Center, and a member of The Ecological Landscape Alliance and Garden Communicators International.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs

For more information and to register, click on Kim's photo.


Four consecutive Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM

November 1, 8, 15 and 22

Register for individual programs at $10 for members or $15 for non-members or register for all four programs and pay $30 for members or $45 for non-members.

  • November 1 - Native Trees for Small Spaces with Kim Eierman
  • November 8 - Conifers: What the Well-Dressed Garden is Wearing with Gerald Krall
  • November 15 - Bonsai in Your Garden: Time to Try It with John Michalski
  • November 22 - Figs: The Ideal Container Fruit Tree with Mason Vollmer

Click on the flyer for more information and to register

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.


A foggy, misty, mild day, lots of rain drops glistening on leaves and dripping off flowers such as the ones on the Lonicera heckrotii 'Goldflame' (Goldflame Honeysuckle) blooming next to the parking lot. The Yucca recurvifolia (Curve Leaf Yucca) blooming next to the Waterwise Deck is magnificent in full bloom next to a yellow-foliaged Cephalotaxus harringtonia cv. Korean Gold (Japanese Plum Yew). Last, but not least, the small, creamy white, fragrant flowers of Heptacodium miconioides (Seven Sons Tree).

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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