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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.

November 2, 2022


"It looked like the world
was covered in a
cobbler crust of brown sugar
and cinnamon."

Sarah Addison Allen

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


Tuesday, November 8 - 7:00 PM


Conifers can add an aesthetic to an ornamental garden impossible to achieve with other plants. This slide presentation is for folks wanting to create a garden that uses conifers and small trees for effect and structure rather than an exclusive display of specimens.

Exciting ways to display conifers, some still experimental, will be explored. How to choose the best conifer or small tree for such a purpose considering size, growth habit and form, adding bling to your conifer vignettes using selected companion plants, landscape rockeries, container rockeries and table rockeries will all be addressed in this lecture.

Gerald (Jerry) Kral attended Cornell University where he majored in Agricultural Science. He has been a dairy farmer, high school science teacher and founder with his wife of Jerry and Karen's Gardens in Rochester, New York, where they give regular garden tours. Jerry became a Master Gardener in 1996 and was on the originating committee of the very successful Gathering of Gardeners Symposia, which has featured such luminaries as Dan Hinckley, Tony Avent and Michael Dirr, all of whom have toured Jerry and Karen's Gardens. Jerry is an active member of the American Conifer Society (ACS), serving as a member of their Board of Directors for six years. In 2020 the ACS presented him with the Marvin and Emily Snyder Award for Dedicated Support.

Jerry's main passion continues to be his garden in Rochester, where he plays with rocks, conifers and companion plants and pushes the limits of what can be done!

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs

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


Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM

November 8, 15 and 22

Register for individual programs at $10 for members or $15 for non-members.

  • 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


A quiet, overcast day at the Arboretum; the fall foliage still clinging to trees and shrubs is creating beautiful vignettes on the grounds: a long-shot of the misty meadow behind the Mansion, a Ginkgo biloba (Maidenhair Tree) in all its yellow glory and a Cornus spp (Dogwood) in full fall red, as well as a columnar Liquidambar styraciflua 'Silhouette' (Columnar Sweetgum 'Silhouette') framed by a Sugar Maple on the left and a Norway Maple on the right. Sadly, these gorgeous colors won't last, so make plans to visit soon.

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.

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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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