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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 9, 2022

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


Tuesday, November 15 - 7:00 PM


Due to their tiny proportions, bonsai are ideal for the small garden, yet many people are daunted by the perceived difficulty and challenges of designing and keeping these container-grown trees alive and healthy. John Michalski will present the artistic and horticultural principles behind this ancient art form, and hopefully convince you that if you know how to tend a garden or prune a hedge, you can successfully grow, style and maintain bonsai in your own yard.

John is a public school science teacher who enjoys gardening and has been working with bonsai since 1988. He is currently President of the Great Swamp Bonsai Society, which is based in Morris County.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs.

For more information and to register, click on the Bonsai photo.


Tuesday evenings at 7:00 PM

November 15 and 22

Register for individual programs at $10 for members of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum or $15 for non-members.

  • 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


Fall at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is beautiful; the trees and shrubs have donned their autumnal colors but with the warm weather we've been enjoying, there are still some gorgeous flowers to be found. A yellow, sweetly-scented Rosa 'The Poet's Wife' is blooming in the rose garden and an Aconitum (Monkshood or Wolf's Bane) is blooming in the Eger Fern Garden. The Gazebo next to the Knot Garden sits amid a host of yellow foliage and fallen leaves. Enjoy a 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.

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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