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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 16, 2022

Next week the Friends will present the fourth and final virtual Tree Symposium program:


Tuesday, November 22 - 7:00 PM


In this presentation, appropriate for home gardeners, educators and professionals, you will learn how to successfully include figs in your Zone 6 garden, why figs can be a valuable component in environmental education programs and the care and propagation techniques for container figs. Mr. Vollmer will share his approach to how Science informs the Craft which in turn inspires the Art of gardening. Even in the smallest spaces, you can cultivate trees that will grow your gardening skills and satisfaction. As an Arborist, Mr. Volmer knows that "the right tree in the right place" includes education about Keystone and Native species, which the Fig is not, yet this talk will show how it can fit well into the science, craft and art of educational programs and backyard gardens, leading to a further environmental literacy so vital today.

Mason Vollmer is a horticultural educator with over 40 years experience gardening with people of all ages and abilities in schools and organizations with productive education, therapeutic and socially beneficial outcomes in mind.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs

For more information and to register, click on the photo of Mr. Vollmer.


A couple of the 2022 Tree Symposium programs have been or will be recorded. If you are/were unable to view the program on the day of the presentation, check our website's Program listing for Pre-recorded events; pay for the program and a YouTube link will be sent to you. The fees are $10 for Members of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and $15 for non-members of the Friends.

STARTING SEEDS INDOORS with Master Gardener Grace Tshanakas

Tuesday, December 13 - 7:00 PM


There is such joy and excitement watching as seedlings emerge and mature. The biggest excitement, of course, is from either harvesting a food you have grown or seeing a beautiful flower develop. In this presentation, you will learn everything you need to know about starting seeds indoors, including seed types, supplies needed, the planting process and caring for your seedlings. Handouts will include a great list of resources as well as Rutgers Fact Sheets.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs

Click on the photo for more information and to register.


The nice warm weather we've been enjoying has given way to colder, more seasonal weather with the possibility of a snow shower overnight. In spite of the forecast, color is still to be found on the grounds at the Arboretum. A pretty, red, heart-shaped leaf of Disanthus cercidifolius clinging to the shrub which is in the Witch Hazel family. The vibrant orange leaves of Hamamelis vernalis 'Red Imp' (a vernal Witch Hazel cultivar) providing a spot of color next to the Haggerty Education Center.

The fall and winter months are a great time to see different colors, textures, forms, shapes and sizes, as in the combination of a tall green female Juniperus virginiana cv. Corcorcor (Emerald Sentinel Juniper), a shorter Picea pungens cv. Splitrock (Colorado Spruce cultivar) on the right and the softly spreading leaves of a Panicum virgatum cv. Prairie Skies (Switch Grass) in front of both.

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 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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