This newsletter is brought to you by the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and was delivered to your mailbox because you directly subscribe to it or gave your e-mail address as part of your membership registration. If you have changed your mind and wish to unsubscribe, please see the instructions at the bottom of this page.
If you have trouble viewing this as an email, open our Email Blast page in your browser at
While you may view our full program on the Events Page of our website, we are pleased to highlight these upcoming programs.

November 23, 2022


To quote James E. Faust: "The thankful heart opens our eyes to a multitude of blessings that continually surround us".

Best wishes from the Friends for a very Happy Thanksgiving with family and friends.


The Winter 2023 issue of Arboretum Leaves, our quarterly newsletter, is in the final stages of production. Look for it in your emails and mailboxes within the next week or so. We've put together a great schedule of programs, from a Friends 50th Anniversary Party, to a presentation on Buffalo Style Gardens, to a Bus Trip to The Philadelphia Flower Show.

If you are not already a Member of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, become one now and enjoy all the benefits of membership.

Click here for more information and to join.

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.


An amazingly mild, sunny day in the low 50's. A large clump of sweet-smelling yellow flowers (probably a Chrysanthemum variety) is still blooming in the perennial gardens and the bees are swarming over this last source of nectar for the season. The Hamamelis vernalis next to the Waterwise Deck is decked out in delicate, strappy yellow flowers and a PJM Rhododendron, also by the Waterwise Deck, is covered in deep red 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.

Please visit by clicking the image (or go to:


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.

Visit our website:
Email your comments or suggestions to

Morris County Park Commission Logo

The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a facility of the Morris County Park Commission

Twitter logo
Facebook logo
Remove me from this list