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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.

December 21, 2022


The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum wish you, your families and your friends a Happy Hanukkah and a Merry Christmas. No matter how you celebrate the season, may it be full of happy days, warm memories and much love.In addition to the programs described below, there are many more available on our website: The 13th Annual Community Garden Conference, The Buffalo Style Garden, Creating a Show Garden for the Philadelphia Flower Show, and more. Be sure to visit our website for more information and to register.


Saturday, January 14 - 1:00-3:00 PM

IN PERSON in the Haggerty Education Center

The program at this year’s New Year’s party will celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Friends’ founding in 1972. A slideshow by Judy Snow, past President of the Friends, will show highlights from Friends’ activities through the years and will bring back memories of many horticultural friends and events.

Following the program, we’ll celebrate with our usual spread of delicious savory and sweet treats, accompanied by coffee, tea, and wines. The event is free to Members, but you must register by Wednesday, January 11 as attendance is limited to 100 people.

Click on the photo for more information and to register.


Saturday, February 4 - 1:00 PM

IN PERSON in the Haggerty Education Center

Since 1979, the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum have supported horticultural education through a scholarship named for Dr. Benjamin Blackburn. Speaker Jenny Rose Carey will discuss her new book The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Guide: How to Combine Shape, Color, and Texture to Create the Garden of Your Dreams.

Ms. Carey will discuss how the colors, shapes and scents of flowers are as ravishing to the senses as to the soul. But, it’s all too easy to get things wrong: colors that clash, flowers that bloom at the wrong time, plants that fail to thrive. She will explain exactly how to get started, how to combine plants for the most spectacular effects, and how to keep your garden going from year to year. Whether you’re interested in dramatic color combinations, how best to use a favorite flower or how to create a garden for a specific purpose, such as nourishing pollinators, you’ll find the answers in Ms. Carey’s presentation. As she says, “Don’t be afraid – just have a go!”

Ms. Carey is a renowned gardener, educator, historian and author. She is also the former senior director at the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Meadowbrook Farm in Jenkintown. Jenny Rose has been lecturing nationally and internationally for many years. She previously worked at Temple University for over a decade, first as an adjunct professor in the Department of Landscape Architecture and Horticulture and then as director of the Ambler Arboretum. Her Victorian property, Northview, contains diverse garden spaces, including a cutting garden, an herb garden, a dry garden and various mixed flower beds.

Jenny Rose is the co-author with Mary Anne Fry of A Century of Cultivation, the author and photographer for Glorious Shade, Timber Press 2017 and The Ultimate Flower Gardener’s Guide, Timber Press 2022.

The presentation will be followed by a book sale and signing. Light refreshments will be served.

Dr. Blackburn was a professor of Botany at Drew University. His involvement with the Morris County Park Commission began with his friendship with Henry and Robert Tubbs, whose property, Willowwood, eventually became the Willowwood Arboretum. Dr. Blackburn published many articles and wrote a number of books on gardening as well as being the host of a very popular radio gardening program. He generously shared his vast knowledge and deep love for horticulture with many staff members in the Horticulture Division and with his countless fans, members of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and area garden clubs.

Admission fees for this program support the scholarship that is offered to students in the Landscape Technology Program at County College of Morris (CCM). This scholarship allows interested students the opportunity to explore the different horticultural, environmental, and design studies offered through the accredited CCM programs. The increased knowledge the students acquire in the classroom and through hands-on programs at CCM will benefit them as they enter their chosen field in horticulture and landscape design.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU’s.

Click on the photo of Ms. Carey for more information and to register.


Saturday, March 18 - 1:00 PM

IN PERSON in the Haggerty Education Center

Ever wonder how show gardens are created? Susan Cohan, a show garden veteran, will show you how the display gardens at the Philadelphia Flower Show are designed and built. This is sure to be a fascinating presentation on what takes place behind the scenes and in preparation for an exhibit at the Show.

Susan Cohan, FAPLD, left a successful career in the fashion industry and founded Susan Cohan Gardens after earning a certificate in Garden Design from the English Gardening School at the Chelsea Physic Gardens in London. Susan, named The Designer of the Year by the Association of Professional Landscape Designers in 2021, is the principal and design director of Susan Cohan Gardens, a full-service landscape design studio located in the New York/New Jersey metro area.

From small courtyards to large country estates, the studio is dedicated to the creation of exceptional residential outdoor living spaces and gardens. Susan and her team have created landscape designs for discerning regional and international clients. The finished results are frequently published and have won numerous awards, including the 2022 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society's Gold and Silver Trophy for her entry in this year's Philadelphia Flower Show.

Meet the speaker and chat with friends after the program. Light refreshments will be served.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU.

Click on the photo of Susan's Award Winning Garden for more information and to register.


A chilly walk around the Arboretum's grounds today. The sun was casting long, mid-afternoon shadows across the ground in the Japanese Maple garden, the Meadow behind the Mansion was bathed in a soft, golden glow and the bright red berries on the Ilex corallina x aquifolium 'Centennial Girl' (Holly Hybrid) added a festive touch to the large Holly next to the Marsh Meadow Deck.

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.

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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 grounds 7 days a week, from 8am to dusk

  • The Haggerty Education Center is open to the public on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays only from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM.
  • Parking is limited. Other 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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