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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.

February 1, 2023


Welcome to the shortest month of the year, little by little the days are getting longer and the promise of spring is on everyone's mind. You can help pass the time by registering for one (or several!) of our interesting and informative programs: the 13th Annual Community Garden Conference on March 4, Buffalo Style Gardens on March 28 and/or Avoiding Garden Bloopers on February 28.

For more information and registration go to our website's Events page.


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, who was a Professor of Botany at Drew University.

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.

Now is the time to start planning your flower garden! 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 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.

A book signing and sale will follow Ms. Carey's presentation.

A delicious variety of sweet and savory treats will be served along with a choice of beverages.

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.


Thursday, February 16 - 7:00 PM


Join the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society’s Creative Director, Seth Pearsoll as he dives into the history of the PHS Philadelphia Flower Show and previews the 2023 Show. Started in 1829 as a one-day exhibition of fruits, flowers, local and exotic plants from around the world, the Flower Show has grown into an award winning and internationally renowned event known for setting trends in gardening and floral design while delivering a captivating and educational experience. Learn about the Flower Show’s evolution over the past 194 years to become the beloved and largest floral event in the world and get a sneak peek at the highly anticipated 2023 Flower Show, “The Garden Electric.”

Seth's role as PHS Design Director for the Philadelphia Flower Show allows him to contribute to a variety of design tasks and creative projects. He focuses on finding and creating relationships with exciting new designers and creators for the Flower Show. Seth has a Master's degree in Sustainable Planning and Design from the Conway Design School in Massachusetts. After working at a variety of landscape design firms, he eventually found his way to PHS.

Click on Seth's picture 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.


Cold, chilly, breezy, not ideal for a stroll in the gardens, but the fresh air was invigorating and welcome. Lovely, shiny dark red leaves on a low to the ground Leucothoe axillaris (Coast Leucothoe), interesting green flowers of a Helleborus foetidus (Stinking Hellebore) and a lovely fuzzy bud, one of many, on the Magnolia x 'Butterflies' (Hybrid Magnolia), just waiting for the warmth of spring to burst forth into bloom! To quote Percy Bysshe Shelley in Ode to The West Wind: If Winter comes, can Spring be far behind?

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.

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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 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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