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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 8, 2023


Dr. Benjamin Blackburn
Dr. Benjamin Blackburn

The Blackburn Scholarship was established by the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (Friends) in 1979 to honor the memory of the late Dr. Benjamin C. Blackburn, whose professional horticultural expertise and support were of great help to the Arboretum and the Friends during their early years. This scholarship is funded by the Friends' Blackburn Scholarship Event held in early February.

The Friends' Board of Trustees is pleased to announce that they have again selected the County College of Morris (CCM) as their partner through which to award the Blackburn Scholarship. One or more CCM students, enrolled in the Department of Landscape and Horticulture Technology will be chosen to receive scholarship money totaling up to $3,000.00.

If you know anyone studying at CCM in the Landscape and Horticulture Technology Department, please let them know about the Scholarship.

Students must be enrolled in CCM's Horticulture Landscape program and be residents of New Jersey with a minimum 3.0 GPA in order to apply.

Click here for rules and application form.

Applications must be postmarked by April 12, 2023.

Over the next several weeks, the Friends are offering three programs relating to the Philadelphia Flower Show:

  • A History of the Flower Show via Zoom on February 16
  • The Bus Trip to the Flower Show itself on February 7
  • How to create an award-winning garden at the Flower Show with Susan Cohan on March 18

Register for all three and gain a complete understanding of what it takes to present this huge and extremely popular Flower Show!


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.


Tuesday, March 7

Bus leaves the Arboretum parking lot at 10:30 AM SHARP and returns around 8:30 PM

After two years of being held outdoors, The Philadelphia Flower Show will return to the Pennsylvania Convention Center in 2023. This year's theme is "The Garden Electric", bringing the electrifying presence of today's most dynamic designers of floral arrangements, lush gardens, and landscapes to visitors from around the world.

Join the Friends on this always popular and highly anticipated trip. Chat with garden experts and watch how-to gardening demonstrations in the Gardener's Studio, shop acres of vendor booths brimming with merchandise in the Marketplace and enjoy lunch and/or dinner on your own at the show or at nearby Reading Terminal Market.

Click on the banner 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.


Winter is the perfect time to get a good look at the bark on trees, without the distraction of leaves, flowers or fruits. The Acer griseum (Paper Bark Maple) at the entrance to the Haggerty Education Center is a gorgeous collage of overlapping, exfoliating bark in shades of brown and tan. The Heptacodium miconioides (Seven Sons Tree) presents a smoother bark, with long exfoliating strands of bark that move with the breeze. A Lagerstromia indica cv. Acoma (Crapemyrtle) also has a smooth bark, but with subtle patches of beige, peach and olive green. These are not the only examples of interesting bark to be found!

Crapemyrtle Paperbark Maple Seven Sons Tree

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 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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