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June 14, 2023


US Flag

In the United States, Flag Day is celebrated on June 14. It commemorates the adoption of the flag of the United States on June 14, 1777, by resolution of the Second Continental Congress. The Flag Resolution, passed on June 14, 1777, stated: "Resolved, That the flag of the thirteen United States be thirteen stripes, alternate red and white, that the union be thirteen stars, white in a blue field, representing a new constellation."

Our flag has changed over the years; as more states were added to the Union, more stars were added to the blue field. The stripes representing the original 13 colonies have remained unchanged.

In 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation that officially established June 14 as Flag Day; on August 3, 1949, National Flag Day was established by an Act of Congress. Although Flag Day is not an official federal holiday, it is at the President's discretion to officially proclaim the observance.

Happy Flag Day!


Water Gardening Basics
Tuesday, June 20 - 7:00 PM

with Master Gardener Cheri Wilczek

Water gardening opens up a new world of planting and landscaping possibilities. Water in the garden, whether in a container or small pond, helps to create a tranquil and peaceful atmosphere. Many aquatic plants can be grown in a tub of water on a deck with fountains and fish, or, in small pre-formed ponds.

Learn about plant selection, containers, planting depths, light requirements and the wild creatures they will attract bringing serenity and peace to your living space.

Free, but registration is required. Click on photo to register.


We finally got some much-needed rain and the gardens at the Arboretum were looking fresh and revived as a result.

The Daffodils and Tulips in the Haggerty Education Center entrance gardens have been replaced with a variety of annuals, including a spectacular Digiplexis, a cross between Digitalis purpurea (Foxglove) and a Digitalis relative native to the Canary Islands called Isoplexis. Here in New Jersey this plant will behave as an annual, blooming from Summer into Fall and growing to a height of about three feet. These gardens are made possible by a grant from the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

The cone-shaped clusters of white flowers on the Oakleaf Hydrangea between the Haggerty Education Center and Matilda’s are putting on quite a display. The white flowers will gradually turn light pink over the summer while attracting pollinators and birds.

I was drawn to the pond in front of Matilda’s cottage by the loud croaking of a male frog. This little pond is a busy ecosystem, populated by a number of frogs swimming about and behaving in a most frisky manner! Nature at her finest!!!

Picture credits: Margery Ennist.

Digiplexis Oakleaf Hydrangea Frisky Frogs

Click an image to see them all in our website's picture gallery. Picture credits: Margery Ennist.


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Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Post Office Box 2267
Morristown, NJ 07962

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The Frelinghuysen Arboretum is a facility of
the Morris County Park Commission
  • Frelinghuysen, Willowwood and Bamboo Brook Arboreta grounds are open 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 - See the Morris County Park Commission website.