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June 21, 2023


The Summer Solstice, also called the Estival Solstice or Midsummer, occurs when one of the Earth's poles has its maximum tilt toward the Sun. It happens twice yearly, once in each hemisphere. For that hemisphere, the summer solstice is the day with the longest period of daylight and shortest night of the year, when the Sun is at its highest position in the sky. Within the Arctic circle (for the Northern hemisphere) or Antarctic Circle (for the Southern hemisphere) there is continuous daylight around the summer solstice.

Sunburst for solstice

The summer solstice usually occurs either on June 20 or 21 in the Northern hemisphere, when Earth's maximum axial tilt toward the Sun is 23.44 degrees.

Since prehistory, the summer solstice has been seen as a significant time of year in many cultures, and has been marked by festivals and rituals. Traditionally, in many temperate regions, especially Europe, the summer solstice is seen as the middle of summer and referred to as "midsummer", although today in some countries and calendars it is seen as the beginning of summer.

The word solstice is derived from the Latin word sol (Sun) and sistere (to stand still).

Enjoy the Longest Day!

Report on the Bus Trip to Andalusia and Jenny Rose Carey's Garden

On Wednesday, June 14 forty travelers joined the Friends on a bus trip to Andalusia Historic House and Gardens and to Jenny Rose Carey's garden, both in Pennsylvania.

At Andalusia we were broken up into groups of ten and treated to an in-depth history of the house by very knowledgeable docents. Following the house tour we were free to tour the extensive gardens on our own; from the White Garden, to the Green Walk, Rose Garden, Long Border, the Graperies, and much more, the grounds are a delight to the senses. Andalusia sits on the banks of the Delaware River, so the River Walk was a great visual experience.

Photos are of the Graperies, where fine table grapes are raised, and the adjacent formal garden as well as the Grotto on the River Walk at Andalusia, both courtesy of Gerry Papalardo. The Andalusia Library photo is by Margery Ennist.

Following a box lunch picnic as we sheltered from the brief rain showers, we were on to the garden of British plantswoman extraordinaire, Jenny Rose Carey.

Jenny and her family greeted us warmly to Northview Gardens as we pulled up on the bus. Her garden is a series of 31 distinct areas on 4-1/2 acres, mostly informal and a little bit wild, but a wonderful experience as you never knew exactly what you would encounter as you turned a corner! We were shown the Cutting Garden, a Teapot Garden, a lovely waterfall and pond area, a covered outdoor dining area, a Hugelkultur ("hill culture") area where Jenny piled up a bunch of old rotting logs, covered them with old wood chips, soil and leaf mulch creating a planting medium. Over the years she has turned this hill culture into a fertile and thriving garden patch where flowers are flourishing.

Our visit ended with a proper cup of tea and fond farewells.

Photos are of Jenny Rose Carey framed by lovely Poppies, courtesy of Daryl Savage, the waterfall garden and Teacup Garden, both courtesy of Margery Ennist.

The Graperies Jenny Rose Carey Waterfall Library at Andalusia
Teapot Garden The Grotto
Jenny Rose Carey - d. Savage

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


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  • 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.