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August 23, 2023

The Friends are happy to offer the following programs:


Barbara Frelinghuysen Israel

Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste

Sunday, September 10 - 1:00 PM

In person in the Haggerty Education Center

Barbara Frelinghuysen Israel founded Barbara Israel Garden Antiques in 1985, after a serendipitous purchase of a large collection of estate statuary led her down the garden antiques path. Now in her 38th year in business, Barbara is recognized as an authority on the subject. Her exhaustively researched book Antique Garden Ornament: Two Centuries of American Taste (1999), is the definitive work in the field.

Barbara has served as a consultant to both the Metropolitan Museum of Art and the Smithsonian Institution, and has sold pieces to the Winterthur Museum, the Smithsonian Institution and the Baltimore Museum of Art.

A book signing and light refreshments will follow the presentation.

For more information and to register, click on the photo.


Celebrating the Pinetum at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum

A Rendezvous of the Northeast Region of the American Conifer Society

Saturday, October 21 - 9:00 AM

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In person in the Haggerty Education Center

Co-sponsored by the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and the Northeast Region of the American Conifer Society

The program will begin with Registration and coffee, followed by Welcome and Overview and three speakers:

  • The Frelinghuysen Pinetum - Past, Present, and Future, Bruce Crawford, Garden Manager, Frelinghuysen Arboretum
  • The Conifer Conundrum, Beth Brantley - Bartlett Tree Research Laboratories
  • Creating a Woodland Garden with Indigenous Plants and Vertical Structure, Jean Epiphan - Rutgers Cooperative Extension Agent, Morris County

This program is eligible for 3.5 New Jersey Urban and Community Forestry Program (NJUCF) CEUs

For more information and to register, please click on the photograph


Sounds for Sculpture - The Christian Tamburr Quintet

Sunday, September 10 - 2:00 PM
At The Willow School - 1150 Pottersville Road, Gladstone, NJ

The Willowwood Foundation, in collaboration with The Willow School, invites you to enjoy Sounds for Sculpture, an afternoon of Jazz. The musical compositions were created by internationally acclaimed vibraphonist Christian Tamburr and were inspired by his friend Seward Johnson's evocative works of art.

A reception and light refreshments will follow the performance and guests will be invited to independently tour the Seward Johnson sculptures currently on exhibit at:

Willowwood Arboretum - 300 Longwood Road, Chester Township, NJ

For more information and to register, click on the flyer or go to the Willowwood Arboretum website.


It's late August but the grounds at the Arboretum are still putting on quite a show. There's a large pink Dahlia 'Belle of Barmera' blooming in the Cottage garden. The circular Tropical Garden in front of the deck by the Marsh Meadow is a wonderful assembly of Monstera, dark leaved/red flowering Cannas, tall Banana plants, Brugmansia, Elephant Ears, Rubber plants, etc. And the beds at the entrance to the Haggerty Education Center have filled out in an exuberance of muted pinks, from the flower heads of Savannah Ruby Grass (Melinis nerviglumis 'Savannah') to the tiny round pink flowers of Talinum 'Jewels of Opar' to the larger flowers of Digiplexis 'Illumination Flame'. Be sure to schedule a visit soon.

Belle of Barmera Dahlia Haggerty Entry Garden Tropical Circle Garden

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


Several of our previously recorded events are available to watch on-line.

See our Prerecorded Events page for more information and to register.

Retail Partners

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

Voicemail: 973-937-8803


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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 now open Tuesdays through Saturdays from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. The building remains closed on Sundays and Mondays.
  • Parking is limited. Other buildings remain closed. Portajohns are available.
  • HUNTING IN THE PARKS - See the Morris County Park Commission website.