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August 30, 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.

Check out Barbara Israel's Facebook page, Barbara Israel Garden Antiques, for photos of some of the beautiful garden antiques exhibited at her Katonah, New York property. Or go to her website for more information:

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


This IPM Team Report covers how to harvest, cure and store your crops, Bean Yellow Mosaic Virus, Sweat Bee and lots more.

Click on the report to access and read it.


Texture, height, form and color all contribute to the creation of a lovely garden "snapshot" such as that presented by the tall, purple Tibouchina, daisy-like yellow flowers in the middle and the lower Black-eyed Susan's at the front of the bed in the photo below. Purple and yellow are opposites on the color wheel and thus make for a strong complementary color combination.

The recently opened path that links the waterwise deck area to the lower area in front of Matilda's cottage is another example of combining color, form, shape and height to create a pleasant to the eye vignette; there is a variety of low succulents, large mounds of silvery Artemisia. coral colored flowers in pots and more; there's a bench nearby that allows a visitor to sit and enjoy the scenery.

Verbena bonariensis punctuates the gardens next to Matilda's Cottage with its airy purple flowers held aloft on delicate stems; the pretty Rudbeckia 'Henry Eilers' with its spoon-like yellow flower petals is happily blooming in front of the Branching Out fence.

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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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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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.