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September 20, 2023


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

This program is eligible for 5.0 CEU credits from the New Jersey Board of Tree Experts

This program is eligible for 4.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs

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


Wednesday, November 15 - 1:00 PM

This program will provide you with the necessary information to make your bird feeding hobby more enjoyable. Topics will include the best food to offer to attract the largest variety of birds, the different types of feeders available, why water and nesting boxes are so important, and, of course, ways to thwart those pesky squirrels!

Jim Walker is the proud owner of Wild Birds Unlimited (WBU), a retail store in Denville, New Jersey which caters to the backyard bird feeding hobby. After a successful 30-year career in the corporate world, Jim pursued his passion for nature and his enthusiasm for backyard birds and opened the doors of his WBU store in 2020. WBU is a 40+ year old franchise whose mission is "Connecting people with nature and doing it with excellence."

WBU is a Retail Partner with the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Members of the Friends receive a 10% discount off all items.

Jim will bring a variety of bird feeders, bird baths, nesting boxes, etc. to show at his presentation.

Click on the WBU logo or the cardinal for more information and to register.


Fall is just a few days away, and there is a decidedly autumnal feel to the air. I discovered a couple of late bloomers at the Arboretum today: The small white flowers of Clerodendrum trichotomum (Harlequin Glorybower) are lovely against the large shrub's bright green leaves. In the same area, under a large Quercus rubra (Red Oak), a large stand of Cimicifuga ramosa cv. Atropurpurea (Bugbane or Black Cohosh) is in full bloom, its white spikes of tiny fragrant flowers attracting bees and even a hummingbird, which I was not quick enough to photograph! Last, but not least, the immature cones on the huge Cedrus atlantica cv. Glabra (Blue Atlas Cedar) growing next to the Mansion are just beginning to take shape; when mature they will be barrel shaped and sit upright on the branches.

Coneson Cedrus Atlantica Cimicifuga Clerodendrum Trichotomum

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.