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October 18, 2023

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Celebrating the Pinetum at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum

A Rendezvous of the Northeast Region of the American Conifer Society

Saturday, October 21 - 9:00 AM

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

Unusual dwarf conifers and other special plants from the Coldwater Pond Nursery in upstate New York will be offered for sale at the Tree Symposium. These include Korean Fir, two kinds of Spruce, four species of Pine, Japanese Umbrella Pine, Canadian Hemlock, dwarf Ginkgos, Japanese maples, and other unique plants. All proceeds benefit the Northeast Region of the American Conifer Society.

Come find some treasures for your garden, containers, or bonsai!

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
  • 5.0 CEU credits from the New Jersey Board of Tree Expert
  • 4.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs

For more information and to register, please click on the icon of the trees.


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.


As many of you may know, The Frelinghuysen Arboretum has been designated as a Reference Garden by the American Conifer Society (ACS), the first and only garden in New Jersey to receive the honor. This Saturday, the Friends and the Northeast Region of the ACS are getting together to co-sponsor the 2023 Tree Symposium at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum with a series of lectures, buffet lunch, dedication of the Goodhart Dwarf Conifer Collection, tours of the Frelinghuysen Pinetum and a tour of the Hammer Garden in Morristown. Here's a sampling of the over 436 conifers in the Arboretum's collection.

A majestic Blue Atlas Cedar (Cedrus atlantica cv. Glauca) in front of the Mansion. A lovely Giant Arborvitae (Thuja plicata 'Atrovirens') next to the parking lot. One of two beautiful Green Giant Arborvitaes (Thuja plicata x standishii cv. Green Giant) in the Fountain Rose Garden next to the Mansion. And last, but not least, a very symmetrical White Fir (Abies concolor) in the Meadow behind the Mansion.

Blue Atlas Cedar White Fir Giant Arborvitae GreenĀ Giant Arborvitae

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

When shopping at our fine Retail Partners, please remember to present your Membership card at the beginning of your check out transaction. Our Retail Partners need to enter the discount at the beginning of that process.

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.