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November 29, 2023


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Saturday, January 6 - 1:00 PM

Melanie Bump, Curator of Collections and Exhibits at the Morris County Park Commission's Division of Cultural and Environmental Resources presents: Savory Remembrances in the Books.

As we look into the New Year, we can seek comfort and joy in the recipes and cookbooks in the Elizabeth D. Kay Rare Books Collection. Cookbooks and receipts have been passed down for centuries, feeding families, children, and royalty and even curing the sick using botanical recipes. Through the pages of these carefully kept handwritten journals and illustrated bound volumes, we can hear the voices of past cooks who turned to their gardens for guidance. Join the Curator of Collections and Exhibits as we savor the botanical and culinary insight in the pages of the 18th and 19th-century rare books and remember the people who made and used them.

Following the program, we'll celebrate with our usual spread of delicious savory and sweet treats, accompanied by coffee, tea, and wines.

The event is free for Members, but you must register as attendance is limited to 100 people.

For more information and to register, please click on the Book of Cookery page.


A brief, but impressive squall greeted me upon arrival at the Arboretum today, blustery, snow whipping around and chilly. A still green fern's fronds were decorated with tiny flecks of snow and the grasses at the entrance to the carriage house were swaying in the breeze against a snowy background. Surprisingly, a Doublefile viburnum 'Pink Beauty' was actually in bloom! I'm not sure what conditions prompted this behavior in late November ... At any rate, minutes later the squall had spent itself and the sun reappeared. Mother Nature at her most surprising!

Grasses in Snow Snow on Fern Frond Viburnum Plicatum Tomentosa 'Pink Beauty'

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


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

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

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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.