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December 6, 2023


The Winter 2024 issue of Arboretum Leaves, our quarterly newsletter, is available now offering new programming for January/February/March 2024. A couple of the new programs are listed below; for the rest, check out our website's Events Page.


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.


Saturday, February 3 - 1:00 PM

Speaker Marta McDowell will discuss her new book, Gardening Can Be Murder.

With their deadly plants, razor-sharp shears, shady corners, and ready-made burial sites, gardens make an ideal scene for a murder mystery. Flora and horticulture have had an outsize influence on the genre: motive, means, opportunity, victims, villains, and detectives. Join Marta McDowell, writer, gardener, and avid mystery reader, in exploring the many ways in which writers - from Edgar Allen Poe and Wilkie Collins to Agatha Christie and some of today’s top crime fiction authors - have found inspiration in the sinister side of gardening.

Marta McDowell lives, writes and gardens in Chatham, New Jersey. Her garden writing has appeared in popular publications such as Women’s Day, Country Gardening, The New York Times and she is a regular contributor to the British journal, Hortus. Marta teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens. She was the 2019 recipient of the Garden Club of America’s Sarah Chapman Francis Medal for outstanding literary achievement.

Since 1979, the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum have supported horticultural education through a scholarship named for Dr. Benjamin Blackburn.

Dr. Blackburn was a professor of Botany at Drew University. His involvement with the Morris County Park Commission began with his friendship with Henry and Robert Tubbs, whose property, Willowwood, eventually became the Willowwood Arboretum. Dr. Blackburn published many articles and wrote a number of books on gardening as well as being the host of a very popular radio gardening program. He generously shared his vast knowledge and deep love for horticulture with many staff members in the Horticulture Division and with his countless fans, members of the Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum and area garden clubs.

Admission fees for this program support the scholarship that is offered to students in the Landscape Technology Program at County College of Morris (CCM). This scholarship allows interested students the opportunity to explore the different horticultural, environmental, and design studies offered through the accredited CCM programs. The increased knowledge the students acquire in the classroom and through hands-on programs at CCM will benefit them as they enter their chosen field in horticulture and landscape design.

This presentation will be followed by a book sale and signing.

This program is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU

For more information and to register, click on the book cover image, above.

Festival of Trees Flyer

Festival of Trees

Fridays and Saturdays, December 8, 9, 15, 16, 22 and 23 and
December 27 through December 30 - 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM

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


The color yellow was highly visible at the Arboretum today, from the festive and colorful urns decorated with yellow Quince fruits, Beautyberry vines, Magnolia leaves, Holly leaves and yellow berries, to the tiny, delicate yellow flower umbels of Zizia aurea (Golden Alexander) and, believe it or not, a yellow/apricot colored Rosa cv. Auswest Carding Mill (English Shrub Rose). The garden never ceases to amaze!

Rosa cv. Auswest Quince Arrangement
Zizia aurea

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.

You can register and pay on line on our Events page and Membership page and subscribe to this newsletter here: complete directions for subscribing.


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.