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April 17, 2024

The Importance of the Friends' Annual Plant Sale

Here's why it's important for you to shop at the Friends' Annual Plant Sale: It's our primary fundraiser and every single penny we make goes into programming, planting grants and education at the Arboretum. It allows us to remain active and help ensure that the Arboretum grounds look as good as possible.

This is not just another plant sale, we'll be offering a variety of natives as well as some hard to find plants. Please help us achieve our goals by shopping with us. Thank you!


Want to get involved and learn more about the plants at this year's Plant Sale? Volunteer to help us set up prior to the sale April 29 - May 3, as well as during the sale May 4 - 5.

See all the opportunities available and sign up here: 2024 Plant Sale Volunteers.

If you're a Member of the Friends, don't forget to register for the Members Only Plant Sale Preview on Friday, May 3 from 4:00 to 7:00 PM. More information and registration here.


Welcome Spring and Shop at our Annual Plant Sale!

Click the links to read more on our web page.

2024 Plant Sale

Members Only Plant Sale Preview Party

Friday, May 3 - 4:00 PM

Public Plant Sale

Saturday, May 4 - 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM
Sunday, May 5 - 12:00 Noon to 4:00 PM

Online Plant List

The 2024 Plant Sale list is now available for your perusal on our Plant Sale Page. Click here to view the complete list.

Seven Sons Tree - Heptacodium Miconioides

Heptacodium miconioides, Seven Sons Tree at the Plant Sale

This lovely, large, multi-stemmed deciduous shrub (15-20 feet tall when mature) is a wonderful addition to anyone's garden. It blooms in September with terminal panicles of fragrant, creamy white flowers that attract hummingbirds and butterflies; and the show doesn't end when the petals drop, that's when the red calyces take center stage, thus extending the plant's season of interest well into Fall (see photo of the Arboretum's Champion Tree and calyces taken in October 2023). Not to be outdone, the exfoliating bark offers winter interest as well.

The genus Heptacodium comes from the Greek meaning "seven heads", a reference to the seven-part flower clusters.


Want to get involved and learn more about the plants at this year's Plant Sale? Volunteer before, during or after the sale April 29 - May 7.

Visit our Plant Sale 2024 page or sign up to volunteer here: 2024 Plant Sale Volunteers.

Member Plant Dividends 2024 - information here.

Production Assistance with Email Blast

The Friends are looking for someone to help us produce our weekly eblast. Knowledge of photography and horticulture are required.

Please email us at: with your letter of interest.

Cooking Demonstration: Springtime Favorites with Cynthia Triolo



Saturday, April 20 - 1:00 PM

In person at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

Spring is finally here and what better way to celebrate the season than with some recipes to take advantage of early spring produce. We’ll be using lavender, arugula, rhubarb and other spring veggies to make some new and interesting recipes that you’ll want to add to your repertoire.

Join us for a fun afternoon, sample the goodies and take the recipes home to try your hand at them.

For more information and to register, please click on the rhubarb photo.

Planting Bulbs

Fit For Gardening - Garden Fitness Program

Friday, May 17 - 10:00 AM

In person at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum

With warm weather comes a return to longer days and lots of garden activity, along with aching feet, hips and backs. Digging holes, weeding beds, dividing perennials, mulching and moving pots around can take its toll on bodies of any age!

Dr. David Mueller (Podiatry) and Dr. Andrew Marques (Physical Therapy) will be on hand Friday, May 17th to talk about how to remain injury free and vigorous in the garden. They will discuss how to strengthen the lower parts of your musculoskeletal system as well as some of the most common problems that they see in gardeners. Space is limited so grab a spot while you can.

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


On this glorious day it’s all about the infinite variety of spring bulbs. From the diminutive species tulips in the alpine raised bed and the many forms of daffodils, to the stately tulips and frothy narcissus in the entry borders, you have to marvel at the amazing display that bulbs provide. However, the blooms don’t last long, so plan to visit the Arboretum soon!

Thank you, Judy Snow, for the lovely words and photos!

Diminutive Tulips Entry Garden Frothy Narcissus

Click an image to see them all in our website's picture gallery.


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

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.