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Jun 26, 2024


The Friends will be going low-key for the Summer with just a few programs on our schedule. This break will give us a chance to recharge our batteries, work on new programming and get ready to welcome you all back in the Fall.

Have a great Summer!


Jon Greenberg at Grapes at HaGafen Winery

Sunday, July 14 - 10:00 AM

Come tour the beautiful gardens surrounding The Frelinghuysen Arboretum's Haggerty Education Center with Biblical and Talmudic botanist Dr. Jon Greenberg.

Dr. Greenberg will talk about the botanical basis of the Biblical symbolism and surprising history of familiar and exotic plants, from onions and beets to jasmine, citrus and mandrakes.

Please bring a bottle of water and wear a hat and comfortable shoes.

Meet in front of the Haggerty Education Center.

For more information and to register, please click on the photo of Dr. Greenberg.

Champagne Flute - mimosa


Saturday, September 14 - 1:00 PM at the Haggerty Education Center

Making brunch for friends is one of Cynthia's favorite things to do. It will be yours too following this cooking demonstration.

Join us for some inspiring new dishes to add to your own repertoire.

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

SAVE THE DATE - Distinguished Speaker Series with Anne 'Dede' Neal Petri

Saturday, September 28 - 1:00 PM at the Haggerty Education Center

Anne 'Dede' Neal Petri

Anne 'Dede' Neal Petri holds a degree in American History and LIterature from Harvard University and a JD from Harvard Law School. During the course of a varied and brilliant career, she served as First Vice President and then President of the Garden Club of America, and is now the President and CEO of the National Association of Olmsted Parks, the only national organization dedicated to protecting, preserving, and restoring Olmsted parks and landscapes across the country. In April, Dede received the National Garden Club of America's 2024 Distinguished Service Medal for her "tireless service on behalf of plants and the spaces created to showcase them".

More to follow regarding the topic of Ms. Petri's lecture.

Light refreshments will be served.

For more information and to register, please click on Ms. Petri's photo.


One of the great things about gardening is the ability to create planters to place around your property to fill in an empty space in a flower bed, or to create a focal point. There's no limit to your creativity since the planters can be placed wherever needed and the contents can be as exotic as you want.

Here are three that can be seen around the Haggerty Education Center: A large terracotta planter containing Billbergia cv. Hallelujah Queen's Tears, orange Zinnias and a delicate white Bacopa. Another pot placed in the shade behind the handicap ramp contains Bacopa again, a couple of bright red flowers (perhaps a Begonia and Petunia) and a large leafy tropical all nicely backed up by an Oakleaf Hydrangea in full bloom. The third planter has a trellis for the pink Mandevilla to twine up plus a dark leaved vine to provide contrast between the pink and white flowers. I call this one Pretty in Pink!

There are more planters scattered around the property, so why not visit and try to find them all!

Billbergia, Etc. Pretty in Pink Bacopa + Tropical

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.

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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 open 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM daily except holidays.
  • Parking is limited.
  • HUNTING IN THE PARKS - See the Morris County Park Commission website.