I have enjoyed walking through Laurelwood Arboretum and would like to volunteer in the gardens. Maybe the work techniques and timing can help me take care of my own property. Continue reading →
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is celebrating its 15th birthday this year, and we plan to mark this milestone with a full program of educational programs and community activities from April through November. As we begin this anniversary year, we would like to express our sincere appreciation for the continuing support of Wayne Mayor Christopher Vergano and the Township’s Parks and Recreation Department. We also thank the Wayne Township Council for authorizing the funds we need to manage the arboretum.
We look back with pride on the many accomplishments of the past, which include construction of our Sensory Garden, the Knippenberg Center for Education and an Educational Greenhouse. Recent news is reported in the Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum Annual Report for 2017, which can be found at www.laurelwoodarboretum.org.
In 2017, we hosted seven educational programs, eight monthly gardening discussions, seven free tours for the public, seven scout groups, two art exhibits, and a jazz concert. The parking lots were often full, and the arboretum welcomed an estimated 15,000 visitors this year. Continue reading →
Spring is just around the corner but it does not always mean warm weather. Will ice, snow or frosts injure my flower buds? Thanks and Happy Spring! Continue reading →
The gardens are asleep for winter, but it’s a great time to take a walk and enjoy the majestic evergreens and the arboretum’s natural architecture.
Some early-blooming bulbs to watch for at Laurelwood Arboretum in January, if we get a warm spell, are snowdrops (Galanthus) and yellow-flowering winter aconite (Eranthis). These bulbs spread naturally and are found among the rhododendrons on Fairway.
Hellebore is a semi-evergreen herbaceous perennial that can flower In January. The bell-shaped flowers hang down under the leaves and the flowers come in a variety of colors (white, rose, green-tinged, pink). We have masses of them just past the South Rock Garden.
Winter jasmine (Jasminum) may bloom the first warm day in January. This yellow-flowering plant is growing along a hill on the wood chip path near the Gazebo and 1st Bridge. It is a low-growing shrub that we use for soil erosion control.
Perhaps you will see witchhazel (Hamamelis x intermedia) blooming at Laurelwood. As the Latin name suggests, this plant is a hybrid cross between H. japonica and H. mollis. The yellow blossoming plant is near the Fairy Tree on Brook Road.
There are a couple of beautiful examples of winterberry holly (Ilex verticillata) in the gardens at Laurelwood. The Native Plant Garden has a stunning red-berried plant near the bulletin board. Anyone strolling down Brook Road can’t miss the plant grouping just past the Gazebo, near the “Bridge to nowhere.” Birds will eat the berries, after all the soft fruited species have been devoured.
Look for american beautyberry (Callicarpa) in the Native Plant Garden. The purple berries are so unique.
In the same garden, female native hollies (Ilex) are showing off their red berries. Male plants simply contribute pollen for fruit production and do not develop fruit.
Enjoy all that Laurelwood Arboretum has to offer, any time of the year!
Best wishes for a wonderful year in 2018!
— Elaine Fogerty, Executive Director