For many, a trip to the annual Philadelphia Flower Show heralds the coming of Spring. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is hosting a bus trip to this year’s show on Wednesday, March 7. The trip is open to the public at a cost of $70 per person, which includes the bus and admission to the show. The bus will leave promptly at 8:30 am from the Preakness Shopping Center in Wayne.
Early registration is encouraged to ensure a seat on the bus. Go to www.laurelwoodarboretum.org for a registration form and online registration. For additional information, please call 973-931-5675.
Once again, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers are decorating the main entrance and grand staircase at historic Skylands Manor for the annual Holiday Open House, sponsored by the New Jersey Botanical Garden. This year’s theme is, “A Magical Holiday.” The Manor will be decorated floor-to-ceiling to create a warm and welcoming start to the holiday season.
Sara McHugh, chairperson of the Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum Holiday Open House Committee, with some of the “Fantasy Forest” decorations.
Mary Jo Sichak with the raffle piece she created for the Holiday Open House.
“Fantasy Forest” is the theme of Laurelwood Arboretum’s decorations. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers have been busily fashioning whimsical decorations to create a magical entrance for the open house. In the Educational Greenhouse at Laurelwood, they made 43 fairies, 25 gnomes and 50 “fantasy trees.” More than 22 volunteers worked on the project under the direction of chairperson Sara McHugh.
The Holiday Open House will be open November 30 through December 3 from 10 am to 4 pm daily. An evening reception is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, from 6 pm to 8 pm with reservations required. For information go to www.njbg.org or call 973-962-9534.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will offer free guided tours of Laurelwood Arboretum on Sunday, November 12 at 12:30 pm before the Annual Meeting, which is at 2 pm. To join a tour, meet at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road West in Wayne. Trained tour guides will lead visitors through the arboretum, identifying many of the unique trees and plantings. Carts will be available for those who do not wish to walk.
The Annual Meeting of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will be held on Sunday, November 12, at 2 PM in the Knippeberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road West, Wayne. All members, as well as guests and members of the public, are invited to attend. Free guided tours of the arboretum will be available from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.
The meeting will feature a slide presentation and talk, “Laurelwood’s Legacy:Hybrid Rhododendrons” given by Joseph Di Giacomo, Chairperson of the Rhododendron Study Committee.
Nancy Alexander and John Crowell, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers, have been helping to install deer netting to protect the arboretum’s most valuable plants. Deer have done significant damage throughout the arboretum and threaten to destroy the renowned azalea and rhododendron collections, as well as many other shrubs and trees. In the absence of fencing to prevent deer from entering the arboretum, the netting is a temporary solution. Purchase of deer netting has been funded by donations from volunteers.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum has been awarded a $2,850 grant from the American Rhododendron Society for the publication of a brochure on the history of rhododendron hybridization at Laurelwood and in the region.
The 20-page brochure will focus on the history of Laurelwood Gardens, now Laurelwood Arboretum, in East Coast rhododendron hybridizing. It will also highlight the role of John and Dorothy Knippenberg in hybridizing rhododendrons and their friendship over the decades with many of the leading early hybridizers.
The grant application was prepared by Joe Di Giacomo, chairman of the Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum rhododendron study team. “The Board believes your project is an excellent educational opportunity and will be beneficial in creating interest in and knowledge of rhododendrons,” said American Rhododendron Society President Ann W. Mangels. “We think this is a wonderful collaboration between the Society and Laurelwood.”
The information developed for the booklet will be used for presentations to community groups and exhibits at the Knippenberg Center for Education next spring. It is being drafted by Di Giacomo for distribution next spring in conjunction with guided tours of the arboretum’s rhododendron collection during the peak blooming time in mid-May.
“This was a very competitive grant process,” said Alice Moskowitz, President of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum. “We are honored that our project was selected for funding.”
This stainless steel sculpture by artist John Sanders is now on display at Laurelwood Arboretum’s entrance, 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. Sanders loaned the sculpture to the arboretum following last year’s Art Gala. The price of the piece is available on request.
Sanders, who lives in Roxbury, New York, concentrates on creating steel sculptures. He created his own technique, which he calls “flame-carved steel.” It is executed with an oxygen-acetylene torch, which renders the same textural results in steel as one might see in carved stones.
A graduate of Berkeley, Sanders’s one-man shows include the Robert Steele Gallery, Elizabeth Harris Gallery and Max Hutchison Gallery in New York City; Osuna Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and Worth Rider Art Gallery in Berkeley, California. He has also exhibited his work in numerous group shows.
The Wayne Township nonprofit Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the week after the popular shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year #GivingTuesday is on Tuesday, November 28.It will kick off the holiday giving season by inspiring people to support nonprofit organizations in their community.
From left, Ruth Hayden, chairperson of the Giving Tuesday campaign #LovingLaurelwoodArboretum and Rebeca Trujillo, a volunteer who helped develop the action plan for the campaign, pose with the large heart that will be placed strategically around Laurelwood Arboretum.
“By joining this campaign, we hope to reach not only our dedicated circle of members and supporters but the community at large in our efforts to fund two very important projects,” said Alice Moskowitz, President of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum. “Our beautiful arboretum is open to everyone free of charge, and we are hoping to generate support from a wide circle of donors.” Continue reading →