Environmental Photographs taken by Wayne Hills and Wayne Valley High School students will be on exhibit at Laurelwood Arboretum. Many images are photographed on site highlighting the beauty and diversity of the grounds. The photographs will be on display from Sunday, May 19th, through Sunday, June 2nd, at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. It is sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum.
The Opening Reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Sunday, May 19th, from 2:30 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. For anyone who wishes to see the artwork at another time, the Knippenberg Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host a Rhododendron Festival the weekend of May 18 and 19 at 725 Pines Lake Road in Wayne. “Rhododendrons are Laurelwood’s signature plant, and seeing the more than 60 varieties in bloom throughout the arboretum is one of the year’s most memorable experiences,” said Joseph Di Giacomo, Master Gardener and Chairperson of Laurelwood’s Rhododendron Study Team. “Our rhododendron collection includes more than 400 named hybrids and species, many of which were raised and planted decades ago.”
During the two-day festival, visitors and their families can enjoy peaceful walks surrounded by majestic flowers, guided tours to learn more about the rhododendron collection, and opportunities to learn about the Knippenberg legacy of rhododendrons. Continue reading →
The All Wayne Orchestra will perform on Tuesday, May 7 at 4 pm at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. Musicians from grades 3 through 12 will present their spring concert under the direction of Sheila Mendel. The event is free, and the public is welcome to attend. For information, call 973-831-5675 or send an email to email@example.com.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 11, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West (entrances at Vale Road and Pines Lake Drive) in Wayne.
This year’s plant sale will feature a limited number of rhododendrons, azaleas and pieris ornamental evergreens obtained from R. F. DeMarco Nursery in Hammonton, NJ, where Laurelwood’s founders, John and Dorothy Knippenberg, purchased rhododendron and azalea plant plugs for their nursery. There will also be a selection of high-quality annuals and perennials, container gardens, and beautiful hanging plants, as well as special plants from the arboretum grown in the greenhouse from cuttings. As always, there will also be Mother’s Day gifts for children to purchase. Members will get a 10% discount on purchase of plants. Continue reading →
On Thursday, April 25, at 2:30 pm, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host Botany, Books and Buds, the first in a series of monthly book club gatherings to discuss garden-related books. The book selection for the first meeting is Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren. The discussions, which are free and open to the public, will take place at the Knippenberg Center for Education, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road, Wayne.
Botany, Books and Buds will be held the fourth Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. from April through October. No membership or subscription is required to attend. Meetings are eligible for Master Gardener credits.
The fourth week in April includes both Earth Day and Arbor Day. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum invites adults and children of all ages to celebrate these events at a special Arbor Day weekend. On Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, free native New Jersey tree saplings will be given to arboretum visitors. Laurelwood Arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Road in Wayne.
A “Tree Story” hour for children ages 5 to 9 is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, from 1 to 2 pm at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood. The story hour is free and open to the public.
On Sunday, April 28, at 12:30 pm, trained volunteer guides will offer free Notable Trees of Laurelwood tours on foot or in a motorized vehicle.
Volunteers with 1,000 hours of service over 12 years—From left: Nancy Fadynich, Alex Fadynich, Jean Reynolds, David Kooistra, Carol Huber, Nancy Alexander, Joan Scott-Miller, John Crowell, Ruth Hayden, Betty Montagne, Joe Di Giacomo, Bonnie Joachim, Alice Moskowitz. Not pictured: Deb Bryant, Dawn Healey, Sara McHugh, Jim McHugh, Dick Watts and Jane Van Eeuwen.
Volunteers who logged 100 hours or more in 2018—From left, back row: Betty Montagne, Mary Jo Sichak, Barbara Pidgeon, Gary Molan, Joe Di Giacomo, John Hegranes, Walter Koenig, Lorraine Meyer; front row: Linda Wescott, Carol Huber, Jean Reynolds, Kathie Hetherington, Jean Pisatowski, Carol Palmer-Yomtov, Barbara Hegranes, Ruth Hayden, Nancy Alexander, Bonnie Joachim, Nancy Fadynich, Alex Fadynich. Not pictured: Robin Abrett, John Crowell, Patricia Engrissei, Carol Heimbach, Dawn Healey, Margaret Kerstner, David Kooistra, Bill Lauber, Andrew Lawn, Jim McHugh, Peter McHugh, Sara McHugh, Bill Mains, Georgette Moesch, Alice Moskowitz, Linda Ransom, Stuart Reiser, Serge Roube, Lillian Sayeg, Joan Scott-Miller, Jane Van Eeuwen, Mike Wilson.
Stretch your body, relax your mind and relieve your tensions at a series of 1-hour gentle chair yoga classes on Wednesdays at 10 am beginning on April 10 and continuing weekly through November. The sessions will be held at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne. There is a $5 donation per class for members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and a $10 per class for nonmembers. A 10-session pass for members is $40.
The chair yoga classes will be led by Robin Abrett, a Kripalu Yoga teacher with advanced certification and trainings. She is passionate about sharing this healing, stress-reducing practice. “No experience is necessary to participate in the class, and there is no need to get up and down from the floor,” Robin said. “Chair yoga allows you to work slowly with an understanding of any injuries you may have. We will be working in socks or barefoot, and you should wear loose, comfortable clothing.”
In addition to her professional activities, Robin is a members of the Board of Directors of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, which is sponsoring the classes. She is also chairperson of the organization’s tour guide program.
Paterson University’s art department. The nature-inspired works will be on display from April 7 through April 28 at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive in Wayne. The exhibit is curated by Professor Matthew Finn and Professor Leslie Nobler.
The Opening Reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Sunday, April 7, from 2:30 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. For anyone who wishes to see the artwork at another time, the Knippenberg Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm.
April is National Volunteer Month, and the volunteer season will begin at Laurelwood Arboretum on Tuesday, April 9, at 9 am at the arboretum’s pavilion. Anyone who is interested in volunteering is welcome. Laurelwood Arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
On kickoff day, the volunteers will work until 11:30 and then enjoy refreshments and a welcome event starting at noon. Mary Jo Sichak will present, “What’s in Bloom,” a slide show of all the flowering plants, trees and shrubs in the arboretum that she recorded and labeled last year. Mary Jo is a Master Gardener, a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, and an accomplished gardener and photographer.
“The arboretum would not be beautiful and healthy without the hours of work put in by our volunteers,” said Elaine Fogerty, Executive Director of Laurelwood Arboretum “Our volunteers prune, thin and propagate; divide and replant perennials; plant bulbs; mulch the gardens; and eliminate invasive weeds. There is always work to do, something new to learn and someone new to meet.” Continue reading →