Laurelwood interns Kay Gardiner and Ryan Wizner together logged a total of 220 hours this year working with Betty Montagne and her plant collection management team. As interns, they located, identified and tagged trees and shrubs throughout the arboretum. They then updated the computerized database with accurate images, maps and descriptions.
Ryan Wizner (left) and Kay Gardiner
Kay will graduate from William Paterson University in the spring of 2020 with a major in environmental science. This was the second summer that she has served as an intern. “Laurelwood is a very successful arboretum supported as it is by its immense number of volunteers and Master Gardeners,” she said. “It is well maintained by the dedicated workers and volunteers, and is always improving. I have loved being a part of something so dedicated to providing a peaceful green space in such a highly residential area.” Continue reading →
Tickets are now on sale for Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum’s Festival of Friends Raffle. The raffle is a feature of the Festival, which celebrates the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Laurelwood Arboretum. Raffle tickets can be purchased at the Knippenberg Center for Education, 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne, Tuesdays through Sundays, noon to 4 pm. The drawing will be held on September 14th during the Festival of Friends celebration. Purchasers of tickets need not be present to win. Proceeds from the raffle will be used to maintain and beautify Laurelwood Arboretum.
There are five exceptional raffle items, and purchasers may place tickets in one or all of the raffle boxes. The raffle items are: Continue reading →
At the August 21th meeting of the Wayne Town Council, Bob Lesko, President of Wayne Subaru, and Charles Moltane, Business Development Manager, presented facsimiles of checks for $4,268. to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and for $4,904 to Wayne PAL. These donations were made through the Subaru of America, Inc. annual Share the Love event.
From left, Charles Moltane, Business Development Manager, Wayne Subaru; Wayne Mayor Christopher P. Vergano; Linda Ransom, President of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum; and Bob Lesko, President of Wayne Subaru.
Since the Share the Love program was established 11 years ago, Subaru has donated more than $140 million to national and local nonprofit organizations. The company donated $250 for every Subaru vehicle purchased or leased at more than 628 participating Subaru retailers nationwide to the customers’ choice of charity. Local Subaru retailers had the opportunity to add hometown charities for their customers to support. Continue reading →
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum invites local artists and photographers to exhibit their work at the 2019 Festival of Friends. The event will celebrate the 70th anniversary of the establishment of Laurelwood Gardens (now Laurelwood Arboretum). Individuals may submit one piece of art or photography created in or inspired by Laurelwood. The exhibit will open on September 14 at 5 pm at the Festival of Friends event at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne.
Art and photography exhibit at the 2018 Festival of Friends.
Submissions will be accepted on Wednesday, September 11 between 4 pm and 6 pm at the Knippenberg Center. Artwork/photos cannot exceed 24” x 30” and must be ready to hang.
Submission donation is $10. Space is limited, and submissions will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. For additional information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-831-5675. Continue reading →
Charlie Briggs, custom woodcarver, will spend an afternoon at Laurelwood Arboretum on Saturday, August 24, starting at 1 pm (raindate Sunday, August 25). He will demonstrate techniques including carving in the round, relief carving, chip carving and wood burning. This free event is sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum. Visitors to the park are invited to try to find Charlie in the arboretum to see his demonstration. Laurelwood Arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
Briggs is the owner of the Walnut Wood Carving Shop and a member of the Unorthodox Woodcarving Club. The club is a non-profit organization in northern New Jersey made up of people dedicated to promoting and preserving the traditional art of woodcarving in its many forms. Briggs hopes his demonstration will create interest in woodcarving as a hobby and in the Unorthodox Wood Carving Club. For additional information about the club, call 973- 934-6520.
Invitations are in the mail for Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum’s annual Festival of Friends fundraiser. This year’s event celebrates the 70th anniversary of the establishment of what is now known as Laurelwood Arboretum by Dorothy and John Knipppenberg in 1949.
The Festival of Friends will take place at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne on Saturday, September 14 from 5 pm to 7:30 pm. Tickets are $50 per person for members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, $60 per person for nonmembers, and $75 per person at the door. Tickets can be ordered online at www.laurelwoodarboretum.org. All proceeds of the Festival will benefit Laurelwood Arboretum. For additional information, please call 973-831-5675. Continue reading →
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host an exhibit of photographs by Lorraine Meyer. The photographs will be on display from August 11 through September 8 at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne. Meyer’s exhibit will feature works that represent her variety of photographic interests as well as Laurelwood’s rich landscape.
The Opening Reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Sunday, August 11, from 2:30 to 4 pm. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. For anyone who wishes to see the exhibit at another time, the Knippenberg Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm. Continue reading →
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will welcome families to a free Bees and Butterflies Day on Sunday, August 4th from 12:30 to 4 pm at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
From 12:30 to 1:30 pm, Jim LaConte will present a film, “Bees — Tales from the Hive.” It features up-close footage of a working bee colony filmed with specially-developed macro lenses. He will follow this fascinating presentation with a talk about the intricate workings of a managed colony.
LaConte is a member of the Northeast New Jersey Beekeepers Club and has been a beekeeper for four years. He is a Wayne resident and a retired Wayne Police Officer. Honey from his Pines Lake bee farm will be available for tasting.
Butterfly events will follow from 2 pm to 4 pm. There will be live displays of butterfly eggs, caterpillars and chrysalises. There will also be information about the life cycle of butterflies and how to attract butterflies in home gardens and crafts for children.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host an exhibit of photographs of large-scale sculptures by Paul Sisko, metal sculptor and wood and metal furniture artisan. The photographs will be on display from July 2 through July 31 at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne.
The Opening Reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Sunday, July 14, from 2:30 to 4 pm. Sisko will talk about the trajectory of his career and discuss his creative process. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. For anyone who wishes to see the exhibit at another time, the Knippenberg Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm. Continue reading →
Fairies and elves invited to put on their “fairy best” and come to the Knippenberg Center at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake West, Wayne on Sunday, June 23, from 1 pm to 4 pm. They will be welcomed by Pixie Pop the clown to a magical event that includes face painting, fairy crafts, rock painting, decorating a fairy house, and fairy story time. Carts will transport kids to the arboretum’s “fairy tree.” At 3:15 pm, the fairies and elves will join a parade around the Sensory Garden.
The requested donation to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, sponsor of this special event, is $5 per child. For additional information, please send an email to email@example.com or call 973-831-5675.