Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) invites adults and children of all ages to celebrate Earth Day on Sunday, April 24, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. The program is free and open to the public, rain or shine (directions here).
The festivities will begin at 1 p.m. with a welcome reception and light refreshments. At 2 p.m., Jim Wright, birding columnist for The Record, will talk about the unique features and history of High Mountain Preserve, Wayne’s highest point.
Starting at 3 p.m., FOLA volunteer guides will offer tours through the arboretum on foot or in the arboretum’s motorized vehicles. Also at 3 p.m., FOLA will host a special hands-on activity for children, “Recycle and Reuse,” in Laurelwood’s Educational Greenhouse, which adjoins the Knippenberg Center for Education. Children will use recycled materials to start seeds for a summer garden.
“We are proud to join the millions of people around the world in celebrating our amazing Earth,” said FOLA’s President, Alice Moskowitz. “We hope our Earth Day celebration will help raise awareness of the natural beauty around us and of the importance of preserving our environment.”
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) participated in the annual Green-A-Fair environmental program at William Paterson University. From left are FOLA volunteers June Ra, Jim McHugh, Sara McHugh and Margaret Kerstner. The event, hosted by the University’s Climate Action Committee and Earth First Student Environmental Club, drew more than 30 vendors and environmentally minded organizations including City Green, the National Park Service, the Avian Wildlife Center, and Laurelwood Arboretum.
Laurelwood Arboretum is now abloom with thousands of daffodils planted by volunteers last fall. The arboretum, located at 725 Pines Lake Drive in Wayne, is open free to the public from daily from 8 a.m to dusk. The Knippenberg Center for Education is open Tuesdays through Sundays from noon to 4 p.m.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) is sponsoring the first of a series of monthly Storytime programs for children on Sunday, April 10, at 2 p.m. at the Knippenberg Center for Education, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive East in Wayne. The title of the program is “Roots and Stems.” The reading of the story will be followed by a hands-on activity.
Stories and activities will be led by FOLA member Margaret Kerstner, who is a retired elementary school teacher and reading specialist. The program is for children in kindergarten through grade 3. Admission is free. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-202-9579.
April is National Volunteer Month, and the volunteer season will begin at Laurelwood Arboretum on April 12 at 9 am at the arboretum’s pavilion. Laurelwood Arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
The volunteers will work until noon and then enjoy refreshments and a Volunteer Recognition event and educational program starting at noon. Guest speaker Dr. Heidi Tinter, PT, DPT, CSCS, of Paramus and Wayne Orthopedic Physical Therapy will discuss, “How to Garden Without Injuring Yourself.” Dr. Tinter has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Columbia University and is also a gardening enthusiast.
Following the educational program, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will honor volunteers who worked 100 hours or more in 2015. Last year, FOLA volunteers logged a total of 9,374 hours.
“Volunteerism is the lifeblood of Wayne’s 30-acre horticultural treasure,” said Elaine Fogerty, executive director of the 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 →
At a recent meeting of the Wayne Township Council, Barbara Schroeder, Vice President and Branch Manager, Columbia Bank, presented a defibrillator donated by the bank to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) to be installed at the arboretum’s Knippenberg Center for Education. From left are FOLA President Alice Moskowitz, Wayne Mayor Christopher Vergano, and Barbara Schroeder.
Marta McDowell at the Wayne Public Library speaking about Beatrix Potter’s Gardens
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) opened its 2016 membership year with a talk at the Wayne Public Library on, “Beatrix Potter’s Gardens” given by Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. McDowell teaches landscape history and gardening at the New York Botanical Garden and Drew University. She has a special interest in the relationship between the pen and the trowel—authors who garden.
Beatrix Potter, the author of more than 20 books featuring Peter Rabbit and other charming animals, was born into a wealthy Victorian family. She began illustrating plants, flowers and animals at an early age. In 1902, she wrote and illustrated The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which launched her career as a children’s author. McDowell’s talk explored Potter’s botanical art, the flora and horticulture in her “little books” and Potter’s own gardens in England’s Lake District.
More than 40 people attended the program, which was planned as a special thank you to FOLA members, donors and the Master Gardeners of Passaic County, who have done so much to support the organization’s efforts to preserve and maintain Laurelwood Arboretum.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) hosted a wreath-making workshop in the new Educational Greenhouse adjacent to the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum. Bill Joachim, a retired florist, taught an eager group of more than 25 participants, how to create a wreath from scratch using greens trimmed from Laurelwood’s beautiful evergreens. The workshop is one of a series of programs and activities for the community sponsored by FOLA.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for the development of a horticultural master plan for the arboretum development of educational programs for the public. Grant funds will be used in 2016 to increase the work schedule of Laurelwood’s Executive Director Elaine Fogerty from two days to four days per week. This will allow her to create a horticultural plan for the arboretum and design and execute new horticultural programs for children and adults.
This is the second grant awarded to FOLA from the California-based Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust. A grant was received last year for the design and construction of the arboretum’s Native Plant Demonstration Garden. FOLA depends on grants such as these to improve Laurelwood Arboretum and expand its menu of programs and activities for the community.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will sponsor a free “Beauty of the Season” tour on Sunday, December 13 at 12:30 pm at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne. The tour, led by Master Gardener and FOLA board member Sara McHugh, will provide a unique view of the arboretum’s trees and overall landscape design. The public is invited to join on this last tour of the season at Laurelwood.