Patrick Scheuer, Director of the Audubon Society’s Lorrimer Sanctuary in Franklin Lakes, will lead a program on migrating birds on Saturday, September 26 at 4 pm at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. The program is sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA).
“Fall is the time of year when birds that cannot survive our New Jersey winter begin to travel to warmer climates,” said Bonnie Joachim, FOLA program chairperson. “At this program we will learn about this annual migration—which birds migrate, where they go, how they survive the trip and much more.”
The program is free for FOLA members and /$15 non-members. Anyone who joins now will be entitled to membership for the full 2016 year. Membership dues will be accepted at the program. For more information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-202-9579.
The program on migrating birds is one of a series of educational programs and activities sponsored by FOLA.
Everyone interested in learning more about Japanese gardens, asters and ferns is invited to join a discussion of topics in the October issue of Fine Gardening magazine. Master Gardener Dawn Healey will host the talk on Wednesday, September 16 at 3:30 pm at the Knippenberg Center for Education, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road, Wayne. Admission is free, and no membership or subscription is required. Participants are encouraged to read the articles ahead of time to join in the discussion. The magazine is available at the Knippenberg Center. The program, which is sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA), may be eligible for Master Gardener continuing education credits.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will host free Community Tours of the 30-acre park on Sunday, September 20 from 1 pm to 3 pm. The tours will begin at the Knippenberg Center for Education at the arboretum, which is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. Trained volunteer tour guides will talk about the history of the arboretum and point out plantings of interest. A motorized vehicle is available for those who find the walk too difficult.
Elaine Fogerty, Executive Director of Laurelwood Arboretum, will lead a workshop on dividing perennials on Tuesday, September 15 at noon. The group will meet at the Learning Circle in the Sensory Garden at Laurelwood, which is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive East in Wayne. The program is free for members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and /$15 non-members. Participants will be able to take home a perennial division. For additional information, please send an email to email@example.com or call 973-202-9579.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) is sponsoring the first of two Storytime programs for children on Sunday, September 13 at 2 pm at the Knippenberg Center for Education, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive East in Wayne. The title of the program is, “Why Would Anyone Cut Down a Tree.” The second Storytime, “Why Do Leaves Change Color,” is scheduled for Sunday, October, 11 at 2 pm.
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 grade 3 or under. 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.
Staff members from the New Jersey Botanical Garden (NJBG) toured Laurelwood Arboretum and visited with Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) volunteers to exchange gardening ideas and concerns. Rich Flynn, NJBG landscape designer, is the second person from the right.
Gerri Lowry, a retired science teacher and member of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum’s plant identification team, led a Native Tree Tour at Laurelwood Arboretum. Participants learned about the special characteristics of many of the interesting specimens in the arboretum’s collection.
Rick Mikula, known around the country as “The Butterfly Guy,” presented a Saturday afternoon educational program to a group of 49 children and adults at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum. It was the first public program hosted at the new center by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum.
In a lively demonstration, Mikula donned hand-sewn butterfly-parts to illustrate anatomy. His PowerPoint presentation included photos of many caterpillars and butterflies. He showed how to handle and transport butterflies, and then put a number of live butterflies into a house he had made of netting and embroidery hoops. At the conclusion of the program, the children were encouraged to ask questions and touch the butterflies.
Rick Mikula talks about butterflies at the Knippenberg Education Center, Laurelwood Arboretum
Dr. Alexander Fitzburgh, an expert in the propagation of rhododendrons and azaleas, recently led a plant propagation workshop at the new educational greenhouse at the Knippenberg Center for Education, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road, Wayne. Dr. Fitzburgh, is past president of the NJ Rhododendron Society and the Tappan Zee Rhododendron Society and past president of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA). The arboretum is known for its extensive collection of rhododendrons grown and propagated by its founders, John and Dorothy Knippenberg.
Dr. Al Fitzburgh conducting a rhododendron propagation workshop at Laurelwood Arboretum.
A volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees recently teamed up with the Laurelwood Arboretum in Wayne, a 30-acre public park featuring nature trails, gardens, plants and trees. The Team Columbia volunteers helped to remove weeds from several gardens and planted assorted wild flowers and plants.
“We are extremely pleased to assist the Laurelwood Arboretum with their vision to create a botanical oasis for everyone to enjoy,” said Thomas Kemly, Columbia Bank’s President and CEO. “As a true community bank, Team Columbia remains committed to helping local community endeavors that make a difference in people’s lives.”