Just in time for Mother’s Day, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will host its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 9, 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. The plant sale will feature a selection of high-quality annual and perennial plants, container gardens and hanging plants. Also for sale will be some special plants grown in the greenhouse from cuttings of plants in the arboretum.
At 12 noon, Brian Coleman of the North American Rock Garden Society will demonstrate hypertufa trough planting in the beautiful stone troughs that he created and donated to the Knippenberg Center for Education at the arboretum. “I’ve been fascinated by hypertufa for ten years,” said Brian. “I think it’s where my fine-art sculpture background meets my love of plants and gardens.”
On the first volunteer Tuesday at Laurelwood Arboretum, a hardy group set to work clearing non-native plants from the area in front of the new Knippenberg Center for Education. Plants that can be saved will be moved to other locations in the arboretum, and the area will be replanted with those that are native to northern New Jersey.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) is creating a 6,000-square-foot Native Plant Demonstration Garden that will serve as landscaping for the Knippenberg Center and will also provide opportunities for educational programs. Interpretive signs will direct visitors around the garden, describing the plants, their value to the environment, and their role in home landscapes. FOLA’s Education Committee will work with Executive Director Elaine Fogerty to develop a variety of programs for children and adults that explain the role of native plants in the environment.
The first volunteer day at Laurelwood Arboretum brought out an enthusiastic group, who immediately set to work clearing the space that is to be the new Native Plant Demonstration Garden at the Knippenberg Center for Education. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) welcomes volunteers every Tuesday from until October from 9 am to 12 noon. Volunteers learn alongside the horticultural manager and help to restore and improve Laurelwood’s gardens and beautify the unique Sensory Garden.
April is National Volunteer Month, and the volunteer season will begin at Laurelwood Arboretum on April 14 at 9 am at the arboretum’s pavilion. Volunteers are welcome to work in the park any Tuesday from now to October. Individuals are welcome anytime, and do not need to sign up in advance. They should bring water, small hand tools, and gardening gloves if they have them. Groups are asked to call 973-202-9579 to make arrangements in advance. Laurelwood Arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
In addition to gardening, there are a number of construction projects to maintain the bridges, paths, greenhouse and other structures in the arboretum. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA), the organization responsible for maintaining the park and managing the volunteers, also welcomes volunteers who might prefer to work offsite to join a committee or share special skills in communications, fundraising, membership development or any other area.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, March 14. The program featured a talk and slide show about Native Plant Gardens, presented by FOLA’s Executive Director, Elaine Fogerty. Ms. Fogerty was formerly County Agricultural Assistant, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County and has taught many of the Master Gardener classes.
“We are very proud of our dedicated group of volunteers who have put in so many hours in the gardens and greenhouses of Laurelwood Arboretum, as well as those who serve on the FOLA Board of Directors,” said FOLA’s president, Alice Moskowitz. “In the 8 years since 2007, FOLA volunteers contributed a total of 82,798 hours of work in the arboretum. This translates into an estimated value to the community of $2,098,726.”