FOLA Volunteers at work at Laurelwood Arboretum. From left, Horticultural Manager Joan Scott-Miller of Newfoundland, June Ra of Wayne, Tom Hennessey of Totowa, Nancy Alexander of West Milford, and Audrey Malec of Wayne.
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’s Green Team worked through the winter in the arboretum’s greenhouse caring for tender plants and propagating new plants from cuttings. When the water was cut off due to a break in the pipes, they even hauled buckets of snow to water the plants. From left are: Jean Pisatowski, Jean Reynolds, Sara McHugh, Bill Mains, Joan Scott-Miller, Carol Huber, Gerry Lowry, Kathy Hetherington, Audrey Malec and Betty Montagne. Green Team members not in the photo are: Nancy Alexander, Deb Bryant, Jane Van Eeuwen, and Margaret Kerstner.
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.”
Volunteers who have logged 100 hours or more were honored at FOLA’s Recognition Luncheon. The volunteers, many of whom are Master Gardeners, come from Wayne, Little Falls, Oakland, Pompton Lakes, Bloomingdale, Kinnelon, and other Passaic and Morris County communities. From left, back row: Roland Reynolds, Alex Fadynich, Nancy Fadynich, Jim McHugh, Betty Ryan, Peter Lowry, Lillian Sayeg, Dawn Healey, Alice Moskowitz, Mike Wilson, Carol Huber and Sara McHugh; Seated, from left, Jean Reynold, June Ra, Betty Montagne and Bonnie Joachim.
At left, Barbara Hegranes, Membership Chairperson of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, with guest speaker, Dr. Lesley Parness.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum opened its 2015 membership year with a talk at the Wayne Public Library on, “Medicinal Plants of the Civil War” given by Dr. Lesley Parness. Dr. Parness is Superintendent of Horticultural Education at the Morris County Park Commission and president of the Garden State Gardens Consortium.
Dr. Parness quoted General Ulysseys S. Grant as saying, “I will not move my army without onions.” This reflects the importance of plants in treating the sick and wounded during the Civil War. “The books known as Medicinal Botanies revolutionized plant-based medicine of the period and brought about the rise of today’s giant pharmaceutical companies,” she said. The illustrated texts, used by physicians in both the Union and Confederate armies, described the properties, uses, preparation and administration of a wide variety of plants. Continue reading →
This spring, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will dedicate the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum. This beautiful new building will welcome visitors and host a menu of educational programs and activities for the Wayne community. The complex will include an educational greenhouse and Native Plant Demonstration Garden to enhance the opportunities for innovative programs and activities.
FOLA has launched a fundraising campaign in conjunction with the upcoming dedication. “This is our first major effort to reach out to area businesses for support,” said Alice Moskowitz, FOLA President. “We are looking forward to hosting many exciting educational programs and acitivites for the community at the Knippenberg Center.” Continue reading →
This holiday season, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) volunteers decorated the octagonal hallway at historic Skylands Manor for the annual Holiday Open House, sponsored by the New Jersey Botanical Gardens. In keeping with this year’s theme, “A Renaissance Holiday,” the décor in the hallway featured a fanciful portrayal of a 16th century plant collector’s private hideaway filled with beloved treasures.
Members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) elected a new slate of officers for 2014-2016 at the November 17 annual meeting. They are: Alice Moskowitz, president; Jim McHugh, first vice president; Dawn Healey, second vice president; Carol Huber, recording secretary; and John Hegranes, treasurer. Elected to the Board of Directors were Alex Fadynich, Sara McHugh, Barbara Hegranes, Ruth Hayden, Margaret Kerstner, Bill Mains, Roland Reynolds, Ray Vanaria and Rick Wild.
The newly elected Executive Board of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, from left: John Hegranes, treasurer; Dawn Healey, first vice president; Jim McHugh, second vice president; Alice Moskowitz, president; and Carol Huber, recording secretary.
The Annual Meeting of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will be held on Monday, November 17 at 7 p.m. in the Wayne Public Library Meeting Room, 461 Valley Road, Wayne. All FOLA members, as well as guests and members of the public, are invited to attend.
Jim McHugh, president of FOLA, will talk about this year’s accomplishments and report on the Knippenberg Center for Education and the Educational Greenhouse. Elaine Fogerty, Executive Director, will discuss the horticultural status of Laurelwood Arboretum and the work that has been done by the volunteers. There will also be short presentations by FOLA committee chairpersons. FOLA members will then elect a slate of officers and members of the Board of Directors for 2015-2017. Continue reading →
The Watnong Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) is partnering with Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum’s (FOLA) staff and volunteers to restore the South Rock Garden at Laurelwood Arboretum. Dorothy Knippenberg was a lifetime member of NARGS and created rock gardens as one of her special display areas. Although they have been cared for by Rutgers Master Gardener and FOLA volunteers, many of the original rocks have become covered with soil and vegetation and the original designs obscured. Continue reading →
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) has launched a special project to help create a beautiful outdoor patio at the new Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive in Wayne. The covered patio will be located in the area between the Knippenberg Center’s main building and a soon-to-be constructed Educational Greenhouse.
Donations of engraved paving stones can commemorate an occasion, celebrate a special person, honor a family, business or organization, or simply show support for Laurelwood Arboretum. Paving stones are available in four sizes: 9” x 4”; 9” x 9”; 9” x 13” and 19” x 19” and will be engraved with wording chosen by the donor.