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.
OLAOn Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m., Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will sponsor a program on Reptiles and Amphibians of New Jersey at the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Lorrimer Sanctuary, 790 Ewing Avenue, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. The program and walk through the sanctuary will be led by teacher/naturalist Dr. Patrick Scheuer, Director.
The program is one in a series of off-site events that FOLA has planned while Laurelwood Arboretum is officially closed due to construction of the Knippenberg Center for Education. The next event will be FOLA’s Annual Spring Plant Sale, which will be cosponsored this year with the Master Gardeners Association of Passaic County and held at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 1310 Route 23 North in Wayne.
On May 18 at 2 p.m., FOLA will sponsor a program at the Wayne Public Library titled, Rhododendrons and New Jersey, Perfect Together. Dr. Al Fitzburgh, past president of the Rhododendron Society’s Tappan Zee Chapter and past president of FOLA will present the program.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum opened its 2014 membership year with a talk at the Wayne Public Library on “Creating a Backyard Habitat for The Seasonal Birds of New Jersey” given by Patrick Scheuer, teacher-naturalist at the Lorrimer Audubon Sanctuary in Franklin Lakes.
Patrick Scheuer talking about the many species of birds that can be attracted to backyard birdfeeders.
In a slideshow that accompanied his talk, Scheur showed the array of birdlife throughout the area at different times of the year and discussed our backyards can serve as valuable habitats for birds. “More than 350 species of birds live in New Jersey, and 250 stay and nest over the winter,” he said. “We feed the birds because they are fun to watch, but a side benefit is that some birds have expanded their habitats because we are feeding them.” Continue reading →