Just in time for Mother’s Day, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 11, 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.
This year’s plant sale will feature a limited number of rhododendrons, azaleas and pieris ornamental evergreens obtained from R. F. DeMarco Nursery in Hammonton, NJ, where Laurelwood’s founders, John and Dorothy Knippenberg, purchased rhododendron and azalea plant plugs for their nursery. There will also be a selection of high-quality annuals and perennials, container gardens, and beautiful hanging plants, as well as special plants from the arboretum grown in the greenhouse from cuttings. As always, there will also be Mother’s Day gifts for children to purchase. Members will get a 10% discount on purchase of plants. Continue reading →
On Thursday, April 25, at 2:30 pm, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host Botany, Books and Buds, the first in a series of monthly book club gatherings to discuss garden-related books. The book selection for the first meeting is Lab Girl, by Hope Jahren. The discussions, which are free and open to the public, will take place at the Knippenberg Center for Education, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road, Wayne.
Botany, Books and Buds will be held the fourth Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. from April through October. No membership or subscription is required to attend. Meetings are eligible for Master Gardener credits.
The fourth week in April includes both Earth Day and Arbor Day. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum invites adults and children of all ages to celebrate these events at a special Arbor Day weekend. On Saturday, April 27, and Sunday, April 28, free native New Jersey tree saplings will be given to arboretum visitors. Laurelwood Arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Road in Wayne.
A “Tree Story” hour for children ages 5 to 9 is scheduled for Saturday, April 27, from 1 to 2 pm at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood. The story hour is free and open to the public.
On Sunday, April 28, at 12:30 pm, trained volunteer guides will offer free Notable Trees of Laurelwood tours on foot or in a motorized vehicle.
Volunteers with 1,000 hours of service over 12 years—From left: Nancy Fadynich, Alex Fadynich, Jean Reynolds, David Kooistra, Carol Huber, Nancy Alexander, Joan Scott-Miller, John Crowell, Ruth Hayden, Betty Montagne, Joe Di Giacomo, Bonnie Joachim, Alice Moskowitz. Not pictured: Deb Bryant, Dawn Healey, Sara McHugh, Jim McHugh, Dick Watts and Jane Van Eeuwen.
Volunteers who logged 100 hours or more in 2018—From left, back row: Betty Montagne, Mary Jo Sichak, Barbara Pidgeon, Gary Molan, Joe Di Giacomo, John Hegranes, Walter Koenig, Lorraine Meyer; front row: Linda Wescott, Carol Huber, Jean Reynolds, Kathie Hetherington, Jean Pisatowski, Carol Palmer-Yomtov, Barbara Hegranes, Ruth Hayden, Nancy Alexander, Bonnie Joachim, Nancy Fadynich, Alex Fadynich. Not pictured: Robin Abrett, John Crowell, Patricia Engrissei, Carol Heimbach, Dawn Healey, Margaret Kerstner, David Kooistra, Bill Lauber, Andrew Lawn, Jim McHugh, Peter McHugh, Sara McHugh, Bill Mains, Georgette Moesch, Alice Moskowitz, Linda Ransom, Stuart Reiser, Serge Roube, Lillian Sayeg, Joan Scott-Miller, Jane Van Eeuwen, Mike Wilson.
Stretch your body, relax your mind and relieve your tensions at a series of 1-hour gentle chair yoga classes on Wednesdays at 10 am beginning on April 10 and continuing weekly through November. The sessions will be held at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne. There is a $5 donation per class for members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and a $10 per class for nonmembers. A 10-session pass for members is $40.
The chair yoga classes will be led by Robin Abrett, a Kripalu Yoga teacher with advanced certification and trainings. She is passionate about sharing this healing, stress-reducing practice. “No experience is necessary to participate in the class, and there is no need to get up and down from the floor,” Robin said. “Chair yoga allows you to work slowly with an understanding of any injuries you may have. We will be working in socks or barefoot, and you should wear loose, comfortable clothing.”
In addition to her professional activities, Robin is a members of the Board of Directors of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, which is sponsoring the classes. She is also chairperson of the organization’s tour guide program.
Paterson University’s art department. The nature-inspired works will be on display from April 7 through April 28 at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive in Wayne. The exhibit is curated by Professor Matthew Finn and Professor Leslie Nobler.
The Opening Reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Sunday, April 7, from 2:30 pm to 4 pm. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. For anyone who wishes to see the artwork at another time, the Knippenberg Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm.
April is National Volunteer Month, and the volunteer season will begin at Laurelwood Arboretum on Tuesday, April 9, at 9 am at the arboretum’s pavilion. Anyone who is interested in volunteering is welcome. Laurelwood Arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
On kickoff day, the volunteers will work until 11:30 and then enjoy refreshments and a welcome event starting at noon. Mary Jo Sichak will present, “What’s in Bloom,” a slide show of all the flowering plants, trees and shrubs in the arboretum that she recorded and labeled last year. Mary Jo is a Master Gardener, a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, and an accomplished gardener and photographer.
“The arboretum would not be beautiful and healthy without the hours of work put in by our volunteers,” said Elaine Fogerty, Executive Director of Laurelwood 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 →
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host a midwinter tree tour on Saturday, February 23, at 12:30 pm. The snow date is Sunday, February 24, at 12:30 pm. The tour, which will be led by a specially trained guide, is free and open to the public. Laurelwood Arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
Winter is an ideal time to appreciate the natural architecture of the arboretum and to enjoy the quiet dignity and delicate textures of its evergreen and deciduous trees. The tour will offer a special perspective on the horticultural design and landscaping.
Rustic bench created by David Robinson, located in the Summer Garden.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum has revitalized its bench program and is now offering an opportunity for donors to select either a beautiful hand-hewn bench by artist David Robinson or a contemporary teak bench, either one to be dedicated with a commemorative plaque.
Laurelwood Arboretum is a walker’s paradise, with its winding paths and beautiful scenery. It is also a wonderful place to sit and contemplate the vistas or just relax for a while. There are a few benches in the arboretum, but visitors have said there aren’t enough. Continue reading →
At its annual meeting, Members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum elected the Board of Director and officers for a two-year term, beginning January 1, 2019. Linda Ransom will serve as president, William Lauber as treasurer, David Kooistra as first vice president, Robin Abrett as second vice president, and Nancy Shimmel as Secretary. Additional members of the Board of Directors are John Hegranes, Margaret Kerstner, William Mains, Georgette Moesch, Lourdes Osorio, Carol Palmer-Yomtov, and Mary Jo Sichak.
Outgoing board members: President Alice Moskowitz, Bonnie Joachim, Ruth Hayden and Rick Wild. Not pictured: Sara and Jim McHugh. Photo by Lorraine Meyer.
Newly elected members of the Board of Directors of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum are, from left, back row: Georgette Moesch, Linda Ransom, David Kooistra, Bill Mains; front row: Carol Palmer-Yomtov, Robin Abrett, Mary Jo Sichak, Nancy Shimmel and Margaret Kerstner. Not pictured: John Hegranes and Lourdes Osorio. Photo by Lorraine Meyer.