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.
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.
Once again, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers are decorating the main entrance and grand staircase at historic Skylands Manor for the annual Holiday Open House, sponsored by the New Jersey Botanical Garden. This year’s theme, “A Country Manor Holiday,” is a tribute to the many festive celebrations held there when Skylands was a private estate. The Manor will be decorated floor-to-ceiling to create a warm and welcoming start to the holiday season.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers have been busily fashioning whimsical decorations to create a magical entrance for the open house. A group of more than 20 volunteers, under the direction of Sara McHugh, designed and constructed gingerbread and stocking ornaments, sprayed painted hydrangeas, filled glass ornaments with artificial snow, tied ribbons to sparkling pine cones, made gorgeous bows, and beautifully decorated the wreath that had been stored in the volunteer shed. Handmade gifts and decorations were the custom in Victorian times as gift-making was a genuine form of recreation for the whole family.
The Manor House is now quiet. The stockings have been hung with care. A lavishly decorated parlor tree sparkles with embellished ornaments, many gathered from the manor’s gardens. Tiny stockings and jauntily crafted gingerbread people adorn the nursery tree.
The Holiday Open House will be open November 29 through December 2 from 10 am to 4 pm daily. An evening reception is scheduled for Saturday, December 1 from 6 pm to 8 pm, with reservations required. For information go to www.njbg.org or call 973-962-9534.