Rutgers Master Gardener Association has presented its 2017 State Award to Laurelwood Arboretum’s Plant Collection Management Committee, chaired by Master Gardener Betty Montagne. The efforts of this hardworking committee of volunteers are multifaceted. They worked in the field to identify woody plants and certain herbaceous perennials and created a detailed record for each plant. They developed a computerized database to catalog the arboretum’s plant records. Metal tags with a plant’s scientific name, common name, variety or cultivar and accession number were affixed to the plants.
This is an ongoing project that entails monitoring the condition and inventory of all plant groups in the arboretum. The committee’s current focus is on special collections, including the native plant teaching garden, rhododendrons, lilacs, trees and shrubs.
A comprehensive program of plant collection management has become the recognized standard of excellence for arboretums around the country. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and the Master Gardener Association of Passaic County are proud to have our talented volunteers as part of this valuable program.
Wayne Mayor Christopher P. Vergano has proclaimed November 28, 2017 #GivingTuesday as a townshipwide Day of Giving. #GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of a unique blend of partners—charities, families, businesses, and individuals—to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide. Millions of people in more than 98 countries have participated in the movement in previous years.
#GivingTuesday is marked annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, following the popular shopping days Black Friday and Cyber Monday. Coming at the start of the holiday giving season, it is intended to inspire people to improve their local communities by donating to nonprofit organizations in their community.
The #GivingTuesday campaign provides a framework for people to choose their own way to contribute to their communities and will provide the citizens of Wayne with an opportunity to support local nonprofit organizations. Donations are made directly to participating organizations but reported to the #GivingTuesday program. Continue reading →
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will offer free guided tours of Laurelwood Arboretum on Sunday, October 15, at 12:30 pm. This is the final guided tour of the 2017 season. To join a tour, meet at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road West in Wayne. Trained tour guides will lead visitors through the arboretum, identifying many of the unique trees and plantings. Carts will be available for those who do not wish to walk.
Andrea Geller, a professional artist and university art educator, will present Plants: An Expressive Drawing Workshop, on Friday. October 13 from 12:30 to 3:30 pm at the Knippenberg Center Educational Greenhouse, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road West, Wayne. All skills are welcome. The requested donation is $55 per person. Space is limited. To register online, click here, or call 973-831-5675.
Geller is an artist who balances her career between painting and teaching studio art classes on the college level. After studying fine arts at Cornell University for two years, she completed her Bachelor of Fine Arts Degree at Parsons School of Design and earned a Master of Fine Arts Degree at William Paterson University. Geller has had a successful freelance career as an illustrator and graphic designer. She has illustrated for The New York Times, Washington Post, New Jersey Monthly and Psychology Today.