Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will offer free guided tours of Laurelwood Arboretum on Sunday, May 21st at 12:30 p.m. and on the third Sunday of every month through October. 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.
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 13, 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 selection of high-quality annuals and perennials, container gardens, and beautiful hanging plants. There will also be native plants, Mother’s Day gifts for children to purchase, plants that attract butterflies, and unusual perennials. As always, there will be some special plants from the arboretum grown in the greenhouse from cuttings. In addition to the plants for sale, there will be a butterfly information station.
A special feature this year will be exhibit of photographs and watercolors by former Wayne resident Bob Shine. These will be on display in the Knippenberg Center for Education during the hours of the plant sale.
Volunteer tour guides will be on hand to lead tours of the arboretum from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Laurelwood will be ablaze with colors, textures and aromas as native dogwoods, oakleaf and climbing hydrangeas, hostas, daylilies, lilacs, irises and other plants flower in May.
All proceeds from the plant sale will benefit Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum invites adults and children of all ages to celebrate Earth Day on Saturday, April 22 at the arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. There will be a children’s story hour at 12:30 pm followed by a hands-on workshop in the Horticultural Greenhouse. Starting at 2 pm, trained guides will offer tours through the arboretum on foot or in the arboretum’s motorized vehicles.
“We are proud to join the millions of people around the world in celebrating our amazing Earth,” said Alice Moskowitz. “We hope our Earth Day celebration will help raise awareness of the natural beauty around us and of the importance of preserving our environment.”
On Thursday, April 27 at 2:30 pm, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host Gardeners’ Journal, the first of a series of monthly discussions on interesting and timely gardening topics. 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. Journal meetings may be eligible for Master Gardener credits. The Gardeners’ Journal will be held the fourth Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. from April through October. No membership or subscription required to attend.
April is National Volunteer Month, and the volunteer season will begin at Laurelwood Arboretum on April 11 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 a Garden Safari Photo Program highlighting some of her favorite garden photos. She is a Master Gardener, a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, and an accomplished gardener and photographer.
“Volunteerism is the lifeblood of Wayne’s horticultural treasure,” said Linda Ransom, Volunteer Coordinator. “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 →