This holiday season, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) volunteers decorated the main entrance and grand stairway at historic Skylands Manor for the annual Holiday Open House, sponsored by the New Jersey Botanical Gardens. This year’s theme is, “A Gardener’s Holiday.” The Manor has been decorated floor-to-ceiling to create a warm and welcoming start to the holiday season.
“A Winter Holiday Greenhouse” is the theme of Laurelwood Arboretum’s decorations. “A greenhouse is a wonderful place year ‘round, but winter is especially busy, pleasant, warm and inviting,” said Sara McHugh, Chairperson of FOLA’s Holiday Open House Committee. “In Laurelwood’s greenhouse, we nurture plants for our Sensory Garden, start cuttings from “mother plants” to set out in the arboretum after the winter, and plant seeds that begin to sprout in the spring. Our recreated greenhouse at the Manor brings a bit of nature’s magic indoors.” FOLA volunteers will also serve as docents at the Holiday Open House.
The Holiday Open House will be open December 1 through 4. Daytime self-guided tours are from 10 am to 4 pm daily. An evening reception is scheduled for Friday, December 2 and Saturday December 3 from 6 pm to 8 pm with reservations required. For information go to www.njbg.org or call the NJBG office at 973-962-9534.
Members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) elected four new members to the Board of Directors, each for a two-year term. Joining the board are Regina Imperator, Linda Ransom, Mary Jo Sichak, and Diane Bromberg Stern. Also elected at the meeting was William Lauber, CPA, who had been appointed treasurer earlier in the year. Reelected for a two-year term were Alice Moskowitz, President; Jim McHugh, First Vice President; David Kooistra, Second Vice President; Ruth Hayden, Recording Secretary; and board members Dawn Healey, Margaret Kerstner, Bill Mains, Sara McHugh, and Rick Wild.
Moskowitz opened the meeting with a PowerPoint presentation that highlighted the year’s events and volunteer activities. In her president’s report, she said, “This was the first full year in which we are able to plan programs and activities for this wonderful Knippenberg Center for Education, the adjoining Educational Greenhouse, and the Native Plant Demonstration Garden. And we took full advantage of that.” Continue reading →
More than 45 Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) volunteers gathered at the Knippenberg Center for Education for a special end-of-season thank you program. Executive Director Elaine Fogerty presented a lecture on “Putting Your Garden to Bed,” which focused on end-of-season tasks. Horticultural Manager Joan Scott-Miller demonstrated tool sharpening using a stone. And Tony Molinari, a Rutgers Master Gardener, sharpened gardening tools for the volunteers.
The Annual Meeting of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will be held on Sunday, November 6. at 2 p.m. in the Knippeberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road West, Wayne. All FOLA members, as well as guests and members of the public, are invited to attend. Free guided tours of the arboretum will be available from 12 noon to 1:30 p.m.
Alice Moskowitz, president of FOLA, will talk about this year’s accomplishments and will narrate a video that highlights the events of 2016. 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 2017-2019. At the conclusion of the meeting, there will be an opportunity for people to ask questions and exchange ideas.
Seven graduate students from the College of Education at William Paterson University visited Laurelwood Arboretum recently for a tour and overview of the park’s function and activities. The trip was organized by their advisor, Dr. Kabba Colley, (second from left in photo) and Elaine Fogerty, Laurelwood’s Executive Director (fourth from left). The group plans to return for additional educational and cooperative activities in the future.