On Thursday, July 27, at 2:30 pm, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host Gardeners’ Journal, another gathering in 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 is held the fourth Thursday of each month at 2:30 p.m. from April through October. No membership or subscription required to attend.
Steve Alexander and the Jazz Generation will perform in the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum on Sunday, August 6 at 4 pm. The requested donation is $15 for adults and $4 for children ages 6 to 18. The arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
This popular trio features Steve Alexander playing jazz piano; Paul Grabow on saxophone, clarinet and flute; and Jesus Salinas on bass. They have been playing together for 25 years at many venues in the tristate area. The trio will perform traditional jazz favorites from the American Songbook including selections by Duke Ellington, George Gershwin, Count Basie and more. The audience will be encouraged to sing along with some of their favorite tunes.
The concert is sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and the Ira A. Roschelle, MD Family Foundation. All donations will go toward educational programs and community activities at Laurelwood.
The Watnong Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) is partnering with Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum’s staff and volunteers to restore the South Rock Garden at Laurelwood Arboretum. Dorothy Knippenberg was a lifetime member of NARGS and created rock gardens as one of her special display areas. Although they have been cared for by Rutgers Master Gardener and Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers, many of the original rocks have become covered with soil and vegetation and the original designs obscured.
Volunteers from the Watnong Chapter are working with Laurelwood’s staff gardeners and volunteers on the project. Members of both organizations will have the benefit of learning garden restoration, rebuilding a rock garden, and selecting plants.
The Watnong Chapter began the project in 2014 and have returned each year. The renovation of the Laurelwood Arboretum rock garden is a five-year project that will offer its members opportunities hands-on experience in planning, building, planting and maintaining a rock garden. When their work is completed, the chapter expects to schedule workshops and demonstrations at Laurelwood.
Local artist Andrea Geller will teach a Plein Air watercolor painting at Laurelwood Arboretum on Saturday, July 22nd (raindate July 29th) from 9:30 am to 12:30 pm. There is a $75 fee for the workshop, and registration is required. Space is limited, so early registration is suggested. To register, call 973-831-5675. A supply list will be available to those who register. The arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
“Plein air painting refers to painting outdoors,” Geller explained. “Laurelwood Arboretum is serenely beautiful, so it is a natural place to hold a Plein Air watercolor painting workshop. The workshop is designed for both the curious beginner and the more advanced painter who would like to gain a better understanding of the process involved in creating paintings that are inspired by the natural world.”
At the beginning of the workshop, Geller will discuss basic color theory, color mixing strategies and brush techniques specific to the watercolor medium. She will also discuss methods of developing strong compositions that simplify and express an artist’s vision. The group will paint outdoors from direct observation, focusing on nature’s shapes and colors. There will be one-on-one guidance throughout the morning. A discussion of the paintings will be held at the end of the workshop.
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.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum welcomes the public to a program about All the Presidents’ Gardens given by Marta McDowell on Saturday, June 17, at 2 pm at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum. The arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. The program is free for members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and $15 for nonmembers.
McDowell teaches landscape history and horticulture at the New York Botanical Garden and consults for private clients and public gardens. Her most recent book, All the Presidents’ Gardens, is the winner of a 2017 American Horticultural Society Award. It relates the history of the White House grounds, starting with the seed-collecting, plant-obsessed George Washington and ending with Michelle Obama’s focus on edibles. It is also a story about Lincoln’s goats, Ike’s putting green, the Kennedys’ iconic roses, Amy Carter’s tree house, and much more.