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 is, “A Magical Holiday.” The Manor will be decorated floor-to-ceiling to create a warm and welcoming start to the holiday season.
“Fantasy Forest” is the theme of Laurelwood Arboretum’s decorations. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers have been busily fashioning whimsical decorations to create a magical entrance for the open house. In the Educational Greenhouse at Laurelwood, they made 43 fairies, 25 gnomes and 50 “fantasy trees.” More than 22 volunteers worked on the project under the direction of chairperson Sara McHugh.
The Holiday Open House will be open November 30 through December 3 from 10 am to 4 pm daily. An evening reception is scheduled for Saturday, December 2, from 6 pm to 8 pm with reservations required. For information go to www.njbg.org or call 973-962-9534.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will offer free guided tours of Laurelwood Arboretum on Sunday, November 12 at 12:30 pm before the Annual Meeting, which is at 2 pm. 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.
The Annual Meeting of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will be held on Sunday, November 12, at 2 PM in the Knippeberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road West, Wayne. All members, as well as guests and members of the public, are invited to attend. Free guided tours of the arboretum will be available from 12:30 PM to 1:30 PM.
The meeting will feature a slide presentation and talk, “Laurelwood’s Legacy:Hybrid Rhododendrons” given by Joseph Di Giacomo, Chairperson of the Rhododendron Study Committee.
Nancy Alexander and John Crowell, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers, have been helping to install deer netting to protect the arboretum’s most valuable plants. Deer have done significant damage throughout the arboretum and threaten to destroy the renowned azalea and rhododendron collections, as well as many other shrubs and trees. In the absence of fencing to prevent deer from entering the arboretum, the netting is a temporary solution. Purchase of deer netting has been funded by donations from volunteers.