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.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum has been awarded a $2,850 grant from the American Rhododendron Society for the publication of a brochure on the history of rhododendron hybridization at Laurelwood and in the region.
The 20-page brochure will focus on the history of Laurelwood Gardens, now Laurelwood Arboretum, in East Coast rhododendron hybridizing. It will also highlight the role of John and Dorothy Knippenberg in hybridizing rhododendrons and their friendship over the decades with many of the leading early hybridizers.
The grant application was prepared by Joe Di Giacomo, chairman of the Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum rhododendron study team. “The Board believes your project is an excellent educational opportunity and will be beneficial in creating interest in and knowledge of rhododendrons,” said American Rhododendron Society President Ann W. Mangels. “We think this is a wonderful collaboration between the Society and Laurelwood.”
The information developed for the booklet will be used for presentations to community groups and exhibits at the Knippenberg Center for Education next spring. It is being drafted by Di Giacomo for distribution next spring in conjunction with guided tours of the arboretum’s rhododendron collection during the peak blooming time in mid-May.
“This was a very competitive grant process,” said Alice Moskowitz, President of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum. “We are honored that our project was selected for funding.”
This stainless steel sculpture by artist John Sanders is now on display at Laurelwood Arboretum’s entrance, 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. Sanders loaned the sculpture to the arboretum following last year’s Art Gala. The price of the piece is available on request.
Sanders, who lives in Roxbury, New York, concentrates on creating steel sculptures. He created his own technique, which he calls “flame-carved steel.” It is executed with an oxygen-acetylene torch, which renders the same textural results in steel as one might see in carved stones.
A graduate of Berkeley, Sanders’s one-man shows include the Robert Steele Gallery, Elizabeth Harris Gallery and Max Hutchison Gallery in New York City; Osuna Gallery in Washington, D.C.; and Worth Rider Art Gallery in Berkeley, California. He has also exhibited his work in numerous group shows.
The Wayne Township nonprofit Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum has joined #GivingTuesday, a global day of giving that encourages philanthropy and celebrates generosity worldwide. #GivingTuesday is held annually on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving, the week after the popular shopping events of Black Friday and Cyber Monday. This year #GivingTuesday is on Tuesday, November 28.It will kick off the holiday giving season by inspiring people to support nonprofit organizations in their community.
“By joining this campaign, we hope to reach not only our dedicated circle of members and supporters but the community at large in our efforts to fund two very important projects,” said Alice Moskowitz, President of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum. “Our beautiful arboretum is open to everyone free of charge, and we are hoping to generate support from a wide circle of donors.” Continue reading →
Antiques appraiser Carolyn Remmey will be the guest lecturer and appraiser at “What’s In Your Attic?” on Sunday, October 22, at 2 pm at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. Advance registration is required at www.laurelwoodarboretum.org. The requested donation is $15. per person.
Ms. Remmey is the principal appraiser at Remmey Antiques and Fine Art of Morristown, New Jersey. She was a charter guest appraiser on the popular Antiques Roadshow television program and lectures throughout New Jersey and Florida. She has been a guest lecturer for Bloomberg/New York, Rutgers University, the Fort Lauderdale Historical Society, and many other organizations. She has also appeared on the History Channel and has produced and hosted her own cable television show.
The “What’s In Your Attic?” program will include public appraisals of small items at $10 each. Private appraisals will be available after the presentation at $75. per item. Preregistration and payment is necessary for all appraisals.
This special program is sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and Lakeland Bank.
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.