The Watnong Chapter of the North American Rock Garden Society (NARGS) is partnering with Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum’s (FOLA) 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 FOLA volunteers, many of the original rocks have become covered with soil and vegetation and the original designs obscured. Continue reading →
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) has launched a special project to help create a beautiful outdoor patio at the new Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive in Wayne. The covered patio will be located in the area between the Knippenberg Center’s main building and a soon-to-be constructed Educational Greenhouse.
Donations of engraved paving stones can commemorate an occasion, celebrate a special person, honor a family, business or organization, or simply show support for Laurelwood Arboretum. Paving stones are available in four sizes: 9” x 4”; 9” x 9”; 9” x 13” and 19” x 19” and will be engraved with wording chosen by the donor.
OLAOn Sunday, April 27 at 1 p.m., Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will sponsor a program on Reptiles and Amphibians of New Jersey at the New Jersey Audubon Society’s Lorrimer Sanctuary, 790 Ewing Avenue, Franklin Lakes, New Jersey. The program and walk through the sanctuary will be led by teacher/naturalist Dr. Patrick Scheuer, Director.
The program is one in a series of off-site events that FOLA has planned while Laurelwood Arboretum is officially closed due to construction of the Knippenberg Center for Education. The next event will be FOLA’s Annual Spring Plant Sale, which will be cosponsored this year with the Master Gardeners Association of Passaic County and held at the Rutgers Cooperative Extension, 1310 Route 23 North in Wayne.
On May 18 at 2 p.m., FOLA will sponsor a program at the Wayne Public Library titled, Rhododendrons and New Jersey, Perfect Together. Dr. Al Fitzburgh, past president of the Rhododendron Society’s Tappan Zee Chapter and past president of FOLA will present the program.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum opened its 2014 membership year with a talk at the Wayne Public Library on “Creating a Backyard Habitat for The Seasonal Birds of New Jersey” given by Patrick Scheuer, teacher-naturalist at the Lorrimer Audubon Sanctuary in Franklin Lakes.
In a slideshow that accompanied his talk, Scheur showed the array of birdlife throughout the area at different times of the year and discussed our backyards can serve as valuable habitats for birds. “More than 350 species of birds live in New Jersey, and 250 stay and nest over the winter,” he said. “We feed the birds because they are fun to watch, but a side benefit is that some birds have expanded their habitats because we are feeding them.” Continue reading →