Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) opened its 2016 membership year with a talk at the Wayne Public Library on, “Beatrix Potter’s Gardens” given by Marta McDowell, author of Beatrix Potter’s Gardening Life. McDowell teaches landscape history and gardening at the New York Botanical Garden and Drew University. She has a special interest in the relationship between the pen and the trowel—authors who garden.
Beatrix Potter, the author of more than 20 books featuring Peter Rabbit and other charming animals, was born into a wealthy Victorian family. She began illustrating plants, flowers and animals at an early age. In 1902, she wrote and illustrated The Tale of Peter Rabbit, which launched her career as a children’s author. McDowell’s talk explored Potter’s botanical art, the flora and horticulture in her “little books” and Potter’s own gardens in England’s Lake District.
More than 40 people attended the program, which was planned as a special thank you to FOLA members, donors and the Master Gardeners of Passaic County, who have done so much to support the organization’s efforts to preserve and maintain Laurelwood Arboretum.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for the development of a horticultural master plan for the arboretum development of educational programs for the public. Grant funds will be used in 2016 to increase the work schedule of Laurelwood’s Executive Director Elaine Fogerty from two days to four days per week. This will allow her to create a horticultural plan for the arboretum and design and execute new horticultural programs for children and adults.
This is the second grant awarded to FOLA from the California-based Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust. A grant was received last year for the design and construction of the arboretum’s Native Plant Demonstration Garden. FOLA depends on grants such as these to improve Laurelwood Arboretum and expand its menu of programs and activities for the community.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will sponsor a free “Beauty of the Season” tour on Sunday, December 13 at 12:30 pm at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne. The tour, led by Master Gardener and FOLA board member Sara McHugh, will provide a unique view of the arboretum’s trees and overall landscape design. The public is invited to join on this last tour of the season at Laurelwood.