On Thursday, June 28, at 2:30 pm, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host Gardeners’ Journal, the second in a series of monthly discussions on timely gardening topics. The meetings, which are free and open to the public, are held at the Knippenberg Center for Education, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road, Wayne.
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. Journal meetings are eligible for Master Gardener credits.
Volunteers from McHutchison, Inc. a horticultural distributor headquartered in Wayne, planted a Silver Garden along Ridge Road at Laurelwood Arboretum. They weeded 18 feet of soil, incorporated compost and planted deer-resistant plants including bayberry, Russian sage, white sage, dusty miller, artemesia, lambs ear and lavender. They then fertilized, mulched and watered. Pictured from left are Josh Vink, Denise Mammaved, Elizabeth Payne, Laurelwood’s Executive Director Elaine Fogerty, Chris Hurtado, Ute Maury, Liz Anievas and Mike Pezillo, the company’s vice president of operations.
At the Laurelwood Arboretum pond, students launch the AFI that they envisioned, designed and built. Looking on is Margaret Kerstner, a Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteer who assisted in the program.
When fifth graders from Pines Lake and Terhune Elementary Schools in Wayne were asked, “Are you interested in the environment and ecoengineering? seven students answered the challenge. They signed on for a pilot project to learn about and then create Artificial Floating Islands (AFIs). The students met for one hour each week for four weeks at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum. Dr. Angela Cristini of Ramapo College developed the project, which was led by teacher/facilitator Karin La Greca with the assistance of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers Margaret Kerstner, Sara McHugh, and Mary Jo Sichak. Continue reading →
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will celebrate Father’s Day by hosting “Rockin in Wayne,” a special program about the geology of Wayne and the surrounding area. Dr. Marty Becker, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at William Paterson University, will be the featured speaker on Sunday, June 17 at 2:30 at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive, Wayne. The program, which is open to the public, is free for members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and $15 for nonmembers.
At 12:30 pm, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum’s volunteer tour guides will take visitors through the arboretum, which should be in full bloom in June. The tours are free. Motorized carts are available for those who are unable or do not wish to walk.
Dr. Becker specializes in paleontology, geology and earth science at William Paterson. “Marty makes the subject of geology lively and informative,” said Bonnie Joachim, program chairperson of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum. “We can look forward to discovering how rock formations determine what grows and flourishes at Laurelwood and how an area’s geology can pose difficulties for gardeners.”
Photographs taken by Wayne Hills High School students will be on exhibit from Sunday, June 3, through Sunday, July 1, at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. The exhibit is sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum.
The Opening Reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Sunday, June 3, from 2:30 to 4 pm. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. For anyone who wishes to see the artwork at another time, the Knippenberg Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 4 pm.
Stretch your body, relax your mind and relieve your tensions at a series of three gentle chair yoga classes offered on Wednesday, June 6, June 13 and June 20 from 11 am to noon at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne. There is a $5 fee per class for members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and a $10 fee per class for nonmembers.
The chair yoga classes will be led by Robin Abrett, a Kripalu Yoga teacher with advanced certification and trainings. She is passionate about sharing this healing, stress-reducing practice. “No experience is necessary to participate in the class, and there is no need to get up and down from the floor,” Robin said. “Chair yoga allows you to work slowly with an understanding of any injuries you may have. We will be working in socks or barefoot, and you should wear loose, comfortable clothing.”
In addition to her professional activities, Robin is a members of the Board of Directors of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, which is sponsoring the classes. She is also chairperson of the organization’s tour guide program.