Stretch your body, relax your mind and relieve your tensions at a series of 1-hour gentle chair yoga classes on Wednesdays at 10 am beginning on April 10 and continuing weekly through November. The sessions will be held at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne. There is a $5 donation per class for members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and a $10 per class for nonmembers. A 10-session pass for members is $40.
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.
Paterson University’s art department. The nature-inspired works will be on display from April 7 through April 28 at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive in Wayne. The exhibit is curated by Professor Matthew Finn and Professor Leslie Nobler.
The Opening Reception for the exhibit is scheduled for Sunday, April 7, from 2:30 pm 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.
April is National Volunteer Month, and the volunteer season will begin at Laurelwood Arboretum on Tuesday, April 9, at 9 am at the arboretum’s pavilion. Anyone who is interested in volunteering is welcome. Laurelwood Arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
On kickoff day, the volunteers will work until 11:30 and then enjoy refreshments and a welcome event starting at noon. Mary Jo Sichak will present, “What’s in Bloom,” a slide show of all the flowering plants, trees and shrubs in the arboretum that she recorded and labeled last year. Mary Jo is a Master Gardener, a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, and an accomplished gardener and photographer.
“The arboretum would not be beautiful and healthy without the hours of work put in by our volunteers,” said Elaine Fogerty, Executive Director of Laurelwood Arboretum “Our volunteers prune, thin and propagate; divide and replant perennials; plant bulbs; mulch the gardens; and eliminate invasive weeds. There is always work to do, something new to learn and someone new to meet.” Continue reading →
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will host a midwinter tree tour on Saturday, February 23, at 12:30 pm. The snow date is Sunday, February 24, at 12:30 pm. The tour, which will be led by a specially trained guide, is free and open to the public. Laurelwood Arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
Winter is an ideal time to appreciate the natural architecture of the arboretum and to enjoy the quiet dignity and delicate textures of its evergreen and deciduous trees. The tour will offer a special perspective on the horticultural design and landscaping.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum has revitalized its bench program and is now offering an opportunity for donors to select either a beautiful hand-hewn bench by artist David Robinson or a contemporary teak bench, either one to be dedicated with a commemorative plaque.
Laurelwood Arboretum is a walker’s paradise, with its winding paths and beautiful scenery. It is also a wonderful place to sit and contemplate the vistas or just relax for a while. There are a few benches in the arboretum, but visitors have said there aren’t enough. Continue reading →