In an effort to continually upgrade Laurelwood Arboretum, a group of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) volunteers worked with the gardening staff to stabilize a bare soil bank on Ridge Road. They first placed felled tree trunks along the edge of the road and then anchored them with rebar. Then volunteer Tom Hennessey brought in his Deere 46 tractor to backfill the area with compost. The final step was to plant Vinca minor (also called periwinkle or myrtle) along a 100’ long by 10’ deep soil bank. “The new plantings were thoroughly watered and once established will retain the soil so that there is reduced soil runoff,” said FOLA’s Executive Director Elaine Fogerty.
Volunteers included June Ra, Jane VanEeuwen, Prahba Sahasrabudhe, Azalia Krasneperora, Lillian Sayeg, Marge Roukema, Audrey Malec, Linda Ransom, Gerry Lowry and Nancy Alexander. They worked alongside horticultural manager Joan Scott-Miller and gardeners Eddy Lantiqua and Felix Fernandez.
Volunteer days at Laurelwood Arboretum are every Tuesday and Friday from April to the end of October from 9 a.m. to noon, and drop ins are welcome. There is still work to be done to ready the arboretum for the winter. For information, send an email to email@example.com or call 973-202-9579.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will host a free Leaf Peeper Tour of Laurelwood Arboretum on Sunday, October 18 at 2 p.m. The tour will begin at the Knippenberg Center for Education, which is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne. Enjoy the park’s display of fall colors in a walk led by members of the FOLA plant identification team. A motorized vehicle is available for those who find the walk difficult.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) is sponsoring a Storytime program for children on Sunday, October 11 at 2 pm at the Knippenberg Center for Education, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive East in Wayne. FOLA member Margaret Kerstner will read, “Why Do Leaves Change Color,” and lead some activities relating to the book.
Kerstner is a retired elementary school teacher and reading specialist. The program is for children in grade 3 or under. Admission is free. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-202-9579.
Renowned herbalist Robin Rose Bennett will lead a hands-on Medicinal Herb Preparation Workshop in the new Educational Greenhouse at Laurelwood Arboretum on Wednesday, October 7 from 3 pm to 5 pm. The arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Road West in Wayne. Participants will meet in the Knippenberg Center for Education.
Bennett is the founder of Wisewoman Healing Ways – Herbal Medicine and EarthSpirit Teachings. She is the author of The Gift of Healing Herbs and Healing Magic: A Green Witch Guidebook to Conscious Living.
“There is nothing quite as empowering as knowing how to make your own medicines,” says Bennet. “In this class, we will work with fresh (and some dried) herbs, making several types of tinctures, liniments, oils, infusions, vinegars, syrups, salves, decoctions, poultices, compresses, fomentations…and more.”
Admission to the workshop is $15. but free for FOLA members. There is a $10 materials fee. Participants will take home their own work. Registration is required for this program. To register, please send an email to email@example.com or call 973-202-9579.