Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon on Saturday, March 14. The program featured a talk and slide show about Native Plant Gardens, presented by FOLA’s Executive Director, Elaine Fogerty. Ms. Fogerty was formerly County Agricultural Assistant, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Passaic County and has taught many of the Master Gardener classes.
“We are very proud of our dedicated group of volunteers who have put in so many hours in the gardens and greenhouses of Laurelwood Arboretum, as well as those who serve on the FOLA Board of Directors,” said FOLA’s president, Alice Moskowitz. “In the 8 years since 2007, FOLA volunteers contributed a total of 82,798 hours of work in the arboretum. This translates into an estimated value to the community of $2,098,726.”
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum opened its 2015 membership year with a talk at the Wayne Public Library on, “Medicinal Plants of the Civil War” given by Dr. Lesley Parness. Dr. Parness is Superintendent of Horticultural Education at the Morris County Park Commission and president of the Garden State Gardens Consortium.
Dr. Parness quoted General Ulysseys S. Grant as saying, “I will not move my army without onions.” This reflects the importance of plants in treating the sick and wounded during the Civil War. “The books known as Medicinal Botanies revolutionized plant-based medicine of the period and brought about the rise of today’s giant pharmaceutical companies,” she said. The illustrated texts, used by physicians in both the Union and Confederate armies, described the properties, uses, preparation and administration of a wide variety of plants. Continue reading →
This spring, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will dedicate the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum. This beautiful new building will welcome visitors and host a menu of educational programs and activities for the Wayne community. The complex will include an educational greenhouse and Native Plant Demonstration Garden to enhance the opportunities for innovative programs and activities.
FOLA has launched a fundraising campaign in conjunction with the upcoming dedication. “This is our first major effort to reach out to area businesses for support,” said Alice Moskowitz, FOLA President. “We are looking forward to hosting many exciting educational programs and acitivites for the community at the Knippenberg Center.” Continue reading →
Members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) elected a new slate of officers for 2014-2016 at the November 17 annual meeting. They are: Alice Moskowitz, president; Jim McHugh, first vice president; Dawn Healey, second vice president; Carol Huber, recording secretary; and John Hegranes, treasurer. Elected to the Board of Directors were Alex Fadynich, Sara McHugh, Barbara Hegranes, Ruth Hayden, Margaret Kerstner, Bill Mains, Roland Reynolds, Ray Vanaria and Rick Wild.