More than 85 people gathered at Laurelwood Arboretum on Sunday, July 19 to celebrate the dedication of the Knippenberg Center for Education. Officials from Wayne Township, Passaic County and the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce joined Alice Moskowitz, president of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA), vice president Jim McHugh, and Michael Rubin, Trustee of the John F. and Dorothy Knippenberg Charitable Trust, in cutting the ribbon for the opening of the new facility.
Cutting the ribbon for the dedication of the Knippenberg Center for Education are, from left, Passaic County Freeholders John Bartlett and Terry Duffy; Kathleen Alexander, a director of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce; Alice Moskowitz, president of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA); Wayne Mayor Christopher Vergano; Barbara Schroeder, a director of the Tri-County Chamber of Commerce; Michael Rubin, Trustee of the John F. and Dorothy Knippenberg Charitable Trust; Jim McHugh, vice president of FOLA and immediate past president; and Councilwoman Nadine Bello.
A large and enthusiast group that included a brownie troop joined renowned herbalist Robin Rose Bennett for a medicinal weed walk through Laurelwood Arboretum. The young brownies were very attentive and asked excellent questions.
Master Gardener Dr. Edith Wallace shared her experiences with a group of tour guides in training at Laurelwood Arboretum. To volunteer as a guide, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-202-9579. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum offers training and information to anyone who is interesting in volunteering as a guide.
Mrs. Elizabeth Alves (front row, right) and her Student Council from the Benway School in Wayne recently volunteered at Laurelwood Arboretum. They pulled weeds, planted annuals and perennials and mulched to beautify an area near the arboretum’s pond. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum welcomes volunteers who are interested in helping maintain this extensive property.
Laurelwood Arboretum has a handsome new sign marking its entrance, thanks to the generous donations of the Pines Lake Garden Club and the Pines Lake Woman’s Club. Pictured at the sign are, on the left, Nancy Fadynich, president of the Pines Lake Garden Club and Rosa Ruffini, on the right, vice president of the Pines Lake Woman’s Club.
Winners of the Container Plant Raffle sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) at Wayne Day were, from left, Cat and Sheryl Olson. The planter was designed by FOLA board member and volunteer Sara McHugh. Members of the organization were on hand at the FOLA booth to tell Wayne Day visitors about the beautiful 30-acre Wayne Township public park, which is open daily from 8 am to dusk.