Just in time for Mother’s Day, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will host its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 9, from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. The arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West (entrances at Vale Road and Pines Lake Drive) in Wayne. The plant sale will feature a selection of high-quality annual and perennial plants, container gardens and hanging plants. Also for sale will be some special plants grown in the greenhouse from cuttings of plants in the arboretum.
At 12 noon, Brian Coleman of the North American Rock Garden Society will demonstrate hypertufa trough planting in the beautiful stone troughs that he created and donated to the Knippenberg Center for Education at the arboretum. “I’ve been fascinated by hypertufa for ten years,” said Brian. “I think it’s where my fine-art sculpture background meets my love of plants and gardens.”
On the first volunteer Tuesday at Laurelwood Arboretum, a hardy group set to work clearing non-native plants from the area in front of the new Knippenberg Center for Education. Plants that can be saved will be moved to other locations in the arboretum, and the area will be replanted with those that are native to northern New Jersey.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) is creating a 6,000-square-foot Native Plant Demonstration Garden that will serve as landscaping for the Knippenberg Center and will also provide opportunities for educational programs. Interpretive signs will direct visitors around the garden, describing the plants, their value to the environment, and their role in home landscapes. FOLA’s Education Committee will work with Executive Director Elaine Fogerty to develop a variety of programs for children and adults that explain the role of native plants in the environment.