Wayne’s Laurelwood Arboretum has been awarded Level II Accreditation by The ArbNet Arboretum Accreditation Program and The Morton Arboretum, for achieving particular standards of professional practices deemed important for arboreta and botanic gardens. Level II criteria include having a minimum of 100 species, varieties or cultivars of trees or woody plants; having a defined collections policy; and supporting enhanced educational and public programs relating to trees. Laurelwood is also now recognized as an accredited arboretum in the Morton Register of Arboreta, a database of the world’s arboreta and gardens dedicated to woody plants.
“ArbNet Accreditation has been a goal of ours for quite some time,” said Linda E. Ransom, President of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum. “Our Plant Collection Management Committee, led by Betty Montagne, worked diligently for the past several years identifying, cataloging and tagging our special collections of trees, rhododendrons and native plants and built our collections database with 1,600 separate listings to date. And our Community Outreach Chair Bonnie Joachim spearheaded public programs and tours that offered educational opportunities in horticulture to our community. As a volunteer organization, we are proud of this accomplishment.” Continue reading →
Adi and his father, Balaji, installing a duck box onto a pole
Birds, bats and other beneficial pollinators have special homes at Laurelwood Arboretum, thanks to Eagle Scout candidate Aadhithyaram Balaji. Adi, a member of Troop #108 in Wayne, constructed and installed 12 nesting boxes in carefully selected locations throughout the arboretum. It is part of his personal effort to welcome and conserve New Jersey’s native wildlife.
Adi is an incoming freshman at Wayne Hills High School. In middle school, he was actively involved in scouting, school musicals, band, and art and received the Presidential Academic Achievement Award. When not on camping trips, he likes to listen to Frank Sinatra and play the piano.
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With cell phone in hand, visitors to Laurelwood Arboretum can learn about the history and plantings of this unique natural park. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum now offers a self-paced cell phone tour to guide people from the Knippenberg Center fir Education along many of the arboretum’s scenic paths, through natural and designed spaces, and back to the center. At each of the 19 tour stops they can hear details of the history and horticulture of this special place.
The cell phone tour takes about one hour to complete, depending on the visitor’s walking pace and interests. A brochure with instructions on how to access the tour can be found at the Notice Board adjacent to the Pines Lake Drive parking area. The full script of the cell phone tour is also posted on the website www.laurelwoodarboretum.org. along with instructions on how to access the tour by phone.
The Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum cell phone tour was made possible by a generous donation from the Ira A. Roschelle, MD Family Foundation.
The Sculpture Trail, sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, has installed “Oxidized Pod” a welded work by artist Robert Koch. The sculpture, which can now be seen along Brook Road in the arboretum, is the second in a series of works of art to be featured by the Sculpture Trail project. The striking 72-inch sculpture, fabricated from steel rebar rods that have been welded together, is designed to capture the organic movements found in nature, In works such as this, Koch seeks to challenge the inherent behavior of the rigid material to capture the movements of a leaf in the wind, the swaying of reeds, or even the split second a seed begins to germinate. Continue reading →
Silent Auction item Rods and Squares by Sculptor Robert Koch
The official kick-off celebration for The Sculpture Trail at Laurelwood Arboretum will be held on Sunday, March 22 from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Broadfoot & Broadfoot gallery — A Collection of Fine Art, located at 819 Main Street in Boonton, New Jersey. Art and nature lovers are invited to welcome spring in this unique gallery setting. The event will feature live music performed by Grant Swift, an acclaimed vocalist and guitarist. Guests can enjoy delectable hors d’oeuvres and desserts, varietal wines and craft beer while surrounded by contemporary art and sculpture. Free parking is available at the Plane Street Municipal lot, directly across the street from the gallery. Continue reading →
The kick-off event for The Sculpture Trail at Laurelwood Arboretum will be held on Saturday, March 22 from 2 pm to 5 pm at the Broadfoot & Broadfoot Gallery, 819 Main Street in Boonton, New Jersey. Guests can shake off the winter doldrums with live music, drinks, hors d’oeuvres and contemporary art at one of New Jersey’s premier art galleries.
The March kickoff is the first in a series of fundraisers for The Sculpture Trail. Advance-purchase tickets for the reception are $50 (per person) or $60 at the door. Early registration is suggested, as space is limited. Tickets can be purchased online at www.laurelwoodarboretum.org/scultpure-trail-tickets Continue reading →
Tickets are now on sale for a special event to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Earth Day—a talk by Douglas Tallamy, Professor of Entomolgy and Wildlife Ecology at the University of Delaware and best-selling author of Bringing Nature Home. He will be the guest speaker at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive, Wayne on Sunday, April 19 at 2:30 pm.
Tallamy will discuss the dire consequences of habitat destruction and how individuals can help reverse this alarming trend by providing a welcoming environment for wildlife. The program is hosted by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum. Tickets are $30 for members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and $55 for non-members (includes a 1-year membership). Space is limited, and early purchase of tickets is recommended. To purchase ticets, go to www.laurelwoodarboretum.org
Tallamy’s widely acclaimed book, Bringing Nature Home, awakened thousands of readers to an urgent situation: wildlife populations are in decline because the native plants they depend on are fast disappearing, The book was awarded the 2008 Silver Medal by the Garden Writers’ Association, Tallamy’s new book, Nature’s Best Hope: A New Approach to Conservation that Starts in Your Yard, takes the next step and outlines his vision for a grassroots, homegrown approach to conservation by turning backyards into conservation corridors that are essential for the wellbeing of wildlife and, ultimately, humankind.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers are decorating the Center Hallway at historic Skylands Manor for the annual Holiday Open House, sponsored by the Skylands Association of the New Jersey Botanical Garden. This year’s overall theme is Holiday Fantasy! Skyland Manor will be decorated floor-to-ceiling to create a warm and welcoming start to the holiday season.
A group of more than 25 Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers, under the direction of Georgette Moesch, are creating The Enchanted Forest and have been busy fashioning handcrafted fairies and fairy houses for the Center Hallway. The Enchanted Forest lies deep in the primeval forest, with enchanted fairies and nature spirits amidst the laurel, moss and pines. Legend has it that if one should find oneself in such a place and is very quiet, one just might catch a glimpse of them dancing and hear their magical song.
The Great Hall will be aglow with iridescence and sparkle. Several additional Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers are decorating the Main Fireplace in the Great Hall with wood creations, dried and painted hydrangeas and unusual greenery.
The Holiday Open House can be visited from December 5 through December 8 from 10 am to 4 pm daily. An evening reception is scheduled for Saturday, December 7 from 6 pm to 8 pm, with reservations required. For information go to www.njbg.org or call 973-962-9534.
Features a Showing of “Laurelwood Arboretum,” an excerpt from the Documentary Hills and Valleys: A Journey Through Wayne, NJ.
Brickhead Iyemoja by sculptor James Tyler. Iyemoja, a deity from West Africa, is the protector of all women, governing childbirth, conception, love, and healing. Photo by Lorraine Meyer
The Annual Meeting of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will be held on Sunday, November 10 at 2 p.m. in the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road West, Wayne. All members, as well as guests and members of the public, are invited to attend.
In addition to a review of the past year and other business, the meeting will feature a showing of “Laurelwood Arboretum,” an excerpt from the film Hills and Valleys: A Journey Through Wayne, NJ, a documentary by Paul Bastante of Silk City Films.
There will also be a presentation about a new project that Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is embarking on for the benefit of the arboretum: TheSculpture Trail. The second in our multi-year series Art at the Arboretum, The Sculpture Trail will be an installation of 15 sculptures by prominent artists that will be carefully placed around the arboretum to enhance the landscape. Chaired by our pro bono attorney Stuart Reiser and his wife Leslie and curated by Broadfoot & Broadfoot, a fine art gallery in Boonton, NJ, The Sculpture Trail will unite the beauty of our surroundings with the artistry of sculptors whose pieces are in the collections of major art institutions around the country. Continue reading →
The popular exhibit of oil paintings by César Jerez at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum has been extended to November 10. Admission is free, and the public is invited to attend. The Knippenberg Center is open Tuesdays through Sundays from 12 noon to 4 p.m.
Jerez, a longtime New Jersey resident, was raised in Montclair and now lives in Butler. He graduated from William Paterson University and then studied at the Art Students League in New York City and at the Ridgewood Art Institute in New Jersey. Jerez travels to sketch and paint landscapes and seascapes from Maine to Hawaii and from Spain to the Dominican Republic, where he was born. He uses light effects in his plein-air paintings to create a sense of distance and drama while capturing both the weather conditions and the specific time of day. He paints often at Laurelwood Arboretum.