Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will host free Summer Highlights guided tours of Laurelwood Arboretum on Sunday, July 24, at 2 p.m. Tours will begin at the Knippenberg Center for Education, which is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
“The beautiful Sensory Garden is coming into full bloom, and there are lovely annuals and perennials in bloom throughout the arboretum in the summer months,” said Bonnie Joachim, Tour Guide Chairperson. “Everyone can enjoy the park’s displays in a walk led by our knowledgeable tour guides.” A motorized vehicle is available for those who find the walk difficult.
Six-year-old Chloe enjoyed reading to the therapy dogs at the Children Reading to Dogs program at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum. The program, sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, is free and open to children from 5 to 10 years of age. All children must be accompanied by an adult. The program will be held at Laurelwood again on Sunday, August 14. For information, please call 973-831-5675 or send an email to email@example.com.
On Wednesday, July 20th, at 3 p.m., Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will host Gardeners’ Journal, a monthly discussion group on interesting and timely gardening topics. The discussions, which are free and open to the public, will take place at the Knippenberg Center for Education, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road, Wayne. Journal meetings may be eligible for Master Gardener credits. The Gardeners’ Journal is held the third Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. from April to November. No membership or subscription required to attend.
Renowned gardening expert Kerry Ann Mendez will be featured at a joint meeting of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) and the Master Gardener Association of Passaic County (MGAPC) on Sunday, July 17, at 2 p.m. The title of her talk will be “Small Gardens, Big Attitudes.” The meeting will be held at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood, 725 Pines Lake Road West in Wayne. Admission is free for FOLA and MGAPC members and $5.00 for the general public.
A Kerry Ann Mendez garden in Maine.
Kerry Ann Mendez is an award-winning author, speaker, and garden designer. She has presented programs in 17 states around the country at sites that include the U. S. Botanic Gardens, the New Jersey Botanical Gardens, the Philadelphia Flower Show, Springfest Flower and Garden Show in New Jersey and dozens of garden clubs and horticultural societies. Her garden designs have been featured on HGTV and in magazines that include Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate, and Better Homes and Gardens. She is the author of three books about gardening.
This joint FOLA/MGAPC meeting will also provide an opportunity for both organizations to explain their missions and programs. The Master Gardener Association promotes community awareness and participation in programs related to horticulture. The organization offers classes to prepare interested participants for Master Gardener certification. Master Gardeners are trained volunteers who assist Rutgers in its mission to deliver horticulture programs and information.
Classes are held Thursday mornings, September through May, in Wayne. Anyone with an interest in gardening and a commitment to volunteer service can become a Master Gardener. Call 973-305-5740 for more information.
Dr. Marty Becker, Professor of Earth and Environmental Science at William Paterson University, will be the featured speaker on Wednesday, July 13, at 4 p.m. at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive, Wayne. The program is free and open to the public. Dr. Becker specializes in paleontology, geology and earth science at William Paterson, and is a popular professor whose classes are reportedly very entertaining.
“There is much to learn about the unique geology of Laurelwood Arboretum and the surrounding area,” said Elaine Fogerty, the arboretum’s executive director. “The geology of the area determines what grows and flourishes at Laurelwood, and what poses difficulties for our gardening staff. It will be very interesting to learn more about this unique geologic history.”
For the second consecutive year, a volunteer crew of Columbia Bank employees spent an afternoon at Laurelwood Arboretum weeding, mulching, planting and helping to beautify the 30-acre park. “We were delighted to welcome this hardworking team,” said Elaine Fogerty, the arboretum’s executive director. “While we have a small staff to maintain Laurelwood Arboretum, we rely on volunteers to help improve, restore and beautify our public garden. On-site volunteer opportunities are every Tuesday and Friday mornings, 9 a.m. to noon, and we welcome individuals and groups.”
Children and therapy dogs will be brought together in a heart-warming program at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Road, Wayne on Sunday, July 10, at 2 p.m. The program, which is sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA), is free and open to children from 5 to 10 years of age. All children must be accompanied by an adult.
Therapy dogs Valor and Polly.
The visiting dogs are certified with Bright and Beautiful Therapy Dogs of New Jersey, Inc. and serve regularly in the Wayne area, helping children learn to read and visiting with senior citizens.
Children may bring their own books and sit comfortably on blankets with the dogs. They can see the positive effect their reading has on the animals, who look like they’re listening.
“The best part is that the dogs don’t judge or criticize a child’s reading. They just sit and listen,” said Linda DeYoung, who owns a shetland sheepdog named Polly, who is a therapy dog. “It’s an excellent confidence builder, and because this program works with only certified therapy dogs, kids who have a fear of dogs learn to trust their four-legged friends.”
The program is the first in a series of three Reading to Dogs programs at the Knippenberg Center. It will also be held on Sunday, August 14, and Sunday, October 9. For information, please call 973-831-5675 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) is hosting an Alice in Laurelwood Tea Party for Grownups on Sunday, June 26, at 2 p.m. at 725 Pines Lake Drive West. This fanciful “FUNdraiser” will feature tea, sandwiches and crumpets, fabulous raffle items, door prizes, favors, surprise guests and laughs. Hats and dress up are encouraged.
Tickets are now available for a donation of $40 to FOLA. Proceeds will benefit children’s programs at the arboretum. To order tickets, send a check to FOLA, PO Box 2433, Wayne, New Jersey 07474-2433, or call 973-841-5675 to charge tickets.
Girl Scout Troop 95152 recently toured Laurelwood Arboretum and then participated in a seed planting workshop in the Educational Greenhouse led by Sara McHugh and Margaret Kerstner, members of the Board of Directors of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA). To request a tour for a group or troop, send an email to email@example.com or call 973-731-5675.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will host free Spring Bloom tours of Laurelwood Arboretum on Sunday, June 5, 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. “This is the peak time for rhododendrons in bloom,” said Bonnie Joachim, Tour Guide Chairperson. “Everyone can enjoy the park’s brilliant display in a walk led trained tour guides.” A motorized vehicle is available for those who find the walk difficult.