This year’s Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum’s volunteer kickoff featured a talk by Dr. Heidi Tinter, PT, DPT, CSCS, of Paramus and Wayne Orthopedic Physical Therapy, on “How to Garden Without Injuring Yourself.” Dr. Tinter has a Doctorate of Physical Therapy from Columbia University and is also a gardening enthusiast. She shared the following tips with our volunteers.
Use a kneepad to cushion your knees
Raise one leg to a perpendicular position to reduce stress on your back
When working on the ground, move rather than reaching when you need to plant, get a tool, or pull a weed
Get up frequently to walk and stretch
When raking, step rather than reaching to work on a different patch
When trimming shrubs, work at shoulder height or below rather than reaching up
Squat when picking up a heavy object and keep it as close to your body as possible; try to bring it up to a step stool or something close to the ground before lifting it the whole way
Exercise before gardening to warm up your muscles; march in place, stretch, and take deep breaths to warm up your whole system
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) is planning a full schedule of activities and events for Pines Lake Day on Sunday, May 22, from 1 pm to 4 pm at 725 Pines Lake Drive in Wayne. All activities and events are free of charge and open to the public.
Pines Lake Day will begin at 1 pm with face painting and other fun activities for children. Also at 1 pm, Pines Lake homeowners are invited to a rhododendron identification booth where they can bring a photo or flower from rhododendrons they think might have originally come from Laurelwood. Dorothy Knippenberg was known to have given many rhododendrons from her gardens to friends and neighbors in the community. There will also be a Laurelwood Memory Board, where people can share their recollections and photos of Dorothy and John Knippenberg and of Laurelwood Arboretum’s earlier days.
At 2 pm, everyone is invited to learn “All About Butterflies” at a program presented by Rick Mikula, known as “The Butterfly Guy.” Mikula has been breeding butterflies and sharing his love of them for over 35 years. Both children and adults will enjoy his humorous and informative talk.
Mikula is President of Butterfly Rescue International and serves as consultant to the Association for Butterflies and the International Butterfly Breeders Association. He is the author of several books on butterflies including the award-winning, The Family Butterfly Book, The Butterfly Fandex and Garden Butterflies of North America. In addition, he has appeared on many TV shows including Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.
At 3 pm, FOLA’s volunteer tour guides will lead tours through the arboretum either on foot or on a mobility cart.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) is hosting its monthly Storytime program for children on Sunday, May 15, at 2 p.m. at the Knippenberg Center for Education, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive East in Wayne. The title of the program is, “How a Seed Grows.” The reading of the story will be followed by a hands-on activity.
The story and activities will be led by FOLA member Margaret Kerstner, who is a retired elementary school teacher and reading specialist. The program is for children in kindergarten through grade 3. Admission is free. Each child must be accompanied by an adult. For additional information, send an email to email@example.com or call 973-202-9579.
All those interested in photography are invited to a photo walk in Laurelwood Arboretum on Saturday, May 14, at 10 a.m. The arboretum is located at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
“Awaken your vision. Bring a camera, charged battery, memory card and walking shoes,” said Dawn Healey, Vice President, Essex Photo Club and a member of the Board of Directors of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA).
The photo walk, which is sponsored by FOLA, is free for members and $15 for nonmembers. It will be cancelled and rescheduled in case of bad weather. For information, please call 973-831-5675 or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Storybook visitors will be coming to Wayne when Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) hosts an Alice in Laurelwood Tea Party for Grownups on Sunday, June 26, at 2 pm 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. Seating is limited, so order tickets early by sending a check to FOLA, PO Box 2433, Wayne, New Jersey 07474-2433. For additional information, send an email to email@example.com or call 973-831-5675.
Daniel Ryniec with volunteers at Laurelwood Arboretum
Daniel Ryniec, curator of the lilac collection at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden and lilac expert at Skylands, the New Jersey Botanical Gardens, conducted an in-service training program for volunteers at Laurelwood Arboretum.
“Lilacs like naturally sweet or ‘limey’ soil—soil that is not too acidic with a pH of 6 to 6.5,” Ryniec said. “If lilacs do not flower, it may be that the soil is too wet or that they are not getting enough sun.” Six to eight hours of sunshine a day is best for lilac flower formation.
Another reason lilacs may fail to flower is if they are pruned in winter. “The best time to prune lilacs is AFTER they bloom, since these plants form their flower buds in the summer,” Ryniec said.
“Lilacs typically bloom around Mothers’ Day, and Laurelwood Arboretum is a great place to visit to see what is in bloom that time of year or to attend the annual plant sale the day before Mothers’ Day,” said Elaine Fogerty, Executive Director for Laurelwood Arboretum.
The plant sale will be on Saturday, April 7 from 9:30 am to 2 pm at 725 Pines Lake Drive West in Wayne.
Jim Wright speaking at the Knippenberg Center for Education at Laurelwood Arboretum. Photo by Dawn Healey.
Jim Wright, birding columnist for The Record, was the guest speaker at the Earth Day Open House at Laurelwood Arboretum sponsored by Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA). Wright spoke about the unique features and history of High Mountain Preserve, Wayne’s highest point. His presentation featured photos of the commanding views from the summit, as well as of the preserve’s unique plants, rock formations and birds. He also showed archival photos and talked about the history of High Mountain dating back to the Revolution when George Washington is said to have posted troops on the summit to observe British troop movements 20 miles in the distance.
The program was attended by more than 40 people and was followed by tours of the arboretum and a seed-planting activity for children in the Educational Greenhouse.
A hardworking group of Leos from the Lions Club of Wayne celebrated Earth Day by working at Laurelwood Arboretum. The group, made up of students from Wayne Valley and Wayne Hills High Schools, worked for hours to clear a large area of weeds with their leader, Al Ruffini, and Elaine Fogerty, Laurelwood’s executive director. The group posed with one of the mobility carts donated by the Lions Club to Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA).
Just in time for Mother’s Day, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will host its annual Plant Sale on Saturday, May 7, 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.
This year’s plant sale will feature a selection of high-quality annuals and perennials, container gardens, and beautiful hanging plants. There will also be native plants, Mother’s Day gifts for children to purchase, plants that attract butterflies, and unusual perennials. As always, there will be some special plants from the arboretum grown in the greenhouse from cuttings. A free Laurelwood tote back will be given with purchases of $60 or more.
At 12 noon, Elaine Fogerty, Executive Director of the arboretum, will give a tour of the new Native Plant Demonstration Garden. She will talk about how homeowners can incorporate native plants into their landscaping and will point out plants that help the environment by attracting pollinators, such as butterflies and birds
The Knippenberg Center for Education will be open during the hours of the plant sale. There will also be a membership table for those who wish to join FOLA or renew their membership. Members are entitled to a 10% discount on plants at the sale.
Volunteers tour guides will be on hand to lead tours of the arboretum. Laurelwood will be ablaze with colors, textures and aromas as the flowering trees, early spring bulbs and perennials burst into bloom. The arboretum features hundreds of varieties of azaleas and rhododendrons, including many unique hybrids. Dozens of native dogwoods, oakleaf and climbing hydrangeas, hostas, daylilies, lilacs, irises and other plants flower in May.
All proceeds from the plant sale will benefit FOLA.
To mark National Volunteer Month in April, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) honored 33 people who recorded 100 hours or more of volunteer work in the arboretum or on the Board of Directors or its committees.
At the annual Volunteer Kickoff in April, FOLA honored a group of 100-hour volunteers. Pictured from left, back row: Betty Montagne, Margaret Kerstner, Nancy Alexander, David Kooistra, Elaine Fogerty, Rick Wild, and Tom Hennessey. Front row: Carl Lukens, Sara McHugh, Kathy Hetherington, Bonnie Joachim, Jane Van Eeuwen, Barbara Hegranes, Jim McHugh, Alex Fadynich, Joan Scott-Miller, and Nancy Fadynich. Seated: Carol Huber, June Ra, Audrey Malec, Lillian Sayeg and Patricia Engrissei. Not in photo: John Crowell, Joe DiGiacomo, Ruth Hayden, Dawn Healey, John Hegranes, Gerri Lowry, Peter Lowry, Bill Mains, Alice Moskowitz, Jean Reynolds, and Roland Reynolds.
“With a small seasonal gardening staff for the arboretum, there is lots of work for volunteers to do,” said Laurelwood’s Executive Director Elaine Fogerty. “Our onsite volunteers help weed, mulch, prune and plant. Some also help with construction projects to maintain the bridges, paths, greenhouses and other structures.” Continue reading →