Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) has been awarded a grant in the amount of $20,000 from the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust for the development of a horticultural master plan for the arboretum development of educational programs for the public. Grant funds will be used in 2016 to increase the work schedule of Laurelwood’s Executive Director Elaine Fogerty from two days to four days per week. This will allow her to create a horticultural plan for the arboretum and design and execute new horticultural programs for children and adults.
This is the second grant awarded to FOLA from the California-based Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust. A grant was received last year for the design and construction of the arboretum’s Native Plant Demonstration Garden. FOLA depends on grants such as these to improve Laurelwood Arboretum and expand its menu of programs and activities for the community.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will sponsor a free “Beauty of the Season” tour on Sunday, December 13 at 12:30 pm at Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive West, Wayne. The tour, led by Master Gardener and FOLA board member Sara McHugh, will provide a unique view of the arboretum’s trees and overall landscape design. The public is invited to join on this last tour of the season at Laurelwood.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum’s Friday volunteers gathered at the pavilion on the last day of work for the season. From left, back row: John Crowell, Executive Director Elaine Fogerty, Tom Hennesey, Vice President Jim McHugh, Rick Wild, Hortucultural Manager Joan Scott-Miller, David Kooistra, Nancy Alexander and Deb Bryamt. Next row: Carol Huber, Jane Van Eeuwen, Lillian Sayeg, June Ra and Betty Montagne. In front: Prabha Sahasrabudhe. Volunteers work from April through October to help restore and improve Laurelwood Arboretum.
Members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) elected two new members to the Board of Directors, each for a one-year term. Ray Vanaria, a Certified Public Account with the firm of Malesardi, Quackenbush, Swift & Co. LLC. was elected treasurer. David Kooistra, who worked in the past for the Wayne Township Department of Parks and Recreation to help manage Laurelwood Arboretum, was elected to the FOLA board and will serve as site manager.
FOLA’s Past President Alex Fadynich and former board member Nancy Fadynich with a framed representation of the paver that was presented to them in recognition of their years of dedication to Laurelwood Arboretum.
President Alice Moskowitz presented outgoing board member Alex Fadynich and his wife Nancy with a Knippenberg Center patio paver in recognition of their many years of hard work and dedication to Laurelwood Arboretum. “Alex has been the site manager and on-the-ground construction worker, fixing bridges, walkways, machinery and pitching in to do whatever needed to be done,” said Moskowitz. “Alex and Nancy are the founders of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum and longtime friends of Dorothy Knippenberg. We owe them both a debt of gratitude for their dedication and hard work.” Continue reading →
The Annual Meeting of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will be held on Monday, November 18 at 7 p.m. in the Wayne Public Library Meeting Room, 461 Valley Road, Wayne. All FOLA members, as well as guests and members of the public, are invited to attend.
Alice Moskowitz, president of FOLA, will talk about this year’s accomplishments and report on the completion of the Knippenberg Center for Education, the Educational Greenhouse and the Native Plant Demonstration Garden. Elaine Fogerty, Executive Director, will discuss the horticultural status of Laurelwood Arboretum and the work that has been done by the volunteers. There will also be short presentations by FOLA committee chairpersons. At the conclusion of the meeting, there will also be an opportunity for people to ask questions and exchange ideas.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) hosted its annual Volunteer Recognition Luncheon this fall at the Knippenberg Center for Education. A highlight of the event was the dedication of the Native Plant Demonstration Garden, which serves as the landscaping for the Knippenberg Center.
Cutting the ribbon for the Native Plant Demonstration Garden at Laurelwood Arboretum are, from left, Jim McHugh, vice president Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA), Joe DiGiacomo, FOLA grants writer; Elaine Fogerty, Executive Director, Laurelwood Arboretum; and Alice Moskowitz, FOLA president. Photo by Carl Lukens.
FOLA President Alice Moskowitz thanked the dedicated volunteers who work so hard to keep Laurelwood beautiful and who help manage the FOLA organization. “We could not do it without you,” she said. “This has been a terrific year in terms of volunteering. We have a core group of volunteers every Tuesday and Friday, as well a number of new volunteers. When the final timesheets are counted we expect to have exceeded last year’s 10,000 volunteer hours.” Continue reading →
The new Educational Greenhouse at Laurelwood Arboretum was the scene of a hands-on workshop led by herbalist Robin Rose Bennett (standing in photo). Participants worked with fresh and dried herbs to make several types of tinctures, oils and infusions, which they were able to take home with them.
In an effort to continually upgrade Laurelwood Arboretum, a group of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) volunteers worked with the gardening staff to stabilize a bare soil bank on Ridge Road. They first placed felled tree trunks along the edge of the road and then anchored them with rebar. Then volunteer Tom Hennessey brought in his Deere 46 tractor to backfill the area with compost. The final step was to plant Vinca minor (also called periwinkle or myrtle) along a 100’ long by 10’ deep soil bank. “The new plantings were thoroughly watered and once established will retain the soil so that there is reduced soil runoff,” said FOLA’s Executive Director Elaine Fogerty.
Photo by Elaine Fogerty
Volunteers included June Ra, Jane VanEeuwen, Prahba Sahasrabudhe, Azalia Krasneperora, Lillian Sayeg, Marge Roukema, Audrey Malec, Linda Ransom, Gerry Lowry and Nancy Alexander. They worked alongside horticultural manager Joan Scott-Miller and gardeners Eddy Lantiqua and Felix Fernandez.
Volunteer days at Laurelwood Arboretum are every Tuesday and Friday from April to the end of October from 9 a.m. to noon, and drop ins are welcome. There is still work to be done to ready the arboretum for the winter. For information, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call 973-202-9579.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) will host a free Leaf Peeper Tour of Laurelwood Arboretum on Sunday, October 18 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. Enjoy the park’s display of fall colors in a walk led by members of the FOLA plant identification team. A motorized vehicle is available for those who find the walk difficult.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) is sponsoring a Storytime program for children on Sunday, October 11 at 2 pm at the Knippenberg Center for Education, Laurelwood Arboretum, 725 Pines Lake Drive East in Wayne. FOLA member Margaret Kerstner will read, “Why Do Leaves Change Color,” and lead some activities relating to the book.
Margaret Kerstner reading to a group of children at the September Storytime at Laurelwood Arboretum.
Kerstner is a retired elementary school teacher and reading specialist. The program is for children in grade 3 or under. 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.