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 →
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.