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 →
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 →
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 →