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The New Jersey Calendar of Events

DIG IT! Garden Bus Trips and Events
Thursday, February 22 - Bus Trip: CT Flower and Garden Show 8am Sharp to 9:30-ish
Snow Date: Saturday, February 24. Three acres of naturalistic, low maintenance, native, organic, herb and pollinator gardens; more than 300 marketplace vendors and 13 free seminars will fill your day with a Breath of Spring. Federated Garden Clubs of CT presents Advanced Standard Flower Show with 250+ juried entries. Bus leaves Rockaway Townsquare Mall, Rt. 80, Rockaway Township, NJ. COST: $75 if payment is received by Feb.5; $80 after Feb.5. Fee includes bus, tip, show admission Registration is here. Mail with payment.
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Questions: Mary at 973-570-0759 or

NJ Botanical Garden Events
Skylands, the New Jersey State Botanical Garden in Ringwood, is a former country estate, a unique botanical and architectural gem featuring elegantly landscaped grounds, historic buildings, and a vast collection of unusual plant species from around the world.
January 20 - Presentation: Landscape Design at Skylands: A Historical Perspective 10
Presented by Head Landscape Designer Rich Flynn in the Carriage House Visitor Center. All are welcome. $5 donation requested.
New Jersey Botanical Gardens
Ringwood State Park
2 Morris Road

Colonial Park Gardens Events
February 10 - Lecture: Josephine - The Empress Gardened 11-12:30
Rain date: February 17. Garden Historian Lesley Parness presents an exciting lecture about French Empress Josephine, whose fine taste informed 18th/19th century style, from couture fashion to interior design based on her Caribbean heritage, her narrow escape from the guillotine, and her legendary love for flowers. Parness's 5 decades of travel, studies and work provide a rewarding context for her love of plants. Retired as Superintendent of Horticultural Education, Morris County Park Commission.
Somerset County Parks Commission
Colonial Park
156 Mettlers Road
Somerset (Franklin Township)

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum Events
February 1 - Frelinghuysen Arboretum Gesneriad Society 7:30
Slide show from the 2017 Gesneriad Society annual convention flower show in Omaha, NE.
February 3 - Benjamin Blackburn Scholarship Lecture by Ken Druse 1-3
For members only or become one now! Snow Date Sunday, February 4. Lecture: The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change by Ken Druse. Presentation includes moving images, photos and Druse's experiences with suffering from and adapting to the new world’s garden. Scholarship is offered to students in Landscape Technology Program at County College of Morris. Eligible for 2 Rutgers Master Gardener CEUs. Fee. Register by January 28. Book signing, light refreshments follow.
February 10 - Valentine’s Flower Arranging Workshop 1-3
Snow date: February 13, 6:30-8:30. Floral Designer Marge Hulstrunk teaches how to create your own special long-stemmed bouquet arranged in a vase. Fee. Register by February 3
February 10 - Mathilda's Tea: Tally Ho! 10-Noon
Ages 6 & up with adult. Learn about horses, their care, and carriages still on display at annual winter tea. Begin with a perfect winter brunch, an illustrated talk about the Frelinghuysen horses and carriages, make a hobby horse to ride and take a real horse and carriage ride! Fee.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
53 East Hanover Avenue
Morris Township (across from the County Library)
973-326-7603 or or

Navesink Garden Club Events
Meetings held the third Tuesday of each month and are open and free to public. We invite people interested in horticulture and design to join the club. Come to one or more of our monthly meetings. Meet everyone and learn what other interesting projects the club will be doing.
February 13 - Presentation: Decorating with Succulents 1
Alicia Vacchiano gives overview of perennial succulents, designed arrangements and fun and interesting ways to use succulents in the garden. Alicia is owner of Plant Design Events, President of Wall Township Garden Club, Membership Chairman in Garden Club of New Jersey and a Master Gardener. Open to public. Free.
The Atrium
40 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank
Information, contact: Judy Alberse, 732-708-1023,

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Events
January 17 - Intro to Square Foot Gardening 1-2
If you’ve been thinking of starting a garden or are considering redesigning an existing garden then this program is for you. Learn the basics about Square Foot Gardening and why this method is becoming so popular! Registration required. Fee.
February 7 - Helpful Vegetable Companions! 10-11
Learn which vegetables, herbs or flowers benefit each other when planted together. Fee.
February 21 - Children's Workshop: Garden Recipe Match Up! 4-5:30
Ages 5 to 10 pair recipes with what we'll grow this summer. Create and sample dishes to get excited about planting when weather warms. Recipes may include: Strawberry mint smoothies, Swiss chard frittata, perfect pesto. Registration is required. Fee.
March 17 & 28 - Please Stop Eating My Garden!
Learn creative ways to protect your garden from foraging animals. March 17, 11-12; March 28, 10-11 Fee.
March 17 - Children's Workshop: Sow and Sprout 9-10:30
Ages 5 to 10. Our seeds have arrived. Join us in greenhouse for seed starting project to make, take, and watch grow. Register your child for this creative hands-on planting activity. Fee.
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, (908) 273-8787 x 1010
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum Events
March 7 - Bus Trip to Philadelphia Flower Show 9:30 -
Cost: $70/person, includes the bus and admission to the show. Bus leaves promptly at 8:30 from Preakness Shopping Center, Wayne. Early registration is encouraged. Go to for a registration form and online registration. For additional information: 973-931-5675.
Laurelwood Arboretum
725 Pines Lake Drive West (entrances at Vale Road and Pines Lake Drive
973-202-9579, or

The Garden Conservancy
Open Days Program
Rain or shine. $7 per garden.
The Garden Conservancy
11 Old Post Road
Cold Spring
Information: The Garden Conservancy: 845-265-2029

Tri-State Hosta Society Eventsn 908-213-8780

Gardeners of Somerset Valley Garden Club Events
North Branch Church
203 Rt. 28

The Home Garden Club of Morristown Events
The Home Garden Club of Morristown

Garden Club R.F.D. Events
Meetings held the third Tuesday of each month and are generally free to interested individuals.
Garden Club R.F.D.
At Little Red School House
Corner of Middletown Lincroft & Dwight Roads
Meeting & Club info: June Smith at 732-671-9216

Montclair History Center Events
Montclair History Center
110 Orange Road

Leonard J. Buck Garden Events
Leonard J. Buck Garden
11 Layton Road
Far Hills
Info: 908 234-2677,

Cora Hartshorn Arboretum Events
Cora Hartshorn Arboretum
324 Forest Drive South
Short Hills, NJ 07078 (973) 376-3587

Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens Events Dawn to dusk
Internationally renowned as largest public iris garden in US with nearly 3,000 iris varieties (around 14,000 plants) that produce over 100,000 blooms. A living museum of botanical preservation with some varieties dating back to 1500s and is listed on both the State and National Registers of Historic Sites.
Essex County Presby Memorial Iris Gardens
474 Upper Mountain Avenue
Upper Montclair
973 783-5974

Willowwood Arboretum Events
Willowwood Arboretum
300 Longview Road
Chester Township, NJ 07931

Allentown Garden Club Events
Meetings held second Thursday, September thru May.
Allentown Garden Club
Allentown United Methodist Church
23 Church Street

Garden State Gardens Events
A Consortium of New Jersey’s Public Gardens seeks to increase the public’s awareness of and appreciation for the beauty and horticultural, educational, artistic and historic value of New Jersey’s public gardens.

Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge Events
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
4 Sawmill Road
Medford, NJ 08055
Info: 856-983-3329 ext 102,

Women Gardeners of Ridgewood Events
Old Paramus Reformed Church
660 E. Glen Avenue
Info and tickets: 201-560-9977 or

Native Plant Society of New Jersey Events
Trailside Nature Center, Mountainside NJ
Registration & Details:

Garden Club of Spring Lake Events
Garden Club of Spring Lake
Information 917-579-6213 or 732-449-0779

Morven Museum & Garden Events
Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton Street, Princeton
Reservations: 609-924-8144 x106, or

Van Vleck House & Gardens Events
Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck Street

Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council Events
Hours: Tuesday thru Friday: 9-3; Saturday 11-3
Sussex County Arts & Heritage Council
133 Spring Street
Newton, NJ 07860
Info: 973-383-0027,

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Assoc.Events
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Assoc.
31 Titus Mill Road

NJ Conservation Foundation Events
New Jersey Conservation Foundation
Bamboo Brook
170 Longview Road
Far Hills
908-234-1225, or

New Jersey Agricultural Society Events
NJ Agricultural Society or Kristina Guttadora at

Pinelands Preservation Alliance Events
Pinelands Preservation Alliance
Bishop Farmstead
17 Pemberton Road
609 859-8860 x 23,

Jersey Shore Rose Society Events
Monthly meetings start at 12:30 with Beginner Clinic with Consulting Rosarian; 1:30-3:30 Main Meeting with Activity. Free. Open to public. Refreshments served.
Jersey Shore Rose Society
At Kensington Court Living Facility
864 Shrewsbury Avenue
Tinton Falls
Printable maps, directions:
Info: 732-688-4282 or

Short Hills Home Garden Club Events
Short Hills Home Garden Club
Info: 973/761-7263,

Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County Events
EARTH Center
Davidson’s Mill Pond Park
42 Riva Ave.
South Brunswick

Master Gardeners of Sussex County Events
Master Gardeners Sussex County
127 Morris Turnpike, Newton
Info: 973-948-3040,,

Plainfield Garden Club Events
Plainfield Garden Club or

Chester Garden Club Events
Chester Garden Club
Info: 908-879-9959,
Chester Library - Larison Room
250 West Main Street

Central Sussex Garden Club Events
Fredon Municipal Building
443 Rt. 94
Fredon, 973-579-1537

Palisades Interstate Park Commission Events
Hikes held "drizzle or shine" - heavy or steady precipitation may cancel. To confirm on morning of hike if conditions seem questionable, call 201 768-1360 ext 107. Adults must accompany children.
Friends of the Palisades Interstate Park Commission
Bear Mountain

NJ Fish & Wildlife Events

Duke Farms Events
Duke Farms Foundation
80 Route 206 South
Info and to register: (908) 722-3700,

Hunterdon Hills Garden Club Events or Pat at 236-6666 or Barbara at 236-6621.

Grounds For Sculpture Events
Grounds For Sculpture
18 Fairgrounds Road

Rutgers Gardens Events
Rutgers Gardens
Rutgers University
112 Ryders Lane
New Brunswick

Sapienza Garden Events
Sapienza Gardens (located behind Pascack Valley High School off St. Nicholas Avenue)
80 Westdale Avenue
Info: 201-452-2131,

NJ American Society of Landscape Architects Events
More info:
Dean Cardassis, FASLA, Director of James Rose Center. Proceeds benefit restoration of Center. Questions to

Garden Club of Fair Haven Events
Fair Haven Fire House
River Road, Fair Haven
Further information: 732-842-7904

Hutcheson Memorial Forest Tours
Tours leave from entrance of the woods on Amwell Road (Rt. 514) in Somerset. Driveway is just past guardrail over the brook. Trail may be muddy so come prepared. Tours are free and reservations are not required for these guided tours. Groups of more than 10 persons must arrange special tours and contact Land Manager, Hutcheson Memorial Forest Center: 732-932-9349x16,
Hutcheson Memorial Forest
2150 Amwell Rd
Info: 732-932-3313,

Camden Children's Garden Events
Camden Children's Garden
3 Riverside Drive, Camden
856.365.TREE (8733),

Pequest Trout Hatchery Events
NJDEP Division of Fish & Wildlife
Pequest Trout Hatchery
605 Pequest Road
908-637-4125 or

Garden Club of Teaneck Events
Info: 201-694-7707.

Barton Arboretum & Nature Preserve of Medford Leas Events
Meadford Leas
One Medford Leas Way

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