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The New Jersey Calendar of Events

DIG IT! Garden Bus Trips and Events
Day and overnight bus trips to public gardens and private estates and museums.
May 2 - Bus Trip: Spring Flower Fling
Scranton to Delaware. Mt Cuba Center & Winterthur guided tours. $103. Questions & registration: FILLED!
May 13 - Bus Trip: Magical History Tour
Rockaway to Philadelphia. Bartram's Garden and Hedgleigh Spring, the private garden of Charles Cresson. Info here.
June 25 & 26 - Bus Trip: Pine Barrens
Where ecology & history meet horticulture. Sites include Franklin Park Reserve, Batsto Village, Sr Mary Grace Burns Arboretum at Georgian Court University and RareFind Nursery. Details coming soon. Questions?
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New Jersey Agricultural Society Events
New Jersey Department of Agriculture
NJ Agricultural Society or Kristina Guttadora at

NY/NJ Trail Conference Events
NYNJTC Headquarters
600 Ramapo Valley Rd.

Rutgers University Earth Center Events
Two free seminars feature overview and explanation of two composting techniques. All you need to get started are kitchen scraps or yard clippings, a compost bin and helpful tips from one of our upcoming workshops! If you’re planning to attend but don’t have a compost bin, call Division of Solid Waste before the workshop for a list of available compost bins. Then pick up your pre-purchased bin on day of the workshop.
Wednesdays Now thru June - Rutgers 2019 Eards Program 9:30-12:30
Classes offered by Rutgers Cooperative Extension. Program designed to explain and analyze environmental issues affecting NJ. Using science, teamwork and natural resources, Stewards will create plans to face problems head-on. You don’t have to be a scientist - all you need is passion for environment, learning and volunteering. Registration, payment and program details for individuals or municipalities.
Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County
EARTH Center
Davidson's Mill Pond Park
42 Riva Ave
South Brunswick

Gardeners of Somerset Valley Garden Club Events
At North Branch Reformed Church

Van Vleck House & Gardens Events
April 13 - A Sensory Celebration 1-4
In recognition of Autism Awareness Month, explore Van Vleck gardens using your senses as your guide. Activity stations throughout property and in education center focus on textures, smells, shapes, colors found in natural world. Open to families. Suggested donation of $10 per family.
April 14 - Music and More Concert 2-3:30
In the living room of Van Vleck House, performance by Montclair State University's Encore Musical Theater. Seating on a first-come, first-served basis. Free concert.
Suggested donation: $10.
April 16 - Eco-Friendly Yard Care 7-8:30
Join Gray Russell, Sustainability Officer, Township of Montclair, for discussion on environmentally-friendly yard care as simple and effective way to improve lawns and gardens, and healthier for family, neighborhood, and regional ecosystem. Registration deadline: April 9. Registration required
April 27 - Dawn Chorus Birding Hike for Adults 6:15 - 7:15
Walk thru gardens at sunrise. During spring, many birds migrate overnight so that when the sun first comes up, they need to call out to other birds for many reasons. Want to know more? Come with binoculars. Meet at front gate. Registration required.
May 3 thru 6 - 15th Annual Van Vleck Plant Sale
May 2 at 5:30: Fête de Fleurs Preview Cocktail Party and hors d'oeuvres on the terrace and gain advance access to plants and blooms available at the sale. Fee. More Info:
June 7,8 - 20th Annual Roses to Rock Gardens Tour
Find hidden gems in Montclair and Glen Ridge private gardens at annual self-guided garden tour. Tickets available on soon.
Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck Street

Deep Cut Orchid Society Events
Deep Cut Orchid Society
Info & RSVP:

New Jersey Botanical Garden Events
Month of April - Haiku in the Garden
In celebration of National Poetry Month, the Haiku Poets of the Garden State present haiku poetry. The poems placed around the garden are original works. Haiku is a form of Japanese poetry which often features nature and the seasons as a subject.
April 20, May 4, 18 - Early Spring Wildflower Walk 1
Native wildflowers among first in season. Join NJBG wildflower expert Darlene Nowak to check out early spring bloomers in Wildflower Garden and explore different terrains and plants that inhabit them. Meet at Carriage House Visitor Center. Rain cancels. A $5 donation requested. May 18 also at 10. In May, different group of plants in flower, including a spectacular collection of Japanese primroses along the Wildflower Garden’s streams.
April 28 - Joys of Birding: Birding for Beginners 1
Don Torino, Bergen County Audubon Society, shows how to identify birds, use field guides and best optics for birding. After presentation, Don leads walk around the Gardens to use your newly learned skills (weather permitting). Free. Meet at Carriage House Visitor Center. Rain cancels. Info, contact Don Torino at 201-230-4983 or
New Jersey Botanical Garden
Ringwood State Park
2 Morris Road

Morven Museum & Garden Events
Info: 609-924-8144

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (FOFA)Events
April 27 - Great Plantings for Small Gardens 11-Noon
Steve Kristoph, Adjunct Prof., Rutgers University and nursery owner, talks about well-behaved small trees and shrubs, both native and non-native, that dazzle. Many will be available at plant sale the following weekend. Fee.
April 11 - Make and Take Workshops - Early Spring Container Garden 7-8
Catherine Allison, MCPC Hort Program Specialist shows how to plant spring flowering bulbs and pansies to create a colorful arrangement of flowers to bring home. Fee. Please call 973.326.7601 for information and registration.
April 13 - Dealing with Deer in your Landscape 9
Veronica Dengler speaks on plants unpalatable to deer and other critters we battle in our gardens. She offers advice on effective defensive barriers. We’ve put together a day filled with gardening ideas featuring expertise of Rutgers Master Gardeners of Morris County. Each talk is eligible for 1.0 Rutgers Master Gardener CEU. Free, but registration requested.
May 3 thru 5 - The 24th Annual Friends Plant Sale 9-4
Lots of free programs with modest fees geared towards novice gardeners and collectors. Volunteers needed! Check the website here for plant lists, planting recommendations, how to volunteer. Exclusive shopping for members May 3, 4-7. Master Gardeners and other plant advisors on hand.
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
53 East Hanover Avenue
Morris Township (across from the County Library)
973-326-7603 or or

The Garden Conservancy
Open Days Program
Rain or shine. $10 per garden.
April 27 - Mountsier Garden in Nutley 10-4
Garden of Silas Mountsier and Graeme Hardie, 205 Rutgers Place, Nutley. A portion of proceeds shared with Essex County Master Gardeners. Early spring is best time to see strong bones and thousands of spring bulbs. For 23 years, landscape architect Richard Hartlage worked with Mountsier and Hardie. Strolling garden offers places to sit, rest the eye and contemplate vast collection of art, common and rare plants, galvanized steel viewing platform embedded in hornbeam hedge, and berm planted in 10,000 bamboo grasses.
The Garden Conservancy
11 Old Post Road
Cold Spring
Information: The Garden Conservancy: 845-265-2029

Montclair History Center Events
Montclair History Center
110 Orange Road

Women Gardeners of Ridgewood Events
April 10 - Gardeners Day 11
Lecture: Garden as if the World Depends on Us, a lecture by award-winning horticulturalist and author, Tovah Martin. Shopping, plant sale and light lunch, lecture at 12:30 followed by Q&A and book-signing. Tickets: $25/advance, $30/door. Check website for more info. Held at The Old Paramus Reformed Church, 660 East Glen Avenue, Ridgewood, NJ.
Women Gardeners of Ridgewood
P.O. Box 357
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
Info and tickets: 201-560-9977 or

NJ Department of Agriculture Events
NJ Department of Agriculture

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

Willowwood Arboretum Events
Willowwood Arboretum
300 Longview Road
Chester Township, NJ 0793

Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum Events
April 7 thru 28 - William Paterson University Student Art Exhibit 12-4
Nature-inspired exhibition of art by students. Opening Reception: April 7, 2:30-4. Free and open to public.
Laurelwood Arboretum
725 Pines Lake Drive West (entrances at Vale Road and Pines Lake Drive
973-202-9579, or

Colonial Park Gardens Events
Somerset County Parks Commission
Colonial Park
156 Mettlers Road
Somerset (Franklin Township)

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.
The Atrium
40 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank
Information, contact: Judy Alberse, 732-708-1023,
Bordentown Historical Society Events
Bordentown Historical Society Museum
302 Farnsworth Avenue

Genesis Farm Community Supported Garden Events
CSG at Genesis Farm
41 B Silver Lake Road
(908) 362-6735

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

Reeves-Reed Arboretum Events
Reeves-Reed Arboretum
165 Hobart Avenue
Summit, (908) 273-8787 x 1010

Tri-State Hosta Society Events 908-213-8780

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

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

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,

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

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

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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