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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.
October 16 - Wave Hill & Donald M. Kendall Sculpture Garden 8:30-6ish
Stop 1: Donald M Kendall Sculpture Garden at PepsiCo World Headquarters for self-guided romp among the gardens and 45 large scale outdoor sculptures. Stop 2: Wave Hill: Catered lunch under the pergola with spectacular views of Hudson River and NJ Palisades. Guided garden walk and 2 hours to self-explore woodland, art exhibit in the gallery, gift shop with 10% off, and more of the gardens. $83. See more on website below. Register by October 5.
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New Jersey American Society of Landscape Architects Events
September 5, 6 - Natural Design Workshop
New Directions in the American Landscape's intensive, interactive, -day workshop provides concrete, real world guidance for designing and documenting all phases of native landscape development. Cosponsored by Rutgers University Department of Landscape Architecture and Cape May Plant Materials Center. Held in North Cape May.
Info: Sara Weaner, New Directions in the American Landscape, 510-518-0430,
New Jersey Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
414 River View Plaza

The Garden Conservancy
Open Days Program
Rain or shine. $10 per garden.
September 14 - 4 Gardens Somerset County
Hay Honey Farm, 130 Stevens Lane, Far Hills: Since 1989, extensive gardens have been added in a naturalistic manner, with respect for history and topography of the site and consistent with surrounding atmosphere of Pleasant Valley. Collections reflect diverse interests of owners and resident horticulturists: dwarf conifer /spring bulb garden, walled perennial border, hosta gardens, meadow, hayfields, a kitchen garden, woodland garden, mostly native wild garden. GARDEN EXTRA 11-2: Restoring Native Woodland Cover: Hilary Clayton leads walk through two woodlands to look at process of re-establishing native plant covers, what’s worked, what hasn’t.
Ellistan, Far Hills: in Essex hunt country with views of open fields and hills. A series of gardens around the house. A terrace as white garden. White wisteria and beds, 4 large beds surround central pool and surrounded, in turn, by arches and hedges. Penelope Hobhouse designs suggested planting more hedges to help link gardens. They continue to develop garden for continual color. Bird Haven Farm, 38 Hollow Brook Road, Pottersville: Barns, outbuildings, and original 19th-century stone house. Stone walls with concept of medieval village, hay meadows, orchard of heirloom apples and other fruit, boxwood bordered herb garden, vegetable and flower gardens, woodland walk with cascading ponds, mahonia and laurel glade, shrub border, grandchildren's oval garden. GARDEN EXTRAS: Ken Selody of Atlock Farm, will sell topiaries and other choice plants, and garden owner Janet Mavec will selling her Orchard Jewelry. EVENT at 3: Apples & Orchards – A Cider Party." Fee. Celebrate bounty of farm and orchard. Learn how to site, grow, prune apple trees, and best varieties. Make your cider to take home. Jardin de Buis, 129 Pickle Road, Pottersville: Complete renovation and expansion of 18th-century dairy farm on 35 acres. Gardens close to barn/house complex were structured around 3 courtyards formed by 4 barns, stone walls, boxwood. Formal sycamore and boxwood garden, thyme garden, pond and white garden, formal French potager surrounded by privet and fence. Greenhouse salvaged from Rutgers University designed around English-style orangery, boxwood collected globally, French formal boxwood gardens, English borders, informal play of trees and allées that merge the formal grid to more informal sense of an American country landscape. GARDEN EXTRA: Sale of exceptional boxwood cultivars. See some of it here.
The Garden Conservancy
11 Old Post Road
Cold Spring
Information: The Garden Conservancy: 845-265-2029

Morris Museum Events
Now thru November 3 - Nature’s Splendor: New Jersey Highlands Juried Art & Photography Exhibit
Organized by New Jersey Highlands Coalition, in association with Morris Museum, the 6th Juried Highlands Art exhibit once again incorporates paintings, drawings, photography, mixed-media and sculpture, which emphasize the wealth of natural and cultural resources found throughout the Highlands region. Held at:
Morris Museum
6 Normandy Heights Road

New Jersey Agricultural Society Events
New Jersey Department of Agriculture
NJ Agricultural Society or Kristina Guttadora at

Van Vleck House & Gardens Events
September 8 Music & More Concert Series 3-4:30
Kick-off season: noted flutist Jessica Valiente, faculty member of New School Jazz and Contemporary Music Dept. Performed at Carnegie Hall and other prestigious venues. Works by Bach, Telemann, Honegger, Enescu and Copeland. First-come, first-served. Suggested donation: $10/person.
September 20, October 4,18 - Garden to Table Cooking Class for Kids 4-6
Harvest produce from Edible Garden and prepare food while learning about gardening, nutrition and importance of eating locally. Journal in beautiful Van Vleck gardens. Registration required; space limited. For ages 8 to 11. Fee. Register: or 973-744-4752 ext 1.
September 21 - Birding Walk for Adults 9 to 10
Stroll at leisurely pace to see many bird species passing through and living here at Van Vleck. Binoculars optional, but recommended. Fee. Registration required.
September 25 - Gardening for the Birds 6:30-8pm
Topics: types of plants, bushes, trees for nesting, best food sources, supplementing plants already in your yard. Get ideas to create habitat for migrating and resident birds. Evening includes walk through the gardens to get inspiration and ideas. Fee. Registration required.
October 2 - Rain Garden Class 6:30-8:30
Amy Rowe, County Agent, provides information necessary to start your own rain garden. Discussion includes benefits of rain gardens, plant and site selection, tips on installation and maintenance. Fee. Deadline to register: September 27.
Van Vleck House & Gardens
21 Van Vleck Street

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

New Jersey Botanical Garden Events
New Jersey Botanical Garden
Ringwood State Park
2 Morris Road

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

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum Events
The Frelinghuysen Arboretum
53 East Hanover Avenue
Morris Township (across from the County Library)
973-326-7603 or or

Montclair History Center Events
Montclair History Center
110 Orange Road

Women Gardeners of Ridgewood Events
Women Gardeners of Ridgewood
P.O. Box 357
Ridgewood, NJ 07451
Info and tickets: 201-560-9977 or

Bordentown Historical Society Events
Bordentown Historical Society
302 Farnsworth Avenue, Bordentown, NJ 08505
Info: Patti at 609-410-6057 or

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

Rutgers University Earth Center Events
EARTH Center
Davidson's Mill Pond Park
42 Riva Ave
South Brunswick

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

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
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,

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
Info:, 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,

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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