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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.
February 22 - CT Flower & Garden Show
Bus leaves Rockaway Mall at 8:15 Sharp and returns 8:30-ish. Three acres of gardens and almost 440 vendors, 15 seminars to choose from. Cost: $69. First come; first served. More info here. Register here.
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NY/NJ Trail Conference Events
NYNJTC Headquarters
600 Ramapo Valley Rd.

Rutgers University Earth Center Events
Wednesdays January 23 thru June - Rutgers 2019 Environmental Stewards 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 donít have to be a scientist - all you need is passion for environment, learning and volunteering. Registration, payment and program details for individuals or municipalities available here: Registration deadline: Jan. 18. Program and materials fee: $250. Sessions taught by experts from Rutgers U, and non-profit and government organizations. Graduates complete 60-hour volunteer internship on any topic of their choice. Class topics include climate change, soil health, energy conservation, water resource protection, invasive species, wildlife management, habitat conservation, protecting pollinators, environmental policy, more. Field trips to environmentally significant sites around the state are included. More information: Michele Bakacs at or 732-398-5274.
February 7 - Program: RU Ready to Farm 8:30-4
Beginner Farmer Workshop during New Jersey Vegetable Growers Convention in Atlantic City. Program geared towards anyone interested in starting a farm, those new to farming and established farmers looking for new opportunities. Topics include:
Resources on NJ land availability ; Where to access capital; Shared experiences from successful farmers; How to assess potential farm properties; Effective marketing methods and promotion of farm products; Current organic and conventional agricultural regulations; Securing internship with organic or conventional farm. Master Gardeners eligible for 15% discount and 3 credits. There is 30% discount for FFA, YF&R members and undergraduates. To receive discount code contact Bill Hlubik at Bill is County Agent I / Professor and Director of RCE of Middlesex County and Earth Center.
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

Deep Cut Orchid Society Events
February 7 thru 10 - Orchid Show and Sale
Thursday - Saturday: 9-6; Sunday 9-4:30. Spectacular exhibits, competitions, guided tours and educational and orchid-themed workshops for enthusiasts of all levels. Learn about natureís most coveted and beguiling varieties of orchids and their culture. Orchid experts on hand to answer questions, plus raffles, vendors, orchids for sale. Free admission and parking. At Dearborn Marketís 11,000 sq. ft. greenhouse, 2170 Highway 35 South, Holmdel
Deep Cut Orchid Society
Info & RSVP:

New Jersey Botanical Garden Events
January 19 - Landscape Design at Skylands: A Historical Perspective 10
Head Landscape Designer Rich Flynn discusses NJBG, former country estate, featuring elegantly landscaped grounds, historic buildings, vast collection of unusual plant species from around the world. It was carefully designed by leading names in early 20th-century landscape architecture. In Carriage House. $5 donation requested.
New Jersey Botanical Garden
Ringwood State Park
2 Morris Road

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

Morven Museum & Garden Events
February 9 - Pressed Flower Workshop 11-2
Spend wintry afternoon as Victorian women, such as Harriet Stockton might have, and create pressed flower art with Morvenís Curator of Education Debra Lampert-Rudman. Learn ďlove languageĒ of flowers, suggestions for planning a pressing garden, and create valentine or notecard and beribboned bookmark of your design. All flowers, materials, and art instruction provided. No previous experience required. Space is limited, ages 12 and up. Fee.
February & March - Grand Homes & Gardens Distinguished Speakers Series 2019
Held in Morven's Stockton Education Centerís Gathering Space, series expands on Morvenís history as a grand home with centuries of impressive gardens. Speakers include: Kate Markert, Exec. Dir. Hillwood Estate Museum and Garden, Marjorie Merriweather Postís Washington, DC residence; Bill Thomas, Exec Dir Chanticleer Garden, Adolph and Christine Rosengartenís family retreat; Beth Allan, Morven Museum & Gardenís Curator of Collections and Exhibitions, and Peter Ham of Ham Landscape Gardens LLC; Gary Lawrance, co-author of Houses of the Hamptons 1880-1930.
February 21 - Living Artfully: Marjorie Merriwether Post's Hillwood Estate 6:30
One of wealthiest women in America when she inherited Postum company (later General Foods) at age 27 in 1914, Marjorie Merriweather Post became a pioneering business woman, art collector, philanthropist, and noted hostess. She created Hillwood at age 68, planning it as public institution upon her death. Exec Dir Kate Markert reveals how Post lived her artful life in 3 spectacular homes, Hillwood, TopRidge, and Mar-a-Lago, with world-class collections and exquisite gardens. Book-signing follows.
Morven Museum & Garden
55 Stockton Street, Princeton
Reservations: 609-924-8144 x106, or

The Friends of The Frelinghuysen Arboretum (FOFA)Events
February 2 - Benjamin Blackburn Scholarship Lecture
Snow Date: Sunday, February 3. Since 1979, FOFA has supported horticultural education through a scholarship named for Dr. Benjamin Blackburn. This year, Joan Maloof's lecture, Speaking for the Trees: The Importance of Old-Growth Forests, is timely, fascinating, important. Joan is Professor Emeritus at Salisbury University and founded the Old-Growth Forest Network to preserve, protect and promote the countryís few remaining stands of old-growth forest. She spends her time lecturing, writing, visiting forests, assisting private landowners and supporting local groups trying to protect community forests from development. Admission fees support the scholarship offered to students in Landscape and Horticultural Technology Program at County College of Morris. Book signing and light refreshments follow.
February 10 - Lecture: Suitable for Framing: A Womanís Place in Botanical Art & Scientific Illustration 1-3
Snow date: February 23. 17th-20th century women contributed greatly to the world of botanical art and scientific illustration. Lesley Parness discusses women who ďbroke the glass (house) ceilingĒ with their beautiful, extraordinary accomplishments and brave, often controversial decisions. Following lecture, view exhibit of Womenís Botanical Art and Scientific Illustration from Elizabeth Donnell Kay Rare Book Collection. Fee.
February 17 - Fig Trees, Care and Maintenance 1-2:30
Bill Muzychko has developed a system that not only extends the growing season but also encourages rapid growth of fig trees. Learn how he does it and how to care for these beautiful trees. Fee.
February 24 - Letís Talk Design 1-2:30
Learn how to create a beautiful landscape by following a few simple rules. Ann Fahey, Asst Super. of Horticulture Education and landscape designer for 20+ years reveals her secrets to creating the garden of your dreams. Bring a photograph of your garden and she will give you helpful hints customized to your space. Fee.
February 26 - The State of Invasives in New Jersey 7-8:30
with Michael Van Clef Ph.D, owner of Ecological Solutions and Science Dir. of NJ Invasives Strike Team has prepared the NJ Strategic Management Plan for Invasive Species. Mike provides insight and an update on NJís invasive species. Fee.
May 26 thru June 6 - Travel to Wonderful Gardens of Wales
Tour over 20 Gardens including Public, Private, Landscape, Formal, and Cottage Gardens, Historical Estates and Castles. Visit St Faganís Museum, Tintern Abbey & Snowdonia National Park. Click here for info and reservations.
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.
The Garden Conservancy
11 Old Post Road
Cold Spring
Information: The Garden Conservancy: 845-265-2029

NJ Department of Agriculture Events
NJ Department of Agriculture

Montclair History Center Events
Montclair History Center
110 Orange Road

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

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

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

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 Jerseyís Public Gardens seeks to increase the publicís awareness of and appreciation for the beauty and horticultural, educational, artistic and historic value of New Jerseyís 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

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
Davidsonís 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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