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Garden Conservancy Events 2024
The Garden Conservancy
PO Box 608, Garrison, NY 10524
845.424.6500, www.gardenconservancy.org

February 23 thru 25 - 34th annual New Jersey Home & Garden Show
Join 100 remodeling, design & landscape experts for tips, ideas and information: contractors, interior designers, landscapers and kitchen & bath designers – most from locally-owned businesses. Six magnificent gardens, worthy of The Garden State, provide a visual feast. Handcrafted work of artisans are for sale in the show’s Marketplace. Renegade Gardener Don Engebretson, seasoned landscape designer and award-winning garden writer, invites visitors to bring photos of their yards and landscaping plans to get tips and solutions to their challenges. You-Tuber Doreen Stovenour illustrates repurposing and offers do-it-yourself tips. Exhibitors run the remodeling gamut Plus children's activities. Hours:_Fri Feb.23, 3- 8; Sat 10-7; Sun 10-5. $10 for everyone 16 and older. Children 15 and under free.
New Jersey Convention Center
97 Sunfield Avenue, Edison, NJ 08837

New Jersey Botanical Gardens Events 2024
The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, on both State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open 8-6 every day. Admission and parking are free in winter, spring and fall. A $5/car State Park parking fee ($7 out-of-state) on summer weekends and holidays. Summer weekday parking is free.
February 25 - Audubon: Attracting Nesting Birds 1
Don Torino, President of Bergen County Audubon Society, gives presentation on how to attract nesting birds to your backyard. Learn about the importance of nestboxes, native plants, water and more. At the Carriage House Visitor Center. Free.
March 3 - Skylands Manor Tours – Member Appreciation Day 11 to 3
NJBG members invited to enjoy a special tour of historic Skylands Manor. Non-members are invited too. Snow cancels. BOGO for NJBG members: Purchase a Manor House tour ticket receive a free one for a guest. Non-members: Become a member on Member Appreciation Day and receive a free Manor House tour ticket. Fee.
March 16 - End-of-Winter Tree Walk 10
Former NJBG Head Landscape Designer Rich Flynn leads this perennial favorite. The walk includes many stunning specimens, learn the differences between trees, how to tell them apart, and how to use them in your garden. Meet at the Carriage House; wear sturdy, comfortable shoes.
March 17 - Family Woodland Hike 1
Join NJBG hike leaders on easy, child-friendly hike in the Garden's woodlands. Learn a bit about the plants and animals around you on a hike designed to fit the group. Wear sturdy shoes, meet at the Carriage House. Snow/rain cancels. Free.
March 23 - Spring Wreath-Making Workshops 10 & 1
In these two hands-on workshops learn how to assemble and decorate spring wreaths to brighten your home, using a variety of silk and dried materials. As you learn, you'll make a wreath to take home with you. Materials provided; bring clippers and any special ribbon or decorations you might wish to use. Light refreshments. Reservations required. Fee: Register online at njbg.org.
March 24 - Audubon: Attracting Hummingbirds to Your Yard 1
Don Torino, President, Bergen County Audubon Society gives presentation on how to attract these magnificent flying jewels to your backyard. Learn about symbiotic relationship between hummingbirds and the native plants they depend upon. At the Carriage House Visitor Center. Free.
New Jersey State Botanical Garden
Morris Road, Ringwood
973-962-9534, www.njbg.org

March 1 - Deadline for NJ State Federation of Women's Clubs Scholarship
The NJSFWC, one of leading volunteer organizations in NJ, is accepting applications for its annual Margaret Yardley Fellowship Fund. The fund provides six to eight $1,000 grants to deserving women who are NJ residents pursuing post-graduate advanced studies at the school of their choice. Considerations used when judging applicants' qualifications include: Scholastic achievement, Career service potential and Charitable endeavors. The grant is applied solely to tuition expenses. Undergraduate seniors must already be accepted into a graduate studies program when application is submitted. Applications due via hard copy. Learn more and download application at https://njsfwc.org/fellowship-for-post-graduate-studies-tuition/

Friends of Frelinghuysen Arboretum Events 2024
Register online for all events.
Covering topics relevant to community gardeners, backyard vegetable gardeners, garden managers, and those trying to establish a new community garden. Topics & Speakers: Keynote Ben Flanner, co-founder/CEO of Brooklyn Grange Rooftop Farm which adapts green roof technology to intensively cultivate vegetables, beginning with 6,000 sq. ft. Eagle Street Rooftop Farm. Brooklyn Grange's two roofs cover 2.5 acres. Morris County Agricultural/Natural Resource Agent, Rutgers Vegetable Expert and Conference Co-sponsor Peter Nitzsche discusses the findings from the season-long community garden demonstration plot trials on Genetic Diversity of Potatoes Grown from Seed. Shaun Ananko, Dir. of Agriculture and Education, talks on Maximizing Food Yields. Farmer Shaun for Grow It Green Morristown. Horticulturist Rebecca Magron, Horticulturist from Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Hunterdon County talks on How to Read a Soil Test. (Bring your own). Rebecca has done agricultural research on tree fruit crops with Cornell University and Cooperative Extension focusing on improving yield and reducing pesticides. Coordinator's Round Table for managers of community gardens. Topic: Bulk Purchasing Power for Community Gardens and is open to all attendees.
Bus leaves arboretum at 10:00 sharp. 2024 Flower Show's theme, United by Flowers, will illustrate the beauty and power of flowers to transform, inspire, delight, and connect us to one another. Chat with garden experts, how-to garden demonstrations in the Gardener's Studio, vendor booths brimming with merchandise, lunch and/or dinner on your own at the show or at nearby Reading Terminal Market. The bus leaves at 10:00 AM from the bus parking spot at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum. Bus leaves Philadelphia at 6PM and arriving at Arboretum at 8 approximately.
April 3 - Presentation: Native Ferns for Northern New Jersey 7pm
Jean Epiphan shares the diversity of ferns indigenous to Northern NJ, their ecological importance, and environmental benefits. Topics: characteristics in detail, how to identify and differentiate them, site preferences and tolerances, plus how to best incorporate them into your garden and landscape. Jean is an Agriculture and Natural Resources Agent and Associate Professor, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Morris County. FREE, but registration required online.
Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum
Post Office Box 2267
Morristown, NJ 07962
Lisa Bencivengo: lbencivengo@arboretumfriends.net
Margery Ennist: mennist@arboretumfriends.net
973-326-7603, www.arboretumfriends.org www.morrisparks.net

Morven Museum and Garden Events 2024
Open Wednesday through Sunday from 10 to 4.
March 5 thru March 27 - Annual Grand Homes & Gardens Speaker Series 6:30
Theme: State-ly Homes: Exploring U.S. Governors’ Mansions and Gardens. From refurbished sites of historical significance to bespoke masterpieces, the grand homes and gardens of U.S. governors offer a unique glimpse into how architecture, interior design, and landscapes can serve a civic purpose. Join Morven, NJ’s first executive mansion, as we explore four current governors' mansions in NJ, Virginia, Hawai’i, and Maine. Learn how they were created to embody the state and the people they seek to represent.
Location: Morven’s Stockton Education Center. Doors and virtual waiting room open at 6. A Zoom link will be sent to all virtual participants upon registration. Light refreshments inspired by each state will be provided for in-person attendees. All programs will be recorded and shared with registrants following each event.
Fee. Register online. Tickets for the Drumthwacket program on March 5 include an option to tour Drumthwacket on March 7 at 10:30 or 11:30 am.
March 5 - Drumthwacket: New Jersey’s Governor’s Mansion 6:30
Presented by Drumthwacket docent, Chuck Johnson. Spanning multiple periods of U.S. history, Drumthwacket, is one of the nation’s most elegant and fascinating residences. Built in 1835 for Charles Smith Olden, a farmer turned businessman who would eventually serve as a state senator and NJ governor. It underwent significant expansion under its next owner, Gilded Age industrialist and banker, Moses Taylor Pyne. The home played host to groundbreaking scientist Abram Nathanial Spanel in the 1940s and was named the official governor’s residence of New Jersey in 1981.
March 13 - First House: Virginia’s Executive Mansion 6:30
Presented by historian Mary Miley Theobald, author of First House: Two Centuries with Virginia’s First Families. First inhabited in 1813 by Governor James Barbour, the mansion is the oldest continuously occupied governors’ residence in the US. The Federal style mansion has accommodated more than fifty first families. In 1990, Virginia’s executive mansion became the residence of L. Douglas Wilder, the first elected Black governor in America since Reconstruction.
March 20 - Washington Place: The People’s Home of Hawai’i 6:30
Presented virtually from Hawai’i by Travis Hancock, Curator of Washington Place. This National Historic Landmark is the only official governor’s residence in the U.S. states that was also home to a monarch. Queen Lili’uokalani, Hawai’i’s last reigning monarch, moved into Washington Place in 1862 as the bride of John Owen Dominis, son of Captain John and Mary Dominis, the couple who built the mansion. It remained her private residence until her death in 1917. Washington Place was home to Hawai’i’s territorial and statehood governors from 1918 to 2002.
March 27 - Blaine House: Home to Maine’s Governors
Presented virtually from Maine by Earle Shettleworth, State Historian. Setting to one of the most wide-ranging careers in the history of American politics, The Blaine House is an architectural gem. In 1862, the house became the residence of James G. Blaine who went on to serve as a Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives, a U.S. Senator, Secretary of State, and, finally, a Republican candidate for president in 1884. The home was donated to the state of Maine in 1919 by Blaine’s daughter, Harriet Blaine Beale.
55 Stockton Street
Princeton, NJ 08540

Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum Events 2024
Laurelwood Arboretum
725 Pines Lake Drive, West Wayne
info@laurelwoodarboretum.org or 973-831-5675

Native Plant Society of New Jersey Events 2024
March 10 - Native Plant Show-n-Tell 2-4
Annual Gathering of the Mercer Chapter. Gather, share, and learn at this social hour. Peek into some member gardens (via photos), learn about programs for 2024, suggest additional ones, and enjoy light refreshments while learning about native plants. We want your photos and flower stories! Looking for volunteer presenters to submit five Powerpoint slides or photos to tell a story about your experience with native plants. This is a great way to introduce yourself to the group and share some highlights of a native plant challenge or a successful planting project. Email your slides and/or questions to mercer@npsnj.org by February 28 for inclusion in the program. Free. Open to members and non-members. Register online.
Location: Tulpehaking Nature Center
157 Westcott Avenue, Trenton NJ 08610

Glenwild Garden Center Events 2024
Garden Center Winter Classes
Please register in advance online. If the class has a fee, full payment is required upon registration. Participants receive a 10% discount on most purchases that day. Private Classes Available. Sign up for our emails for11-1
up-to-date information.
February 24 - Laying Out Your Vegetable Garden 11-1
Pick your plants, make a plan. Learn about crop rotation, companion planting and more. After 40 years of growing vegetables organically, and constantly learning new tricks, Allison Hosford of Two Pond Farm will share how she plans for spring and lays out her vegetable garden. Free, but pre-registration required.
February 27 - Inspirational Stone Painting 6:30-7:30
Join nature enthusiasts for this first in a series of monthly crafting classes. Remember when little messages of inspiration popped up on rocks and stones out in nature? Let's revive it and spread a little joy with these hand-painted messages! With Suzanne Van Over. Must be 16 years or older. Fee. Register online.
Glenwild Garden Center
104 Glenwild Avenue
973-838-0174, https://glenwildgardens.com/

Women Gardeners of Ridgewood Garden Club Events 2024
April 6, 2024 - Gardeners Day 11:30
Spend Gardeners Day with Page Dickey, renowned garden designer and author, as she presents Uprooted - A Gardener Reflects on Beginning Again -- her journey to a more natural, native plant way of gardening. Check-in at 11:30 for time to shop a treasure trove of vintage jewelry and seasonal plants. At Noon, a light gourmet luncheon is provided followed by our speaker, Page Dickey, a short Q & A, book signing and more shopping. At: West Side Presbyterian Church, corner of W Ridgewood Avenue and Monroe Street, Ridgewood. Ticket info coming soon online.
Women Gardeners of Ridgewood

The Montclair Foundation/Van Vleck House & Gardens Events 2023
21 Van Vleck Street • Montclair, NJ 07042

Greater Newark Conservancy Events 2024
Greater Newark Conservancy
32 Prince Street
973-642-4646, www.citybloom.org

Somerset County Environmental Education Center Events 2023
Somerset County Park Commission

Sunset View Farm Events 2024
Sunset View Farm
27 Pierce Road
Lafayette NJ 07848

Lord Stirling Stable Events 2024
Saturdays - Weekly Dog Walks 9:45
Regular Walks Sign in at 9:45. Fast Walks Sign in at 9:15. Run by the Friends of Lord Stirling Stable and Somerset County Park Commission. Explore beautiful equestrian trails of Lord Stirling Stable. Guided trail walks last for approximately one hour. Masks must be worn prior to start of walk but are optional on the trails. Social distancing must be maintained. All pets must be leashed and kept under control at all times. Traditional fee of $3/dog is waived at this time. Donations welcome.
Lord Stirling Stable
256 South Maple Avenue
Basking Ridge
Info: Barbara at 908-448-8348, kb2krx@yahoo.com
Directions: 908-722-1200, ext. 5010

American Society of Landscape Architects - New Jersey Events 2024
New Jersey Chapter American Society of Landscape Architects
414 River View Plaza

Leonard J Buck Garden Events 2024
Gardens open. Leonard J Buck Garden hours: Monday-Friday 10-4. Colonial Park Gardens Arboretum: dawn to dusk, Rose Garden open 8-dusk. Visitor Centers, Horticulture Dept. offices and all restrooms are closed.
Leonard J. Buck Garden
Layton Road
Far Hills
908 722-1200 ext. 5011

Mansion in May 2024
Women's Association for Morristown Medical Center

Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum Events 2024
Sister Mary Grace Burns Arboretum
Georgian Court University
900 Lakewood Avenue

Sussex County Garden Club Events 2024
The Garden Club meets on 3rd Thursday of each month, unless otherwise noted, in the Conference Room at Fredon Municipal Building, 443 Rt.94 South.

Gardeners of Somerset Valley Events 2024
Gardeners of Somerset Valley
North Branch Reformed Church
181 Carol Jean Way
Branchburg, NJ 08876
Info::(908) 722-4759 Cell: Fred (908) 797-5711 Jane (908) 872-8865

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