Pines Lake Day Coming to Laurelwood Arboretum

Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum (FOLA) is planning a full schedule of activities and events for Pines Lake Day on Sunday, May 22, from 1 pm to 4 pm at 725 Pines Lake Drive in Wayne. All activities and events are free of charge and open to the public.

Pines Lake Day will begin at 1 pm with face painting and other fun activities for children. Also at 1 pm, Pines Lake homeowners are invited to a rhododendron identification booth where they can bring a photo or flower from rhododendrons they think might have originally come from Laurelwood. Dorothy Knippenberg was known to have given many rhododendrons from her gardens to friends and neighbors in the community. There will also be a Laurelwood Memory Board, where people can share their recollections and photos of Dorothy and John Knippenberg and of Laurelwood Arboretum’s earlier days.

At 2 pm, everyone is invited to learn “All About Butterflies” at a program presented by Rick Mikula, known as “The Butterfly Guy.” Mikula has been breeding butterflies and sharing his love of them for over 35 years. Both children and adults will enjoy his humorous and informative talk.

Mikula is President of Butterfly Rescue International and serves as consultant to the Association for Butterflies and the International Butterfly Breeders Association. He is the author of several books on butterflies including the award-winning, The Family Butterfly Book, The Butterfly Fandex and Garden Butterflies of North America. In addition, he has appeared on many TV shows including Animal Planet and the Discovery Channel.

At 3 pm, FOLA’s volunteer tour guides will lead tours through the arboretum either on foot or on a mobility cart.

For additional information about Pines Lake Day, please send an email to or call 973-831-5675.

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