At its annual meeting, Members of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum elected the Board of Director and officers for a two-year term, beginning January 1, 2019. The meeting also featured a year-in-review slide presentation by Ruth Hayden. Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum celebrated its 15th anniversary this year.
Once again, Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum volunteers are decorating the main entrance and grand staircase at historic Skylands Manor for the annual Holiday Open House, sponsored by the New Jersey Botanical Garden. This year’s theme, “A Country Manor Holiday,” is a tribute to the many festive celebrations held there when Skylands was a private estate.
Two students from William Paterson University in Wayne have been working as interns, supporting the work of the Plant Collection Management Committee and earning course credits. “Our interns devoted many hours to the painstaking tasks of identifying trees and shrubs, recording their location and navigating the arboretum to tag the plant material.”
On October 5, the McHutchison Horticultural Group of Wayne returned to Laurelwood Arboretum for a third time this year. The y planted Dusty Miller, Artemisia, blue fescue, Russian sage, Lamb’s Ear, ‘Purple Sensation’ allium, lavender, sage and Bluebeard. They then mulched the plant beds.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum is sponsoring a very special program, “The Art of Ikebana,” on Sunday, October 14. Ikebana translates as “Giving life to flowers.” It has been practiced in Japan for hundreds of years, and there are several thousand schools or styles of Ikebana worldwide.
Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum recently dedicated a Founders’ Garden to honor those who had the vision to established the organization 15 years ago: Nancy Alexander, Howard Aschoff, Nancy and Alex Fadydnich, Betsy Hayes Gatti, Bonnie Joachim, David Kooistra, Joan Scott-Miller and the late James E. Taylor.
September is National Yoga Month. To mark the occasion, the popular Chair Yoga program at Laurelwood Arboretum will resume with autumn sessions led by Robin Abrett, a Kripalu Yoga teacher with advanced certification and trainings. “Chair yoga allows you to work slowly with an understanding of any injuries you may have.”
The 15th anniversary of Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum will be marked by the dedication of a Founders’ Garden honor the nine people who played a leading role in established the Friends organization in 2003. The Festival of Friends will feature an exhibit of paintings and photographs by local artists and photographers.