Join Julie Jenney on a tour of three lovely properties owned by the Morris County Park System. Our first stop will be the George Griswold Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morristown, New Jersey, encompassing 127 acres featuring thematic collections of plant life, including ornamental grasses, spring-blooming shrubs and perennials, shade trees, and a garden called the “promising plants garden” which has underused plants supplied by nurseries, growers, and breeders.
Our next stop will be Willowwood Arboretum, 131 acres of rolling farmland with about 3,500 kinds of native and exotic plants, many of them rare plant species. In addition to undisturbed forest, the botanic collections include oak, maple, willow, magnolia, lilac, cherry, fir, pine, masses of ferns, and handsome displays of field and forest wild flowers. The Tubbs House, the historic residence, dates back to 1792 with the conservatory added in the 1930s. The gardens were planned to align the house with the landscape. The pervading feeling at Willowwood is one of pleasant informal paths through open areas and woodland, all carefully developed.
It is adjacent to Bamboo Brook Outdoor Education Center; geologically, these properties are of particular interest since Willowwood is in the Piedmont Province of New Jersey, while much of Bamboo Brook lies in the New Jersey Highlands Province. A study of their soils and rocks shows characteristic differences. Travel by coach. Bring your own lunch to have at the gardens. Limit 30.
Members: $80 Non-members: $120
Please call 610-328-8025 to register.
A terrific incentive to become a member! Excursions with the Scott Associates are member benefits; the non-member fee reflects the member cost of the trip plus a $40 one-year Individual Membership.