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Morris County Parks presents horticultural art, tree and gardening events

Both In-Person and Virtual Programs

MORRIS COUNTY, NJ – The Morris County Park System offers an array of events for the virtual crowd as well as those inclined to get out into the winter weather. Here are a FEW highlights of special events. Many more are listed on the Park’s calendar.

Virtual Plant of the Month Club for Kids:

In February, discover algae balls.  Is it a plant or is it more?  Meet with other plant lovers, get your hands dirty, plant a new kind of interesting, creepy, unusual, or rare plant, and learn how to take care of it.  Pick up supplies at  Frelinghuysen Arboretum.

Monday, Feb. 1, 4:00 p.m. – 4:45 p.m., virtual. Ages 6 – 12. Cost: $10 per child. Preregistration is required. Click here to register and for more information, call 973-326-7601.

Virtual Lunch and Learn: Beauty in the Books:

Join Curator Melanie Bump as we take an artistic look at the books.  Books, in their own right, can be considered works of art, and using an aesthetic eye we will explore the artistic nature of the Elizabeth B. Kay Rare Book Collection.  Contained within the rare books are tiny exhibitions of gorgeous drawings, illustrations, prints, and works of art.  Through this special look, we will see the stunning, beautiful, and artsy side of the rare book collection.

Thursday, Feb. 11, from noon to 12:45 p.m. Cost: $10 per person. Click here to register and preregistration is required. For more information, call 973-326-7601. The program is geared toward adults.

In Person: Winter Trees of the Forest:

Get some fresh air and learn the science of winter tree identification along the easy walking trails of Loantaka Brook Reservation.

Masks are required for this in-person walking tour.

Wednesday, Feb. 24, from 2:30 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Loantaka Brook Reservation, 468 South Street entrance, Morris Township. Cost: $15 per person. Click here to register and preregistration is required. For more information, call 973-326-7601.

Virtual Lunch and Learn: Top Ten Gardening Questions:

How do I prune my hydrangeas? How do I prune my clematis? Is it time to divide my peonies? These and other common garden questions will be answered by Ann Fahey, Superintendent of Horticulture Education. Email Ann at by February 18 to submit a question to be answered during the presentation.

Thursday, Feb. 25, 12:00 p.m. to 12:45 p.m. Cost:  $10 per person. Preregistration is required and to register, click here. The program is geared toward adults.

Click here for a way to find a park with specific amenities, such as fishing, ice skating, dog parks, hiking and even wedding ceremonies.

Nature lovers, history buffs, photographers, parents and youngsters will all find something to pique their interest at Morris County Parks. To view all special events at Morris County Parks, click here.

Jay Edwards

Born and raised in Northwest NJ, Jay has a degree in Communications and has had a life-long interest in local radio and various styles of music. Jay has held numerous jobs over the years such as stunt car driver, bartender, voice-over artist, traffic reporter (award winning), NY Yankee maintenance crewmember and peanut farm worker. His hobbies include mountain climbing, snowmobiling, cooking, performing stand-up comedy and he is an avid squirrel watcher. Jay has been a guest on America’s Morning Headquarters,program on The Weather Channel, and was interviewed by Sam Champion.

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