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NJBG Wreathmaking Workshops -- Nov. 21, 2015

NJBG will sponsor two hands-on Wreathmaking Workshops at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden Carriage House Visitor Center, on Saturday, November 21, 2015, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. The workshops are an annual tradition at NJBG.

In these two workshops you'll learn how to assemble and decorate holiday wreaths to grace your home, using a variety of fresh and dried plant materials. You'll make a wreath to take home with you, and decorate it to suit your style with ribbons and ornaments from NJBG's large collection. All materials are provided, but bring clippers, gloves and any special decorations you might wish to use.

The fee is $30 for NJBG members and $35 for non-members. This popular program regularly sells out, so make your reservations early. For tickets and more information, please visit www.njbg.org or call 973-962-9534.

NJBG is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, NJ. The NJ Botanical Garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. (to 6 p.m. in the winter). Admission to the Garden is always free; parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring. Call (973) 962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org for more information on NJBG, membership, volunteer opportunities, events or directions.

Originally assembled from pioneer farmsteads of the 1890s, The New Jersey Botanical Garden has a venerable history. In 1922, Clarence McKenzie Lewis, an investment banker and trustee of the New York Botanical Garden purchased the property and original Victorian mansion from Francis Lynde Stetson. Over the next three decades, Mr. Lewis built the current 45-room Tudor manor house and transformed Skylands into a botanical showplace, engaging prominent landscape architects to design the grounds and collecting plants from all over the world.

In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands as the state's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the manor house as the State's official Botanical Garden in 1984. The gardens contain many unique features, including an extensive collection of statuary, historic trees, formal annual garden, perennial beds and an heirloom collection of lilacs.

Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors walks, hikes, programs, concerts and special events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden. Guided tours of the gardens are offered on Sundays at 2 p.m., May through the end of October, weather permitting, and guided tours of Skylands Manor are available one Sunday per month. Guided group tours are also available. Please call the NJBG office for more information.


NJBG --Skylands Manor Tours -- Nov. 8 -- Free for Veterans

Guided tours of the ground floor of historic Skylands Manor at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden will be available on Sunday, November 8, 2015 from 11am to 3pm. In honor of Veteran's Day, and to thank them for their service, all Veterans are invited to tour free.

Sponsored by the NJBG/Skylands Association, the non-profit member support organization working with the State to preserve the gardens, the 45-minute guided tours of Skylands history and architecture are conducted by NJBG volunteer docents.

Skylands Manor, a Tudor Revival mansion, was constructed in the early 20th century for Clarence McKenzie Lewis by renowned architect John Russell Pope. Pope also designed many outstanding public buildings, including the Jefferson Memorial and National Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C. The firm of Elliott C. Brown was responsible for constructing his elegant Tudor design. Among Skylands Manor's many attractions is a remarkable collection of antique stained glass medallions set in leaded windows, including pieces from 16th century German, Bavarian and Swiss sites. The lanterns, electrical fixtures, lamps, spiral staircase rail and gate were fashioned by Samuel Yellin, who led the American revival of the use of iron as decorative art.

On Nov. 8, Veterans are invited to tour Skylands Manor at no charge. The suggested donations for other visitors are: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students aged 13-18; $3 for children aged 6-12; and free for children under age 6.

Special self-guided Holiday Open House tours will be available December 3--6, 2015, as NJBG celebrates 'A 1920s Holiday.' Join us to enjoy the Manor's extravagant holiday decorations, a great way to start the festive holiday season.

Since 1976, the NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect NJBG/Skylands and its historic structures.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 6 pm in the winter, 8 am to 8 pm the rest of the year. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring.

NJBG/Skylands is located off Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.


NJBG Daffodil Planting -- October 24, 2015

Come help us add another 1,000 daffodils to the New Jersey State Botanical Garden at NJBG's annual Daffodil Planting. Volunteers will work with the Garden's expert staff on Saturday, October 24, at 10 a.m. to add even more daffodils (narcissus) to the Garden's lush spring bulb display. Children are welcome, so bring the whole family and help create beauty for thousands of visitors to enjoy. You can also get answers to your questions about spring bulbs in your own garden.

NJBG's annual Daffodil Planting adds to the lavish displays that bloom in late April throughout the Botanical Garden, always a welcome sign of spring. These deer-resistant blooms return year after year in vibrant shades of yellow, orange, salmon and white. They make a fine low-maintenance addition to any garden.

Bring gloves and a trowel if you have them, and wear sturdy shoes. No experience is necessary, and children are welcome. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center.

NJBG holds hands-on workshops throughout the growing season, working with many different plants under expert guidance. Be sure to check next year's calendar for workshops and walks featuring lilacs, wildflowers, and more.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day (8 a.m. to 6 p.m. in the winter). Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in fall, winter and spring.

NJBG/Skylands is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, please call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.

In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands, a former country estate and the state's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the Manor as the official State Botanical Garden in 1984.

Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization of volunteers, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors programs, concerts and events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden.


Bergen County Audubon Nature Walk at NJBG -- Sept. 13, 2015

NJBG invites you to explore and enjoy the wonderful world of birds, butterflies and plants on an Audubon Nature Walk at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden on Sunday, September 13, 2015, at 10 am.

Members of the Bergen County Audubon Society will lead a walk through the gardens, meadows and woodlands at NJBG, visiting a rich and varied ecosystem of plants and animals.

This program is free. Wear comfortable shoes and meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center in the New Jersey State Botanical Garden, Morris Road, Ringwood State Park, Ringwood, NJ.

This program is sponsored by the NJBG/Skylands Association and the Bergen County Audubon Society.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 8 pm every day. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking fee on summer weekends and holidays: $5/car for NJ residents; $7/car out-of-state.; summer weekday parking is free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring.

In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands, a former country estate and the State's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the manor house as the State's official botanical garden in 1984.

Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors volunteer gardeners, educational programs, concerts and events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden.

NJBG receives no funding from the State of New Jersey or from on-site operators. Donations and sponsorships are always appreciated.

NJBG/Skylands is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, please call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.


NJBG -- Skylands Manor Tours -- September 6 and October 4, 2015

Guided tours of the ground floor of historic Skylands Manor at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden will be available on Sunday, September 6, 2015, from 11 am to 3 pm. Tours will also be available on October 4 and November 8, 2015.

Sponsored by the NJBG/Skylands Association, the non-profit member support organization working with the State to preserve the gardens, the 45-minute guided tours of Skylands history and architecture are conducted by NJBG volunteer tour guides, or docents.

Skylands Manor, a Tudor Revival mansion, was constructed in the early 20th century for Clarence McKenzie Lewis by renowned architect John Russell Pope. Pope also designed many outstanding public buildings, including the Jefferson Memorial and National Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C. The firm of Elliott C. Brown was responsible for constructing his design. Among Skylands Manor's many attractions is a remarkable collection of antique stained glass medallions set in leaded windows, including pieces from 16th century German, Bavarian and Swiss sites. The lanterns, electrical fixtures, lamps, spiral staircase rail and gate were fashioned by Samuel Yellin, who led the American revival of the use of iron as decorative art.

The suggested donations for Manor House tours are: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students aged 13-18; $3 for children aged 6-12; and free for children under age 6.

Since 1976, the NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect NJBG/Skylands and its historic structures.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 6 pm in the winter, 8 am to 8 pm the rest of the year. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring.

NJBG/Skylands is located off Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.


NJBG Lilac Workshop -- September 5, 2015

NJBG will sponsor a free hands-on Lilac Workshop on Saturday, September 5, 2015, from 9 am to 1 pm.

Attendees will work with horticultural expert Daniel Ryniec, former lilac curator of the Brooklyn Botanic Garden. to restore and improve the New Jersey State Botanical Garden's renowned lilac collection. Mr. Ryniec will give a lesson in lilac care and cultivation at 10 am.

Lilacs are very popular landscape plants in our area and make a wonderful addition to any home garden, offering floods of flowers and a delightful scent throughout May and into early June.

Join these free workshops for a great chance to learn by doing, and to get answers to any questions you may have. Beginners are welcome. Bring gloves, rakes and pruners if you have them.

NJBG is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, NJ. Call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org for more information on NJBG, membership, volunteer opportunities, events or directions. The NJ Botanical Garden is open daily from 8 am to 8 pm. Admission to the Garden is always free; parking is also free in the autumn, winter and spring.

In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Clarence McKenzie Lewis's Skylands estate as the State's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding Skylands Manor as the State's official Botanical Garden in 1984. The gardens contain many unique features, including an extensive collection of statuary, historic trees, formal annual garden, perennial beds and an heirloom collection of lilacs.

Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors programs, concerts and special events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden. Free guided tours of the gardens are offered on Sundays at 2 pm, May through the end of October, weather permitting.

NJBG/Skylands Association receives no funding from the State of New Jersey or from on-site operators. Donations and sponsorships are always appreciated.


NJBG holds Summer Craft Fair on August 8, 2015

NJBG will host a Summer Craft Fair at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden, on Saturday, August 8, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., rain or shine.

It's tons of fun for the whole family! There'll be lots of booths with beautiful crafts, including jewelry, pottery, sculpture, photography, art, kids stuff, and all kinds of unusual goodies. The crafters from The Craftique have a reputation for excellence and it shows in their many fine products (thecraftique.com). Good food and drink will be available, too.

After you've explored the Craft Fair, take a walk in the Botanical Garden and enjoy the many sunny faces of summer. Whether you prefer a stroll in the beautiful formally planted gardens or a leisurely walk in the shady woodlands, you'll find just the thing.

Admission is free to both the Craft Fair and the Botanical Garden. Parking is $5/car for NJ residents; $7/car out-of-state.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day of the year. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring.

In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands, a former country estate and the state's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the manor house as the State's official botanical garden in 1984.

Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors volunteer gardeners, educational programs, concerts and events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden.

NJBG/Skylands is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, please call 973-962-9534 or visit njbg.org.


NJBG Summer Concert -- August 21 -- The Guthrie Brothers

Come enjoy great music in a beautiful setting at NJBG's annual Summer Concert Series at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden in Ringwood. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and join us for a relaxing musical evening in these magnificent surroundings.

The last concert of NJBG's Summer Concert series, featuring the Guthrie Brothers, is scheduled for Friday, August 21.

The Guthrie Brothers will bring the Simon & Garfunkel songbook and their own original harmony-driven music to a laid-back evening at the Botanical Garden. (guthriebrothers.com).

The concert begins at 6:30 pm on the Concert Lawn. If the weather is bad, the concert is moved indoors into the Carriage House Visitor Center.

NJBG requests a $5 per person donation. Light refreshments are available for purchase or you can bring your own, but NO alcohol, pets, balls or frisbees, please (State Park rule).

The concert is sponsored by American Wear.

This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

In 1966, during Governor Robert Hughes's administration, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands, a former country estate and the state's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the manor house as the State's official Botanical Garden in 1984.

The NJ State Botanical Garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and admission to the Garden is always free. There is a parking charge on summer holidays and weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day; the fee is $5 per car for NJ residents and $7 per car for out-of-state visitors. Weekday parking is free year-round.

Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors programs, tours, concerts and fun public events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden.

NJBG/Skylands Association receives no funding from the State of New Jersey or from on-site operators. Donations and sponsorships are always appreciated, and volunteers are always welcome.

Call 973-962-9534 or visit njbg.org for more on NJBG events, directions, how to become a member or to volunteer.


NJBG Summer Concert -- August 7 -- Rave On!

Come enjoy great music in a beautiful setting at NJBG's annual Summer Concert Series at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden in Ringwood. Grab a lawn chair or blanket and come enjoy a wide range of musical talent in these magnificent surroundings.

All concerts begin at 6:30 pm on the Concert Lawn. If the weather is bad, the concerts are moved indoors into the Carriage House Visitor Center.

NJBG requests a $5 per person donation. Light refreshments are available for purchase or you can bring your own, but NO alcohol, pets, balls or frisbees, please (State Park rule).

The next concert, featuring Rave On!, is scheduled for Friday, August 7.

Goodness, gracious, great balls of fire! Classic early rock 'n roll lights up the night with great tunes and great memories from this fabulous trio. You'll hear timeless songs you love from Buddy Holly, Roy Orbison, and a whole lot more. (raveonband.com)

The concert is sponsored by TD Bank.

The final upcoming concert in the series is:

August 21 The Guthrie Brothers

This program is made possible in part by a grant administered by the Passaic County Cultural & Heritage Council from funds granted by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

In 1966, during Governor Robert Hughes's administration, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands, a former country estate and the state's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the manor house as the State's official Botanical Garden in 1984.

The NJ State Botanical Garden is open daily from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., and admission to the Garden is always free. There is a parking charge on summer holidays and weekends (Saturdays and Sundays) from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day; the fee is $5 per car for NJ residents and $7 per car for out-of-state visitors. Weekday parking is free year-round.

Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors programs, tours, concerts and fun public events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden.

NJBG/Skylands Association receives no funding from the State of New Jersey or from on-site operators. Donations and sponsorships are always appreciated, and volunteers are always welcome.

Call 973-962-9534 or visit njbg.org for more on NJBG events, directions, how to become a member or to volunteer.


NJBG - Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants -- April 26, 2015: Bergen County Audubon program

NJBG invites you to learn more about Butterfly Gardening with Native Plants at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden on Sunday, April 26, 2015, at 10 am.

Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society will offer an indoor photo presentation in which you'll learn why native plants are so important to our environment, and how to introduce them into your home landscape. Native plants can easily turn your yard into a beautiful and healthy enclave that welcomes birds and butterflies.

This program is free and will be held indoors at the Carriage House Visitor Center.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 8 pm every day. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring.

In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands, a former country estate and the State's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the manor house as the State's official botanical garden in 1984.

Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors volunteer gardeners, educational programs, concerts and events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden.

NJBG receives no funding from the State of New Jersey or from on-site operators. Donations and sponsorships are always appreciated.

NJBG/Skylands is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, please call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.

The Bergen County Audubon Society is the regional chapter of the National Audubon Society, and offers wide-ranging programs from the Meadowlands to the Highlands. For more information, visit their website at www.bergencountyaudubon.org or contact Don Torino at 201-230-4983.


Mass Milkweed Planting for Monarch Butterflies -- May 16 at NJBG

NJBG invites you to help the Monarch butterfly at a Mass Milkweed Planting at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden on Saturday, May 16, 2015, from 1 -- 4 pm.

Many volunteers are needed to plant 1,000 milkweed plants in the Botanical Garden's large meadows as an invitation to Monarch butterflies on their annual migration.

Monarch butterfly numbers are declining as development has increased along their flyways from Canada to Central America. Milkweed is the butterfly's preferred egg-laying plant and is a necessity if this beautiful animal is to survive. The milkweed and its brilliant bloom will also be a lovely addition to the natural areas of the Botanical Garden. Once established, it will return year after year as a welcome resting and breeding ground for migrating butterflies.

This project is sponsored by the NJBG/Skylands Association and is underwritten by a generous grant from the Bergen County Audubon Society and the National Audubon Society.

Want to help the Monarch butterfly?

Join us on Saturday, May 16 from 1 -- 4 pm to plant milkweed.

Bring gloves and tools if you have them; we'll provide them if you don't. Wear sturdy shoes and dress to garden. Check in at the Carriage House Visitor Center, then join us in the Dry Meadow. Heavy rain cancels. This program is free.

Throughout the afternoon, members of the Bergen County Audubon Society will share information on how to attract butterflies to your backyard, how to help the Monarch Butterfly, and why creating butterfly habitat makes a healthy environment for everyone.

To sign up or for more info, contact NJBG (973-962-9534 or info@njbg.org) or Don Torino of BCAS (201-230-4983 or greatauk4@aol.com).

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 8 pm every day. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring.

In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands, a former country estate and the state's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the manor house as the State's official botanical garden in 1984.

Since 1976, the NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors volunteer gardeners, educational programs, concerts and events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden.

NJBG receives no funding from the State of New Jersey or from on-site operators. Donations and sponsorships are always appreciated.

NJBG/Skylands is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, please call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.

The Bergen County Audubon Society is the regional chapter of the National Audubon Society, and offers wide-ranging programs from the Meadowlands to the Highlands. For more information, visit their website at www.bergencountyaudubon.org or contact Don Torino at 201-230-4983.


NJBG -- Skylands Manor Tours -- April 12 and May 3, 2015

Guided tours of the ground floor of historic Skylands Manor at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden will be available on Sunday, April 12, 2015, from 11 am to 3 pm. Tours will also be available on May 3, 2015.

Sponsored by the NJBG/Skylands Association, the non-profit member support organization working with the State to preserve the gardens, the 45-minute guided tours of Skylands history and architecture are conducted by NJBG volunteer tour guides, or docents.

Skylands Manor, a Tudor Revival mansion, was constructed in the early 20th century for Clarence McKenzie Lewis by renowned architect John Russell Pope. Pope also designed many outstanding public buildings, including the Jefferson Memorial and National Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C. The firm of Elliott C. Brown was responsible for constructing his design. Among Skylands Manor's many attractions is a remarkable collection of antique stained glass medallions set in leaded windows, including pieces from 16th century German, Bavarian and Swiss sites. The lanterns, electrical fixtures, lamps, spiral staircase rail and gate were fashioned by Samuel Yellin, who led the American revival of the use of iron as decorative art.

The suggested donations for Manor House tours are: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students aged 13-18; $3 for children aged 6-12; and free for children under age 6.

Since 1976, the NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect NJBG/Skylands and its historic structures.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 6 pm in the winter, 8 am to 8 pm the rest of the year. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring.

NJBG/Skylands is located off Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.


NJBG -- April 12: The Right-Size Flower Garden with Kerry Mendez

NJBG invites you to learn many exciting ways to create The Right-Size Flower Garden in a program that mixes humor and practical information at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden on Sunday, April 12, 2015. Join us at 1 pm in the Carriage House Visitor Center for a program presented by nationally recognized gardening expert Kerry Mendez.

The Right-Size Flower Garden offers time-saving design tips and exceptional plants for achieving balance between your love of gardening and time and ability to do so. Drought tolerant plants, perennials and annuals that don't need deadheading, no prune shrubs, long-lived bulbs, the illusion that you have more plants than you actually do due to their astonishing display -- these are just some of the treasured nuggets that will help cut your chores in half while making your landscape more beautiful than ever. The easy-to-follow, targeted solutions shared in this program provide joyful liberation for all aging and time-pressed gardeners.

A $5 donation is requested. SEATING IS LIMITED and will be offered on a first-come, first-served basis. For more, contact NJBG at info@njbg.org.

Kerry Ann Mendez is dedicated to teaching the art of low-maintenance perennial gardening and landscaping. As a garden consultant, designer, writer and lecturer, she focuses on time-saving gardening techniques and workhorse plant material as well as organic practices. She has been in numerous magazines including Horticulture, Fine Gardening, Garden Gate and Better Homes and Gardens' Garden Ideas & Outdoor Living. Mendez was a featured guest on HGTV and hosted Capital News 9's In the Garden television segment, as well as info segments for Channel 13. She is a garden columnist for Life@Home and Today's Garden Center magazines, and writes freelance pieces for regional and national magazines. As a presenter for Horticulture magazine's 2010 and 2011 webinar series, her webinars attracted thousands of gardeners from around the country. She is now a manager of Estabrook's Nursery in Kennebunk, Maine. Kerry is a self-taught gardener with over 25 years of experience and a 'passionate perennialist' that enjoys mixing humor with practical information. She was the recipient of a 2010 Women of Distinction award by Success Magazine Ltd. Kerry's top-selling first book, The Ultimate Flower Gardener's Top Ten Lists, was released in March 2010; followed by her second book, Top Ten Lists for Beautiful Shade Gardens in March 2011. For more about Kerry and her business, Perennially Yours, visit www.pyours.com.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 8 pm every day. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring.

In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands, a former country estate and the State's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the manor house as the State's official botanical garden in 1984.

Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors volunteer gardeners, educational programs, concerts and events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden.

NJBG receives no funding from the State of New Jersey or from on-site operators. Donations and sponsorships are always appreciated.

NJBG/Skylands is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, please call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.


Birding for Beginners -- March 22 -- Bergen County Audubon at NJBG

Want to get started bird watching? NJBG invites you to learn more about The Joys of Birding -- Birding for Beginners at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden on Sunday, March 22, 2015, at 1 pm.

We're pleased to welcome Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society, who'll teach you how to identify birds, use field guides and find the best optics for birding. After the class, Don will lead a walk around the Gardens to try out your newly learned skills (weather permitting).

This program is free and will begin indoors at the Carriage House Visitor Center. For the walk, wear sturdy shoes and dress for the weather. Ongoing snow cancels. For more info, contact Don Torino at 201-230-4983 or greatauk4@aol.com.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 6 pm every day in the winter, 8 am to 8 pm the rest of the year. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring.

In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands, a former country estate and the state's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the manor house as the State's official botanical garden in 1984.

Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors volunteer gardeners, educational programs, concerts and events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden.

NJBG receives no funding from the State of New Jersey or from on-site operators. Donations and sponsorships are always appreciated.

NJBG/Skylands is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, please call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.

The Bergen County Audubon Society is the regional chapter of the National Audubon Society, and offers wide-ranging programs from the Meadowlands to the Delaware Water Gap. For more information, visit their website at www.bergencountyaudubon.org or contact Don Torino at 201-230-4983.


End-of-Winter Tree Walk at NJBG: Saturday, March 21, 2015 at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden

NJBG will sponsor an End-of-Winter Tree Walk at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden on Saturday, March 21, at 10 a.m. Though it's still chilly outside, the signs of spring are already visible in many places if you know where to look!

Join Head Landscape Designer Rich Flynn for a delightful educational walk in the Botanical Garden. You'll meet dozens of beautiful trees and learn how to identify them from their structure, branching, and budding patterns before the leaves once again appear. You'll enjoy the subtle signs of spring peeking out everywhere -- a sure cure for cabin fever after a long hard winter.

Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center at 10 a.m., and wear comfortable shoes. Snow or heavy rain cancels. The Tree Walk is open to the public free of charge, but a $5 donation is welcomed.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm (8 am to 6 pm in the winter). Admission to the Botanical Garden is always free. In the spring, parking is also free.

In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands, a former country estate and the state's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the manor house as the State's official botanical garden in 1984.

Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association members and volunteers have worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. The NJBG/Skylands Association is an incorporated, member-supported 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. NJBG sponsors programs, concerts and special events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden.

NJBG/Skylands is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, please call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.


Special Skylands Manor Tours -- March 1, 2015

Our gift to you! As a special 'thank you,' NJBG members are invited to enjoy a complimentary tour of historic Skylands Manor at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden on Sunday, March 1, 2015, from 11 am to 3 pm. Non-members are invited, too, with special BOGO tickets for non-members to celebrate the day.

Tours of the ground floor of historic Skylands Manor will be available, and visitors are invited to enjoy complimentary light refreshments in the Carriage House Visitor Center throughout the afternoon. An active snowstorm cancels.

This event is FREE for NJBG members (Individual, senior and student members receive 1 free ticket. Family and other member categories receive 2 free tickets).

Non-members: Buy one, get one free. The suggested donations for Manor House tours are: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students aged 13-18; $3 for children aged 6-12; and free for children under age 6.

Regular Skylands Manor tours will be available again on April 12, 2015.

Sponsored by the NJBG/Skylands Association, the non-profit member support organization working with the State to preserve the gardens, the 45-minute guided tours of Skylands history and architecture are conducted by NJBG volunteer tour guides, or docents.

Skylands Manor, a Tudor Revival mansion, was constructed in the early 20th century for Clarence McKenzie Lewis by renowned architect John Russell Pope. Pope also designed many outstanding public buildings, including the Jefferson Memorial and National Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C. The firm of Elliott C. Brown was responsible for constructing his design. Among Skylands Manor's many attractions is a remarkable collection of antique stained glass medallions set in leaded windows, including pieces from 16th century German, Bavarian and Swiss sites. The lanterns, electrical fixtures, lamps, spiral staircase rail and gate were fashioned by Samuel Yellin, who led the American revival of the use of iron as decorative art.

Since 1976, the NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect NJBG/Skylands and its historic structures.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 6 pm in the winter, 8 am to 8 pm the rest of the year. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring.

NJBG/Skylands is located off Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.


Owls of New Jersey -- Audubon program at NJBG -- Feb. 22, 2015

NJBG invites you to learn more about the Owls of New Jersey at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden on Sunday, February 22, 2015, at 1 pm.

Don Torino of the Bergen County Audubon Society will offer an indoor photo presentation on these fascinating and important raptors, touching on the many different species that inhabit our region. Sorry, no live specimens.

This program is free and will be held indoors at the Carriage House Visitor Center. Ongoing snow cancels.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 6 pm every day in the winter, 8 am to 8 pm the rest of the year. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring.

In 1966, the State of New Jersey purchased the 1,117 acres of Skylands, a former country estate and the state's first acquisition under the "Green Acres" preservation program. Governor Thomas Kean designated the central 96 acres surrounding the manor house as the State's official botanical garden in 1984.

Since 1976, NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect Skylands and its historic structures. NJBG sponsors volunteer gardeners, educational programs, concerts and events throughout the year at the Botanical Garden.

NJBG receives no funding from the State of New Jersey or from on-site operators. Donations and sponsorships are always appreciated.

NJBG/Skylands is located on Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, please call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.


NJBG -- Skylands Manor Tours -- February 1 and March 1, 2015

Guided tours of the ground floor of historic Skylands Manor at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden will be available on Sunday, February 1, 2015, from 11 am to 3 pm. Tours will also be available on March 1 and April 12, 2015.

Sponsored by the NJBG/Skylands Association, the non-profit member support organization working with the State to preserve the gardens, the 45-minute guided tours of Skylands history and architecture are conducted by NJBG volunteer tour guides, or docents.

Skylands Manor, a Tudor Revival mansion, was constructed in the early 20th century for Clarence McKenzie Lewis by renowned architect John Russell Pope. Pope also designed many outstanding public buildings, including the Jefferson Memorial and National Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C. Among Skylands Manor's many attractions is a remarkable collection of antique stained glass medallions set in leaded windows, including pieces from 16th century German, Bavarian and Swiss sites. The lanterns, electrical fixtures, lamps, spiral staircase rail and gate were fashioned by Samuel Yellin, who led the American revival of the use of iron as decorative art.

The suggested donations for Manor House tours are: $7 for adults; $5 for seniors and students aged 13-18; $3 for children aged 6-12; and free for children under age 6.

Since 1976, the NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization, has worked with the State to preserve and protect NJBG/Skylands and its historic structures.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 am to 6 pm in the winter, 8 am to 8 pm the rest of the year. Admission to the Garden is always free. Parking is also free in the fall, winter and spring.

NJBG/Skylands is located off Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.


Historic Landscape Design Presentation at NJBG -- January 17, 2015

Skylands, the New Jersey State Botanical Garden in Ringwood, is a unique botanical and architectural gem, a former country estate featuring elegantly landscaped grounds, historic buildings, and a vast collection of unusual plant species from around the world. What many people do not know is that Skylands is also home to New Jersey's only State Botanical Garden.

Head Landscape Designer Rich Flynn will offer a presentation on "Landscape Design at Skylands: A Historical Perspective" on Saturday, January 17, 2015, at 10:00 a.m. in the Carriage House at the New Jersey State Botanical Garden in Ringwood, NJ. All are welcome; a $5 donation is requested.

In 1922, Clarence McKenzie Lewis, an investment banker and trustee of the New York Botanical Garden, purchased the property from the estate of Francis Lynde Stetson, who founded Skylands in 1891. Over the next 30 years, Lewis built the existing Tudor-style 45-room Manor House and transformed Skylands into a botanical showplace.

Italian landscape designer Ferruccio Vitale (1875-1933), who developed his reputation through important civic commissions such as the National Mall and the National Gallery of Art, created the country-estate landscape of Skylands. Most of the trees now framing the house were planted by Lewis and his crew of over 60 gardeners (in peak seasons), including the magnificent copper beeches. Wanting to appeal to all of the senses, Lewis stressed symmetry, color, texture, form and fragrance in his gardens.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden, located on the central 96 acres of this 1,100-acre former country estate, is a distinctive botanic and architectural destination in its own right. Purchased in 1966 as New Jersey's first "Green Acres" acquisition, NJBG features elegantly landscaped grounds containing many of the original garden designs, historic buildings, extensive statuary and vast collection of plant species from around the world.

The centerpiece of the property is Skylands Manor, a Tudor Revival mansion constructed in the early 20th century by renowned architect John Russell Pope, for the estate's owner, Clarence McKenzie Lewis. Pope also designed many outstanding private residences and public buildings, including the Jefferson Memorial and National Gallery of Art, both in Washington, D.C. Other distinguished contributors to Skylands included decorative metal designer and craftsman Samuel Yellin (1885-1940), who led the American revival of the use of iron as decorative art. Yellin fashioned the lanterns, electrical fixtures, lamps, spiral staircase rail and gate of the Manor House.

Since 1976, The NJBG/Skylands Association, an incorporated, member-supported non-profit organization of volunteers, has worked with the State to preserve and protect NJBG/Skylands and its historic structures.

The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands, which appears on both the State and National Registers of Historic Places, is open from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day in winter; 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. the rest of the year. Admission to the Garden is always free, with a small State parking fee on summer weekends and holidays only.

NJBG/Skylands is located off Morris Road in Ringwood, New Jersey. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, call 973-962-9534 or visit www.njbg.org.

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