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Annual Plant Sale: Add Oomph to Your Garden!
MORRISTOWN, NJ – ‘Plants with Pizazz’ is the theme for the 2014 Annual Plant Sale at The Frelinghuysen Arboretum in Morris Township on Saturday, May 3 and Sunday, May 4, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pizazz has been defined as charm, style, flair, glamour, or simply put – oomph. Some examples of plants with pizazz that will be for sale are Pow Wow Wild Berry Coneflower, and Molten Coral Coleus, two ‘knock your socks off’ high performers.

According to Leslie Parness, Superintendent of Horticulture for the Morris County Park Commission, “People are excited for this annual plant sale because they understand these are excellent plant choices for our area! Additionally, they will receive expert advice on the best plants to select to achieve their dream garden based upon factors, such as sun and soil. We encourage people to bring photos and talk to our plant experts.”

Whether you select annuals to dress up containers, perennials to fill borders, a vine for softening hard edges, or a shrub to fill out an empty space, you can be certain that your plant is well-suited for New Jersey’s climate. Parness added, “It is interesting to note that recently, the American Horticultural Society re-assigned its Growing Zones. The impacts of climate change necessitated this re-thinking of what will grow successfully here.” Plants are carefully selected based on their vigor and suitability – in other words, all the hard work is done for you. Just come and exercise your personal style with confidence that your plants will thrive. Not sure what the proper care of your new purchases is? Ask a Plant Expert. Unlike big box stores or nurseries that hire seasonal sales staff, this Plant Sale is staffed by knowledgeable gardeners and garden professionals. 

Bring your container along and we help you to create something special. Bring photographs or drawings of your garden and we help you to fill in the blank spaces. Shopping at the Friends Plant Sale is not just a consumer experience – it’s an education!

For more information, call 973.326.7601 or visit

The Morris County Park Commission features one of the region’s best park systems in the state of New Jersey. It currently protects and maintains 18,730 acres at 38 distinct sites plus offers a year-round calendar of events and activities for all to enjoy!