MORRISTOWN, NJ. - Author Ken Druse will be at the Frelinghuysen Arboretum on Saturday February 3 to discuss shade gardens. The lecture, titled The New Shade Garden: Creating a Lush Oasis in the Age of Climate Change, will benefit the Blackburn Scholarship in honor of Dr. Benjamin Blackburn.

Druse will discuss how the low-stress environment of shade, cooler temperatures, fewer water demands, and carbon sequestration is extremely beneficial for plants and the planet. Learn new ways to look at all aspects of the gardening process such as designing your garden, choosing and planting trees, soil conservation, critter issues, and so much more.

Dr. Benjamin Blackburn’s contributions to the Morris County Park Commission are celebrated every year with the giving of a scholarship in his name by The Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, and proceeds from this lecture benefit the Blackburn Scholarship, currently offered to students of the Landscape Technology program at County College of Morris. Dr. Blackburn taught botany at Drew University, authored numerous books and papers on horticulture, and hosted a popular radio program for many years. His work at facilities of the Morris County Park Commission were important contributions to the continuing legacy of beauty at these properties.

The cost of this program is $30 for members of the Friends of the Frelinghuysen Arboretum and $35 for non-members. For more information and directions to the Frelinghuysen Arboretum, visit