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Home for the Holidays

Nine years after Wisner House was built at 165 Hobart Avenue in Summit, New Jersey, two enterprising plant collectors and growers purchased land less than two miles away. Their names were John Lager and George Hurrell, and they had just taken the first step towards turning Summit into the de facto orchid capital of the United States.

For 81 years, the owners and staff of Lager and Hurrell collect...

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October Discovery Saturdays

In October, our drop-in Saturday program focused on the Arboretum's "Historical Roots," with each session covering a different aspect of the past. Throughout the month, we explored topics including this area's role during the American Revolution. October 15 brought many visitors to the grounds, since it was Four Centuries in a Weekend, an opportunity for visitors to see historic sites throughout Union County.  Families who came to the Education Center discovered what it was like to be "A Ch...

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Boon

Etymologically speaking, the title of this post may or may not be related to the subject of this post – the heirloom gladiolus 'Boone', named for the North Carolina town where it was rediscovered. Boon in the sense of a gift or an unexpected benefit comes from the Old Norse. The name Boone – the town was named after famed frontiersmen Daniel Boone – comes from either the French locale Bohun, or from the Norman word "bon," for good, or from the Dutch word "boene", or bean, denoting someo...

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