Once a commercial nursery, Laurelwood Arboretum is now maintained as a public park through a partnership between the Township of Wayne and the non-profit organization Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, Inc (FOLA).
Memberships, donations, volunteer involvement and public funds all help ensure that this unique property will remain an oasis for generations of visitors who come to be inspired and renewed.
A Brief History
After the death of John Knippenberg, the property was deeded to Wayne and became part of the township's park system. Dorothy continued to supervise Laurelwood and work in the gardens. At this time, a small grassroots community group formed to support Dorothy in maintaining the property and ensuring its future as a public park. In 2003, this group was formalized as Friends of Laurelwood Arboretum, Inc (FOLA), a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation.
After Dorothy's death in 2006, a partnership was formed between FOLA and the Township of Wayne. FOLA assumed responsibility for maintaining and improving the Arboretum's horticultural inheritance. This includes managing designated public funds and Laurelwood's three seasonal employees.