About the Foundation

The Willowwood Foundation

The Willowwood Foundation primarily supports restoration and garden projects at the Willowwood Arboretum, and provides annual grants for horticultural interns, garden maintenance and restoration and plantings for the gardens and key collections.

The Willowwood Foundation celebrated the “Lilac Party” tradition of Hal Tubbs and Dr. Ben Blackburn the third Sunday of May each year as its primary fundraiser. However, during the Covid years, the Lilac Party was suspended and in 2023 the Board of Trustees decided to initiate a musical event “Sounds of Sculpture” on September 10, 2023.

In partnership with the Morris County Park Commission, a topical horticulture lecture series – The Tubbs Lecture – is offered annually in late Spring honoring the memory of Robert and Henry Tubbs, owners of Willowwood.

Russ Meyers

In 1960, Dr. Ben Blackburn and Russell W. Myers, Landscape Architect and Secretary Director of the Morris County Park Commission (1957-1983), established the Willowwood Foundation to protect the Willowwood treasure.


The Willowwood Foundation is a non profit (Section 501(c)(3) under the Internal Revenue code) educational organization incorporated in 1960 in the State of New Jersey to nurture an appreciation for and knowledge of botany, horticulture and the natural world through its support of public horticulture education, written materials and facilities to promote use, access and information about native and exotic plants.

The Willowwood Foundation needs and welcomes your support and invites you to join a most unique organization which is working to preserve New Jersey’s Garden Heritage.

Yes, I want to help. All donations are tax deductible as allowable by law. Click here to go to our Donate to Willowwood page where you can even donate on line.

Willowwood Board of Trustees:

Meryl Carmel, President
Alice Cutler, Vice President
William Moran, Treasurer
Suzann Murphy, Secretary

Leslie Allain
Joseph Arvay
Bill Blackburn
Olga Christie
Heather Emelander, President, Friends of the Frelinghuysen
David Helmer, MCPC
Brace Krag
Anne Peterson
Kristen Peterson
Katie Porter, Trustee Emeritus
Stuart Lasser, President, MCPC
Dan Will, Trustee Emeritus

Willowwood Foundation, PO Box 218, Gladstone, NJ 07934
Email: wwfoundation@willowwoodfoundation.com