No meeting in February?

And it’s a good thing, too! Our Northeastern winter has been amazingly difficult, with plenty of snow, more snow, and lots of it. 

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But, now that it’s been plowed aside, it just is sitting there, glistening and now melting, as our freezing temperatures comeup a little bit. It’s really the cold that makes it difficult, but by our next meeting we should be rollicking in our gardens, trowels in hand, welcoming the start of a great growing season.

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Turning Straw into Gold – an apt name for our activity in January

Irene Saputo, a renowned designer at many competitions, showed us her own techniques in making jewelry from natural materials. She took some beans, seeds and glue, and gave an entertaining and informative description of the steps to a winning design.

We wish her best of luck in her upcoming activities this year!

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Reminder for our January Meeting – coming to a venue near you!

Our Next meeting will be

January 20, 2015 at 11:00am

Please Note , The Atrium will no longer be providing lunch

so please bring your lunch including a drink.

 If you would rather purchase your lunch , you can do so from the

 Coffee Shop on the Main Level.

2015-2016 Membership dues can be paid at this meeting.

See you there!  Irene

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Getting Ready for our January Meeting – Info Below:


written by our Publicity Chair Pat Dygulski

Pin made out of dried beans and pods.

Pin made out of beans, pods, etc. shown on a hand dyed scarf.

€“First prize winner of the  necklace created by Irene Saputo made out of garbanzo beans, fava beans, a tree peony seed pod, etc.

€“First prize winner of the necklace created by Irene Saputo made out of garbanzo beans, fava beans, a tree peony seed pod, etc.

Tuesday, January 20,  2015 Irene Saputo of the Navesink Garden Club will demonstrate how to select and prepare dried plant material for use in botanical designs with a focus on jewelry making.   This will be held at the Atrium at 40 Riverside Avenue in Red Bank, NJ.    The meeting and presentation  is open to the general public free of charge.

Irene is the current president of the Navesink Garden Club.  In the past two years she has won an award,  in February, at the New Jersey Flower and Garden Show held in Edison New Jersey. The jewelry she created out of seeds, beans and natural dried flowers in the  GCNJ Flower Show Artistic Crafts Section has impressed all who visited the show. 

This year as part of the New Jersey Flower and Garden Show  â€œThe Great American Novel” sponsored by Mac Events will be held  at  The New Jersey Convention and Expo Center located at 93 Sunfield Avenue in Edison New Jersey 08837 with the following Standard Flower Show Dates and Times (Thursday, February 12, 2015 1pm-8pm; Friday, February 13, 2015 10am- 8pm; Saturday, February 14, 2015 10am-8pm and Sunday, February 15, 2015 10am-5:50pm

The Navesink Garden Club is inviting people interested in horticulture and design to join the club.  You can come meet everyone and learn what other interesting projects the club will be doing.  Come to one or more of our  monthly meetings.   The meetings are held the third Tuesday of the month at The Atrium located at 40 Riverside Avenue  in Red Bank, NJ in January, March, April and May from 11:00am till 2:00pm.

The Navesink GC is a member of The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. and the Central Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc.  Members come from Colts Neck, Marlboro, Holmdel, Middletown, Fair Haven, Red Bank, Little Silver, Leonardo, Manalapan, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Eatontown, Brick, Tinton Falls, Brielle, Elberon, Hazlet, Long Branch, Neptune, Lincroft, Rumson, Navesink and Shrewsbury in New Jersey, Sarasota in Florida, Waveland in Mississippi and New York City, New York.  For more information about the Navesink Garden Club and programs, contact the Membership Chair, Judy Alberse,

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2014 in review

The stats helper monkeys prepared a 2014 annual report for this blog.

Here’s an excerpt:

A New York City subway train holds 1,200 people. This blog was viewed about 4,400 times in 2014. If it were a NYC subway train, it would take about 4 trips to carry that many people.

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Holiday updates

The VNA Holiday House Tour and Boutique is Dec 5 Friday 9:30 to 4pm  Benefits VNA Hospice Program;   $40, Seniors;  Reg Adm/ $50.              They will visit 4 Houses in Two River  Area.

Another great opportunity to give –  Lunch at Salt Creek Grill on your own /reser,; 20% donated  to VNA

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Important News on Black Swallowtail Butterfly efforts

We are gaining on our bills to have the Black Swallowtail Butterfly designated as New Jersey’s Official State Butterfly.  Please District Directors send this email out to your clubs.  We’re asking as many of you as possible to please attend the State Government, Wagering, Tourism and Historic Preservation Committee’s meeting in Trenton on December 12th, 2014 when the bill S939 will be voted on in committee.  We can attend this meeting and testify.
Meanwhile, please reach out to the members of this committee as follows:
Senator Jim Whelan, Chair:  address is 507 Tilton Road, Northfield, NJ 08225, phone number is:  609-383-1388
Senator Samuel D. Thompson:  address is 2501 Hwy 516, Suite 101, Old Bridge, NJ 08857, phone number is:  732-607-7580
Senator Steven V. Oroho:  address is One Wilson Drive, Suite 2B, Sparta, NJ 07871, phone number is:  973-300-0200
Senator Shirley K. Turner, Vice Chair:  address is 1230 Parkway Avenue, Suite 103, Ewing Twp., NJ 08628, phone number is:  609-323-7239
Senator Peter J. Barnes III, is on this committee, too, and is a co-sponsor of this bill.  It wouldn’t hurt to reach out to him also, thanking him for his continued support for this important bill, the cornerstone of growing our pollinator population.  His address is 3 Stephenville Pkwy., Suite 2 D, Edison, NJ 08820, phone number is:  732-548-1406.
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