A Prince of a Frog

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Follow the green arrow to green frog.

Sometimes our gardens hold surprises for us. Unexpected pleasures are always appreciated, and one was encountered today. Our Ronnie Joy was investigating her yards’s eligibility for the National Wildlife Federation’s Backyard Habitat certification, to her surprise a loud sound from a small space was heard. It was only a green frog, but having a frog in her pond, along with her birdhouses and feeders, trees, natural native plantings, just complemented the yard she has so lovingly built over the years.

This is just to say, that members can and should take a survey of their existing backyard areas, and large or small, every one of us should look into this exciting program.

ronnie's yard views of pond 8-16 (8 of 11)

Now there is even more to enjoy!


emma lander 8-16

Even Emma thinks this is fun!

Congratulations to…

We want to make a special mention that our current President, Marina Kerber, has been named District VIII Director. Congratulations to Marina. If you want to come meet her and our other awesome members, remember the date!

Our September flower show, is open to all.

Upcoming Meetings

September Flower Show Schedule

hi – here is a link to access/view the Schedule for our Fall Flower Show. If you have any problems getting to it, let me know…Jo the Webmaster.


Click here for a copy of the Show Schedule

New Photos on FaceBook…

Run, don’t walk – to this location. This is on our FaceBook presence, Our FACEBOOK GROUP and it is a public group.

Please join our group, and follow our adventures in design and horticulture.

Our 70th Year is Coming

We are awaiting our final YearBook, that little booklet that holds our hopes and dreams for our coming season – our 70th year!!!

While most of the original founders have found their way to the Eden that we hope for, we are carrying on the community and personal growth that they envisioned so many years ago.

Our club is vital, active, and ambitious, and this coming year’s activities will reflect that.

In addition to our many other awards, we are hoping to get some recognition for this very site, and will begin the submission process soon.

Thank you all for your pictures and thoughts in the year just passed. We are looking forward to ripening tomatoes and lots of information from you going forward.

News @ the Museum

We have a unique opportunity to share our design skills and love of nature with our friends at the Monmouth Museum. Please read read the recent email to me which outlines the activities for the weekend of the 24th.
 We will met at the Museum on Monday, June 6, at 10 a.m. to receive our painting assignments. (If you are unable to come at that time, I will get a copy/print of your painting and get it to you.) We will place our designs on Friday, June 24, anytime during regular museum hours, but certainly before the scheduled reception.  We will pick up our designs on Monday, June 27. (If you cannot pick up your design, I will pick it up for you.)
Now, please, please, please let me know that you are willing to do a design for this “Art in Bloom.” The design can be anything you want it to be, fresh flowers, dried materials, a combination of both, traditional or creative. This should be FUN — NO JUDGING, JUST YOU AND YOUR PAINTING AND FLOWERS.
PLEASE VOLUNTEER — I’D LIKE TO HAVE A STRONG SHOWING FROM OUR MEMBERSHIP TO MAKE THE SHOW A SUCCESS.  Let me know as soon as you can if you are going to do a design.

Update on Plant Exchange

This week, on May 3, members are going to our twice-yearly plant exchange. This event is well-anticipated because we get a chance not only to reconnect and enjoy each others’ company and advice, but we get plants! This is also a wonderful way for prospective members to have a casual introduction to the knowledgeable and interesting members of our Club.

Going home with a new addition to our gardens is very exciting. We can trust each other that the plants are hardy, healthy and have a history with us.

This spring, it will be a little different. We will also be offering some plants from a nursery, for a nominal cost. These were left-overs from our Poricy Park event, but by no means left-outers! They are fresh, vibrant, and waiting to be part of your vegetable and herb gardens.

In addition, Irene will have some beans which will become our Fall Horticulture Challenge, another annual project that has been a fun tradition at our Club.

Also, any garden items, unwanted planters will be welcome as part of the exchange.

Hope you can make our Plant Exchange at Janine ‘s lovely home May 3, Tues. 9:30 am.




NGC Scholarship Award Given

Navesink Garden Club Scholarship to Brookdale Student

20160324_172106.jpgAt a recent Scholarship Recognition Ceremony for Brookdale College, Lincroft, NJ, the Navesink Garden Club of Red Bank was pleased to award its Mary Cain Scholarship for Horticulture, Botany, or Environmental Sciences to Amanda Connizzi, a second-year student at the College. Amanda, a Manalapan resident, will conclude her Brookdale studies in Environmental Studies this June and continue on to Unity College in Unity, Maine where she will branch into Wildlife Biology. Having attended Freehold’s Animal Botanical Science Academy for her secondary education, Amanda’s ultimate aim is the study, care, and preservation of the “big cats.”

The Navesink Garden Club’s scholarship is funded in part by a grant from Mary Cain Ornellas , a former member for over 30 years, and partly from fundraising. It was one of over 400 presented at the ceremony in Collins Arena on the Brookdale Campus.



Local Bird Walks Planned

While not sponsored directly by us, we often join with other local organizations and activities (see our other posts) when it comes to nature events.

Soon, a wonderful shop, Wild Birds Unlimited of Middletown, will be sponsoring the following:

It’s Spring Bird Walk Time!
Spring is almost here and we’ve scheduled 3 birdwalks to celebrate it.  Join Mark and Karen Silva, our great birdwalk leaders, on one of our upcoming walks:
  • Saturday April 23, 2016, Sandy Hook (9am – noon)
  • Saturday May 14, 2016, Sandy Hook (9am – noon)
  • Saturday June 11, 2016, Thompson Park (9am – noon)
Call the store for details and to sign up.
This is not an NGC event, so contact them directly for information. There is also a FaceBook page that you can follow.
Thanks to the members who sent this information.

June Fundraiser Plans to Wave Hill


Click the link to access the flyer for Wave Hill trip. You will need to scroll down.

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