October Meeting a Prickly Topic

Our October meeting featured using cactus and succulent specimens in a dish design, suitable for flower shows. [more to come…]

Navesink G.C. members invited…

Here’s a link to more information on the invitation for us to join others in a special presentation next week, on October 18. Please check out the info below – just say who you are, and your admission is, well, admitted. Enjoy!

Oct 18, 2016 at 11:00am (Paid Event)
Middletown Arts Center, 36 Church Street Middletown, NJ07748




Navesink Garden Club Project receives Award…

Our Project “Go Sprouts” was honored with the Blue Ribbon for this Award. More to come. Here is the article describing the item…

PHS Announces Gardening and Greening Winners

Individual gardeners and community groups receive awards

PHILADELPHIA (October 2016) – The Pennsylvania Horticultural Society has chosen the Blue Ribbon and Gardens of Distinction winners of the “2016 PHS Gardening and Greening Contest.”

Gardeners in Philadelphia and the surrounding counties have long been celebrated by PHS.  The “PHS Gardening and Greening Contest” recognizes individuals as well as groups for their contributions to their communities.
“PHS congratulates this year’s Gardening and Greening Contest participants. This competition is one of the most exciting ways we fulfill our mission to connect people with horticulture and engage them in gardening,” said Matt Rader, PHS President.
A reception for this year’s winners will be held at PHS headquarters on Monday, November 14 from 6 to 8 p.m.

Fifty panels of judges visited 300 gardens throughout Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Delaware in search of well-designed, well-maintained, inspiring gardens. Entries were judged on design and total visual effect, with extra points awarded for creativity and sustainable practices. Gardens were also judged on maintenance and horticultural practices, as well as the variety, color, and suitability of plantings.

Entries included home gardeners with in-ground or container gardens, community gardeners with vegetable and flower gardens, urban farms, rooftop gardens, environmental initiatives, garden blocks, public-space plantings, children’s gardens and parks. Businesses who beautified their properties, as well as municipalities that initiated environmental projects such as stormwater management, also entered.

The ten contest categories included: Children’s Garden; Combination Garden; Container Garden; Environmental Initiatives; Flower Garden; Garden Block; Public Space: Plantings/Parks; Rooftop Garden; Urban Farm; and Vegetable Garden.

All winners will receive a garden sign and two tickets to the 2017 PHS Philadelphia Flower Show, “Holland: Flowering the World,” March 11 to 19 at the Pennsylvania Convention Center. For a full list of the winners, click here.

Media contact: Alan Jaffe, PHS Communications Director, 215.988.8833, ajaffe@pennhort.org

Our President’s Message

This is where you can find our President, Marina’s message for us as a club, and also as individuals. It is a chance to enjoy her writing, as well as reflect on what the club means to us as members and as gardeners.



President’s Message


Cacti & Succulent at our Next Meeting

Navesink Garden Club

PR Contact: Robyn Kilpatrick       radkilpatrick@gmail.com
Peggy Koehler, a Garden Club of New Jersey accredited judge and award-winning designer, will discuss compatible plantings, soil types, and flower show qualifications for dish gardens on Tuesday, October 11 at 1:00 pm at Navesink Garden Club’s meeting at The Atrium, 40 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank.

The public is invited to attend free of charge.

The Navesink Garden Club is inviting people interested in horticulture and design to join the Club. Meet everyone and learn what other interesting things the Club will be doing. Come to a monthly meeting held the second Tuesday of the month at The Atrium from September to April from 11:00 am – 2:00 pm.
The Navesink Garden Club is a member of The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. and the Central Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc. Members come from Atlantic Highlands, Belford, Brick, Chatham, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Elberon, Fair Haven, Highlands, Holmdel, Leonardo, Lincroft, Little Silver, Middletown, Neptune, Ocean, Rumson, Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, and Red Bank.

Our First Meeting a gReat Success!

Hop on over to our Gallery and have a feast for the eyes. Our members outdid themselves, once again, with design and horticultural feats. ngc-going-platinum-hort-show-9-16-192-of-201We can be very proud of ourselves in our achievements, and the ribbons were well-deserved.

Our start of the season show is a way for many of us to show off our efforts from the previous summer with vegetables, fruits and flowers. It also highlights the creative offerings as you can see from the pieces shown in the gallery.

Please feel free to visit us at one of our regular meetings. You will be welcomed and also encouraged to develop your knowledge and abilities. Come see us and learn how you can create wonderful designs and work with us in the community and with each other.

See you in October!

Our First Meeting is almost Here

Members of the Navesink Garden Club are busy, as we speak, setting up some preliminaries at the Atrium, where our first meeting and annual horticultural and design competition will be held. It will be tomorrow, 9/13, and the public is invited from 1-3 PM to view our results.

We promise a good view of local fruits, vegetables and even designs, created or grown by members in their own gardens. Our rules follow the Handbook for Flower Shows so are judged on standard criteria.

If you are intimidated by the ideas of designing something or growing a garden, don’t hesitate to visit us. You will realize that we are just like anyone else. We all started somewhere. Even if it was with a small hand trowel and a bucket of potting soil.

See you tomorrow at the Atrium!

Some Good News

It’s Official, The BettyJean and Karl Meyer Art and Nature Area at The Monmouth Museum is now an official Monarch Waystation .

You may be familiar with the new project which we are doing with the Monmouth Museum. Both they and NGC have been working hard at getting recognition and at the same time, helping the environment. One way we are involved is to provide help to the Monarch Butterfly as it visits our area for its summer range.

To that end, our members have achieved status with a national program. You can go to the website to learn more, or better yet, visit the area at the Monmouth Museum to say hello.


It’s a pretty interesting website as well:







Reminder on Container Class

REMINDER that if you intend to  bring any of the following 3 to the Sept. 13 Flower Show you must register with the Horticulture Chairman – Kathie (see YearBook) – by Sept 1.

That’s TODAY!

Class 7. Container Grown Flowering Plant in Bloom

Class 8. Container Grown Foliage Plant

Class 9. Combination Planting

So far there are  only 6 entrants for these 3 categories.  Surely there are more of you who have such things.  And with little competition the odds of a blue are in your favor.

You have until midnight of Sept. 1  to “register”.  Since it is announced in the schedule I think we need to abide by the rules and not accept any late registrants.  Even if you’re not sure that your plant will be presentable on 9/13 register it.  You can always withdraw an entry but you probably won’t be able to add one.

A Prince of a Frog

ronnie's yard views of pond w arrow 8-16 (3 of 11)

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!

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