Upcoming Meeting – Landscape Design

On APRIL 9, Navesink Garden Club will host “Elements and Principles of Landscape Design” by Jan Godek.   In a slide presentation Ms. Godek will illustrate when the elements and principles of design are used correctly and when they are not.  She is a GCNJ Master Landscape Design Consultant with experience in residential landscape/garden design. Her passions include pruning trees, organic gardens and visiting at least one new major public garden each year.  Handouts will be available, but as Ms. Godek says, “A picture is worth a thousand words”.

The Program will take place at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, 40 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank,  at 1 p.m.  The public is invited free of charge.

Birds and Trees Presentation Flew!

We had the pleasure of an hour with @BillDalton, a renowned bird expert and nature photographer. https://yourshot.nationalgeographic.com/profile/17361/

The points 20190312_130451he made and examples he showed us were clear and interesting. His stories were fun to hear. 

As nature lovers, the club members and many guests and prospective new members were rapt as raptors were shown, hungry or sated. Finches and wrens took the floor as we saw their best side. And the cute little owl stole the show.

Many of our talks and presentation offer a treat and are free and open to the public. Please contact us and we will be sure to save a seat.


Stay tuned for more adventures in the garden and in the habitat as we welcome warmer weather and yet more outdoor time.

Update on our Annual Meeting and Cotton

For our members and members-to-be…

The date of our annual luncheon in June has been changed to June 18 (instead of the 11th) so please note it in your yearbook.  It will be at salt creek grille. This would allow extra time between GCNJ’s annual luncheon on June 6 and ours.  We have been given the opportunity to have a display honoring Gotti at the GCNJ luncheon and hope this date change will allow many of you to lend your support and attend their luncheon as well as ours.  More information will follow.

As some of you heard, we have access to some cotton plant seeds from Florida.  It might be fun to try them as the “Horticulture challenge” that we have in our flower show.  Although plans for a flower show and “Challenge’ are a future decision, the seeds need an early start.   Anyone interested in giving them a try, let our President know. It is best to start them indoors 4-6 weeks before the last frost date in our area (April 16th).  Information on how to do this is easy to find online.  They also make a good conversation piece as patio or deck container plants.

Our upcoming meeting will be great!

Our next meeting is all about the medicinal properties of well-known flowers and herbs.

The speaker is Judy Ryan, who is a Certified Medical Aromatherapist, with many years’ experience in the medical field. She will being along demonstration items to be raffled off. Friends are invited to this unique presentation.

Join us for this unique presentation at 1 PM.


Our January meeting is about Ikebana!

Happy New Year and best wishes for a 2019 that is good to you!

The first event of 2019 will be our January 8th business meeting starting at 11 a.m.  After lunch,  the program “Ikebana History and Demonstration” will be presented by our very own Yoko Ikura and you are in for a treat!!  After a brief history, Yoko will demonstrate how to create several styles of Sogetsu Ikebana.  Highly accomplished, Yoko received her first teacher’s certificate and flower name, Koka, in 1988 and now possesses the second highest rank in Sogetsu, Komon.

Navesink Garden Club receives Volunteer of the Year Award from Red Bank River Center in December!



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On December 3rd at Red Bank RiverCenter’s Annual Meeting and Awards Presentation,  the Navesink Garden Club received their  “2018 Volunteer of the Year Award” for their maintenance of the Red Bank flower planters.  Upon informing the club of their selection, James Scavone, Executive Director of Red Bank RiverCenter thanked the club membership for their “heroic efforts” in maintaining the planters . Noting the importance of the flower program’s direct impact on the economic vitality of downtown Red Bank through helping create an atmosphere that attracts visitors, tourists and customers,  Mr. Scavone described the club’s participation as “invaluable”  and  stated, “it would not be possible to implement the flower program without you.”

Since 1996, the Navesink Garden Club sends a team of four members once a week from June through the end of October to canvas the downtown streets for maintenance of approximately 50 flower pots.  The teams rotate each planter with a quarter turn in order to promote all-around even growth.  They deadhead spent blossoms, trim back ambitious growers,  prune to maintain a pleasing shape and, not insignificantly, remove unwanted debris.  Plants that are damaged or appear suffering are reported to RiverCenter for remediation.   Recognizable with their green aprons and pruners set to go, club members are frequently greeted by a resident’s thank you and expression of pleasure at the beauty the planters provide.

The Navesink Garden Club invites people interested in horticulture and design to attend one of our meetings, enjoy a warm and friendly welcome and learn what interesting projects the club engages in.  Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, Red Bank, from September to June.  Follow us here or on FaceBook, or contact Membership Chair, Terry, at cweed7@outlook.com.






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