Form & Structure by Guest Blogger

We have a guest blogger!

Because of the harsh spring around here, many of our activities, although indoors, needed to be adjusted or even cancelled. That’s what happened to our drop-in this past week. However, Gotti K. was kind enough to let us share her offering, even though we had such bad weather.

Hoping you enjoy her words; her wisdom and generosity continue to inspire our club, even during these dreary days.

Form and Structure

A garden is both a haven and a laboratory – gardeners seek respite from stressful world. Gardeners seeks to simplify

Patterned foliage is the story of 2018

New Trends in Europe:

Hot colors are soft blues and blue greens, mauves, pink, reddish pink and orange-red.

Trendy with fashion and interior decorating styles now.

Blues and  blue-greens are great in a garden area of light shade. Think Hostas, ferns, grasses and sedge.

Hydrangeas new varieties: re-blooming, simpler to prune

tolerant to heat, humidity and wind.

Succulents are the 21st century houseplant infatuation

New cultivars: Great shrubs

Abelia grandiflora: Funshine – yellow, Pinky Bells – pink

Buddleia : Miss Pearl, Miss Violet, White, lilac, blue, purple

Quince: Peach, pink, scarlet

Blooming right now: Hellebores, Forsythia, Pussy Willow, Mahonia

Hosta: gardenworthy:


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example of Mouse Ears hosta

e Mouse Ears 6″ tall,  Green Ice 2″ tall,Green Thumb miniature


Heuchera – Coral Bells, humidity tolerant

foliage ages to silver: Electric Plum, Pink Panther

Heucherella is a combination of Heuchera and Tiarella

Red Twig Dogwood – Arctic fire, Arctic Sun

Botanical diversity is better for insect pollinators

Off to the garden for healing, relaxation and mindfulness


Photos from NJ Home & Garden Show

Here they are!!!!

we’re adding them here to our Gallery page, but in the meanwhile, enjoy the preliminary offerings.


click here for NJ flower show!

Drop-in Tutorial starts our March Meeting

Our Horticulture Chair will do a Drop in tutorial at 10:30. She has a wealth of knowledge to give us. Come at 10:15 ,we will have the Business meeting at 11 am, followed by lunch. Our speaker will be Leslie Dempsey, at 1 pm presenting care of houseplants and outdoor Spring and Summer maintenance. With her Irish sense of humor it will be a fun meeting. Bring any problem plants and she will try to cure. Leslie can give tips on making our gardens shape up for the coming joy of Spring and Summer.
We look forward to seeing you all and welcoming our prospective members .



 PR Contact:  Joanne Mallon 


Are you tired of winter?  Spring is just around the corner, so what are some things you can do to begin preparing your plants and garden for the sunshine months?

On  Tuesday, March 13th at 1p.m., the  Navesink Garden Club will host “Seasonal Care In Spring and Summer” featuring speaker Leslie Dempsey.  Just in time for St. Patrick’s Day,  Leslie, who is known for her lectures that are peppered with Irish humor,  will be giving a delightful presentation that focuses on spring and preparing for a summer outside.  Leslie is the sole proprietor of Leslie Dempsey Home Plant Care with over 20 years’ experience in garden maintenance and outdoor “minding”.  As part of the program, Leslie invites you to bring in your plants for diagnosis and help.

The public is invited to attend this program free of charge at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, 40 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, NJ.

The Navesink Garden Club invites people interested in horticulture and design to attend 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 September to June at the Atrium.  The business meeting begins at 11 a.m. and the program at 1 p.m.  Visit us at  for information on our current happenings.

The Navesink Garden Club is a member of The Garden Club of New. Jersey, Inc.  Members come from far and wide.  For additional information about the club and its programs, contact Membership Chair, Terry,  by emailing her at  Like us on Facebook.



42nd Annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School

Here is the annual event from Rutgers. They were kind enough to send us a copy, so we have posted it here for you.


Let Happiness Grow from Your Garden at the 42nd Annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School

Horticulture experts, handpicked by the Office of Continuing Professional Education, to offer a unique learning experience for gardeners, including 38 workshops [19 new] and hands-on demonstrations

December 18, 2017

NEW BRUNSWICK, N.J.: — Whether your outdoor plans include festive gatherings with friends or peaceful moments of solitude, get your yard or garden ready with expert training at the 42nd Annual Rutgers Home Gardeners School. Registration is now open for this once-a-year event, which will be held on Saturday, March 17, 2018, from 9 a.m.- 4 p.m., at the Rutgers University Cook/Douglass campus in New Brunswick, N.J.

The Home Gardeners School is made up of 38 individual workshop sessions that cover a wide array of horticulture topics. This format allows attendees to select the workshops that are most relevant to their gardening interests so as to create their own unique, customized schedule for a fun day of learning. Expert speakers from commercial horticulture and landscape design firms, as well as faculty and staff from Rutgers Cooperative Extension (RCE), provide attendees with the opportunity to learn from highly-respected professionals with a wealth of experience.

Kicking off this year’s Home Gardeners School is a new demonstration workshop called “Easy Garden Walkway Ideas.” This demo will teach you the A-B-C’s of walkway techniques including base preparation, installation, and natural walkway material options. Another new workshop is “Welcoming Migrating Birds Back to Your Yard this Spring,” in which participants will learn how to create landscapes that provide food, shelter, and nesting for our native avian visitors. Also new is a workshop that deals with those tricky spaces that almost every yard and gardener has to contend with: spots with unusual growing conditions. In “Unique Plants for Unique Spaces,” attendees will hear about these areas and the plants that will grow successfully in them. Other new workshops for 2018 include Organic, Low Maintenance Landscape Care, Designing Intimate Gardens, Easy Breezy Succulents, Growing Tropicals in Containers, Beds and Borders, Growing the Perfect Jersey Tomato, to name a few. With a total of 21 new or revised workshops this year, you are guaranteed a day of learning experiences that will give you a garden your neighbors will envy.

This year there will be two new keynote presentations happening simultaneously during lunch. In “Keeping Your Pets Safe and Happy Outdoors,” Brian Voynick, DVM CVA (Owner/Director, American Animal Hospital and Host of The Pet Stop on News 12 New Jersey) will offer suggestions and solutions for creating a safe and happy space for your beloved pets. Nicholas Polanin, County Agricultural Agent, RCE of Somerset County will present “The Rutgers Master Gardener Program – 34 Years and Growing Strong.” Polanin will discuss the history of this great program as well as how you can join this exclusive community of “green thumb” volunteers.

The registration fee for this event is $85, but a special early registration discounted price of $70 is being offered through February 28. An additional discounted fee of $60 is available for Master Gardeners (certificate required) through February 28, as well. Participants can purchase a convenient $13 box lunch when registering or bring their own bag lunch. Pre-registration is strongly recommended.

Continuing our tradition of altruism this year, the Home Gardeners School organizers invite attendees to bring food donations to the event. These items will be distributed to New Jersey families in need through Rutgers Against Hunger (RAH), a universitywide initiative working to address the issues of hunger across the state. Look for the RAH table (look for green bins) to make your non-perishable canned or boxed (no items in glass, please!) donation.

New this year, we are also inviting participants to donate items for our furry friends to benefit Happy Paws Rescue (a 501(3)(c) organization focused on rescue and adoption in the New Brunswick area) and Scarlet Paws Rescue (a 501(3)(c) non-profit collaboration of Rutgers staff, faculty, students and community volunteers that rescues stray animals on the Rutgers campus). Find their tables to drop off your donations of unopened dry dog or cat food, treats, chews, toys, collars/leashes, waste bags and gift cards, etc.

For more information or to register for Home Gardeners School, visit or call the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education at 848-932-9271.





Ro Mende

Program Coordinator, Office of Continuing Professional Education







Our February Meeting is soon!


PR Contact: Joanne Mallon


On Tuesday, February 13th at 1 p.m., the Navesink Garden Club will present a program on “Decorating with Succulents”. Alicia Vacchiano, will give an overview of perennial succulents, designed arrangements and fun and interesting ways to use succulents in the garden. Alicia is owner of Plant Design Events, President of Wall Township Garden Club, Membership Chairman in Garden Club of New Jersey and is a Master Gardener. In telling her personal story, Alicia describes her journey from Corporate America to following her passion for plants, gardening and all things in nature. Creating plant arrangements and sharing her knowledge with others through workshops give her the greatest of pleasure.

The public is invited to attend free of charge at The Atrium, 40 Riverside Ave. in Red Bank.

The Navesink Garden Club is inviting 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 will be doing. Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of

the month from 11a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Atrium from September to June. Visit the Navesink Garden Club at for information on current happenings.

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 far and wide. For additional information about the Navesink Garden Club and its programs, contact Membership Chair, Terry, by emailing her at Like us on Facebook.

Thanks for the Greenery

Our December activities are usually very festive, and today was no exception. After our general meeting and committee reports, we were treated to a demonstration of design creation by our members Bernice and Judy. Both are highly talented and experienced in the nuances of attractive displays, much needed at this time of year.

Many of us know how expensive and tricky it is to order or buy such items. But the membership makes it look easy. Be brave, all, and march confidently into the local crafts stores with an open mind. There are many ideas and much help if you just give it a try.

After the demonstration, and a lunch break, some of us returned to the meeting room and began to construct our own unique designs. Time to leave, though, and this writer has to keep an eye on candidates in the landscape for great pieces this winter season.

Happy Holidays to all – from the Navesink Garden Club!


Our November Meeting is Full!

Full of exciting fun, that is – please read the below if you plan to attend the early part which will be a fun design session with Pam S.

Not too many years ago, Miniature Designs consisted exclusively of dwarf or miniature varieties of plant material massed in small household items which served as containers.  Today the designer has the freedom to use florets etc., from standard sized plants and very small modern containers are even being crafted.  Designers are encouraged to consider a myriad of Design Types and create them on a small scale suitable for a maximum of 5″ designs.  It is important to remember that the maximum allowed for a miniature is 5″ and that includes any staging materials (containers).  Pam will bring pictures of designs from our Designing by Types-National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Pam suggested bringing the following.

“Pixie Magic” is a 5″ design–bring itty-bitty things e.g.  bottle caps, anything under 2″, tiny doll house items, SCISSORS, fluorescent paint if have it.  Think tiny.

“Genie Magic” is an 8″ design–bring a container you would like to use, leaves such as spider plants, ivy, pothos or other small foliage and SCISSORS.

DROP-IN STARTS AT 10:15 IF YOU WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE.  Even if you don’t plan to create, come and observe.  It is so much fun.

PROGRAM:  Janet Schultz will present “This and That in the Garden” touching on different areas of gardening, including a little about “Hyper-tufa Troughs”.  She is a Master Garden with 40 years in the garden center industry

GoSprouts Wins Blue Ribbon for 2nd Year!


PR  Contact: Patricia Dygulski –

 GoSprouts Wins Blue Ribbon for 2nd Year!

 For the second year in a row, two members of the Navesink Garden Club, Laurie Brekke and Hope Hanlon, were recently awarded a Blue Ribbon in the 2017 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Gardening and Greening Contest for their creation of a children’s learning garden, the Tiger Patch, at Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. They were selected from 387 entries and recognized for their commitment to enhance their neighborhood through their work in this garden.

The garden, founded in 2010 by their non-profit, GoSprouts, is utilized by students and educators to learn and teach across the entire curriculum, including science, technology, engineering, art and math (STEAM). In addition to 13 raised beds, GoSprouts is working with the school to install a certified Monarch Waystation in the Tiger Patch.

The PHS will honor their accomplishments at a reception hosted in Philadelphia on Monday, November 14.

The Navesink Garden Club is inviting people interested in horticulture and design to join the club. Meet everyone and learn what other interesting projects the club will be doing. Come to one or more of the monthly meetings held the second Tuesday of the month at The Atrium, located at 40 Riverside Avenue in Red Bank, in September, October, November, December, January, February, March, April,  May and June from 11:00 am to 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.

For more information about the Navesink Garden Club and programs, contact the Membership Chair, Terry, by emailing her at   Visit the Navesink Garden Club at

The Fun World of Small and Petite Design

October 10 at 10:30 we are invited to Drop-inDesign.
Welcome to the Fun World of Small and Petite Design.
Small…not larger than 8″.
Petite…5″ or smaller
We will be pleased to offer a demonstration by our very own Pam Sutton. She is a multi-winner whenever design comes into view. She is talented and also generous and will share her knowledge on Tuesday.
The rules – You choose the container…see above. Pam will also bring some with her.
You choose the plant material. Small, that is. Pam will contribute some line material and small flower stems, etc.
Pam will also bring along photos of winning small and petite designs for inspiration.
Hope to see you.

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