“HOLIDAY BLOOMS” Flower Show a Huge Success



The Navesink Garden Clubs’ Small Standard Flower Show titled “Holiday Blooms” was a huge success and visited by many garden enthusiasts at The Atrium at 40 Riverside Avenue in Red Bank. Featuring both Design and Horticulture Divisions, a total of 107 ribbons were awarded. Marina Kerber won the Designer’s Choice Award for her “Happy New Year” design. Bernice Maguire received 11 horticulture awards including an Award of Merit and received a first place blue ribbon for her “Thanksgiving Day” design. Ronnie Lander won 5 horticultural awards including the Arboreal Award and received a second place red ribbon for her “Thanksgiving Day” design . Pam Marhan garnered a first place blue ribbon and Melanie Straniero a second place red ribbon for their “Merry Christmas” design entries. Theresa Johnson won


second place for her “Happy New Year” design and received 11 horticultural ribbons. Joanne Mallon received two Awards of Merit for horticulture. Additional winners in the Horticulture Division were Yoko Ikura, Janine Voell , Pat Wotton, Betty Lou Berger, Bernadette Kelly, and April Qin. Additional awards in the Design Division were presented to Judy Alberse, Yoko Ikura, Betty Lou Berger, Pam Sutton and Dian Woodroffe and Joanne Mallon.


The Navesink Garden Club invites all who are interested in horticulture and design to attend one of their meetings. You don’t need to be a “gardener” to enjoy a warm and friendly welcome and learn about the interesting projects the club engages in. Meetings are held at 10 a.m. on the second Tuesday of the month from September to June at The Atrium, 40 Riverside Ave., Red Bank. For additional information, visit http://www.navesinkgardenclub.org or contact Membership Chair, Joanne, at ngcnjpublicity1@gmail.com



Robin Hood Day @ Monmouth Museum

Along with the Monmouth Museum, the Navesink Garden Club is presenting a fun day for all! The event is on Saturday, 9/21 from 10 – 5.

Our activities will include an introduction (or re-Introduction) to the famous Robin Hood of legend, inspired by our late member and one of the founders of this nature area, Betty Jean Meyer!

From 10 am to 5 pm there will be tours of the Museum for free. We will also have crafts and a story hour with hats, capes, and pictures to remember Robin Hood (or any SuperHero!). The day will also include a Planetarium Show for ages 7+ will at 1:30 pm

Come see how the Navesink Garden Club has designed and maintained the nature area to provide a fulfilling experience of local horticulture and animals.

We are hoping that many Club members will be available to discuss our projects and meet the public.



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The Navesink Garden Club is staging a small standard flower show titled “Holiday Blooms” on September 10 from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. The show will be held at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor located at 40 Riverside Avenue, Red Bank, and is open to the public free of charge.

This club has held a horticulture show every year since its inception in 1947. This year’s venue will encompass both horticulture and design divisions. In the Horticulture Division members will enter and disngc fall flower show 9-18 192.jpgplay their best examples of fruits, vegetables, herbs, flowers and plants grown in their gardens over the summer. In addition, there will be sections devoted to container-grown plants and combination plantings. Exhibits will be eligible for Awards of Merit, Arboreal Award and the Grower’s Choice Award.  An abundant and colorful exhibit in the past, it promises to be an exciting one this year with holiday titles such as “Fourth of July,” “Midsummer’s Eve,” “Valentine’s Day,” and many more.

In the Design Division, members are invited to enter a “design of any type” in Classes titled “Happy Thanksgiving,” “Merry Christmas,” and “Happy New Year,” again  playing into the theme “Holiday Blooms.” Participants will be eligible for a Designer’s Choice Award.ngc fall flower show 9-18 228.jpg

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 about the interesting projects the club engages in.  Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor, Red Bank, from September to June.  For meeting times and additional information, visit  www.navesinkgardenclub.org or contact Membership Chair, Joanne, at ngcnjpublicity1@gmail.com .

May Meeting Topic – From Garden to Vase


PR Contact:  Joanne Mallon  ngcpublicity@gmail.com 


On Tuesday, May 14 at 1 p.m., the Navesink Garden Club will host “Garden to Vase” by Alicia Vacchiano,  Master Gardener, Certified Horticulturist and owner of Plant Design Events.   This program will focus on floral design and will cover topics such as hardy annuals, making creative use of plants you are already growing, techniques of harvesting and preparing cut flowers, floral arranging and understanding how to use different textures.  Alicia will provide you with the knowledge about how to have an abundance of non-stop cut flowers from your own garden from spring to frost.

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 www.navesinkgardenclub.org  for information on our current happenings.

The Navesink Garden Club is a member of The Garden Club of New. Jersey, Inc.  For additional information about the club and its programs, contact Membership Chair, Terry,  by emailing her at cweed7@outlook.com

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.

Info for our SSFS on 9/11…

Good luck, everyone!

Navesink Garden Club
September 11, 2018
Horticulture Entries:

– Entry Cards will be available at the registration desk on day of show.

– Address labels may be used for exhibitor information. Use pencil or water-proof ink.

– Cut specimens should not have foliage below the water line except for Gladiolus.

– Foliage plants may flower, but should be exhibited as foliage if they are grown for their leaves.

– General Show Chairman and Horticulture Chairman are free to subdivide classes by color, form, size, variety or other distinguishing characteristics.

– The Scale of Points for Horticulture are listed on pages 298-299 of the Handbook for Flower Shows

– Plant specimens must be fresh plant material, grown by the exhibitor, and MUST be correctly named on entry card.

– Variety/cultivar, if known, should also be listed on Entry card. Common plant names may also be included.

– Containers for cut specimens will be provided by the Committee.

– Bubble wrap provided by Committee will be used to wedge the specimens.

NGC wins Two Awards


PR Contact: Patricia Dygulski – NGCDygulski@aol.com



The Garden Club of New Jersey awarded the Navesink Garden Club the Hanover Garden Club Trophy and the GCNJ Special Award to a medium club for a continuing project in civic beautification on June 8, 2017 in Bridgewater, NJ.

The Hanover Garden Club trophy was for staging the Art in Bloom Flower Design Show in the Monmouth Museum on June 24 to 26 in 2016.  The Museum was mounting a show of paintings by local Red Bank artist Lewis Lanza Rudolph. Ten (10) Navesink Garden Club members each assembled a flower design interpreting ten (10) specific paintings.  Additionally, each member wrote a paragraph on how the painting inspired her design.

The Special Award to a Medium Club was for a continuing project in civic beautification for maintenance of Red Bank’s Downtown street planters. Since 1996 the Navesink GC, in cooperation with Red Bank’s downtown business alliance, River Center, sends out a team of four members once a week beginning in June though the end of October to canvas the downtown streets for about 50 flower pots strategically placed to show off Red Bank in its best light.

The teams rotated each planter with a quarter turn to the right in order to promote all-around, even growth. They deadheaded spent blossoms, trimmed back ambitious growers and pruned to maintain a pleasing shape. Not insignificantly, they removed bottles, cans, cigars, cigarette butts and paper left behind by unconcerned citizens.  Where plants had been damaged or appeared suffering from underwatering, the team reported these to River Center for remediation. Each team spent about 2 hours per session—eight person hours per week.  While the original planting is contracted to a local nursery and the watering is done my borough workers, the contribution of the Navesink Gardeners is essential to the success of the project. River Center personnel say they would not consider placing the planters around town without the ability to monitor and maintain them.  Twenty-seven members of the Club participate in this project, amounting to 152 person-hours per season.

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 secondTuesday of the month at The Atrium, located at 40 Riverside Avenue in Red Bank, in September, November, December, January, March, April, and May 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 cweed7@outlook.com   Visit the Navesink Garden Club at www.navesinkgardenclub.org.  Like us on Facebook.

Photos below:

Amaryllis in Bloom

Here is a beautiful amaryllis we wanted to share. They are easy to grow, and not at all fussy. However, their appearance makes all of us a 20170603_104942_resized_1little amazed.


Grown by one of our members and shared with her permission.

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