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!



Publicity Contact:  Joanne Mallon   ngcpublicity@gmail.com 


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.






Our trip to the Cranberry Bog


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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