Slow Disappearance Visible

Hi, fellow gardeners. Jo here, your webmaster. Anyone concerned about the lessening of our old friends the June bugs, and the fireflies? Despite use of IPM and organic methods, we are seeing less and less of the pollinators in our yards.

I miss the big, bold butterflies, the hawk moths, the masses of fireflies (there are some, but there are many species too). I miss the green caterpillars, the baby ladybugs. Only as the summer goes on, will we really know who’s gone and who’s not.

Of course, drought and excessive rain – vis a vis dead, drowned gophers and moles, will not be so devastating as time goes on.

Hopefully, things will recover. In the meanwhile, treasure what we have left and hope for change.

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 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!

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.

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