Small Standard Flower Show Scheduled

The official, current schedule for our upcoming flower and design show is available. If you need a copy, please contact Marina K. or Joanne M. for an e-copy. (Members only.)

This is a fun event, and open to the public for viewing. Please check our upcoming meetings page for information.

See you in September!

Navesink Garden Club Annual Luncheon

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PR Contact:  Joanne Mallon   ngcpublicity@gmail.com

 NAVESINK GARDEN CLUB ANNUAL AWARDS LUNCHEON

On June 19th, the Navesink Garden Club held its Annual Luncheon. Each year the club awards a $1,000 scholarship to a college student. This year’s recipient of the Navesink Garden Club /Mary Cain Scholarship was awarded to Brookdale student Benjamin Shulman. Benjamin lives in Monmouth County and is enrolled in environmental sciences. He has just completed his first year at Brookdale and eventually plans to continue his environmental studies at Rutgers University.

  • The Navesink Garden Club was the proud recipient of five awards from The Garden Club of New Jersey.
  • A Certificate of Merit with Gold Seal was awarded for Excellence in a Yearbook.

 The GoSprouts organization of Junior Gardeners received the following  prestigious awards :

  •  The Katherine Cutler Junior Garden Club of the Year
  • The Ann De Roner Junior Gardeners Horticulture Trophy
  • Certificate of Merit with Gold Seal
  • Certificate of Merit for the Comprehensive Study of Horticulture.

 The silver trays and bowls awarded each year by the club to members who distinguished themselves in horticulture and design were given to the following winners:

  • Gotti Kelley received The Bea Gardella Silver Tray Award for Horticulture In-Club, as well as The Betty Jean Meyer Bowl Award for Horticulture at All Events.
  • Astrid Dixon received the Margaret Poduska Award for Design, In-Club
  • Pam Sutton received the Navesink Garden Club Award for Design, All Events
  • Janine Voell received the Gotti Kelley Award for Artistic Craft.
  • Dian Woodroffe received the Kathleen Panepinto Weeding Award

 Overall, Garden Club of New Jersey Judges awarded 85 ribbons and 6 special awards for horticulture at the Navesink Garden Club Flower Show,

  • “Bella Italia.”   Twelve ribbons were given for design along with a Designer’s Choice Award.

 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 engaged in.  Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of the month from 11  a.m. to 2 p.m. at The Atrium, 40 Riverside Ave., Red Bank,  from September to June.

 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 more information about the Navesink Garden Club and its programs, contact the Membership Chair, Terry, by emailing her at cweed&@outlook.com or visit the Navesink Garden Club at  www.navesinkgardenclub.org.

 Photos:   Taken by Jo Grazide

Group photo of all the winners with their trophies. ngc annual luncheon & awards 54 6-18

From our Guest Blogger, Gotti

Click here for the more colorful article: Watch whom you invite to your garden party
or, read here:

Watch whom you invite to your garden party!

 Some guests are most unwelcome and soon push others to the sidelines. These are the assertive and belligerent plants, soon running wild, quickly filling every space and that of their neighbor. Quite often, gardeners, grateful for a different plant, will rue the day they set it in the ground.

 For example, most varieties of mint, while great to use in the kitchen, will invade and infiltrate a space before you realize it. My suggestion is to plant mint in a large container, no drainage holes and then sink the pot into the ground.

 Sweet Autumn Clematis, so beautiful in bloom, heavenly in scent and loved by bees, can be considered invasive. This plant happily scrambles with such energy during the summer, one has to admire it. If you have an odd spot in your garden, a patch of soil with poor growing conditions begging for some attention, then this is the plant for you.

 Common orange day lilies are often inherited in older gardens. They dig in their heels and refuse to budge. And while you may enjoy the faithful blooming each year, there comes a time when they must go, otherwise you drown in a sea of green leaves. But again, if you have lots of space, a generous spread of these sword-like leaves is an attractive sight during the summer.

 Gardening is intimately connected to the journey we all make to find a place for ourselves. It displays our “Jekyll and Hyde” attitude, which mediates between the urge to obliterate and our urge to preserve. Should you ruthlessly pull up plants that you once loved or should you close both eyes and give them another season? This decision is yours alone. Just remember – a garden must change; otherwise it becomes an antiquated affair.

 Don’t succumb to the black hole of time and energy by choosing high maintenance plants for your garden. Those divas who requite your continuous attention like spraying, dusting, dead-heading, tying, etc. Those who have to be coddled and are usually expensive. There is a national movement to create interest in our native plants, those than can weather harsh conditions, drought and air pollution, those that are less demanding and still reward you with their vigor and multi-season interest. Look for native plants in your garden center and nurseries.

 You know it is spring when crows mob hawks, and scores of robins devour the last red holly berries. And Spring is definitely here when you see robins in the grass, listen intently to detect worms. Spring is also heralded by the magnificent hellebores orientalis (Lenten Rose) in colors ranging from burgundy to hot pinks, and the dependable Vinca with its deep blue blossom who invite you to stop and admire.

 Now is the time to set out support for peonies before shoots become too tall.

Cut back Buddleia, Caryopteris and red twig dogwoods. All bloom on new growth. Prune roses when the buds begin to swell and when the forsythia blooms. Now is also the time to sit back, relax and enjoy nature’s beauty.

 

Gotti Kelley

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.

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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 www.cpe.rutgers.edu/hgs or call the Rutgers Office of Continuing Professional Education at 848-932-9271.

 

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Contact:

Ro Mende

Program Coordinator, Office of Continuing Professional Education

rm1338@njaes.rutgers.edu

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

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