Happy Summer – C U in Sept.

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Now that we’re all done with our project year, Club members are back in their gardens, weather permitting, pruning and tilling and getting ready for more fun.

Our upcoming programs promise to be interesting and fun as well. When we are ready to show off our bountiful harvest, there is the September show that is open to all. We feature many locally grown fruits and vegetables as well as flowers – click on our show schedule when it’s ready to check the entry list. Good luck to all.

We also have a great design exhibit at this time. Come check out what we have created with our bountiful imaginations.

The rest of our year features many unique talks and workshops. As we develop our schedule, the meeting details will be posted on this website as well as information about our speakers.

We hope also to continue to add information about environmental concerns. These include protecting our pollinators, replanting native species in our gardens, community beautification and children’s’ programs. Many of our members are Monmouth County Master Gardeners and many are beginners. Surely there is something for everybody.

All of our members are waiting to meet you. Our meetings are free and open to the public. We are a friendly group and we hope you feel the same.



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On December 18, the Navesink Garden Club celebrated 70 years of providing education, resources, and opportunities for members and others to expand their love of gardening and floral design through gardening programs, community beautification projects, horticulture and design programs for seniors, an annual flower show, and an annual scholarship award. A 70th Anniversary Tea was held at the home of President, Marina Kerber, in Elberon, NJ. Since 1947, members have been active in civic, environmental, and historic preservation projects to protect the past and beautify the present and future. Their sterling silver tea set, which the Club uses for special occasions, was used for this celebration.

As Luther Burbank said, “Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful: they are sunshine, food, and medicine for the soul.” The theme of the Club, “Growing in the Garden,” is to nurture the earth, nurture others, and nurture ourselves.

Since September, the Club has garnered several awards. On September 13, it held a small standard flower show, called “Going Platinum,” with 12 design entries and 89 horticultural entries, receiving 32 blue ribbons from the four National Garden Club (NGC) judges. On November 14, the “Tiger Patch” garden (created and run as a Junior Garden Club of the NGC) were first place, Blue Ribbon winners of the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Gardening & Greening Contest. Ongoing projects include

Friends & Flowers at The Atrium in Red Bank

Poricy Park Herb Garden (April-October)

Red Bank Sidewalk Planters Maintenance (June-October)

Red Bank Primary School Garden Planting and Maintenance (Spring-Fall)

Rain Garden at Red Bank Public Library Presentations

The Betty Jean and Karl Meyer Art and Nature Trail at The Monmouth     Museum-funding and maintenance

$1,000 Scholarship Award (granted in June)

On February 18, 1947, 16 women from Monmouth County met in the Navesink Library to form the Navesink Garden Club. Five months later, their membership grew to 50,  and in the following 70 years, the Club has moved to several locations, increased and decreased in membership, and has evolved into 44 members who still meet, volunteer, and work together to better the  area. Since 2010, the monthly meetings have been held at The Atrium in Red Bank,

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, 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, Kathy Pojawa, at  kpojawa@verizon.net. Visit the Navesink Garden Club

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!


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