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Jun 05, 2017

Navesink Garden Club 70th Anniversary Luncheon

At the 2017 Poricy Park Plant Sale are Navesink Garden Club members Bernice Maguire, Judy Alberse, Jo McKeon-Hutton, Dian Woodroffe, Leslie Tuthill, Marina Kerber, Janine Voell, and Joanne Mallon.

On June 13, members of the Navesink Garden Club will meet at The Shadowbrook at Shrewsbury restaurant to reminisce and celebrate 70 years of sharing their talents in horticulture and design with each other and gardening enthusiasts. Louise Davis, the president of the Garden Club of New Jersey, will install a new slate of officers for the club.  Joanne Mallon and Pamela Marhan will be co-presidents for 2017-2019.

Since its beginning in 1947, the club has awarded two silver trays and two silver bowls to the club members who received the highest number of points in Design and Horticulture in the Standard Flower Shows held during the previous year. These names are engraved on the trays and bowls, and are presented at this annual meeting. There is also a silver tea set that the club now uses for special occasions.

Each year in June, the club also awards a $1,000 NGC/Mary Cain Scholarship to a college student studying horticulture, agriculture, and related fields. This year, the winner is a student of Brookdale College, Vivian Cho.

During the past 70 years, members have been promoting love of gardening and floral design by their activities in civic, environmental, and historic preservation projects to protect the past and beautify the present and future. Through school gardens, plant sales, community beautification projects, and horticulture and design instructions for children, adults, and seniors, its members share their knowledge and resources. This will promote a love of gardening, an appreciation of floral design, a dedication to the environment, and a civic responsibility.

In the 2016-2017 year, the following projects were completed or planned: In September, the club held its annual Small Standard Flower Show, “Going Platinum.” In the February 2017 Garden Club of New Jersey Standard Flower Show, six adult club members won 19 ribbons and 14 NGC junior gardeners won 14 ribbons in the Junior Division. The Betty Jean & Karl Meyer Art & Nature Trail at The Monmouth Museum was established in 2015 and funded by Betty Jean Meyer, a member of the garden club since 1976. The club members designed the garden and now help maintain it, in conjunction with the museum. Every month, several NGC members assist residents of The Atrium in Red Bank to create flower designs to brighten their apartments. An herb garden at Poricy Park and a Butterfly Garden at the Red Bank Primary School are maintained. The NGC Junior Gardening Program was awarded a Blue Ribbon in the 2016 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Gardening and Greening Contest for their creation of a children’s learning garden at the Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. They were selected from over 300 entries and recognized for their commitment to enhance their neighborhood through their work in this garden. In June, July, August, and September each year, a team of four ladies deadhead the flowers in the pots on the streets of the business district of Red Bank once a week to keep the town beautiful.

On February 18, 1947, sixteen ladies from towns in Monmouth County met in the Navesink Library to form the Navesink Garden Club. Five months later, their membership grew to 50 ladies and in the following 70 years, this club has moved to several locations, increased and decreased membership, and evolved into the 40 current members who still meet, volunteer, and work together to improve the area. Since 2010, the monthly meetings are 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, November, December, January, March, April, and May from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m. 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 membership chair, Terry, by emailing her at Visit the Navesink Garden Club at and like them on Facebook.