Monthly Program Starts at 1:00pm


2019 — 2020 programs
Monday, September 23, 2019
"Where Did your Garden Grow" — presented by Kathleen Podgalsky
She will discuss history and folklore of some favorite garden plants.
Monday, October 21, 2019
"Chrysanthemums" — presented by Cynthia Hedin
A slide presenation illustrating the history of our premier fall flower and the many varieties. Care and handling of garden mums will be explained and illustrated.
Monday, November 18, 2019
"Gourds " — presented by Patricia Farley
Monday, December 9, 2019
"Holiday Celebration" — Members will enjoy annual holiday hospitality provided by Bonnie and her family. Bring cookies to share and gifts for our veterans at Lyons campus.
Monday, January 20, 2020
"Moths and Other Pollinators" — presented by Dorothy Smullen
The program will show hummingbird moth as well as other daytime flying moths and a quick review of other important pollinators like bees, butterflies, flies and birds.
Monday, February 17, 2020
"Walk with Your Camera" — presented by Pien
A slide show of her photos taken while walking through gardens and parks.
Monday, March 16, 2020
"Making Floral Cards" — presented by Beth Murphy
She will provide a step by step demonstration of all aspects involved in preparing and creating collage artwork with pressed leaves, flowers and other botanicals. Attendees will create their own card or bookmark with pressed materials to take home.
Monday, April 20, 2020
"Scott's Florist " — presented by Scott Lowery
Scott will bring flowers and provide coaching on creating floral arrangements.
Monday, May 11, 2020
"Annual luncheon & Installation of Officers" — Location TBD
Monday, June 15, 2020
"Annual Picnic & Plant Sharing"— Location TBD
  
2017 — 2018 programs
Monday, September 18, 2017
"Deer Ticks and Lyme Diseas" — presented by Joe Gyurian
With the increased occurrence of Deer Ticks and Lyme disease in the North East, it is essential that gardeners learn about identifying and protecting yourself from these menaces in the landscape.
Monday, October 16, 2017
"Amazing Adaptations" — presented by Vanessa Darras
Vanessa will explain how wildlife survives in its environment. The concepts of habitat, niche, and adaptation will be covered in an interactive discussion, using animal 'artifacts' to further illustrate these concepts.
Monday, November 20, 2017
"Celebrating Fall Harvest " — Members will bring to the meeting photos of gardens,flowers and nature, their favorite recipes, and a dish prepared with ingredients from their garden. We will share recipes and garden stories, and enjoy fruits of our labor. . In addition, Jean Garzillo will show us how to make Kokedama Hanging Plant.
Monday, December 18, 2017
"Holiday Celebration" — Members will enjoy annual holiday hospitality provided by Bonnie and her family. Bring cookies to share and gifts for our veterans at Lyons campus.
Monday, January 15, 2018
"Floral Sexual Encounters" — presented by Dorothy Smullen
Understand the exciting world of pollination from the diversity of flower structure that attracts the many pollinators-bees, butterflies, birds, bats and more.
Monday, February 19, 2018
"Backyard Birds: Who Stays and Who Goes" — presented by Edith Lit
An entertaining and informative discussion on fall migration. Do Robins still migrate south? Why don't we see any Goldfinches during the winter? Where does the Dark-eyed Junco come from? Test your ability in identifying birds by sight and sound. We will examine 30 New Jersey birds, their characteristics, habitant and diet, and learn how we can assist them during the winter.
Monday, March 19, 2018
"Native Wildflowers for the Home Garden" — presented by Hubert Ling
Explains why are native plants important for wildlife. Understand how to choose native plants for shady, semi-shady or sunny area in your garden; how to grow and propagate these plants.
Monday, April 16, 2018
"Where Did Your Garden Grow? " — presented by Kathleen Podgalsky
A look at the origins, history, and folklore of some of our common garden plants. Accompanied by colorful photographs and botanical illustrations, this PowerPoint presentation tells the stories of variety of flowers, herbs, and other plants commonly found in today's gardens.
Monday, May 21, 2018
"Annual luncheon & Installation of Officers" — TBD
Monday, June 18, 2018
"Annual Picnic & Plant Sharing"— TBD
  
2016 — 2017 programs
Monday, September 19, 2016
"Crane Farm" — Meeting will be held at Crane Farm at 10 a.m. Directions to the farm will be communicated by email and phone. Members will tour the farm and garden led by Doris immediately after the meeting.
Monday, October 17, 2016
"Hummingbirds in Your Backyard " — presented by Edith Lit
Monday, November 21, 2016
"Celebrating Fall Harvest " — Members will bring to the meeting photos of gardens, flowers and nature, their favorite recipes, and a dish prepared with ingredients from their garden. We will share recipes and garden stories, and enjoy fruits of our labor.
Monday, December 19, 2016
"Anniversary and Holiday Celebrations" — History of the Washington Valley Garden Club including scrapbooks, newspaper clippings and photos will be shown at the gathering . In addition, members will enjoy annual holiday hospitality provided by Bonnie and her family. Bring gifts for our veterans at Lyons campus.
Monday, January 16, 2017
"History of the Great Swamp Area and Its Ecological Importance" — presented by Dorothy Smullen
Mrs. Smullen will explain what geologic events formed this area, and how has mankind used this land.
Monday, February 20, 2017
"Indoor Seed Starting" — presented by Steve Sawin
Mr. Sawin will explain why to start seeds indoors, how to plan what seed to start, when to start various seeds, and what materials are needed.
Monday, March 20, 2017
"Bear" — presented by Tom Sheppard
Monday, April 17, 2017
"Floral Designs" — presented by Scott Lowery
Monday, May 15, 2017
"Annual luncheon & Installation of Officers" — Bridgewater Marriott at 11:30 AM
Monday, June 12, 2017
"Picnic & Plant Sharing" at Crane Farm and Garden. Directions to the Farm will be communicated by email and phone.
  
2015 — 2016 programs
Monday, September 28, 2015
"Rain Garden and how to maintain them" — presented by Kyle Gourley
Monday, October 19, 2015
"All about Blue Birds" — presented by Leo Hollein
Monday, November 16, 2015
"The Fundamental of Beekeeping and the Important of Honeybees in our Society"— presented by Grant Stiles
Monday, December 21, 2015
"Celebrating the holidays with Secret Santa" — presented by Ellie Mathews
Monday, January 18, 2016
"Floral Arranging Techniques" — presented by Marianne C. Overk
Monday, February 15, 2016
"Wild flowers and Weeds" — presented by Dorothy Smullen
Monday, March 21, 2016
"Gardeners Adding Pollinators" — presented by Jeannie Geremia
Monday, April 18, 2016
"Seasonal Place Setting" — presented by Mrs. Ellie Mathews
Members will exhibit their luncheon Place Settings incorporating small floral arrangement on trays. The Seasonal Place Setting will reflect the theme of the month. Mrs. Mathews will go over each display and provide members with her Place Setting and Floral Arranging tips and techniques.
Monday, May 16, 2016
"Annual luncheon & Election of Officers" — more details to follow
Monday, June 20, 2016
"Picnic & Plant Sharing" hosted by Doris
  
2014 — 2015 programs
Monday, September 22, 2014
"Diabolical Botany" — presented by Dorothy Smullen
Monday, October 20, 2014
"All about Blue Birds" — presented by Leo Hollein
Monday, November 17, 2014
"Care of Houseplants: Insects & Diseases" — presented by Mary T. Eklund
Monday, December 15, 2014
"Noel - Navidad - Weihnachten" — presented by Ellie Mathews
Monday, January 19, 2015
"Importance of Honeybees in Our Society" — presented by Grant Stiles
Monday, February 16, 2015
"Hidden Realms" — was postponed due to inclement weather.
Monday, March 16, 2015
"Deer Resistant plants especially perennials" — presented by Cyndy Losanno
Monday, April 20, 2015
"Hidden Realms " — presented by Dr. Frederick C. Skvara
Monday, May 18, 2015
Annual luncheon, time & location to be determined. We will have election of officers, as well as May Day Basket Exchange
Monday, June 15, 2015
"Picnic & Plant Sharing" hosted by Peg
  
2013 — 2014 programs
Monday, September 16, 2013
"Flower Crafts" — presented by Debbie Perez & Dorothy Smullen
Monday, October 21, 2013
"Ikebana" — presented by Eiko Crabtree
Monday, November 25, 2013
"The botany & history of holiday desserts" — presented by Dorothy Smullen
Monday, December 16, 2013
"Deck the Halls!" — presented by Ellie Mathews
Monday, January 13, 2014
"Mushrooms... not just for eating" — presented by Dorothy Smullen
Monday, February 24, 2014
"Watershed Friendly Living" — presented by Hazel England
Monday, March 17, 2014
"Backyard Invaders" — presented by Maria Rossi
Monday, April 21, 2014
"Holy White Nose, Bat Girl" — conducted by Christal Wood
Monday, May 19, 2014
Annual luncheon at Luna Rossa Restaurant in Pluckemin. We will have election of officers, as well as May Day Basket Exchange
Monday, June 16, 2014
"Picnic & Plant Sharing" hosted by Susan
  
2012 — 2013 programs
Monday, September 17, 2012
"Growing Dahlias in Containers" — presented by Connie Kallas
Monday, October 15, 2012
"Ornamental Grasses" — presented by Pamela Becker
Monday, November 19, 2012
"Holiday Arrangements" Workshop — conducted by Debbie Perez
Monday, December 17, 2012
"Deck the Halls!" — presented by Ellie Mathews
Monday, January 21, 2013
"Plants Named After/Discovered by Physicians" — presented by Frederick C. Skvara, M.D.
Monday, February 18, 2013
"Perennials in Garden Design" — presented by Connie Kallas
Monday, March 18, 2013
"Starting Seeds Indoors" — presented by Connie Kallas
Monday, April 15, 2013
"Terrarium Workshop" — conducted by Mary Bowers & Ellie Rich
Monday, May 20, 2013 at 11:30 a.m. at Luna Rossa Ristorante in Pluckemin
"Annual Luncheon, Election of Officers & May Day Basket Exchange" — participated by members only
Monday, June 17, 2013 at Robin's residence.
"Annual Picnic & Plant Sharing" — participated by members only
  
2011 — 2012 programs
Monday, January 23, 2012
"Daffodils" — presented by Beth Nadone
Monday, February 27, 2012
"Edible Wild Plants: from maple sugaring to collecting autumn nuts"— presented by Dorothy Smullen
Monday, March 19, 2012
"Horticulture"— presented by Elizabeth Lilleston
Monday, April 16, 2012
"Artistic Design"— presented by Carole Iuso
No May meeting
Monday, June 18, 2012
"Annual Luncheon, Election of Officers & Basket Exchange"— participated by all members
Monday, September 26, 2011
"Cactus & Succulents"—presented by Gail Greer, a Master Gardener.
Monday, October 17, 2011
"Organizing a Flower Show"—presented by Terry Holman, a Flower Show Judge.
Monday, November 14, 2011
"Holiday Arrangements Workshop"—conducted by Ellen Bogusky, a member of Washington Garden Club.
Monday, December 19, 2011
"Holiday Celebration"—participated by all members