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Club Projects

New Club Projects

  • ARTS & FLOWERS, A Design Specialty Flower Show taking place September 16-18 at Van Vleck House & Gardens. Features include: Flower Designs, Botanical Arts Designs, Photography, and Education focused on Native Trees and Avis Campbell Gardens' Wheel of Life plantings.

  • Embrace the Botanical Arts Division by offering regular Competitions in Botanical Design, Botanical Artistic Crafts, and Botanical Horticulture.

Continuing Club Projects: Education


  • Provide opportunities for Members and Provisionals to exhibit Flower Designs and Botanical Arts Designs for competition, judging, and critique. Project Leaders: Fran Ackerly, Barbara Baletti.

  • Provide opportunities for Members and Provisionals to exhibit Horticulture and Botanical Horticulture for competition, judging, and critique. Project Leaders: Michele Trevenen, Karen Whitehaus.

  • Offer Programs on landscape and floral design, plants and gardening, history, and pollinators to Members and open to the public. Project Leaders: Susan van Inwegen, Ginny Demoreuille.

  • Offer Workshops to Members and Provisionals on gardening, flower design, horticulture, and botanical arts. Use photography, video, and technology to visually enhance education and increase accessibility to Members and Provisionals online. Project Leaders: Celia Radek, Susan Benner.

  • Offer Tours of Avis Campbell Gardens and Triangle Gardens for schoolchildren, Scout troops, and other organizations. Educate the community about plants, drought tolerant landscaping, composting, and garden design. Project Leaders: Maureen Sprong, Susan Yu, Debbie Fitzpatrick, Donna Karanja.

  • Maintain website access to photographs of flower designs and horticulture, video presentations, and maintain a library of books for Club Members. These resources promote education on gardening, flower design, horticulture, conservation, and the environment. Project Leaders: Sue Young, Sheila Curry Oakes.

  • Sponsor Montclair Schools' gardening projects with teacher and student participation. Project Leaders: Debbie Fitzpatrick, Donna Karanja.

  • Expand the successful Butterfly Garden project to other schools, Scout troops, and civic groups. Project Leaders: Debbie Fitzpatrick, Donna Karanja.

Continuing Club Projects: Beautification

  • Maintain the 70-year-old Avis Campbell Gardens and Grounds, including the September 11th Memorial Garden. Project Leaders: Maureen Sprong, Wendy Stahl.

  • Maintain Montclair’s Triangle Gardens in the Church Street business district. Project Leaders: Susan Yu, Betty Murphy.

  • Recognize businesses in Montclair that have established significant architectural or landscape elements with Civic Beautification Awards. Project Leaders: Marie Donnelly, Susan Benner.

  • Decorate Montclair History Center’s Crane House and Historic YWCA for the Holidays. Project Leaders: Celia Radek, Susan Benner.

Continuing Club Projects: Fellowship


  • Conduct Garden Therapy projects with community members facing physical disability, homelessness, or violence by holding flower arranging workshops and garden-related activities to inspire creativity and personal achievement. Project Leaders: Sarah J. Olson, Susan Dumont.

  • Maintain a website to enhance our public image and facilitate Club communication with an online calendar and instant access to key Club information, decreasing paper consumption. Provide website links to National Garden Clubs, Inc., Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs, Inc., and The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. Project Leader: Sue Young.

  • Provide posts to social media: Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, to communicate Club activities and events to the community. Project Leader: Sue Young.

  • Publish the Potpourri newsletter — a member resource for Club activities, as well as gardening, design, and environmental issues. Project Leader: Terri Breen.

  • Publish the Yearbook — the leadership team, the current program year calendar, and annual reports of the previous year's activities. Includes Club awards history, GCNJ, CAR-SGC, and NGC information, and a directory of current Membership. Cross-referenced with the Club’s website. Project Leader: Floss O’Sullivan.

  • Maintain our email database and send regular email notifications of Club activities to the Membership. Project Leader: Fran Wong.

  • Foster fellowship and share gardening knowledge through an Open Gardens program where Members open their gardens for visitation by the Membership and friends. Project Leader: Marilyn Zaret.

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