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Programs 

Every month we get together for a wide-ranging and unusual set of programs — usually a lecture from an outside expert — organized by our inquisitive and knowledgeable Programs Committee. See the schedule below for this year's offerings.

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The Spirit of Stonescaping: Ideas for Your Garden
Bnai Keshet

Monday, October 16, 2023, 1-3pm

Rediscover natural stone as a durable and sustainable landscaping element. Jan Johnsen will share creative and practical ways you can use natural stone in the garden; from rock gardens to dry streams, and as benches, paths, and more.
Jan Johnsen is a Principal at Johnsen Landscapes and Pools, as well as an award-winning landscape designer and author.

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Artistic Flourishes: Pots With a Purpose
Bnai Keshet

Monday, November 13, 2023, 1-3pm

Explore the exciting world of container gardening, as Dan Benarcik shares his knowledge about styles, techniques, types of containers, and favorite plants.

Dan Benarcik is a Horticulturalist at Chanticleer Garden in Wayne, PA. He oversees the Courtyard Gardens and shares his passion for horticulture and landscape design as an international consultant, speaker, and writer.

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Color, Color Perception, and Colorful Plants for the Garden
Bnai Keshet

Monday, January 22, 2024, 1-3pm

Gain a deeper understanding of color perception and theory, in order to create vibrant and seasonal outdoor spaces, as Kelley Forsyth takes us on a visual tour of her favorite colorful shrubs and perennials.

With a Master's Degree in Landscape Archtecture and over 20 years as a professional landscape designer, Kelley Forsyth is the Horticulturalist at Branch Brook Park.

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Ask the Arborist: Keeping Trees and Shrubs Healthy
Bnai Keshet

Monday, February 12, 2024, 1-3pm

Keep trees and shrubs healthy by understanding signs of plant decline. Brian Rombough will explain how he diagnoses and corrects typical health issues, especially emerald ash borer, bacterial leaf scorch, and the spotted lanternfly

Brian Rombough is a Licensed Tree Expert in New Jersey and also a Certified Arborist and co-owner of American Tree Experts, Inc.

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Restoring, Rescuing, and Rehabilitating Our Nation's Public Gardens
Bnai Keshet

Monday, March 25, 2024, 1-3pm

Discover with Horatio Joyce the story of The Garden Conservancy and the evolution of its mission to restore, rescue, and rehabilitate public gardens — and to facilitate opening private gardens to the public 

Horatio Joyce is the Director of Public Programs and Education at The Garden Conservancy, and oversees one of its most beloved programs, Open Days.

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Fabric to Flowers: Panel Discussion
Bnai Keshet

Monday, April 15, 2024, 6-8:30pm

A surprising number of our own Members found their way to the glories of gardening after careers in the garment industry. Is there a correlation between fashion and flora? Find out what these Members have to say, as they share their journeys from hemlines to hellebores.

Panel discussion with current Club Members who were former retail/ wholesale executives, business owners, and fashion designers.

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Swap & Share with Committee Leaders
Union Congregational Church

Monday, September 18, 2023, 6-8:30pm

Members, both new and old, will learn what each of our hardworking committees hopes to accomplish this year, and we'll share ideas on a variety of projects that are the heart and soul of the Club. Upcycle your design items and gently used gardening tools and swap for repurposed treasures donated from other Members.

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