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 knowlegeable Programs Committee members.​

See the calendar below for this year's offerings. First on the list is the next event. As time moves on, old events will move to the bottom of the page.


Rejuvenating the Home Garden

Monday, March 21, 2022

1:30 pm at Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave

Is your garden looking a bit tired? Jennifer Bakshi, owner of Oasis Landscape Design, is a local landscape designer, horticulturalist, and Master Gardener who also teaches at the New York Botanical Garden. Jennifer creates unique landscape designs that harmonize with their surrounding space by blending architectural elements with an artistic combination of plants. This afternoon she will inspire us by sharing tips  and ideas to refresh our own home gardens.


Live Floral Design Demonstration

Monday, April 25, 2022, Reception: 6:30 pm, Program 7:00 pm

Union Congregational Church, 176 Cooper Ave

Join Anna Coy for a special live demonstration as she creates three bespoke floral arrangements. Anna is the owner of Blooms in Hand, a full-service local floral design studio that specializes in unique hand-tied European bouquets. She will be discussing her approach to floral design while
demonstrating techniques for creating a hand-tied bouquet, as well as an artful compote centerpiece and a modern sculptural design. 


“PHS LandCare: Transforming Vacant Lots into Community Assets"

Monday, September 13

1:00 pm

Samir Dalal, the planning manager of the LandCare program, run by the Pennsylvania  Horticulture Society, will share with us how more than 12,000 empty lots in low and moderate income neighborhoods in Philadelphia were transformed into green spaces.  These transformed lots have become community assets, benefiting the local ecology as well as the health of those living nearby, and have spurred economic growth in these neighborhoods. A truly inspiring story!


25 Commonly Used Plants and Fun Alternatives

Monday, October 18

1:00 pm via Zoom

Bruce Crawford, a longtime proponent of unusual and fun plants, spent two decades running a garden design business that specialized in plantings for year-round interest. He served 15 years as Director of Rutgers Gardens, the botanical garden for Rutgers University, and is currently the State Program Leader for Home and Public Horticulture with the NJ Agricultural Experiment Station. See the full description in "In the News" and click here (if you are a member) for his list of recommendations..


"Garden Getaways in the Northeast"

Monday, November 15, 2021

1:00 pm via Zoom

Steven Kristoph, Rutgers professor and owner of the Steven Kristoph Nursery, will talk to us about the many gardens and arboretums offering educational programs and conducting horticultural research in the Northeast. See more description of this event and  Steven's full biography in "In the News."  


"Flower School: Design Inspired by Paintings and Sculpture"

Monday, January 24, 2021

1:00 pm via Zoom

Floral and landscape designer Lindsey Taylor authors "Flower School," a popular monthly column for the Wall Street Journal. Lindsey takes her inspiration from paintings and sculpture to create highly creative floral designs that evoke the spirit of individual artworks. She will share insights and tips that will surely inspire our own creative instincts as we look forward to the next Art in Bloom! See Lindsay's presentation.


Rikers Island GreenHouse Program  — Sustaining the Vital Connection Between People and Plants

Monday, February 14, 2022

1:00 pm: Zoom

Hilda Krus, registered Horticultural Therapist and Social Worker, is Director of the Horticultural Society of New York's GreenHouse Program on Rikers Island, where incarcerated men, women, and young adults receive horticultural therapy, classroom training, and year-round hands-on experience in the numerous gardens. The program aims to provide life and job skills, as well as rehabilitation. See an article about the program in the New York Times, and read a poem written by one of Hilda's clients.