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Program Meetings are held monthly from September to April for Garden Club members and guests. Speakers come with an extensive knowledge of subjects germane to gardening, Flower Design, and Horticulture. Meetings coincide with monthly Flower Design and Horticulture competitions. A tea and social follow Program Meetings.

Workshops are offered throughout the year to help Provisionals learn about Flower Design; cultivating and exhibiting Horticulture; as well as other topics related to gardening. Workshops are entertaining, hands-on, and fun.

Avis Campbell Gardens and Grounds are the pride of the Garden Club. The Gardens are located behind 60 South Fullerton Avenue and are maintained by the Membership, both Active and Provisional. Volunteering time at Avis Campbell is an enjoyable experience. It is an opportunity to meet and work with other Provisionals and learn about gardening from our experts.

Triangle Mall Gardens are the raised planting beds along Church Street in downtown Montclair. They are maintained in the fall and spring by Club members with the help of Provisionals. The Business Improvement District (BID) partners with the Garden Club in supplying funds and maintenance assistance during the growing season. 

Garden Therapy is an opportunity to "give back" to the community with visits to nursing homes, senior centers and specialized schools. Garden Club members provide a variety of services which vary from playing Horticulture Bingo with residents, assisting with planting bulbs and potting plants, butterfly gardening to providing decorations for Toni's Kitchen's Thanksgiving Feast.

Flower Design is an integral component of the Garden Club. There are opportunities to create traditional designs, as well as those which express more "freedom of style," and exhibit in monthly competitions. You will learn through Workshop participation and the help of our expert designers. Provisional designs are not judged but receive constructive criticism.

Horticulture involves the cultivation of fruits, flowering plants, vegetables, and ornamental plants with opportunities for members to exhibit specimens from their gardens or potted plants from their homes. Our workshops will teach you all you need to know to conquer your "Hort Fear."

Clerking Design/Horticulture Competitions includes shadowing judges as they view all entries in the monthly in-house competition, recording their comments, criticism, points, and placing awards.

The purpose of these requirements is to provide exposure to the important activities of the Club. We encourage you to attend Membership meetings whenever possible, to try your hand at additional Flower Designs and Horticulture competitions, and to partake in as many Workshops as you can. In addition, you might like to participate in the seasonal decoration of the Montclair History Center's historic Crane House or the biennial "Art in Bloom" exhibition at the Montclair Art Museum, two important civic events that are both meaningful and fun. The more activities you become involved in, the sooner you become acquainted with other members and begin to realize that you are a part of a wonderful organization.

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