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Workshops

Every month, the Club offers workshops for all interested members in the principles of flower design, horticulture, gardening, and special projects like the Crane House and Historic YWCA. We have several NGC accredited Master Flower Show judges in our Club, as well as talented and knowledgeable members who are always willing to share their expertise. Watch the video on how to upload your photos for comments from our experts.

 

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.

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Annual and Perennial Garden Planning at Avis Campbell Gardens

Tuesday, April 5, 2022

10:00am-12:00pm

What’s your gameplan to make your garden beautiful this year?  Come hear how the bed captains at Avis Campbell Gardens lay out their plots and determine the best mixture of annuals and perennials to ensure a beautiful seasonal bloom from Spring to Fall.  Please RSVP to  Floss O'Sullivan.

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Multi-Rhythmic Flower Design Workshop. GCM's Club Room at 60 South Fullerton Avenue

Thursday, April 7, 2022

10:00am-12:00pm

Get inspired for GCM’s September Design Specialty Flower Show by learning an advanced design technique from one of the best.  Join Brenda Bingham, NGC Accredited Master Flower Show Judge and GCM member, as she provides examples and explanation for the multi-rhythmic design type.  Please RSVP to  Floss O'Sullivan

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Hypertufas – Art for Your Garden Workshop at Avis Campbell Gardens

POSTPONED until the spring. Stay tuned for new date.

Get your hands dirty and build your own “stone” hypertufa container, a beautiful addition to any outdoor or indoor garden.  Once cured, your sculptural container is ready to be planted.  Join Florence Leyssène and Debbie Moran, NGC Accredited Master Flower Show Judges outside at Avis Campbell Gardens for a messy, fun workshop.  Space limited to 5 people per session. This is a hands-on workshop.  Please RSVP to Floss O'Sullivan.

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Staging & Mechanics Workshop. Location TBD 

Originally scheduled for Jan. 10, 2022 but rescheduled to June 2022

We decided to postpone the Staging & Mechanics workshop originally scheduled for 1/10/22 to June of 2022.  This type of workshop works best in person and will be instrumental in preparing exhibitors for the upcoming flower show, so moving it later in the year made sense.

That said, we are preparing two February workshops to ignite your creativity.  We filmed last summer to prepare both Decorative Botanicals (rescheduled to 2/10/22) and Terrariums (scheduled for 2/24/22), so we will be ready via Zoom or in person, to be as flexible as possible.  Don’t forget that the Decorative Botanicals session is a night workshop to accommodate our working members as well.

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Horticulture Workshop for Provisionals at Avis Campbell Gardens

Sunday, September 12, 2021

3:00-4:00pm

Looking to showcase beautiful flowers or plants you have grown?  Learn how to select the best specimens and exhibit them beautifully with Debbie Moran.  Debbie is a GCM member and NGC Accredited Master Flower Show Judge who will demonstrate tips and techniques for exhibiting.  Join us Sunday afternoon outside at Avis Campbell Gardens.  Watch the video featuring Debbie Moran, NGC Accredited Master Flower Show Judge, introducing the basics of selecting and exhibiting Horticulture specimens. 

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Flower Design Workshop for Provisionals at Avis Campbell Gardens

Sunday, September 26

1:00-2:30pm

Design a flower arrangement with help from Fran Ackerly and Barb Baletti who lead GCM’s Flower Design Committee. They will explain the design types and guidelines for creating successful arrangements for competitions and flower shows. Bring your own flowers and join us Sunday afternoon outside at Avis Campbell Gardens.  This is a hands-on workshopSee the video showing Florence Leyssène describing the basic do's and don'ts of American Traditional Mass Design. 

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Dahlia Dig Workshop at Avis Campbell Gardens

Tuesday, November 9, 2021

10:00am-12:00pm

Dahlias at Avis Campbell Garden are showstoppers thanks to Maureen Sprong, our resident expert.  Maureen will share her pictures and expertise on dahlia care, as well as time in the garden lifting and storing dahlias for the winter.  Bundle up and meet at Avis Campbell Gardens. 

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Crane House Decorating Workshop at 108 Orange Road, Montclair

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

10:00am-2:00pm

A day of creativity and camaraderie, this is one of GCM’s most popular workshops!  Together, we design centerpieces and wreaths, hang garland and swags to transform the Crane House into a period-appropriate showcase for holiday tours.  Join us at the Montclair History Center 108 Orange Road in Montclair. This is a hands-on workshop

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Decorative Botanicals Workshop at 60 South Fullerton Avenue

Feb. 10, 2022 (originally scheduled for Nov. 18, 2021)

Looking for the perfect accessory or gift this holiday season?  Join Florence Leyssène, GCM President and NGC Accredited Master Flower Show Judge, as she showcases botanical pieces using fresh and dried flowers.  Follow her step-by-step approach to creating a beautiful, decorated gift box for the holiday season. This is a hands-on workshop.  See "In the News" for details. Please RSVP to Floss O'Sullivan.

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Crane House Cleanup at 108 Orange Rd. Montclair

Wednesday, January 5, 2022

10:00am-2:00pm

Time to put the decorations away!  Join us as we clear the Crane House of its splendor and catch up with our garden club friends after the holidays. Click here to select your time.

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DIY Terrarium Workshop. Location TBD

Thursday, February 24, 2022

10:00am-12:00pm

Looking for a mid-winter pick me up?  Put your creativity to work building a terrarium using plants.  Debbie Moran, NGC Accredited Master Flower Show Judge will demonstrate and recommend plants that do well in these glass enclosures.  This is a hands-on workshop. Please RSVP to  Floss O'Sullivan.

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Kokedama - Night Workshop Event at Moss and More in Upper Montclair

Wednesday, March 23, 2022

7:00-8:30pm

Join us for a fun evening at GCM member Amy South’s beautiful store in Upper Montclair.  More details to follow. This is a hands-on workshop.  Please RSVP to Floss O'Sullivan. 

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Roses with a Rosarian Workshop at Avis Campbell Gardens

Sunday, March 27, 2022. Rain date April 3, 2022

1:00-3:00pm

If the winter inside has you hungering for Spring, join Barbara Meyer outside at Avis Campbell Garden to get hands on experience with pruning and preparing roses for a new bloom season.  Barbara is a past president of the Garden club, tends more than 100 roses in her own garden, and has long taken care of the roses in Avis Campbell. This is a hands-on workshop.  Please RSVP to Floss O'Sullivan.