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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. 


The Estelle Leibrecht Horticulture Project: Growing Annuals & Perennials from Seed

60 South Fullerton Ave
Wednesday, April 26, 6:30-8:00pm

The Horticulture Project for 2023, eligible for the Estelle Leibrecht Horticulture Award (2023-24), is growing zinnias from seed. These are not just any zinnias, but those grown from seeds provided to you by the Horticulture Committee. Come learn about the project and pick up the zinnia seeds at

the Workshop. RSVP to Celia Radek.


Horticulture 101 for Provisionals and Novices

Avis Campbell Gardens
Wednesday, September 28, 2022, 5:30-7:00pm

With Heidi Muschick, NGC Accredited Master Flower Show Judge. 
Learn how to choose and groom plants for competition and see how to stage specimens for
best presentation. Weather permitting, Heidi will demonstrate plant selection in Avis Campbell
Gardens. Discussion of sections, classes and botanical nomenclature in the Horticulture
division will be included. Open to all. RSVP to Celia Radek.


Flower Design 101 for Provisionals and Novices

60 South Fullerton Avenue
Thursday, October 6, 2022, 6:00-8:00pm

With Fran Ackerly and Barbara Baletti, Flower Design Chair and Vice-Chair.

Learn about selecting containers and conditioning flowers, along with the mechanics of putting it all together for a successful design.  This workshop a demonstration workshop focusing on the basics of flower design competition and is open to all as an introduction or a refresher course.

RSVP to Susan Benner.


Hypertufa Garden Troughs

Avis Campbell Gardens
Friday, October 14, 2022  10am-noon and and 1pm–3pm. Raindate: October 18, same times.

Dress for the mess! Make your own hypertufa container, a beautiful addition to an outdoor or indoor garden. Once cured, your container is ready to be planted. Join Debbie Moran and Florence
Leyssene outside at the Avis Campbell shed area for a fun, gloves-on workshop. Space is limited to 5 people per session. This is a hands-on workshop. RSVP to Susan Benner. See list of supplies to bring and outline of process.


Decorating Crane House and Historic YWCA

108 Orange Road
Wednesday, November 30, 2022, 

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! 


Crane House Cleanup

108 Orange Road
Wednesday, January 4, 2023, 

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.


Winter Container Gardens

Postponed. New date TBD

Create your own outdoor winter planter in time for the holidays.  Wendy Stahl, Avis Campbell Gardens vice-chair and owner of Wendy’s Doorway Designs, will lead a hands-on workshop where she will discuss color combinations, as well as the types of greens and woody plant material to use for a lasting outdoor display.  This is a hands-on workshop.  There is a $15 fee which will cover the cost of the container, soil, and plants.  Bring clippers and gloves.  Limited to 20 participants. 


Botanical Arts: Artistic Crafts - Masks, Hats, and Jewelry

60 South Fullerton Avenue
Wednesday, February 1, 2023, 

With Florence Leyssène, NGC Accredited Master Flower Show Judge


Creative Flower Design: Underwater, Crescent, and Hogarth Curve

60 South Fullerton Avenue
Wednesday, March 15, 2023, 10am-12:30pm

At this informative workshop, open to all levels, Florence Leyssene will provide instruction for creating these Creative and Traditional design types. Through demonstration and a discussion of techniques, mechanics, containers, and plant material selection, learn key points that contribute to a successful design. The Flower Design competition in March will feature an Underwater Design (Creative type). Provisional members have the opportunity to create American Traditional Line types: a Crescent in March and a Hogarth Curve in April.  RSVP to Celia Radek.


Rose Revival

Avis Campbell Gardens
Sunday, March 19, 2023, 
1pm-3pm (Raindate: Sunday, March 26)

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.

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