Category Archives: Garden Club

Roses to Rock Gardens: Spring in Montclair NJ

My husband Mike and I have lived in Montclair, N.J. since the mid-1980s. We think our town has some of the most beautiful private gardens in Northern New Jersey. We have an active Garden Club, many resident members of  the Essex … Continue reading

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Floral Design Monday: I Love Red Almost as Much as Blue!

Yup. I know it’s Tuesday, but since I was dying to write about Hopewell Valley Vineyards and its tasty pinot grigio yesterday, I put off writing about my garden club’s floral competition until today. I figured you wouldn’t mind. Right? … Continue reading

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N.J. Flower & Garden Show 2012: Whimsical and Clever

What brings together garden club members from all over the state of New Jersey? What brings top-notch garden designers and landscape architects/contractors together from all over the state of New Jersey? What gathers unique and charming boutique owners and other … Continue reading

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Mission Control: Reflections on 2011

Let’s start the New Year off gently; let’s be kind to ourselves, okay? Make a list of what you accomplished in 2011. Why? Because if you’re like me, you don’t focus enough on the things you accomplish; you only “see” … Continue reading

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Garden Club Flower Show: Bringing Home the Red!

Our garden club had a small (as in size of show, not size of flowers) flower show at our Holiday Tea again this year. I entered a design in a category that required my arrangement  to be ‘small.’  As one … Continue reading

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Monday: Floral Design Day

Last Monday, my Garden Club had a floral design competition. As an Advanced I floral designer my mission for the October competition was “A design, freedom of style, using a pumpkin(s), staged on a black round pedestal 42″ high with … Continue reading

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It’s Wednesday? Where Am I?

My senior year of high school is flying by! Okay, my daughter Tory’s senior year is flying by! I’m moving at breakneck speed to stay even with her activities and ‘lasts!’ I don’t want to miss a minute of the … Continue reading

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Garden Club: Design Monday

My weekend was busy, mostly because I was preparing for garden club competition Monday! Yes! It’s time again for all good designers to pull out their clippers, condition their flowers and create winning designs, at least in my local garden … Continue reading

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It’s Time: Floral Design Competition on Monday

After a few months break my local Garden Club is swinging back into design competition mode. Monday is our first opportunity to submit a design for critique and/or judging. I don’t think I’m ready, but that isn’t going to stop … Continue reading

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Garden Club of Montclair: Plant Sale at Presby Iris Gardens

This is the third year the Garden Club of Montclair has run a large plant sale. Proceeds from the sale benefit a front yard renovation at one of our public schools in town and this year’s beneficiary is Watchung School. … Continue reading

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