About Our Club
r Club objectives are to promote general interest in gardening in our community; to encourage civic beautification; to study and teach the fine art of horticulture; to aid in the conservation and protection of our natural resources, and to further the objectives recommended by the Garden Club of New Jersey.
Many of our programs, workshops and events focus on these issues throughout our calendar year. We were privileged to participate in a joint project with Rutgers and the Raritan Highlands Compact to install a rain garden at the Washington Township Public Library. We host the annual Tree Lighting Ceremony in our downtown area in conjunction with the Long Valley Village Association every December. We also plan, plant and maintain municipal gardens throughout Long Valley all year long.
Our programs, workshops and special events throughout the year provide our members with educational forums for discussion. We share our talents with our community in a number of ways including our Garden Therapy Committee’s work in spreading cheer to our town’s seniors, and with our May Day flower baskets delivered to families with members in our armed forces. We work with our Historical Society to provide wreaths for their annual House Tour.
We also find time for trips to such places as Wave Hill in New York, Longwood Gardens in Pennsylvania, and the Philadelphia and New Jersey Flower Shows.
We are proud of our talents and prize the work we do in our community.
The Garden Club of Long Valley strives to promote general interest in gardening in the community, encourage civic beauty and roadside beautification, and to study and teach the fineart of horticulture. The Club will aid in the conservation and protection of our natural resources and work to stimulate an interest in gardening and conservation among the youth of our community while furthering the objectives recommended by The Garden Club of New Jersey.
AN INTRODUCTION TO THE GARDEN CLUB OF LONG VALLEY
The Garden Club is an important part of the Long Valley community. We enhance the beauty of our town with gardening skills and knowledge put into practice. Each summer, club members work together to plant and maintain flowering areas of high visibility. These include, but are not limited to, plantings at the Library, Municipal Building and the Historical Society Museum. Each holiday season, members spend time on one of the following projects: decorating evergreen wreaths for prominent local places, making seasonal decorations for the homes on the annual Historical Society House Tour, and designing centerpieces for the township-sponsored Senior Citizen luncheon. We each contribute cookies to the annual township Tree Lighting Ceremony, for which we sponsor refreshments. Also, we participate each year in the community-wide Adopt-A-Street Clean-Up Program (“Clean Communities Days”). Periodically we hold flower shows, garden tours, and garden/floral designer programs, all of which are open to the public.
Our local club is a member of The Garden Club of New Jersey, which affords us certain educational opportunities. First, we each receive an informative quarterly publication “News Leaf.” Second, we are eligible to attend annual Flower Show, Landscape Design and Gardening Study schools sponsored by the State club. These courses offer certification as flower show judges, credentials toward becoming landscape design consultants and training in specific horticultural topics. In turn, we are committed to share our knowledge and love of gardening with our community. We teach our youth garden club, the Long Valley Sprouts, about horticulture and floral design. Throughout the year, we work with our seniors at garden therapy workshops. Our members present gardening and floral design programs for citizens of all ages at the Washington Township Public Library. Each year we award the Debra Burgess Sikorski Memorial Scholarship to one or more college students majoring in horticulture, landscape design or environmental studies.
Along with the members’ yearly dues ($25), funds needed to operate the Club are raised in May at our annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale, an event requiring all members’ participation, and at other fundraising activities throughout the year.
Our monthly meetings are held in members’ homes or at the Zion Lutheran Church in Long Valley. At meetings, we conduct club business, listen to a guest speaker’s presentation, and socialize over refreshments. Flower arranging, horticulture, landscaping, garden design, house plant care, garden-growing tips and environmental issues are but a few of the subjects which might be discussed at these presentations. We also hold hands-on workshops each year to increase our knowledge of horticultural practices, create functional garden ornaments and decorations using plant material, and hone our flower arranging skills. Seasonal trips are organized for club members to visit public gardens in the New York/New Jersey/Pennsylvania area.
We invite you to attend three general meetings before giving your commitment. This way you can see first-hand how the Club operates and decide whether you’d like to be an active, contributing member. Projects to benefit our town, as well as our Plant Sale, take considerable effort. So, we ask all prospective members to seriously weigh their level of commitment and time they can afford for the Club. The Garden Club offers you the opportunity to expand your gardening knowledge, contribute to your town, and socialize with people who share your interests. Come bloom with us!