Tour the O’Hara Nature Center with the Garden Club


On Tuesday, October 21, at 11 a.m., Maureen DePaoli, assistant to the Village of Irvington Superintendent of Parks and Recreation and GCI past president Barbara Defino will provide an overview of the Center’s history and programs and give a tour of the gardens, weather permitting. IHS Senior/Girl Scout Amy Friendlander will speak about the Center’s educational materials. Guests of members are welcome to join us at 170 Mountain Road.

For more information about the O’Hara Nature Center, please visit the Village of Irvington site.


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The Prettiest Day of the Year

Rose Day at LyndhurstSunday, June 1, 2014
Noon – 3 pm
in the Lyndhurst Rose Garden
635 So. Broadway, Tarrytown
• Fabulous roses in bloom
• Garden advice from rose experts
• Live entertainment by the Harp Consort & the Philipsburgh Ensemble
• Punch and cookies! Free and fun for the whole family!
• Bring your camera!

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25 Years of Conserving and Beautifying Central Park

Sara Cedar Miller, photographer and historian of the Central Park Conservancy gave a visual presentation on the 25-year renaissance of Central Park, illustrated with her magnificent photographs.

Co-presented by The Garden Club of Irvington and the Irvington Historical Society, this event included a book signing and reception.

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A Rose Grows in Harlem

Stephen Scanniello is the 2013 recipient of the GCA Jane Righter Rose Medal.  His latest book, A Rose By Any Other Name, was the seed for the Heritage Rose District of NY City, an all-volunteer project that has grown to include more than 1,500 heritage roses planted throughout Harlem in 35 different gardens. He works with children and adults throughout Harlem bringing back roses that grew in Manhattan when the only inhabitants were Native Americans.
Stephen will talk about the Heritage Rose District of NYC and his other rose preservation projects.


Guests and the public are invited to join us for his talk at 10:45 a.m. on Tuesday, January 21, at the Irvington Public Library.

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Garden Fair and Plant Sale May 11


Don’t miss this year’s Garden Fair, which will feature unusual plants from members’ gardens and perennials, annuals and herbs grown in the Lyndhurst Propagation Sheds by GCI members and by Mobius Fields—all at very good prices. As always, we’re hosting a free children’s planting workshop. And there will be even more to see and do this year. The Hudson Valley Rock Garden Society will be selling a fabulous selection of alpines, including gorgeous pre-planted troughs. They’ll be tables of beautiful plants grown by the kids at Children’s Village. And you’ll be able to get information from the folks Care of Trees. It’s always a great event. Get there early for best selection!

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“Candy in the Garden” with Kent Russell

Celebrity gardener Kent Russell recently educated and entertained Garden Club members with ideas and inspiration to create eye-catching drama in any garden setting.


Kent Russell demonstrates the long-blooming qualities of Abuliton “Biltmore Ball Garden.”

“The perfect garden has a little bit of everything in it,” said Kent. He served up his “Candy in the Garden” presentation with verve and humor and illustrated his points and anecdotes with a wide assortment of live plant materials (available for sale afterwards). He re-introduced Garden Club members to fancy leaved geraniums, including “Vancouver Centennial” and “Crystal Palace.” Don’t water them and pinch for beautiful new growth, he admonished. “Geraniums hate moisture!” And he got everyone to fall in love with Abuliton, a type of flowering maple, especially “Biltmore Ball Garden.” He advised, “Treat it as an annual, out on the patio or porch. It blooms all summer and it’s easy to make cuttings. Then bring it in at it will flower all winter on a sunny windowsill.”

Kent was “The Garden Guru” on PBS and is listed as a preferred speaker by the Garden Club of America. “I was born with a silver trowel in his hand,” he says, beginning his life in horticulture at his family’s nursery, Russell Gardens, in Bucks County, PA, where he is still based. Kent designs gardens and container plantings for clients throughout the East Coast.

The program, at the Irvington Public Library, was free and open to the public.

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Rescheduled: Ruggiero on Roses


Due to inclement weather 0n the 19th, our annual rose pruning demonstration has been rescheduled for 10:45 am on Tuesday, March 26 in the Lyndhurst Rose Garden, 635 S. Broadway, Tarrytown, NY. Michael Ruggiero, expert rosarian and horticulturist, formerly of the New York Botanical Garden and Matterhorn Nursery, will give a hands-on demonstration on planting, maintaining and pruning roses. This program is free and open to the public.

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