We had a fabulous opening last Thursday, and our show, “Home Grown,” art by the members of the Garden Club of Irvington, will be up at the Irvington Public Library until November 28.
Helpful husband Al Galland helps Nora hang twelve of her beautiful botanical illustrations.
Adam Shamosh helps his mom, Renee, with her paintings.
Donghkai Zhen has four exquisite needlepoint pieces in the show.
Edna Kornberg and Harriet Kelly of the photo committee decide how best to arrange their work.
Bunny Bauer shows a collage with three of the many pressed-flower bookmarks made by GCI members for a 2002 Garden Club of America Zone Meeting. In the background are photographic and typographic prints by Ellen Shapiro.
The public is cordially invited to this show featuring botanical illustrations, paintings, drawings, photography, prints, needlework and collages by our members.
Artists include Bunny Bauer, Barbara Defino, Nora Galland, Harriet Kelly, Edna Kornberg, Cathy Ludden, Louise Petosa, Dori Ruff, Renee Shamosh, Ellen Shapiro, Amy Sherwood and Dongkai Zhen.
The library is located at 12 South Astor Street, Irvington, NY 10533
Hours: Mon, Wed, Fri, Sat 10 am – 5 pm; Tues and Thurs 10 am – 9 pm. We hope to see you there!
On Tuesday, October 21, 2014, Maureen DePaoli, assistant to the Village of Irvington Superintendent of Parks and Recreation, and GCI past president Barbara Defino provided an overview of the Center’s history and programs and gave a tour of the gardens. IHS Senior/Girl Scout Amy Friendlander spoke about the Center’s educational materials. Like at many of our public events, guests of members were welcome to join us at 170 Mountain Road.
For more information about the O’Hara Nature Center, please visit the Village of Irvington site.
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.
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 rose bushes 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 spoke about the Heritage Rose District of NYC and his other rose preservation projects.
Guests and the public were invited to join us for his talk at the Irvington Public Library.
Celebrity gardener Kent Russell recently educated and entertained Garden Club members with ideas and inspiration to create eye-catching drama in any garden setting.
Here, he demonstrates the long-blooming qualities of Abuliton “Biltmore Ball Garden.”
“The perfect garden has a little bit of everything in it,” Kent said. 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.
Every year, the GCI Horticulture Committee holds a series of hands-on workshops that help our members propagate and grow the most suitable plants, often natives, for their gardens and our region. Many of the plants are sold at our annual Garden Fair and Plant Sale at Lyndhurst on the first Saturday in May.