Garden Club members enjoy a full schedule of meetings, workshops, conferences, flower shows, civic projects, and field trips. We invite you to browse through our activities over the last few seasons:
Many of us volunteer at the Lyndhurst Greenhouse (above) where we propagate seeds and plants for flower shows, plant exchanges, and a public Garden Fair and Plant Sale held each May. This year, more than 200 community members came to the Garden Fair and bought nearly 1,000 healthy, reasonably priced annuals, perennials, and herbs grown by club members.
Our civic projects include keeping the “Font” in front of Town Hall on Irvington’s Main Street blooming with seasonal plants and flowers.
Our members designed and maintained the Rip Van Winkle Garden just below Main Street School. The life-size bronze of Rip was sculpted by Richard Masloski.
We recently completed a significant long-term project—our role in the Garden Club of America’s Centennial Tree Project—identifying and labeling the trees in Irvington’s Scenic Hudson Park with handsome signs with their botanical and common names.
Another principal project is the Rose Garden at Lyndhurst, where club members work, teach and learn.
Each year the whole community is invited to a rose pruning demonstration in late March and a festive Rose Day event, with live music and refreshments, in June.
Children are always welcome on Rose Day. And we hold special children’s events, such as the marigold potting workshop at the Lyndhurst Garden Fair and Plant Sale, which is always the Saturday before Mothers’ Day.
We enjoy field trips to botanical gardens private and public, and in the last few seasons have visited Battery Park Gardens (above), Bartlett Arboretum Gardens, High Line Park, and Old Westbury Gardens, among others.
We held a successful GCA flower show, The Gilded Cage, at Lyndhurst in 2010, and our members consistently win awards in horticulture and flower arranging classes at other GCA Zone III shows.
Fall through spring, we enjoy monthly, Tuesday morning presentations and lectures by local and national horticulture experts. Above, Kent Russell speaks at the Irvington Library about border design using variegated plants. These presentations are free and open to the public.
Our fund-raising projects include an annual Holly Days event in December at which wreaths and other decorations by club members are auctioned. Funds we raise help support the local organizations including the Beczak Environmental Center, Center for Ecosystem Studies, Center for Plant Conservation, Federated Conservationists of Westchester, Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, The Garden Conservancy, Greenburgh Nature Center, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Irvington Land Trust, and Lasdon Arboretum.
Our members are active in local and national affairs, especially as related to environmental issues, conservation, and historic preservation. Above, former club president Anne Myers (in red jacket) speaks at the GCA National Conference.
Interested in learning more? To meet us and learn more about our club, you are invited to attend one of our upcoming public lectures or programs this fall. Please subscribe to our site and visit often for news of upcoming events and gardening tips for this area.