Monthly Meeting Schedule for September 2017 through June 2018

Guests are always welcome at our Community Center meetings. Just walk in or use the Contact Us link to let us know you’re coming! Programs start at approximately 12:45 P.M.

September 6

“Through the Garden Gates of England” Regina Carlson will present an informative and interesting discussion of English gardens accompanied by pictures taken by her husband Kenneth Carlson.

October 4

GCFH presents “Amazing Autumn,” a Small Standard Flower Show from 1:00 to 3:00 PM at the Fair Haven Community Center (behind the Police Station) on Fisk Street. Three floral design exhibit categories reflect Fall events – Oktoberfest, Halloween and Thanksgiving. Autumn horticulture will be represented by seven different dazzling horticultural classes – Annuals, Perennials, Bulbs/Corms & Tubers, Fruits & Vegetables, Herbs, Ornamental Grasses/Sedges/Rushes, and seasonal Combination Plantings. We invite the public to join us in celebrating the best Fall has to offer!

November 1

Basket Raffle Fund Raiser! A fun time for all, especially the winners of beautifully stocked baskets containing new and unused items donated by our members, gift certificates, wine, and other lovely items that you didn’t know you wanted until you saw them! Bring a guest to share in the excitement starting at 12:45 and support our fund raising efforts to provide scholarships, beautify the Borough of Fair Haven, educate youngsters about plants and the environment, and continue civic projects.

December 6

Happy Holidays! Join us for a special Holiday luncheon and the program “White House Memories and Dried Flowers.” Cathy Miller’s dried flower arrangements have graced the White House at various times throughout the Reagan, Clinton and both Bush presidencies. She’ll create a duplicate of one of those arrangements and share her interactions with some of our former First Ladies. Don’t forget to let Membership Chair Beth Ruda ( know if you are a member bringing a guest or cannot attend the luncheon, or are a non-member who wishes to join us.

January 3

“Decorating Notes, Cards and Other Things with Pressed Flowers”
Member Richard Biernacki will once again lead us in a very popular workshop demonstrating how to decorate notes, cards and other items with pressed flowers. Richard will then help us create our own masterpieces.

February 7

“Our Incredible Ocean: Do You Know What You Are Swimming In?”
Cindy Zipf, the head of Clean Ocean Action, will lead us in a discussion of a very important topic, especially in our area – ocean environmentalism.

March 7

“Read Across America,” a design program featuring member-created miniature floral dersigns. Also, “March Equinox” will offer creative designs interpreting the sun crossing the equator causing night and day to be of [nearly] equal duration all over Planet Earth.

April 4

“Floral Designs from the Imagination of Nancy Kitchen” Always a favorite, Nancy Kitchen, AIFD, returns to delight us with her creative and imaginative seasonal designs, as well as tips to make the most of our floral materials and containers.

May 2

“Spring Has Sprung!” Members exhibit their own perennials, bulbs, corms, tubers and branches from flowering shrubs and trees for honors awarded by GCNJ judges. A Club Challenge will exhibit Oxalis plantings raised by members since our January workshop. This program is always a spectacular presentation of Spring horticulture by our talented “green thumb” members!

June 6

Officer Installation and Annual Awards Luncheon
The Presidential gavel changes hands as we install our Executive Officers for the next two years. We will also hand out Annual Horticulture and Design Awards to the three members in each division who received the highest of number points throughout the year. Outside luncheon venue to be announced closer to the meeting date.

Guests are also welcome to join us (with prior notice via the Contact Us page link) for member-provided luncheons each month at noon for a Guest Fee of $5.