Monthly Meeting Schedule for September 2019 through June 2020
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.
Budget Approval and finalize details for October 4 “Plant America” Standard Flower Show.
All are welcome to join us as GCFH presents “Plant America,” an all-horticulture standard Flower Show displaying the bounty of late-Summer and early Autumn. An array of member-grown floral and non-floral horticulture reflects the plentitude of the changing seasons. Two educational exhibits and three photographic exhibits complement the array of horticultural specimens.
“Villa Vanilla.” Michelle Tomaino, a Biologist and local educator with roots in Costa Rica guides us through Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation, a sustainable Cost Rican spice farm growing a variety of organic spices including vanilla, cocoa, cinnamon, turmeric, and ginger. Michelle’s presentation includes the life cycle of a vanilla orchard, the holistic health benefits of rainforest spices, consumer education on cinnamon, and a tasting of some recipes using vanilla and cinnamon. Michelle will also offer some organic products for sale.
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.
Holiday Greens Workshop and Luncheon. GCFH kicks off the holiday season with a lovely Holiday luncheon. After lunch, our Horticulture Chairs will lead us in a “make & take” fresh greens workshop to get the holiday spirit going. Non-members are welcome, but must contact Membership Chair Richard Biernacki (email@example.com) no later than November 25 to ensure the availability of greens.
“Let’s Get Social”
No program, just a “Semi-Formal Tea” and regular business meeting for our non-snowbird members. Here’s a chance to talk with newer members, discuss upcoming plans, and catch up with each other after a busy holiday season.
“Rock Stars of the Landscape” Ruth Carll, Senior Park Naturalist for the Monmouth County Parks System brings her expertise in botany to discuss plants that will work in our local environment. Perfect timing for those of us looking to enhance our properties and gardens with plants that will survive and thrive!
“Floral Design Fun with Marina Kerber” Our favorite GCNJ judge will demonstrate the art of floral design and entertain us along the way! Emphasis will be on traditional designs and touch on creative design as well. Marina is a multi-tasking dynamo who never stops – she’s currently Vice President of Navesink Garden Club and a Garden Club of NJ judge who studies Ikebana and teaches in her spare time, as well as being a former club President and District 8 Director.
“Enter the Wonderful World of Design” Our Design Chair Judy McMaster encourages all members to “show & tell” by bringing in traditional or creative designs of any type and size. No formal judging, no judgement! Jump into the fun of creation without the stress of having to make it perfect for a blue ribbon. More info from Judy closer to the date.
“Spring is Here!” Our traditional Spring Horticulture program is sure to dazzle as members bring in an array of perennials and other horticulture samples of the season.
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.