It’s therapeutic! People who work with paper and computers need to spend quality time with “living, breathing beings,” like family, friends, pets and YES -- plants! The nursery business is very successful – because we like to get our hands dirty, feel and smell the earth and living plants, and introduce new colors, textures, and varieties of plants into our world.
You are qualified! You don’t have to be an avid gardener or a certified Horticulturist to enjoy gardening. All you need is a desire to learn, energy, and time.
MONTCLAIR BLUE STAR MEMORIAL
Blue Star Memorial
The Blue Star Memorial Program honors service men and women. This program began with the planting of 8,000 Dogwood trees by the New Jersey Council of Garden Clubs in 1944 as a living memorial to veterans of World War II. In 1945, the National Council of State Garden Clubs adopted the program and began a Blue Star Highway system, which covers thousands of miles across the Continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. A large metal Blue Star Memorial Highway Marker was placed at appropriate locations along the way.
The program was expanded to include all men and women who had served, were serving or would serve in the armed services of the United States. Memorial Markers and By-Way markers were added to the Highway Markers, to be used at locations such as National cemeteries, parks, veteran’s facilities and gardens.
Montclair Garden Club Members
Taking the First Step!
Blue Star Memorial Dedication
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The District chapters offer day trips to the Richmond and Philadelphia Flower Shows, and many informative opportunities, such as programs in:
We enjoy private tours of historical gardens, such as The National Botanic Gardens, The U.S. National Arboretum, The National Cathedral, Gunston Hall, Mt. Vernon, River Farm, Richmond plantations, among others; and have resurrected gardens at Prince William County’s historical Rippon Lodge & the Ben Lomond Site. Meetings include informative speakers and demonstrations. We have picked fields of flowers from Purcellville to Tappahannock, participated in floral arranging and holiday greens workshops, and we always find the best restaurants!
There’s Something for Everyone!
The Garden Club of Montclair has received numerous district and national certificates and awards throughout the years, to include the Lucille Droege Mauntel Certificate for Conservation, Shell Oil Grant, numerous Certificates of Merit for Garden Therapy and Civic Development, and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Publications award for the Club newsletter.
As a member of the National Capital Area Garden Clubs, Inc., our major fund-raising event is the Montclair Perennial Plant Sale. Held each year in May, proceeds from the sale benefit worthy causes such as the American Horticultural Society, National and State Arboretums, American Forests, World Gardening, Garden Conservancy, Scholarship Funds, Youth Education and Save-The-Bay Project.
4th Wednesday; 10:00 am
For many years the Club maintained the Montclair “17” Firehouse Garden, and the interior “Secret Garden” at the Prince William County Senior Care Center in the Ferlazzo Building. Club members conduct hands-on outdoor and indoor Garden Therapy activities with the seniors, and hold an annual Secret Garden Picnic for seniors and staff.
Gardening With Friends!
The Garden Club of Montclair was established in 1975 to stimulate interest and enjoyment in gardening, and to better beautify our homes and community through improved landscape gardening methods.