Updated Message from The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. addressing the Coronavirus Pandemic:
Dear GCNJ Garden Club Members:
Due to the devastating COVID-19 global pandemic, we want to list the following cancelations and reassure our club members that we are united in our commitment to providing education, resources and opportunities for adults and youth members to expand the love of gardening and floral design and encourage active participation in civic, environmental and historic preservation projects to protect the past for the future.
United, we will whether this calamity that has gripped the world, follow strict measures of quarantine so that we can flatten the curve and get back to normalcy as soon as safely possible. Our government’s restrictions are everchanging as they seek to quell the spread of this horrific virus, so we have canceled the following upcoming GCNJ Meetings, Programs and Schools:
- GCNJ Board meetings through May are canceled.
- GCNJ Annual Meeting, June 4th, 2020 at Bridgewater Marriott, canceled.
- All District Spring, 2020 meetings are canceled.
- GCNJ Flower Show, Course III, May-7, 2020 has been canceled.
- GCNJ District 4 & 5 Flower Show postponed from April 24th/25thto June 26th27th has been postponed until April, 2021 TBD
- NGC Convention in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, May 12-15 has been canceled.
- All meetings at Holly House, GCNJ Headquarters, Rutgers Gardens have been canceled through May, 2020.
- GCNJ clubs are advised to cancel all public meetings.
Please note that although GCNJ clubs’ membership roster and dues are due by April 1st, 2020 that we realize this is not possible for some of our clubs to pay dues at this time. We want our club members to know that we understand the hardship caused by this pandemic and are hereby suspending the due date for dues, but ask that all garden clubs return their membership roster list to Ellen Preissler, 67 Obre Place, Shrewsbury, NJ 07702. Since elections can’t be held for some of you, we recommend that you freeze your current leadership, as we will be reaching out via electronic email and social media on a frequent basis. For those clubs able to pay dues in a timely fashion, please do so, but know that whatever your circumstance, we are here for you and value our club members so no club will lose their GCNJ membership due to this calamity.
The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. will continue working on our Paths to Discovery Through Outdoor Learning Centers and are proceeding full speed ahead with erecting the Bird, and Butterfly Learning Centers plus refurbishing past GCNJ Presidents’ Projects in Rutgers Gardens. We will be announcing exciting new Grants for Garden Club sponsored Learning Centers throughout the State. We look forward to holding our District Flower Shows in the future, and to our GCNJ Fall Conference & Presidents’ Day on October 26th, 2020 at the Bridgewater Marriott.
Look for our new GCNJ website in the near future!
Stay Safe, Stay Home and ENJOY your gardens. Onward and Upward as we are united and will get through this stronger than ever with our big National Garden Convention coming here to East Rutherford as we celebrate our former GCNJ President, Mary Warshauer, currently NGC 1stVP being installed as NGC President in May 17-20th, 2021.
Jeannie Geremia, GCNJ President
District 4 and 5 Flower Show Fundraiser – HELLEBORES!! Deadline April 1, 2020
The first of several District flower shows will occur on Saturday, April 25, 2020(postponed to next year) at the Shady Rest (Scotch Hills Country Club), 820 Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains. Free to the public! However, we need financial support from all of you to make this happen!!
Please find the attached order form to order some gorgeous hellebores for your garden! Order now and pick up at the show on April 25th! Pick up will be arranged for those who helped support this show. Stay tuned for more info later…….
Mail checks to: Barbara Mullin at 227 New Providence Rd. Mountainside, NJ 07092 CLICK HERE for order form!
2020 GCNJ Symposium
The GCNJ Symposium will be held October 14-15, 2020 at the Holiday Inn/National Conference Center in East Windsor NJ. The instructors will be: Julia Clevett for Design and Dale DeFeo for Horticulture. Further information to follow.
Cecelia Millea, Symposium Chair
2019-2021 GCNJ President, Jeannie Geremia
My President’s Theme “Paths to Discovery through Outdoor Learning Centers”
Please accept my heartfelt thanks in bestowing this great honor of serving you as the 49th Garden Club of New Jersey President. I will do my utmost to follow in my illustrious predecessors’ footsteps over the past 94 years, to galvanize our member clubs throughout this great state of New Jersey……. CLICK HERE for complete President’s Message.
New Jersey – The Garden State – has over 120 garden clubs and more than 5,000 members working in a variety of environments.
The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. (GCNJ), founded in 1925, is a federation of individual local garden clubs throughout the state. GCNJ has over 5,000 members, age 6-adult.
The Garden Club of New Jersey is the state affiliate and a charter member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., (NGC), a non-profit educational organization.
The membership of NGC is composed of nearly 200,000 members, 6,000 member garden clubs, 70 national affiliates and 300 international affiliates around the globe.
NGC is the largest volunteer organization of its type in the world.
GRANTS FROM THE GCNJ
Click Here for more information on grants that are available to your garden club.
The Garden Club of New Jersey HQ
Office Telephone: (732) 249-0947
(Office Manager hours-Monday am)
FAX: (732) 249-0947
Holly House Mailing Address: 126 Ryder’s Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816-1331
Don’t hesitate to Contact Us if you would like to give us feedback or if you have any inquiries. Thanks!
- To coordinate the interests of the garden clubs within the state and to bring them into closer relationship by association, conference, and correspondence.
- To aid in the protection and conservation of our natural resources.
- To cooperate with other groups furthering the interests of conservation and horticulture.
- To encourage civic beauty and roadside development.
- To study and teach the arts of flower arranging and horticulture.
- To raise funds to support educational, charitable, and scientific causes.
STATEMENT OF GCNJ POLICIES
The EMBLEM of The Garden Club of New Jersey may not be used or copied in any way; by any club, individual, or for any purpose other than official application by the Executive Board of GCNJ. The EMBLEM of The Garden Club of New Jersey shall be used only on awards, publications, programs, etc. authorized by the Executive Board of GCNJ.
The NAME of The Garden Club of New Jersey shall not be used to endorse a candidate for office, product, lecture, tour or organization except as ordered by the Executive Board of GCNJ.
The list of Executive Board members, Garden Clubs, their officers and members is not available for distribution to others except by special vote of the Executive Board of GCNJ.
(Do not post the Directory or its information on open websites.)