Janet C-W took members on a tour of the Butterfly Garden at Rockland Lake.  She then instructed and assisted members in decorating Fall wreaths which she had made in advance for our members.


This is an opportunity to see what our club members are growing and to have the entries judged by a panel of 3 club members.  There is always something new to see and the variety of entries is enjoyed by all.  Some members were also able to get cuttings of some of the entries.

A business meeting followed where members voted to approve our updated and revised bylaws.

Photos by Kathy F and Celia J

Florence and Walter K opened their beautiful home and garden to club members once again. We enjoyed sharing tea, cold drinks, finger sandwiches and desserts.  Most of all we enjoyed sharing stories about gardens and recipes and just being together.

Tea Group 2

Photo by Betsy T

Tea Group Photo

Photo by Betsy T

The day began at the Seeing Eye School in Morristown New Jersey.  It is a beautiful facility with very attractive grounds.  We toured the building and had speakers from the school as well as a trainer and one of the dogs she is working with.

We then went on to the Creamery for a delicious lunch which was pre-ordered and waiting for us.  It is a popular spot and ordering in advance of the trip was spot on.

Following lunch we had a tour of the Freylinghusen Arboretum.  Mike Wilson from the Rockland County Laboratory of Cornell Cooperative Extension led the tour.  Mike worked at the arboretum for many years before joining the staff in Rockland. He developed various gardens throughout the property.  He was the perfect one to lead the tour.

This was the first year we held our picnic and the Nyack Boat Club.  Members enjoyed getting together at this beautiful spot beside the Hudson River and sharing appetizers, mains and desserts that each one of us prepared. Always a treat!

Butterfly Garden

Photo by Betsy T

A group of Garden Club members enjoyed a tour of Well-Sweep Herb Farm.  We received commentary about the herbs and perennials as we toured the lovely garden.  Well-Sweep has a tremendous variety of lavenders, scented geraniums, herbs, perennials and fragrant plants to name just a few. The tour was followed by a picnic lunch which was prepared with herb flavoring the drinks, sandwich spreads and salads. We learned that lovage can be a substitute for celery as we sampled potato salad which contained the herb.

Following lunch we enjoyed a lecture about the uses of herbs which was enhanced with samples of the herbs to enjoy their fragrance and taste.  There was time for shopping after lunch and after the lecture but there was so much to choose from that another trip is in our future.