Since 1927, the Maplewood Garden Club has been a hands-on garden club, open to the people of Maplewood, NJ and the surrounding communities. Meetings are held September through May at The Woodland in Maplewood at 7:30 p.m. and are open to the public.
Maplewood Garden Club at 95 Years and Still Going Strong!
Wow we’re 95 years old and still running strong! With COVID mostly in our rearview mirror we’re physically socially active again and enjoying our 95th year as we once again engage in person.
Welcome to 2023-24 MGC Season
December’s Club Meeting
December’s Club meeting will feature Valerie Rojas Braverman presentation “Season Floral Sculptures.”
Local shop owner Valerie Braverman of Brave Floral will create winter floral arrangements and discuss different techniques and floral design principles. Valerie’s work evokes the feeling of freshly gathered florals balanced with modern and classical design forms.
December Design Exhibit!
THEME: Painting with Flowers
Each month we will use a famous painting as the inspiration for our floral designs. Look at each painting and be inspired by not just the colors and composition the artist used, but also the textures, depth, and movement of the eye they achieved. A specific artist and their painting will be featured each month. December’s artist is Georgia O’Keefe with the painting Evening Star #3.
For more information visit our Design Exhibits page!
Maplewood Memorial Library Foundation
At our November meeting, the Garden Club presented a $5,000 check to Ben Cohen, President of the Maplewood Memorial Library Foundation, and Sarah Lester, Library Director, for the construction of the new Main Library. The connection between the Garden Club and the Library began with the building of the Main Library in the 1950s. MGC contributed to the original construction as well as the 1970s addition plus funded plantings, tables and media equipment over the years. Beginning in the 1950s, MGC held its monthly meetings, workshops and flower shows at the Library. Ben Cohen expressed appreciation for MGC’s donation and noted that MGC would be listed on the donor honor wall. Sarah Lester also thanked the Club and expressed her hope that the Library will be able to welcome MGC back in the fall of 2024.
JOIN THE COLEUS TEAM!
Every year the MGC propagates hundreds of coleus to sell at our Plant Sale in May. The process starts in October when we collect “Mother Plants” that have spent the summer growing and thriving in various members’ gardens and in the Durand Hedden Herb Garden. These plants will hang out warm and cozy at their prime beauty in the Quonset hut (the middle greenhouse behind town hall) until late November/early December when we gather a group and have some fun clipping, dipping (in rooting hormone), and sticking (in rooting medium). The babies then need to be pampered until their roots grow long and hearty and at that time we gather the group again to transplant them into small pots filled with Promix. They are again pampered to allow growth. They need to be pruned periodically to make them nice and bushy. After one more transplanting and a little more pruning, the coleus are ready to meet our customers.
If interested email us at firstname.lastname@example.org
Wreath Making Workshop
Join us as we make wreaths to decorate the Maplewood Train Station, Durand-Hedden House, and other public buildings in town. Make one for yourself, too! We will meet on Saturday, December 2nd at 10 am at The Woodland parlor, 60 Woodland Road. We supply all the materials. Bring clippers and gloves. Refreshments will be served.
For more details see our Wreath Making Workshop Event Page.
Train Station Holiday Decorating
Come help make swags and decorate for one of our most visible and appreciated community projects. Let’s plan to meet out in front of the Maplewood Train Station to hang wreaths and swags on December 2 at 1 pm. Be sure to bring your gloves and clippers.
For more details see our Train Station Decorating Event Page