October Field Trip to the Cape May Zoo UPDATE!

Fun Stuff!

Twenty-seven (27) Garden Club Members enjoyed the field trip to the Cape May Zoo. Members were troopers as they walked around with Daisy—the Zoo’s head landscaper—from 10:00 to noon. Twenty-four (24) members met for lunch afterward…another great time for all!


October Field Trip!

Screen Shot 2015-10-23 at 10.35.31 AMScreen Shot 2015-10-23 at 10.38.18 AMThe weather threatened just days before when Hurricane Joaquin swirled in the Atlantic. However, the weather for our October Field Trip to the Linwood Arboretum was…Glorious! A bit warmer than most of us thought with picture perfect, blue skies and bright sunshine!

Sitting in his golf cart, Allen Lacy, provided the background for the creation of the arboretum, as well as, advice for plantings, a call for volunteers, and an invitation to visit in winter, summer, and fall!

After visiting the bog garden, strolling through the beautiful flora and fauna, we headed off to a delicious lunch at Roberta’s…a perfect end to a perfect day!


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September 2015 Meeting Recap!

Our September meeting was filled with new ideas, new ways of doing things, and…new Faces! We are excited to welcome 6 new members to our very, lively group of gardening enthusiasts.

Revised Meetings

We’ve revamped our meetings so presenters will be first up…here are the details…

  • 12 noon to 12:30—Sign in, Lunch, Socialize
  • 12:30 to 1:15—Presenter
  • 1:15 to 1:30—Horticulture & Artistic Design (formerly Little Show)
  • 1:30 to 1:45/2:00 PM—Formal Meeting
  • 2:00 PM—Meeting adjourned

There is some flexibility with the Horticulture & Artistic Design/Formal Meeting segments as you know we are a curious and questioning group. This is what makes our meetings so informative! That said, we want to try to end our meetings by 2:00 PM. Here’s hoping we will leave each meeting filled with information and new and deepening friendships!

Show Me Your Ribbons…

Those who remembered pinned their 2015 winning ribbons and comment cards to foam board. This was just a small way to show…we all have the opportunity to enter and win in the annual Ocean City Flower Show. Of course, Kay Reilly displayed many awards and ribbons. The vases for recognition, the dishes…everything was beautiful and so well deserved. As Kay reminded us all…she entered, learned, and won with no formal background…a model for us all.

Artistic Design

As you know, the Garden Club will decorate one of the Christmas trees in the Atrium of the driedhydrangeaOcean City Free Public Library this December. Many are drying flowers, in particular, hydrangea to celebrate Gardening and Christmas. Kay Reilly brought dried hydrangea and provided tips for drying and storing the flowers. One tip for transport and storage is to place the dried flowers between sheets of tissue paper. Decisions on whether to spray the dried flowers or leave au naturel, and whether to add ribbon are still being discussed. If you are drying flowers, the tentative plan is to bring them to our November meeting. You’ll be updated on the specifics closer to our meeting date.


Donna Halper provided some very interesting information on what most of us thought was a Leafcutterbeesthreat to roses—Leafcutter bees. While they chomp on rose leaves, they do little or no damage to the plant! More information about these beneficial garden visitors can be found on Colorado State University’s website:

Also, download the 2 page Leafcutter bee information here: Leafcutter_Bees

October Field Trip Clarification

You’ve probably heard the old saying, “There’s no such thing as a free lunch.” Well, for our post-Linwood Arboretum Lunch in October lunch, this is literally true! The tour is free, but…when someone asked what was the cost, we believe some may have misinterpreted the response of, “nothing” to mean even lunch was free…Oh, no…below is a clarification that will appear in the revised Yearbook. Your cost for lunch will be whatever you order from the menu, plus tax and tip. Most lunch items are about $12-$13. The Garden Club is NOT paying for your lunch.


10:30 AM—1410 Wabash Avenue, Linwood, NJ
Join us for an informative tour of this almost local horticulture gem.
Meet at Holy Trinity Church 10:15 AM for carpooling.

LunchRoberta’s by Joe Muldoon—1205 Tilton Rd. Suite 12B, Northfield, NJ
Your Cost—Whatever you select from the Menu plus tax & tip!lunchmenu/c5hf

Our new members will receive their Yearbooks at our November meeting. The revised yearbook will be sent via email with instructions on how to carry it with you on your smartphone <grin>.

We hope you had a great time at our first meeting and will enjoy our upcoming meetings and events!




If It’s October, It Must Be A Field Trip!

When: OCTOBER 7, 2014


Lunch—A harvest lunch will be prepared by Lorraine Keifer using fresh herbs and vegetables from her garden.

Cost—$26.75—call Kathy @ 609-391-0265 for reservations

Meet at Holy Trinity Church, 30th and Bay, OCNJ at 9:45 AM for carpooling.

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Red, White, Cranberry & Warm Weather!

Natalipic1The weather was beautiful as members of the Garden Club of Ocean City listened and learned about wine making at the Natali Winery. We sniffed, swirled, and swished the red, white, and dessert wines in order to develop an appreciation for each. Light, sweet, rich, interesting, nice, were overheard as we taste-tested the different varietals…an enjoyable field trip and real learning experience for all!



After our morning in the sun sipping on delicious wines, we headed to the Sand Barrens Golf Club for lunch on the porch. The conversations were lively, the food was delicious. As we readied ourselves to leave, we all were given homemade cookies from the kitchen of Kathy Wheatcroft..a sweet and tasty ending to a very nice day.cookies

October—Field Trip to Natali Vineyards!


Where: 221 North Delsea Drive (North Route 47), Cape May Courthouse, NJ—

When: October 1, 2013—9:45 AM departure from Holy Trinity Church parking lot, 30th and Bay, Ocean City, NJ.

What: A tour of the winery and beach plum trees will be followed by a wine tasting.

Tour and Tasting Cost: $5.00 per individual

Lunch: 12:30 PM—Sand Barrens Golf Club, 1765 Route 9 North Swainton, NJ 08210—

Luncheon Cost: A luncheon menu of 4 choices will be available at the cost of $15.00—including, non-alcoholic beverages, gratuity and tax. Guests are welcome for the usual, additional $5.00 fee.

RSVP needed by Thursday, September 26th—Please RSVP to: