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Happy Holidays! Holiday Tree & Luncheon

The Turkey has been eaten, the wishbone wishes soon-to-be granted (hopefully). Now it’s time to celebrate the Holiday Season!

Once again, the Garden Club of Ocean City members decorated a tree in the Atrium of the Ocean City Free Public Library. Thanks to all who donated the dried hydrangea and to those who decorated the tree. Click on the link to view: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96910974@N02/

Holiday Luncheon, December 6, 2016

It’s time to celebrate the season! Our Holiday Luncheon will be held on December 6. RESERVATIONS are closed. Forty-nine (49) members will share in the holiday spirit. Oh, what fun

Please remember to bring your wrapped Pollyanna gift & socks for the Clothes Closet.

If anyone has a transportation issue, please email Nancy Boland:

nancyjboland <at> me <dot> com for help.

See you on Tuesday!


May 3, 2016 Brown Bag Meeting & Girls’ Night OUT!

Girls Night Out—Spaces still available.
Where: Ocean City Fine Arts League, 608 Asbury Avenue, OCNJ, Phone: (609) 814-0308
When: Wednesday, April 27, 6 to 8 PM. Learn about and hands-on with Mosaics!
Contact: Kathy—(609) 391-0265

May Brown Bag Meeting

When: MAY 3, 2016, Noon
Where: Holy Trinity Church, 30th and Bay Avenue, OCNJ

Noted floral arranger, Jane Petransky, will discuss various styles in floral arranging.
To view different flower arranging styles, go to: gardenclubocnj.wordpress.com and search for the March 18, 2015 post or view on our FLICKR page/album: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96910974@N02/albums/72157643710424074


Flower Arrange-OFF—Cheryl Kelchner and Angel Smith will collaborate with two members who will be given a vessel, flowers, fillers, and time to arrange the flowers. Discussion of finished products with creators and viewers will ensue.

Desserts: Officers will bring desserts.

Flower Show Tips—March Meeting Re-Cap!

Jane Bersch—Head Judge, Ocean City Flower Show 

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Our March meeting was yet ANOTHER fantastic session. Jane Bersch, newly appointed Head Judge for the Ocean City Flower Show, provided the attendees with valuable insight, tips, and sage advice on creating YOUR winning entry in the 44th Annual Ocean City Flower ShowIsland Hopping!

When Jane asked for the Schedule, Joanne Romano told her she would go on at 12:30…No, not that…the Schedule. Huh? Well, after translation of Flower Judge language, Jane informed us the SCHEDULE is the name for what we may know as, *Pre-Program/Program. Now informed, we go forward and refer to the above* as, Schedule. At the end of this post, you will find the updated 2016 SCHEDULE! Strong words of advice from Jane—READ IT THOROUGHLY!

As invited/requested/coerced, several Garden Club members brought examples of Artistic Design entries based on Island Hopping, the 2016 Ocean City Flower Show theme. The intent was to have Jane critique these for exhibitors and for anyone interested in design. The experience was informative, educational, and fun for both the entrants and the attendees! Specific recommendations along with the entries appear below. Pictures of the designs can be found on our FLICKR page: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96910974@N02/albums/72157665445653572

Jane began her presentation by reminding the attendees of the principles/elements one needs to employ as one creates Artistic Design entries.

  • BalanceDoes the entry look sturdy
  • ContrastColors
  • DominanceRepeat something, but do not overwhelm
  • ProportionWhat is the relationship of the amounts of different flowers, foliage
  • ScaleSize, very important especially in miniature entries
  • RhythmLook at the flow of the design
  • Repetitionrepeat the flowers, etc. adhering to all above
  • DepthIs the design 3 dimensional—height, width, depth are very important


  • Less is best
  • Do a dry run
    • Create, walk away and then re-think
  • Squint to see what stands out…Ask yourself, “Is that the effect you want?”

Overall, the judges are looking at how the designer put it all together to create the entry!

Water Viewing Examples

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  • Accessories and bases must help the design
  • For water viewing balance, make sure the container is low-sided with water visible
    • Use anything, even plastic as long as there is rhythm, space
  • FOR ALL PLANTS/FLOWERS: Condition material. Bring home and re-cut

Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 9.52.39 AM.pngNote Balance—Jane suggested as one looks at the arrangement, the eye travels to the top Gerbera daisy, which makes the design feel top-heavy. Another note: Gerbera Daisies are hard to work with. They need to be tubed and are unreliable.




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We all loved the lilies…we loved the smell—even those who have allergies! As we learned from the other water viewing arrangements and the general principles, these lilies overwhelmed the container.

So, Rae Jaffe asked Jane how she would suggest improving this arrangement…

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Well, we had the privilege of watching Jane, along with Kay, remove & rearrange the design.

As Jane was re-designing, she emphasized the need to…get rid of pollen inside lilies IMMEDIATELY…They stain!


Screen Shot 2016-03-10 at 9.53.23 AMThe design is simple, yet elegant, balanced and surely a Winner!

Everything Green

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  • Mass design—Rule container should be  1/3 the size of the arrangement
  • Make sure you look at all sides and fill the back—Dimension
  • Various green flowers and foliage make this a winner!





  • Pay attention to the size—5″
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  • Proportion is important—more flowers needed in the blue bird container



Unfortunately, there is no picture of the Nantucket Basket arrangement generously submitted by Joan Ferko. Jane cautioned—height should be one and one-half (1 1/2)  times the container. Since the basket had a seashell on the one-side, Jane stated, “…no need to have that.” The Nantucket Basket without embellishment conveys the theme—As in the Tea Tray critique—no cutesy!

Shadow Boxes/Niches

  • Make sure your arrangement creates harmony and everything belongs together.
  • Coordinate your arrangement with color of container

Tea Tray—General Reminder: Do NOT overcrowd the Tea Tray

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What’s wrong with this Tea Tray?

  • Napkin holders are a BIG No-No!
    • Instead—Consider tying the napkin with a ribbon
  • Close eyes, then open, what is the first thing you see: dark flower. This takes away from the overall design. All yellow is enough.
  • Coordinate everything—while tea cup had blue design, it was a different pattern than the teapot. Color alone is not the deciding factor.
  • The sand-filled item flowing from the teapot spout was…well, cutesyBIG no-no…
  • RHYTHM move items closer together to create a line…the end result was a triangle with the napkin angled right, the tea cup in the middle, the teapot moved closer and angled more to the left.

Flowers are the FOCUS—Anything and everything must work with design!

Jane noted not only Artistic Design but Horticulture entries need special attention.

  • Look at the mechanics that holds up or support material. It should be hidden.
  • Can use colored wire, oasis
  • Fruits/vegetables must be sealed
  • Cut specimens in morning or late in evening and re-cut on an angle. Don’t forget to  wipe scissors with alcohol
  • Nothing with any bugs, bug damage
  • Use judicious pruning
  • Cut roses and hydrangeas under water.
    • Rose buds are NOT acceptable entry
    • Hybrid tea roses should be 1/2 to 3/4 open NOT exploded out
    • Rose spray should form a circle
  • Ivy and hosta should be submerged in water to keep fresh
  • Make sure there is symmetry in African Violets & lots of flowers in bloom
  • Fresh herbs—Cut specimens must be identified
    • Turgid must stand up and be noticed
    • Must be fresh
  • Container plant material must be clean
    • Trim any damage
  • Terrariums—may contain 1 or more accessories
  • Fairy Gardens—miniature landscape in open container
  • Planter/Window Box—is NOT a landscape
    • Should be planted 3 months in advance so plants get to know one another
    • Well-spaced
    • Straight standing
    • Colors must work and meld together



As you think, dream, & create your winning design or horticulture entry, please consider placing a Patron Ad. The form is in the Schedule below (can be downloaded) or click on the link to download a copy: PATRON2016

Thanks, in advance, for your support!



Here it is! You have 2 ways to view:

Download a copy here: SCHEDULE2016


Click through the online Issuu below…

March 1, 2016 Meeting!

As we mentioned at our February meeting, we will have the once-in-an-almost-lifetime opportunity for an esteemed Flower Show judge, Jane Bersch, who will offer tips for your (winning) entries! Bring your designs related to the following:


  • Tea Tray
  • Water Viewing
  • Miniature
  • Suspended

We would like to have multiple entries in each category, so if your friend has mentioned she would be willing to bring something and you would like to bring something in the same category…go right ahead. That said we would like to have at LEAST one for each category.

Info from our Garden Club booklet for our March Meeting appears below.

Using the Artistic displays listed (Volunteers needed), Jane will provide tips for successful entries!


GREETER: Angel Smith


Tea Tray, Water Viewing, Miniature, & Suspended

See 2016 SCHEDULE Pre-program for next Flower Show Artistic Entry Guidelines—PreProgram2016final

Or, See 2015 OC Flower Show Booklet for details or go to June 2 post: gardenclubocnj.wordpress.com

For past ideas, click on the link below to see our FLICKR album:

2015 Ocean City Flower Show & The Garden Club OCNJ Wants You!

THEME—Chic to Chic, Flowers and Fashion

Do you enjoy looking at beautiful plants and flowers? Do you marvel at the creativity of the designers who enter The Ocean City Flower Show? Well, the Designers are amateurs—plant and flower lovers just like you. You do NOT need to belong to a Garden Club. There is NO exhibitor fee. No Entrance fee!

You, too, can let your inspiration and creativity show by entering the 2015 Ocean City Flower Show! Need an idea, some inspiration, some encouragement?

So, get started. Step out of your comfort zone. Your winning idea and entry is only a few clicks, some flowers, or plants away!


May 5 Bag Lunch & Meeting!

While the calendar says, Spring, the temperatures are screaming Winter. Well, one cure for this cold Weather is our next Garden Club Meeting. Please join us…

WHEN: MAY 5, 2015, 12 NOON.
WHERE: Holy Trinity Church, 30th and Bay Avenue, OCNJ

Mary Burgents—Presentation on Daylilies—Seeds and plants available for purchase.


HorticulturePlant grown from seed
Artistic—Arrangement of Spring Flowers
Desserts: L – P

May Greeter: Joan Lukens

Dues are well, DUE! $25.00 Please see Marge Roth

Please pay for June 9 Luncheon—Greate Bay Country Club—$30.00


We need spillers for the pots we voted to fill at the Shores. If you have vinca, ivy, creeping jenny or any other trailing plant that needs dividing, please bring it to the May meeting or call Angel Smith. We also need 5 or 6 members who would help with the planting. Of course, your ideas, as well as, plants are most welcome! We will get a tour on the location of the pots hopefully on Wednesday, May 6—Time TBD. The pots are waist high so there is no problem getting to them. Thanks for your help!

Ocean City 2015 Flower Show NEEDS YOU!

Please take a moment to view the previous post on how and why your inspiration and talent are needed for the upcoming Ocean City Flower Show—May 28, 29, 30. Visit the call for participation via this link: Ocean City Pre-Program.

While the information has appeared in the newspapers, we still need your Help to get the word out…tell your friends and neighbors! Make this year’s Ocean City Flower Show YOUR year!

Scroll through last year’s winning entries on FLICKR: https://www.flickr.com/photos/96910974@N02/sets/72157647432809995/