The Home Garden Club of Morristown

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About the Club

The Home Garden Club of Morristown, NJ was founded in 1925 and, since then, has recorded a history rich in community activity and service. The Club's purpose is to encourage the study of horticulture, to create and maintain civic beauty and to practice responsible conservation.

The Club has been a charter member of The Garden Club of NJ (check their new website) since 1926 and is also a member of The National Council of State Garden Clubs. It is affiliated with The Friends of Frelinghuysen Arboretum and The Morris County Historical Society.

Aside from its involvement with many civic projects such as the design and maintenance of the gardens at Acorn Hall (seen on the right), the Club also holds monthly meetings which include an educational program, workshop or tour on garden or related subjects.

The Home Garden Club of Morristown meets on the third Wednesday of each month, excluding January and August, at Frelinghuysen Arboretum. At 1:00 pm, the club hosts an educational speaker. Click our ‘Calendar,’ to view the program schedule. We welcome garden enthusiasts to attend.

If you are interested in joining the club, please click on the "Join" tab at the top of the page for more information.

Notecards for Sale

Please support the Home Garden Club of Morristown.

Profit from the sale of these notecards, featuring the original artwork of our member Marie Pasacantando, helps to fund the club's programs and plantings at Acorn Hall.

Two different collections are available, A) the Rhododendron or B) the Sunflower (see images below) Each collection includes six different designs.



To order, click here to download the order form and follow the directions there.


Club Newsletter

We are quite proud of our very informative quarterly newsletter. Here are the most recent issue as well as several earlier ones. All are downloadable as pdf's.


Club Social Activities

Wreathmaking

This year, due to Covid, the club combined wreath making, gift arrangements and the holiday luncheon in a spacious local VFW hall. While some members created beautiful holiday wreaths to adorn historical landmarks throughout Morristown, others created live arrangements to bring cheer to each Meals on Wheels recipient for the holidays. Fresh greens were supplied from members' gardens.

Afterwards, a wonderful, potluck holiday luncheon was enjoyed by all.




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Lavender Farm in Milford, New Jersey

Members of the Garden Club spent a beautiful day at Lavender Farm in Milford, New Jersey. We were lucky to have such a beautiful day to be outside. A docent gave a short talk on lavender, describing the various species in the field and how to collect it, and then invited us to cut as much of the lavender as we wanted.


Trip to Greenwood Gardens

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The Club toured the beautiful Greenwood Gardens in Millburn, NJ this past April. We had a great time wandering this gorgeous estate.

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Club Projects

Planting at Acorn Hall

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Acorn Hall, an 1850's Victorian mansion, nestled in historic Morristown, has been the main service project for the Home Garden Club of Morristown for more than forty years.

The club was asked to be in charge of the 5.8 acre property in 1971 when the mansion was turned over to the Morris County Historical Society. The original design created by Alice Koller in 1971, was enhanced by Ruth Palace, an associate resident member, in 1996 by adding what members know as the boxwood knot garden.

Since 1971 the Home Garden Club of Morristown has been planning, designing and maintaining the gardens at Acorn Hall. Recently, the club has been focusing their efforts on designing and maintaining the urns that surround the property as seen in these recent pictures, below.


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Click here for additional history of the Club's involvement with Acorn Hall.

Holiday Wreaths

A holiday tradition since 1930, Club members meet in late November for a festive wreath-making workshop. Beautiful Club-made wreaths of unusual greens from Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Watnong Nursery and Club members grace various historic houses and civic buildings in Morristown, including the front door of Washington's Headquarters.

Lyons Veterans Hospital

This Garden Club of NJ Garden Service Program also began in 1930. Flower arrangements are made and distributed to patients at the hospital, as well as for the day room and Chapel.

Community Outreach

Many years ago, members chose to contribute to the holiday festivities of needy children in lieu of exchanging gifts among themselves. This very successful annual campaign accumulates enough funds to purchase many beautiful gifts that are then distributed by the Division of Youth and Family Services. In recent years the club has targeted its gifts to an age group that is often overlooked during the holidays, teenagers.

Members' Gardens

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Click the "Gardens" button at the top to see pictures of members' gardens.



Membership

If you are interested in joining this active and enjoyable group, click on the Join button above to get more information.