Garden Club
Harrington Park
Harrington Park, New Jersey

The Garden Club of Harrington Park welcomes you to our website.  Please browse around the site - we've got lots of good information including our monthly newsletter, what to do monthly in your garden, and pictures of the barrels the Garden Club plants each year under the "Downtown Beautification" button.  

Just to tell you a little bit about us; the Garden Club of Harrington Park holds General Meetings the first Thursday of every month (except when otherwise noted) September through June in the Harrington Park Library (second floor).  The meetings begin at 7:30 P.M. and include a lecture by a guest speaker on various gardening topics.  Each meeting we have a floral contest, whereby members interpret a given theme (see below).  We have a Field Trip at the end of our Club year, along with a luncheon.  Our meetings are open to everyone who loves a garden and gardening.  Please check out our activities and events for the Club year by clicking on the "2022-2023 Calendar" button.  This is a tri-fold calendar listing our activities.  Please print it and keep it handy! 

To learn more about the Club, please click on the "About Us" where you will find information on membership and what we do as a Garden Club.  Mostly, we have a lot of fun as a group of folks who share a common interest -- the love of gardening!

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Garden Club of Harrington Park Founded in May 1990
34th ANNIVERSARY IN 2024 !!!

Garden Club Affiliations

Garden Club of America
​Garden Club of New Jersey

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All general meetings are held at the Harrington Park Library
10 Herring Street, Harrington Park, NJ 07640

7:30 P.M. in the Upstairs Meeting Room

September 7, 2023 - 7:30 P.M.
Speaker:  Jeffrey Van Pelt, Retired Horticulture Supervisor Somerset County Park
Topic:  “10 Best Roses for Your Garden, & More”

Jeffrey Van Pelt, one of the GCHP's favorite and most inspiring speakers, will present “10 Best Roses for Your Garden, & More”, a pictorial spectrum of the varities he recommends to create your own exquisite rose garden.  

The lecture will be followed by a “Q & A” session and refreshments.

Hostess for the evening - Dale Muto

October 5, 2023 - 7:30 P.M.
Speaker:  Marc Gussen, Naturalist, has been living and working at the Closter Nature Center for more than twenty years. Having taught hundreds of children and adults, he is affectionately known as "Nature Marc."
Topic:  "Botany 101"

November 2, 2023 - 7:30 P.M.
Speaker:  Nisha Khanna, Owner, Growing Gardens, Landscape Design and Consultancy
Topic:   "Creating a Garden Room"

November 19, 2023 - 2:00 P.M. (Sunday)
Thanksgiving Workshop - Fee
All Materials Provided - Bring Pruners, and whatever do-dads you want to add to your centerpiece

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"The love of gardening is a seed
that once sown never dies."
Gertrude Jekyll
Willowwood Arboretum
Monthly Meeting Floral Contests
Themes by Month
2023 - 2024

September 7, 2023 – Last of Summer…

October 5, 2023 – Falling Leaves

November 2, 2023 – We Give Thanks

December 7, 2023 – Holiday Whimsy

January 4, 2024 – Happy New Year!

February 1, 2024 – Hearts and Flowers

March 7, 2024 – Erin Go Brach

April 4, 2024 – Spring is Here!

May 2, 2024 – Bloom Time!

June 8, 2024 – Dead or Alive Poinsettia Contest

Let your imagination fly! Create a floral masterpiece and bring to our meeting - we love them all! - Fresh Flowers Only!

Garden Club
Harrington Park

Jeff VanPelt
Jeff oversaw the renovation and maintenance of the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden which contains more than 3000 roses of 325 varieties and developed the department’s public programming and lectures which are given to New Jersey garden clubs. He recently installed a gorgeous rose garden on his own property.

An avid organic home gardener and plant enthusiast, Jeff also maintains vegetable gardens, perennial gardens, an herb garden, and a greenhouse. He enjoys hiking and says he is a “stalker of wildflowers in the woods”. And he loves to lecture to Garden Clubs!

Jeff earned a BS in Plant Science Horticulture from Cook College Rutgers University. He was the Horticulture Supervisor at the Sommerset County Park for 15 years where he designed and directed the installation of landscape plantings and the maintenance of the Colonial Park Gardens, the Golf Course plus other areas throughout the park system.