Happy St. Patrick's Day!
UPCOMING EVENTS YOU DON'T WANT TO MISS!
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
March 7, 2024 - 7:30 P.M. - Library
Guest Speaker: Mary Jo Sichak
Topic: Garden Gems of The Garden State
Get ready for spring by touring Garden State gardens! Take a photographic exploration of selected, must see Gardens and Arboretums in New Jersey. Mary Jo will touch on the history and highlights of each of the gardens, including any special collections they feature and the suggested best times to visit.
April 4, 2024 - 7:30 P.M. - Library
Guest Speaker: Christopher Raimondi
Topic: What’s New in 2024!
Chris Raimondi brings his knowledge and expertise, and his engaging personality to the Garden Club of Harrington Park once again this April. As we enter into spring, gardeners are always looking for the new and different, and Chris Raimondi will help to satisfy their need to know in his presentation “What’s New in 2024!” Lots of new begonias on the market, calibrachoa, phlox, even new caladium!
Chris got his start in Horticulture at the age of 12, after becoming the top salesman for a local plant nursery during a Boy Scout troop fundraiser. By the time he was a sophomore in high school, he had turned his love of the outdoors into his first business, Raimondi Landscape, which he continued to manage while he completed his studies in Ornamental Horticulture at State University of New York at Farmingdale. Over the next 20 years, the business expanded into Raimondi Horticultural Group, a full-service Horticultural company with an eye toward environmentally friendly interior and exterior landscape designs.
Chris now shares his over 40 years of horticultural knowledge with clients, as well as his students at The New York Botanical Garden and Bergen Community College, where he is an Adjunct Professor of Horticulture. He has held numerous volunteer industry positions, including serving as a Board Member, at National Association of Landscape Professionals (NALP). He has also served as a spokesperson for plant health and environmental sustainability at numerous industry events and for various publications, local radio shows, and national television programs. For his educational and professional efforts, he earned the coveted NALP Trailblazer Status, designating him as a credible source for horticultural advising. In the last year, he was a founding member of Pinnacle V, and international peer group of plantscape professionals who share best practices and progressive business strategy.
Chris is proud to serve his professional and local community as well, by holding a position on the Green Plants for Green Buildings (GPGB) Board of Directors and a Nationally Certified Trainer for Continuing Education to the Design Community. Additionally, he is a Shade Tree Commissioner for the Borough of Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. He is a past Chief of the Ho-Ho-Kus Fire Department as well as an officer of the Ridgewood Fire Department, both in New Jersey, and continues his commitment to these organizations today.