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.  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.  You can check out our activities and events for the Club year by clicking on the "2016-2017 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

Garden Club Affiliations

Garden Club of America
Garden Club of New Jersey

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Monthly Meeting Floral Contests
Themes by Month
October 6, 2016
"Harvest Time"

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

October 6. 2016 at 7:30 P.M., Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street, Harrington Park

"Roses for Your Garden" - Jeff Van Pelt, Retired Horticulture Supervisor at the Somerset County Park Commission Colonial Park Gardens

Everyone loves roses due to their great smell, flower color, and texture. But not everyone has success in growing them. Disease and pests can soon take their toll on unsuspecting gardeners, leaving them heart broken and wondering if they will ever have roses in their gardens.  

In his lecture, Jeffrey will endeavor to provide you with the basics of growing good roses as well as reviewing roses that perform well in the garden.

The program will be followed by a "Q&A" session and refreshments.

Our hostesses for the evening:  Dot Durbec and Gerri Gibney

November 3, 2016, 7:30 P.M. Harrington Park Library, 10 Herring Street, Harrington Park
Speaker: Patricia Libutti, Teaneck Garden Club - Topic: “Herbally Yours”

November 5, 2016 – Barrel “Greening” 10:00 A.M. – Downtown H.P. - Bring Your Gloves & Trowel

November 20, 2016 - 2:00 P.M. “Thanksgiving Centerpiece Workshop” 
Conducted by Gerri Gibney – Fee:  $17.00 members, $22.00 non-members
All material supplied, please bring pruners.  Harrington Park Library
Pre-Registration Required – contact
or call 201 768-2615.

December 1, 2016 - Hands on Workshop Conducted by Gerri Gibney –“Marvelous Greens” - Wreath and Holiday Arrangements, Make-It and Take-It, no fee.  Bring pruners, and do-dads to decorate your holiday creation, and three coat hangers if you are going to make a wreath.

December 9, 2016 - Garden Club Holiday Get-Together – Pot Luck “Nibbles and Sweets” at the Gibney’s – 7:00 P.M.

January 5, 2017 - “Members’ Night & Winners & Losers in the Garden” – A Fun Evening of Garden Club Members’ “Slide Show and Tell” of Their Own Gardens, Gardens Visited, or Anything Garden - 7:30 P.M. at the Library

Visit Willowwood Arboretum on the web - a great garden, and a wonderful newsletter!  Just click below.

YOU ASKED FOR IT!  Recipes that were served at past meetings are available by clicking on the "recipe" button to the left...  We've also listed our upcoming hosts and their responsibilities

"The love of gardening is a seed
that once sown never dies."
Gertrude Jekyll

Jeffrey was the Horticulture Supervisor of the Somerset County Park Commission from 1998 until his retirement in 2013 where he oversaw the maintenance of the Colonial Park Gardens, golf course and the Rudolf W. van der Goot Rose Garden, and designed and directed the instillation of landscape planting throughout the park system. He developed the department's public programming and lectures which are given to New Jersey garden clubs. Jeffrey is a graduate of Cook College Rutgers University, earning a BS in Plant Science Horticulture.

Van Pelt is an avid organic home gardener and plant enthusiast, maintaining vegetable gardens, perennial gardens, herb gardens, a greenhouse, and is in the planning stage of installing a Rose garden on his property. He enjoys hiking, is a stalker of wildflowers in the woods, and loves to lecture to garden clubs.
Jeff Van Pelt
"Roses for Your Garden" 

Past Thanksgiving Workshop
​SPECIAL NOTE: Dottie Durbec, our Refreshment Chair, is seeking Refreshment Hostesses for our April & May 2017 meetings. Please phone Dottie at 201-768-4478 or email her at if you would like to help out!