Basics of Flower Design WorkshopHorticulture Workshop

9/6 Th

Flower Design Workshop for Provisionals and Novices. Open to all.  9:30 a.m.
This workshop, given by Sarah Stransky, will focus on mechanics, containers and the principles of design. In this workshop, we will discuss and demonstrate the three upcoming designs which are in the schedule for September, October and November: The American Traditional Mass, A Traditional Design in the Manner of the English, and The American Traditional Line Mass Design. A supply list will be provided prior to the workshop. RSVP a must to Mara Harkins, by Friday, August 31st

9/12  W

Horticulture Workshop. Open to all. 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Learn how to choose the best specimens and grooming and staging tips for all horticulture competitions. Heidi Muschick, Accredited Master Judge, will lead this workshop which introduces Provisionals to the horticulture requirements and provides the rest of us with an opportunity to refresh our knowledge. Meet in the Garden Club room. RSVP by Thursday, September 6th to Mara Harkins,


9/13 Th

Flower Design Workshop for Advanced Classes. Open to all. 9:30 a.m.
This workshop, given by Florence Leyssène, will focus on the upcoming designs for Advanced Classes in September and October. We will discuss and review: The Parallel Design and The Transparency Design. Florence will demonstrate The Grouped Mass Design, a new design from the latest HandbookRSVP a must by Thursday September 6th to Mara Harkins,  

A supply list will be provided prior to the workshop for those that would like to practice the design at the workshop.

10/10 W

Let’s Talk “Dahlias”  10:30 a.m.
Maureen Sprong will talk about dahlias in her own garden and in the Avis Campbell Gardens. She will discuss heat-tolerant varieties as well as her technique for overwintering the tubers for next year.  RSVP by October 3rd to Maureen Sprong,

10/15 M

Techniques Workshop  9:30 a.m.
Open to all classes. This workshop, given by Brenda Bingham and FlorenceLeyssène, will focus on some of the many techniques used in Flower Design, see pages 81-83 of the Handbook.  This workshop will be a demonstration format so that attendees can observe closely and take notes on featured techniques. Bring your phones to photograph and a pen/pencil to take notes. RSVP a must by October 9th to Florence Leyssene,

11/29 Th

Decorate for the Holidays . Open to all.  9:00 a.m.
Get into the holiday spirit—decorate the Crane House.  All are welcome! Join us   as we construct wreaths and roping in the lower level of the Crane House. Decorations will be hung immediately thereafter. Please join us at any time early to make the decorations or later to help hang them. Many hands are needed. Please bring gloves, clippers, glue guns, etc. Meet at the Crane House,  108 Orange Road, Montclair. RSVP by November 22 to Barbara Baletti

1/2 W

Dismantle Crane House Decorations. Open to all. 9:00 – 11:00 a.m.
Help take down the decorations at the Crane House. Please bring garbage bags and brooms so that we can leave this historic house tidy. RSVP by December 27 to Mara Harkins

1/23 W

POSTPONED – Website Workshop. Open to all. 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Members can follow along on their laptops as Claire Stepleton, long-time Website Manager for our Club, conducts a walkthrough of the Club’s Website. Different sections of the Website will be navigated including Programs, Workshops, Calendar, Gallery, and the Members only section—where forms, Potpourri and other protected information can be found. Time permitting, Claire will demonstrate how she does simple website updates. Also, Amy South will discuss Facebook and Instagram. RSVP by January 17 to Mara Harkins

1/30 W

Floral Design Workshop: Petite Designs. Open to all.  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Florence Leyssène, NGC Accredited Master Judge, will teach you to “think small”! Learn the basics of Miniature  and Small designs. This Workshop will focus on the main considerations for how to approach these fun designs, from choosing containers, plant materials, and other components, to staging and background panels and related ideas and techniques. RSVP by January 23 to Cynthia Corhan-Aitken
by January 23rd.

3/14 W

Floral Design Workshop: From Traditional to Creative. Open to all.  10:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
How to take the “leap” from Traditional Design to Creative Design by simple changes to your designs. This workshop will be given by Brenda Bingham, a Master Accredited Judge. She will do a demonstration on a completed design to show how she can adjust a traditional design into a creative design with various changes. Please bring a completed design to the workshop and Brenda will show you how you can do the same to your own designs. RSVP by March 7 to Cynthia Corhan-Aitken

3/30 Sa

Horticulture Workshop. Open to all. 11:00 a.m.
“Everything’s Coming Up Roses” is back by popular demand. Barbara Meyer, former President of the Garden Club and winner of numerous Club awards, will teach us how to grow and care for beautiful roses. Lecture followed by a demonstration “pruning party” in the Avis Campbell Rose Gardens, the perfect backdrop for this Workshop! Meet in the Garden Club room .
RSVP by March 14 to Mara Harkins by March 14

5/1 W

Container Gardening Workshop . Open to all.   10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Create your own attractive container garden this spring. Peggy Koehler, a notable Garden Club of New Jersey speaker, will discuss types of containers and plants to use proportionally and compatible color combinations. Build your container garden during the Workshop (bring a 10” container for multiple plantings, plants and soil—OR you can watch Peggy’s demonstration and take the knowledge home to prepare later. A $10 fee (checks payable to Garden Club of Montclair) in addition to providing your own materials. RSVP by April 24 to Mara Harkins

6/5 W

Beginner’s Workshop  – Basics of Floral Design and Horticulture. NEW Provisionals 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. 
A hands on Workshop for the NEW Provisional Class to create their first floral arrangements and learn about Horticulture preparation and requirements. RSVP by May 27 to Mara Harkins


Workshops are offered to Garden Club of Montclair members.