Text Box: Ocean Township Garden Club

Executive Board

Co-Presidents:  JoAnne Krulikowski & Pat Mercurio

Vice-President:  Elaine Slocum

Secretary & Newsletter Editor:  Kathy Mazzacco

Treasurer:  Nannette Tereo

Advisor: Marie Dahrouge


We are a diverse group of about 30 members who enjoy gardens and gardening. Each year we plan educational speakers,  community reach out projects, a big bus trip and a number of carpool trips to more local New Jersey Gardens. A wreath sale is our only fund raiser. It includes teaching the pruning and construction of the wreaths, bows, etc. to our members. Membership dues of $30 also cover membership in the Garden Club of New Jersey and the National Garden Club.

This year's goal is "Fostering Community Connections Through Gardening".  We meet on the second Monday of the month at 7:00 p.m. (6:45 for refreshments & socializing). Most meetings take place at the Oakhurst Recreation Center off Larkin Place (behind the Oakhurst Fire Department) unless indicated otherwise.

For more information contact Pat Mercurio at 732-493-8725 or patmercurio@verizon.net.


April 9 – " Can’t We Just Get Along? Deer-Resistant Plant Selection for Better Gardening Results."  Anna Haines - nursery owner and formerly from Rare Plants Nursery in Princeton has prepared an informative slide show of planting with deer in mind. Anna is an experienced horticulturist who currently gardens at an estate in Princeton. A hand-out of shrubs and plants will be available for reference.

April 21 – Earth Fest at Library 10-3pm “Love Bugs” kid crafts

May 14 -– “Ferns of New Jersey.” Pete Bacinski is an enthusiastic speaker who loves to share his passions for native plants and wildlife. Three years ago he came to our club to lecture on identifying birds in the garden, and now he will be revealing all the varied and beautiful varieties of ferns growing in New Jersey. Come bring your questions about shady gardens and the amazing variety of ferns available. Bonus: deer dislike ferns.

May 27 – Memorial Day Parade rain date May 29

June 26 Bus Trip to Bucks County, PA

Pearl S Buck estate – garden and mansion guided tours + Chinese buffet lunch followed by Bowman’s Hill Wild Flower Preserve tour

July 9 – Local garden tours, Food Bank garden, etc. – car pool

August 13 – Progressive Social

September 10 – Rutgers Garden School presentations

October 8 – Make & Take Succulent arrangement - provider

 Alicia Vacchiano  of Plant Design Events

October 13 – Fall Festival distribution of daffodils

Nov. 12 – West Park Meeting Room - wreath sale prep, speaker TBA

              Nov 24 and 26 – pruning tips

              Nov 26, 27, 28 and 29 –wreath assembly

 December 1 and 2 – Wreath Sale

December 10 – Holiday Party

Reminder, check any milkweed plants you buy especially at the big box stores for systemic treatment with NEONICOTINOIDS. It will KILL the Monarch Butterfly caterpillars.




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