Bridgewater Garden Club
2019-2020 Programs


Meeting Location:     Somerset County Library, No. Bridge St. & Vogt Drive, Bridgewater, NJ

Agenda:                      9:30 am Social Hour

                              10:00 Club  Business Meeting  (Members Only)            
                             10:30 am Program Begins (Open to the public)

Walk-ins are welcome, but we prefer that you register in advance:

For information on the Daytrippers 2019-2020 Program go to the Member Login Page


October 22, 2019 – Herb Garden Basics

Patrice Rossettie, a member of the Rutgers Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau will get us started on planning, locating and filling our herb garden, and how to  successfully maintain it for years of enjoyment. There will be plenty of tips on storing and using our herbal bounty, and a close up look at some of the most popular herbs. Bring all your questions about herb gardens.


November 26, 2019 – Design Pointers for the Holiday

Our own award winning designers, Carole Iuso and Peggy Koehler, will demonstrate how you can create award winning floral arrangements by using a few simple design techniques just in time for the Holidays.  Carole is past president of the Garden club of NJ and BGC.  She is a Nationally Accredited Flower Show Judge,  and has received numerous national design awards. Peggy is also past president of BGC, an Accredited Flower Show Judge and has received numerous design awards. Bring your pen and paper to take notes.



December 2019  Holiday Luncheon


January 28, 2020 – Mystery Bags

At our January 28th  meeting, our own Patti Cerrato will delight us with her design knowledge on how to create magnificent works of art by using select items in a floral design mystery bag. Patti will conduct a hands-on workshop for members to create designs using material in the mystery bag.  In order to know how many bags to bring, Patti requests preregistration for this workshop.  In the December BGC Newsletter, we will provide information on registration for the January mystery bags demonstration/workshop.

February 25, 2020 – Plant it and They will come

At our February 25, 2020 meeting, ------,  a  member of the Rutgers Master Gardeners Speakers Bureau will share knowledge of attracting butterflies to your garden. Butterflies and their caterpillars, like humans, have particular preferences for the food they will eat. If you plant what a critter likes, it will be delighted to find its favorite food in your garden.  This beautiful presentation is a guide to attracting butterflies to your garden and keeping them there.


March 24, 2020 – Steps to Renovating an Older Landscape

In this program, Charles Hildebrant will introduce to club members a step-by-step process of rebuilding an older landscape.  Charles has been a professional nurseryman, solving plant problems for over 45 years. His family has been horticulturist in New Jersey since 1740.  Charles is a member of the International Plant Propagators Society, and  his papers on many horticultural subjects are in print world wide. He owns and operates Hildebrant Nurseries in Oldwick, New Jersey.


April 28, 2020 – The Wonder of Plants

In April, Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens and adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University, will share his knowledge on “The Wonder of Plants.” Plants are a fantastic part of our lives, which all too often we take for granted.   Typically, we do not stop to marvel at how plants have adapted to live in seemingly inhabitable areas or how the structure of a flower is designed to both protect the reproductive organs while attracting pollinators or even how a plant simply works!  Bruce will provide some interesting and fun insights into the world of plants that will make you marvel all the more at these wonderful and colorful part of a Gardener’s life. 

May 26, 2020  Suburban Wildlife

 At our May 26, 2020 meeting, Naturalist Marc Gussen, Director of the Closter Nature Center, will introduce our members to suburban wildlife.   Through his fun, dynamic and educational lecture on the topic, Marc will explore the ecology of  suburban wildlife, share his knowledge on the challenges of wildlife habitat, biodiversity, and overabundance.  With wildlife in suburbia, their control, removal and management is not only a tremendous management challenge, but also an educational opportunity to help people understand the natural world and their place in it. Please bring your questions!


June 2020–Luncheon