Bridgewater Garden Club
2017-2018 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 2017-2018 Program go to the Member Login Page


September 26, 2017 – no formal program


October 24, 2017 – Growing and Cooking with Herbs

Fresh is always best when it comes to herbs. In October, Caren White will share her knowledge on  how to plan, care for and harvest a culinary herb garden for any cuisine. Caren is a Master Gardener and member of the Herb Society of America.  She is a longtime volunteer at Rutgers Gardens where she is the Garden Steward for the herb garden.  She also grows the herbs sold at the popular Spring Flower Fair, an annual fundraiser for Rutgers Gardens.  Caren has taught herb workshops at the EARTH Center (Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Middlesex County), Home Gardeners School and Rutgers Gardens.


November 28, 2017 – Designing for the Holidays

Just in time for the holidays, our own, Peggy Koehler, Accredited Flower Show Judge and Award-winning Designer will demonstrate how you can use containers from your home to combine with your garden flowers and greens to create floral designs for the Holidays.


December  2017– Christmas Luncheon 12:30 PM

"Water and Wine"  141 Sterling Road, Watchung, NJ


January 23, 2018  -  The Pollinators

Most flowering plants depend on bees, butterflies, and other animals for pollination.  Meet the pollinators - Hummingbirds, Bats, Butterflies and Bees.   In January,  Ms. Edith Lit will share her knowledge on which plants can attract these pollinators to your garden or window box and how we can do our part to support pollinators by creating pollinator friendly gardens and protecting wildlife habitat.  Edith is a long time staff member of the Somerset County Library System of NJ.  When not teaching computer classes, she presents several nature programs.  They include Backyard Birds, Hummingbirds in Your Backyard, and Plants & Pollinators.  Edith is a nature enthusiast and amateur photographer. 


February 27, 2018 - Pruning Fundamentals

In February, get ready for Spring, with master shrub-pruner Roman Fabiyan .  Roman will cover some techniques and methods on making those "secret" pruning cuts that will keep plants healthy and looking beautiful.  He learned his trade in the Ukraine and is a member of the Leonard J. Buck Garden, Somerset County Park Commission staff.


March 27, 2018 - Garden Royalty

In China, the peonies are called the "King of Flowers”. They can reach 10 inches in diameter, blooming in early summer to herald the upcoming summer season.   In the legends of the ancient Greeks, Iris -- goddess of the rainbow and a messenger of the gods -- shuttled between heaven and Earth atop colorful arcs. To modern gardeners, these beloved flowers are gifts from the gods.   Ms. Barbara Mullins, currently a member of The Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield and a past President of the Garden Club of NJ, will give a horticulture presentation on Iris and Peonies - Garden Royalty.   In this program, she will show similarities and differences in the genus and species, and ways to propagate these wonderful perennial plants.



April 24, 2018- Using House Plants to make Living Centerpieces

In April, Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens and adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University, will share his knowledge on using house plants to make living centerpieces.  As Director of Rutgers Gardens, Bruce oversees a 180 acre outdoor teaching classroom, horticultural research facility and arboretum.  Every two weeks, Bruce uses living plants to create lovely centerpieces for Rutgers University President’s house.  Bruce will share some fun facts, his thoughts on design, and his knowledge from a wide range of garden topics. 


May 22, 2018 - Gardening with Deer

One of the most frequently asked questions about gardening is: “How do I deter deer from my garden”.   In May’s lecture, Marc Zukovich will discuss methods of discouraging deer browsing in your garden, and selection of plants that are deer resistant. Marc is President of Sterling Horticultural Services.  He is an Adjunct Professor of Horticulture at County College of Morris.  Before founding Sterling Horticultural Services in 1988, Marc was a District Manager for Brickman Industries. From 1988 to 2012, he managed the grounds of Honeywell Inc.’s World Headquarter in Morristown.   He has provided exceptional landscape care to residential properties. In this presentation, slides of plant photos will be shown, and hand-outs will be given.  Please bring your questions!


June  2018–Luncheon