Bridgewater Garden Club
2018-2019 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


10/23    GENERAL MEETING -  9:30 a.m. - Library

              Roses 101

When they promised us a rose garden, they should have given us the know-how to keep it healthy and beautiful. The opportunity to gain the knowledge necessary for growing beautiful and sustainable roses will be shared with us in Roses 101 presented by Shauna Moore.  Shauna is an expert rosarian who works as the Horticulture Supervisor for the Somerset County Park Commission in the Colonial Park Rose Gardens.  Ms. Moore will provide us with an exploration of today’s roses.


11/27  GENERAL MEETING – 9:30 Library

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 your garden flowers and greens to create floral designs for the holidays.


1/22    GENERAL MEETING – 9:30 a.m. Library

The Art of Pressed Flowers

Doris Cunniff will share her knowledge on how to create magnificent works of art through the beauty of dried and pressed flowers that will last forever.  Doris will conduct a hands-on workshop for members to create works of pressed flower art. In order to know how many kits to bring, Doris requests preregistration for this workshop.  In the December BGC Newsletter, information will be provided on registration for the January pressed flowers demonstration/workshop.


2/26   GENERAL MEETING – 9:30 a.m. Library

Using & Preserving Culinary Herbs

Daryl Minch, M.Ed., CFCS, Family and Community Health Sciences Educator, Rutgers Cooperative Extension of Somerset County, will share her knowledge on how to use and preserve culinary herbs.  During her presentation, Daryl will discuss different varieties of herbs, how using herbs will reduce the need for salt, and how they add flavor to foods.  She will teach pairing herbs with food, using them in cooking and preserving them. A demonstration tasting will be included.

3/26    GENERAL MEETING – 9:30 Library

Designing for Spring

In this program, our Bridgewater Garden Club expert designers - Carole Iuso, Bonnie Johnson, Carol Murphy, and Sarah Schwarz - will show club members how to create award winning designs.   This design program will feature a number of floral designs for the Spring. Our Designers will present a hands-on abbreviated workshop where club members follow along with the designers and go home with an arrangement.


4/23   GENERAL MEETING – 9:30 a.m. Library

April 23, 2019 - Public Gardens: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow 

Bruce Crawford, Director of Rutgers Gardens and adjunct professor in Landscape Architecture at Rutgers University, will share his knowledge on creating public gardens.  Dating back over 400 years, public gardens originally focused on medicinal plants. During the Victorian period and throughout the twentieth century, public gardens displayed newly discovered plants from around the globe, as well as, the latest and ever more showy cultivars. Their mission is once again shifting, as the needs of the community increasingly focus on environmental issues and food

insecurity.  In addition, more and more individuals suffer from ‘Plant Blindness’, an issue whereby people simply do not recognize plants in their environment and the importance of plants in the biosphere.  Bruce will address how Rutgers Gardens and other public gardens across North America are working to address these important issues and turn the pages of public horticulture to the next chapter.


5/28   GENERAL MEETING – Library 9:30 a.m.


At our May 28, 2019 meeting, Naturalist Marc Gussen, Director of the Closter Nature Center, will introduce our members to Hydroponics through his fun, dynamic and educational lecture on the topic.  Marc will share his knowledge and answer questions on hydroponics and how to use it to grow and preserve plants.