The Garden Club of Irvington-on-Hudson is one of 200 member clubs of The Garden Club of America, a 100-year-old national volunteer organization with approximately 18,000 individual members around the country. GCA’s mission is to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, hold educational conferences, and improve and protect the environment through programs and action in the fields of conservation and civic improvement.
Members of the Garden Club of Irvington enjoy a full schedule of meetings, workshops, flower shows, and civic and fundraising projects right here in the Rivertowns. Our field trips take us to the finest public gardens and nurseries all around the New York tri-state area.
We invite you to browse through our activities over the last few seasons:
^ Many of us volunteer at the Lyndhurst Greenhouse (above) where we propagate seeds and plants for flower shows, plant exchanges, and a public Garden Fair and Plant Sale held each May. This year, more than 200 community members came to the Garden Fair and bought nearly 1,000 healthy, reasonably priced annuals, perennials and herbs grown by club members.
Our civic projects include keeping the “Font” in front of Town Hall on Irvington’s Main Street blooming with seasonal plants and flowers.
Our members designed and maintain the Rip Van Winkle Garden just below Main Street School. The life-size bronze of Rip was sculpted by Richard Masloski.
We recently completed a significant long-term project—our role in the Garden Club of America’s Centennial Tree Project—identifying and labeling the trees in Irvington’s Scenic Hudson Park with handsome signs with their botanical and common names.
Another principal project is the Rose Garden at Lyndhurst, where club members work, teach and learn. Above, Rose Pruning Day.
Each year, the whole community is invited to the demonstration on Rose Pruning Day in late March and to a festive Rose Day event in early June, with live music and refreshments.
Children are always welcome on Rose Day. And we hold special children’s events, such as a potting workshop at the Lyndhurst Garden Fair and Plant Sale, which is always the day before Mother’s Day.
We enjoy field trips to botanical gardens private and public, and in the last few seasons have visited Battery Park Gardens (above), the Bartlett Arboretum, High Line Park, and Old Westbury Gardens, among others.
In 2010, we held a successful GCA flower show, The Gilded Cage. Our members consistently win awards in horticulture and flower arranging classes at other GCA Zone III and National shows. We are currently planning our next GCA flower show, “On The Sunny Side of the Hudson,” which will be held at Lyndhurst in spring, 2017.
Above, Rev. Richard McKeon with his “best of show” ribbons at the 2010 Zone Meeting show in East Hampton, NY.
Fall through spring, we enjoy monthly Tuesday morning presentations and lectures by local and national horticulture experts. Above, Kent Russell speaks at the Irvington Public Library about border design with variegated plants. These presentations are free and open to the public. Please check the Home Page for dates and times of upcoming events.
Our fund-raising projects include an annual Holly Days event in December at which wreaths and other decorations by club members are auctioned. Funds we raise help support the local organizations including Friends of the Old Croton Aqueduct, The Garden Conservancy, Greenburgh Nature Center, Hudson River Sloop Clearwater, Irvington Land Trust, the O’Hara Nature Center, and Untermyer Gardens.
Our members are active in local and national affairs, especially concerning environmental issues, conservation, and historic preservation. Above, former club president Anne Myers (in red jacket) and GCA Historian speaks at the 2010 GCA National Meeting in New Brunswick, NJ.
Interested in learning more? To meet us and learn more about our club, you are invited to attend one of our upcoming public lectures or programs. Please subscribe to our site and visit often for gardening tips for this area and news of upcoming events.