The Home Garden Club of Morristown meets on the third Wednesday of every month, excluding August and February. We are actively seeking new members. If you are interested in joining the club, please click on the "Join" tab at the top of the page for more information.
Click on the image at left to view a thank you to all of our volunteers.
Acorn Hall 1973
Sue Acheson writes, "The Home Garden Club of Morristown has been involved with planning and maintaining the gardens at Acorn Hall for a number of years. Imagine my surprise when my husband found a group of slides we took during a visit there in the spring of 1973. Obviously things look much different there today, in no small part due to our garden club's efforts over the past 40 years."
Waiting For the Thaw
In the coming months, we would like to feature a picture or two of different member's gardens here on our front page. The pictures will then be archived on our Gardens page (see the link at the top).
Our first picture is an appropriately snowy scene of Betsy Marton's garden. Thanks, Betsy, for the nice picture. Others may email pictures to Maria Hendershot for posting here in the future.
Click on the image, by the way, to enlarge it.
We had a great time at our annual wreathmaking. Click on the photos to see larger versions.
Trip to Greenwood Gardens
The Club toured the beautiful Greenwood Gardens in Millburn, NJ this past April. We had a great time wandering this gorgeous estate.
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Planting at Acorn Hall
Acorn Hall, an 1850's Victorian mansion, nestled in historic Morristown, has been the main service project for the Home Garden Club of Morristown for more than forty years. The club was asked to be in charge of the 5.8 acre property in 1971 when the mansion was turned over to the Morris County Historical Society. The original design created by Alice Koller in 1971, was enhanced by Ruth Palace, an associate resident member, in 1996 by adding what members know as the boxwood knot garden.
About the Club
The Home Garden Club of Morristown, NJ was founded in 1925 and, since then, has recorded a history rich in community activity and service. The Club's purpose is to encourage the study of horticulture, to create and maintain civic beauty and to practice responsible conservation.
The Club has been a charter member of The Garden Club of NJ (check their new website) since 1926 and is also a member of The National Council of State Garden Clubs. It is affiliated with The Friends of Frelinghuysen Arboretum and The Morris County Historical Society.
Aside from its involvement with many civic projects such as the design and maintenance of the gardens at Acorn Hall (seen on the right), the Club also holds monthly meetings which include an educational program, workshop or tour on garden or related subjects.
A holiday tradition since 1930, Club members meet in late November for a festive wreath-making workshop. Beautiful Club-made wreaths of unusual greens from Frelinghuysen Arboretum, Watnong Nursery and Club members grace various historic houses and civic buildings in Morristown, including the front door of Washington's Headquarters.
Lyons Veterans Hospital
This Garden Club of NJ Garden Service Program also began in 1930. Flower arrangements are made and distributed to patients at the hospital, as well as for the day room and Chapel.
Gardens at Acorn Hall
Acorn Hall, a 150-year-old Victorian home in Morristown, is the meeting place of the Morris County Historical Society. Mary Crane Hone presented her ancestral home, Acorn Hall, with 5.8 acres of land, to the Society in 1971, the 25th anniversary of the Historical Society. Under the chairmanship of Mrs. Harold Scaff, then President of the Club, members began a continuing project to re-establish the long-neglected Victorian garden. The garden was first designed in 1971 by Alice Kollar. In 1996 a new herb garden was designed by a current Club member and landscape designer, Ruth Palace. Funding for much of the work was provided by a grant from Shell Oil Co. Under the direction of Nancy Soward, the gardens are maintained by Club members.
Flower Arrangements at Joint Free Library
The Club started its custom of supplying the Morristown Library with a weekly flower arrangement, plant or horticultural specimen, properly labeled, in April, 1933.
Many years ago, members chose to contribute to the holiday festivities of needy children in lieu of exchanging gifts among themselves. This very successful annual campaign accumulates enough funds to purchase many beautiful gifts that are then distributed by the Division of Youth and Family Services. In recent years the club has targeted its gifts to an age group that is often overlooked during the holidays, teenagers.
If you are interested in joining this active and enjoyable group, click on the Join button above to get more information.