We hope you will join us at the Eastern Monroe County Library on the 2nd Wednesday of September, October, November, March and April. Meetings begin at 11:30am. In May we have our annual Club Luncheon, in June the Ice Cream Social, and in August our picnic. In addition we have several special activities throughout the year. This year we will be taking a bus trip to one of the most inspiring gardens in America Chanticleer, put on a flower arranging workshop and a childrens workshop, make floral cupcakes and have an evening garden party. In addition, our members enjoy monthly programs at each meeting on topics such as flower arranging, floral design, environment and conservation issues, houseplants, gardening, wildlife and much more. As a member you will receive a copy of the Monroe County Garden Club Yearbook and a subscription to the Keystone Gardener (a State publication).
It is with great sadness that we acknowledge the passing of one of our dearest members, Shirley Young. Shirley was an Honarary Member of this club and contributed greatly to all our endeavors for many years. She was amazingly knowledgeable and anyone who ever met her was completely taken back by her charm and cheerful attitude. Godspeed, Shirley. We will miss you greatly.
The Arbor Day Celebration was just that - a celebration! Emily planned everything out beautifully and it went off nearly without a hitch. I say "nearly" because Gov. Wolf did not show up. The good news is that when Sen. Mario Scavello and Rep. Rosemary Brown heard that he wasn't coming they came instead. It was incredibly kind of them. Too bad for the Governor because he missed an amazing day. We were joined by the Pennsylvania Garden Club Federation President, Chris Leskosky and it was wonderful to get to know her a bit better. Each speaker was succint and appropriate. Gail Engeman was very touching with her recitation of the poem "Trees" (from memory!). The Stroudsburg High School Show Choir and Dance troupe entertained us beautifully. They are really good! The food was scrumptuous - Stephanikos sent trays of food and several of our members contributed to the feast. We all had a lovely lunch. Oh yeah, we planted some trees too - 5 blight resistent Chestnut trees. A plaque was made honoring Sheila Bortree and Shirley Young. This is especially poignant because Shirley passed away just 5 days later. Be sure to take a look at the pictures via the link below. There is also a list of the vendors who so freely gave their goods and services. Please patronize them and be sure to thank them for what they did for the garden club. And thanks so much, Emily for the suberb job!We also hope that you each will acknowledge the contribution and generosity of these vendors:
Wear your floral best to Stroudsmoor Country Inn on May 16 for our annual Spring Luncheon. We will have our ‟not so usual” massive tricky tray and auction items and a lovely lunch to look forward to. Please get your money ($35) to Monica Gallagher asap to reserve your spot.
We are inviting you to tour what Garden Design Magazine calls Americas Most Inspiring Garden, with the Monroe County Garden Club on June 20. MCGC has arranged an amazing day around visiting Chanticleer, one of 25 gardens featured in Tim Richardsons book ‟Great Gardens of America”. Located on Philadelphias Main Line, Chanticleer is a 48 acre contemporary and modern garden and house. Chanticleer has over 5000 plantings of flowers, magnificent trees and foliage divided into many distinct gardens overseen by seven horticulturists. Arrangements have been made for a guided tour of the garden and house. We will depart from the Stroud Mall, BonTon parking lot on Wednesday, June 20th at 8:30 am sharp and travel via a 35 passenger bus with bathroom. The fee of $75 is all inclusive for bus transportation, entrance fee, tour and lunch. We will be allowing non club members to join us on our trip to Chanticleer. After the tour we will go by bus to a lovely restaurant for lunch. Space is limited so please get your money to Ellen as soon as possible to reserve your spot. Ellen Phraner, 733 Clermont Ave, Apt 4, Stroudsburg PA 18360.
PERSONAL NOTE FROM ROBIN
I recently visited this garden and ate at the restaurant. YOU DO NOT WANT TO MISS THIS! The garden was not only beautiful, but it was full of plants that are readily available for the average gardener. That is why it is so inspirational. I loved it! Then there is the restaurant. It was phenomenal! The food, the service, the decor – wow. You will not spend a better $75.