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“Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine to the mind.” Luther Burbank

National Garden Club, Inc.

"As I See It" Photography Competition-

Coral Gables Garden Club

The AS I SEE IT Photography Competition 2023 is open for submissions on April 3rd and will run through May 5th 2023.

CLICK here for more details.

The Rake and Hoe Garden Club
of Westfield

Our mission is to educate our members and the public in horticulture, floral design, nature and wildlife.  We host workshops, field trips and plant exchanges in addition to presenting informative monthly meetings.  Our talented members are more than willing to share their expertise with the group.  

Members are dedicated to the community and their work with the Lyons Hospital, Cerebral Palsy, Mobile Meals and gardens in Westfield.  Rake and Hoe is a member of the Central Atlantic Region of the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

If you have an interest in joining the Club or would like additional information, please contact our membership chair, Sharon Shiraga.

Upcoming Meetings 
Officers of the Club

President, Beth Siano

Vice President, Sharon Shiraga

Treasurer, Kathryn Ciurczak

Assistant Treasurer, Betsy Chance

Recording Secretary, Irene Greenstein

Corresp. Secretary, Natalie Peitsinovski

Director, Jeanne Marie Ryan


April 12 - "Are Dahlias For You?"

Eustacia MArsales and Paul Blanton are owners of a cut flower garden business specializing in dahlias. ( Their program will cover all things dahlias - from planting, maintenance, harvesting, dividing and storing dahlias.

Held Noon at the Shady Rest Golf Course -
820 Jerusalem Road, Scotch Plains
Second Wednesday of the month

Message from
the President

Sometimes I think of Rake and Hoe as a club of clubs.  While we are united in working on our community projects and gardens, members also enjoy activities geared to individual interests. 

Here is a sampling of offerings from just three committees.


Photography—Photo Editing with your Smart Phone Workshop.

Flower Design—Principles of Design Workshop: Make a Design Using Complementary or Analogous Colors. 

Horticulture—Field trip to Peony Envy in Bernardsville.


Check out the Newsletter tab above to get a good idea of our many choices and projects.

Beth Siano, President

The Rake and Hoe Garden Club

of Westfield, NJ


May 10 - "Land Conservation in

                    New Jersey"

Dr. Emile DeVito oversees Science and Stewardship at the NJ Conservation Foundation 

since 1989. He develops management plans for NJCF's 20,000+ acres of holdings designed to protect and enhance biological diversity, so critical in our densely populated state.

June 14 - Annual Luncheon

The Rake and Hoe Garden Club hosts members for lunch, installation of officers at Echo Lake Country Club and review of another excellent year of community work and fun.

* Luther Burbank

Luther Burbank (March 7, 1849 – April 11, 1926) was an American botanist, horticulturist and pioneer in agricultural science. He developed more than 800 strains and varieties of plants over his 55-tear career. Burbank's varied creations included fruits, flowers, grains, grasses, and vegetables.

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