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

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General meetings will resume in person with masks optional.

Tickets for the Deck the Halls Holiday House Tour will be available on this website by October 1.

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 

GENERAL MEETINGS

Held Noon at the Shady Rest Golf Course -

820 Jerusalem Road, Scotch Plains

Second Wednesday of the month

 

September 14 - Welcome Back Auction!

Bring your best offerings and services e.g. hand-made items, potted plants, floral arrangements, chits for meal and/or desserts, yard work, etc. Bring cash or checkbook.

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October 12 - "Beyond the Potted Palm: Victorians and Their Plants"

New R&H member, Lesley Parness, treats us to a program on England's Golden Age of Plant Exploration.  This was a time when the public's interest and growing obsession with collecting (house) plants flourished,

Message from
the President

Save The Date!

Saturday, December 3, 2022

DECK THE HALLS!

The two biggest events our garden club puts on are Flower Shows and House Tours. They are the fundraisers that enable us to support our many invaluable community services.

This year, as we do every four years, it is time for a Holiday House Tour, known affectionately as Deck The Halls. Homeowners of three private homes in Westfield will be opening their doors to the public for a one-day-only event.

A different team of RHGC members is transforming each home with a different theme: “Winter Fantasy,” “Trees Indeed,”and “Festival of Light.”Another popular feature our “Mistletoe Market,” a boutique of hand-crafted ornaments and holiday décor. 

I hope all of our friends, neighbors, and lovers of holiday magic will join us in December. Tickets will be available through this site in October.

I know where I will be on December 3rd. It’s going to be a fabulous event.

Beth Siano, President

The Rake and Hoe Garden Club

of Westfield, NJ

November 9 - "The Flowering of the Italian Renaissance: Flowers and Landscapes in Italian Renaissance Paintings"

Joint meeting with the Garden Club of Westfield. GCW member Rosemary Shire presents a slide presentation on the important role of flowers and plants in art and landscapes of the period, including their meaning in paintings. GCW hosting.

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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

DECK THE HALLS

HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR

Coming soon, Dec. 3! Tour three beautifully decorated Westfield homes and visit the Mistletoe Market for hand crafted gifts.

This much anticipated house tour and holiday boutique is held every four years. Three private homes will be decorated for the holidays. Each house will be adorned with floral designs and ornaments made by the members and based on the theme selected by the design team.  The proceeds from this event will support the Club’s operation and its numerous service projects.

Tickets and more information will be available here by October 1.

* 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.