Flowers always make people better, happier, and more helpful; they are sunshine, food and medicine for the soul.
- Luther Burbank


About Us

Our mission is to educate our membership and the public in horticulture, floral design, nature, and wildlife. To that end, our monthly meetings will have interesting speakers on relevant topics. We host workshops, field trips and plant exchanges. Some of our very talented members are also more than willing to share their expertise with the group. Our garden club members are very community minded also and work with the Lyons Hospital, Cerebral Palsy, Mobile Meals, and four community gardens in Westfield. The Rake and Hoe Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club of NJ, which is also a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. For more information about the club, contact Membership Chair Beth Siano.


Rake and Hoe meets in the Scotch Hills Country Club at 820 Jerusalem Road in Scotch Plains every second Wednesday of the month at 12:00pm. Please join us if you enjoy nature, plants and design!  Please contact Membership Chair Beth Siano for more information.

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The inhouse Silent Auction held Sept. 23-27 was a fabulous new fundraising activity for the club! Many members provided handmade items and bidding was fast and furious! Thank you to all who participated in making this truly successful!

Officers of the Club

Director, Pat Wilson

President, Jeanne Marie Ryan

Vice President, Beth Siano

Treasurer, Betsy Chance

Recording Secretary, Jane Christiani

Corresponding Secretary, Betty Gulino

Upcoming Events & Workshops

March 10, 2021 | The Story of the 9/11 Memorial Trees

Paul Cowie will tell about the amazing process of designing, developing, and installing the trees at the National 9/11 Memorial at Ground Zero in New York.

General Meetings

April 14, 2021 | New Jersey's Rare Wildlife: An Overview" Conserve Wildlife NJ

To make it in New Jersey, species need to be resilient - and each creature's story brings that to life.  From ospreys to peregrine falcons to diamondback terrapins, CWF has played a key role in some of America's most impressive recent wildlife recoveries.


* Please note, this is a change to the program.

May 12, 2021 | Photographing the Garden

Rob Cardillo, an award winning photographer of gardens and plants will teach how to capture the best pictures in gardens.

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Message from
the President

It is my honor to serve as the President of Rake and Hoe and I always look forward to all that the club is going to do!  Not only does the club maintain the Claire Brownell Garden,  the Miller-Cory Garden, the Shadowlawn Garden (which includes the Juniors Butterfly Garden), and the Train Station Garden on the Northside, but members participate in a variety of other community projects.  The gift bags for the veterans that Rake and Hoe does are one of my favorites, as are the floral arrangements that members do for Mobile Meals. Members of Rake and Hoe have been doing projects at the Jardine Academy since the club started.

Beyond that is the camaraderie that members enjoy as a group, as well as the amazing horticultural knowledge that they have.  Rake and Hoe plant exchanges are a wonderful opportunity to acquire unusual plants for your gardens.   Programs on a variety of subjects offer ongoing educational opportunities, as do various trips throughout the year.  

Please get in touch if you would like to join us!  In the meantime, happy gardening!

Jeanne Marie Ryan
Rake and Hoe Garden Club President

“I've always felt that having a garden is like having a good and loyal friend.”
C. Z. Guest

* 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.