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



Rake and Hoe members created lovely floral designs in teacups which were donated to assisted living folks in June.

Officers of the Club


President, Sharon Shiraga


Vice President, Cathy Becker

Treasurer, Betsy Chance

Asst. Treasurer, Sue Feldman

Recording Secretary, Margot Partridge

Corresp. Secretary, Mary Lou Nolas

Director, Beth Siano

Message from
the Presiden

Dear Members,

Welcome back, Rake & Hoe Garden Club members! I hope you had a relaxing summer filled with blooming gardens and happy times. As we gather once again, let's celebrate the beauty of nature and the joy it brings to our lives. Our up-coming monthly meetings will feature a talk on Begonias by the President of the Delaware American Begonia Society, a floral design demonstration by well-known designer Laura Clare Pugsley and our Holiday Craft project., This fall promises exciting activities – from garden trips to the Pine Barrens and the Leonard J. Buck Garden, a photography trip to Riamede Farms, the fall plant exchange and Artistic Crafts and Flower Design workshops.  Our Community Projects at the Jardine Academy and for Mobile Meals will start again. And we will be working at our Community Gardens at the Miller-Cory House Museum, the Claire Brownell Garden and the Shadowlawn Pocket Park. With the changing seasons, let's also adapt and evolve our gardens, exploring new plants and techniques. Together, we'll make this Garden Club season the most vibrant and enriching one yet!


Warmest regards,
Sharon Shiraga

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,  Cathy Becker


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

October 11

"Begonia: Diversity, Culture and Care"

Christina Van Wyk

President of the Delaware Chapter of the American Begonia Society.  Christina will take us through her collection to demonstrate how to demystify their secrets for success.

November 8

"Fall Floral Fantasy"

Laura Clare Pugsley

Known for having an incredible eye for color and graphic design, her trademark is a synthesis of fine European style and American inventiveness. Laura will be doing designs for fall with perhaps a holiday design thrown in for fun.


December 13

Holiday Fun Project for members, come and see what you can do.

Join Us!

Embrace the beauty of gardening and nature by joining our Garden Club. Connect with fellow enthusiasts who share your passion, making enduring friendships along the way. Engage in fulfilling community service projects in our area and neighboring towns. Plus, with every meeting, expand your knowledge and skills, always learning something new to enrich your gardening journey. Come be a part of our vibrant community, where growth, both in gardens and friendships, is our constant goal.

For more information, please contact Cathy Becker at

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