NAVESINK GARDEN CLUB
“BE KIND TO THE BEES AND BUTTERFLIES”
October 2013 – The Navesink Garden Club has invited Jeanne Geremia, GCNJ’s Community Garden Chair, to give a presentation on bees and butterflies on Tuesday October 15, 2013 at 1:00 at the Atrium, on Rt. 35 in Red Bank . The public is invited to attend free of charge.
Ms. Geremia’s program is titled “Gardeners Adding Pollinators” . It will be an overview of the new National Garden Clubs, Inc. partnering with the “Crown Bees Project”. This project will educate club members and the public of the need for creating friendly habitats for our native pollinators. Honey bees, native bees and butterflies nationwide are being destroyed and it is imperative that we try to stop this trend before it is too late to save all our crops.
New Jersey does not now have a “State Butterfly”. The Garden Club of New Jersey plans to launch a campaign to have the Eastern Black Swallowtail Butterfly designated as New Jersey’s state butterfly. If the campaign is successful, the clubs hope to get schools involved in raising this lovely butterfly. By raising the Black Swallowtail Butterfly in classrooms throughout the state, the students will be able to observe the egg to butterfly cycle day by day. Growing our pollinator population is a first step to ensure that the Jersey crops will continue to produce wonderful fruits and vegetables to feed our population.
Jeannie is GCNJ’s Butterflies & BeeGap Project Chair and a contributing writer for the monthly Gardener News. She is a National Garden Club, Inc., Accredited Judge and was named the “2012 Person of the Year” by Gardener News.
Ms. Geremia was one of the judges at the recent Flower Show “Beach Music” held by the Navesink Garden Club just this past month in September. In this show Joanne Mallon won “Best in Show” for her Swiss Chard horticulture entry and Marina Kerber won “Best in Show” for her design in the “Red Sails in the Sunset” category.
The Navesink Garden Club has held a horticulture show every year since its inception (1947). The members enter and display the best examples of the fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers grown in their gardens over the summer. This year a design category was added to delight all who came.
The Navesink GC is a member of The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. and the Central Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc. Members come from Colts Neck, Marlboro, Holmdel, Middletown, Fair Haven, Red Bank, Little Silver, Leonardo, Manalapan, Atlantic Highlands, Highlands, Eatontown, Brick, Tinton Falls, Brielle, Elberon, Hazlet, Long Branch, Neptune, Lincroft, Rumson, Navesink, Shrewsbury in New Jersey, Sarasota in Florida, Waveland in Mississippi and New York City, New York. For more information about the Navesink Garden Club and programs, contact the Membership Chair, Judy Alberse, 732-708-1023 firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the Navesink Garden Club at www.navesinkgardenclub.org