Pauline Berry Garden Education Center at
the Kemmerer Library Harding Township (Garden Education Center – GEC)
The New Vernon Garden Club continues to purchase and accept donations of quality books on horticulture and gardening, which benefit the gardening education section at the Kemmerer Library Harding Township. Our five town gardens, listed below, are coordinated and have plant inventories maintained. Horticultural information at the Library is kept current.
George Washington Bicentennial Triangle Park (GEC)
This park, which features drought- and deer-resistant plant material, is maintained by Club members with the help of the Department of Public Works.
WW II Memorial Rock Garden (GEC)
The Garden is planted with red, white, and blue flowers for Memorial Day. Members supervise the maintenance of the Garden.
Tunis-Ellicks Parlor Garden (GEC)
This charming garden requires weekly maintenance during the growing season. All Club members are required to work one gardening shift in the fall, spring, and summer.
Sarah D. Ortman Park (GEC)
This native wildflower garden continues to change as the trees surrounding it die off. Special care is given to maintaining its woodland character. Research is continually being carried out on native New Jersey species, and a plant inventory is maintained. Adding and preserving rare and endangered species is a primary goal. Club members work weekly in the Park.
Bayne Park (GEC)
The Club, in cooperation with the Department of Public Works, Friends of Trees, the Shade Tree Committee, and the Environmental Commission, will continue its project to refurbish the Park. We will work to interpret the design, commissioned by the Club, which is now incorporated into the Township’s Master Plan. We will replace dead and dying trees and develop areas as the Township finishes the hardscape.
This project, started in 2000, is to provide a visual and written description of Harding Township gardens at the turn of the millennium. Fifty-five private gardens and ten public spaces have been documented with photographs and descriptions; each was provided an archival accession number and is currently being inventoried. The project was completed in January 2013, at which time the albums were placed in the archives of the New Vernon Historical Society.
Kemmerer Library Flower Arrangements
The Club provides seasonal flower arrangements on a weekly basis to beautify the main information desk at the Kemmerer Library Harding Township.
Holiday Decorations for the Village
The Club creates outdoor holiday decorations for Harding Township’s public buildings and merchants in the Village.
Harding Senior Citizens
The Club works with Senior Citizens and presents them with seasonal floral gifts.
The Club, in addition to planting the WW II Memorial Rock Garden, fills and tends planters at the Kirby Hall Municipal Building and in the town center. Club members participate in the Harding Township Memorial Day festivities.
Club members create flower arrangements for patients, common rooms, and the chapel at the Lyons Veterans Affairs Medical Center.
Members of those community organizations that handle environmental affairs are invited to make presentations throughout the year. Club members voluntarily participate in the annual Environmental Commission’s Clean-Up Day in Harding Township.
Arboreal Management Initiative
As a result of devastation wrought by two storms, Hurricane Irene on September 28 and the severe ice storm on October 29, 2011, the Club funded and presented a seminar on best arboreal practices and continues to answer residents’ questions and to distribute an informational card with numbers to call when trees threaten to disrupt power lines.