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Welcome to the Rumson Garden Club

Over the past one hundred plus years, RGC’s purpose has been to promote the knowledge and love of gardening and nature. It has maintained a vital community presence ranging from informative lectures open to the public, promoting the planting and conservation of native trees, plants and wildflowers, designing and maintaining mini-gardens in Rumson and donating scholarships to graduating high school students who demonstrate an interest in environmental studies. RGC both supports the purpose and activities of the GCA activities, and keeps its members informed on governmental issues that pertain to natural resources.

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In Memoriam: Diane Clarke

A few words about a distinguished member of our Garden Club, Diane Clarke, who died in July this past year.

Coming to Rumson from Summit in 1983, Diane knew and loved New Jersey, and was happy to show it off. Talented in the arts, an avid gardener and exhibiting horticulturalist, Diane is perhaps best remembered for her contributions to The Smithsonian Archives of American Gardens. This collection of slides, photos, plans and files documents over 4,500 gardens in the U.S. Diane researched and photographed the notable gardens throughout this region for the archives. For her work she was awarded the GCA Historic Preservation Award in 2013. Other notable GCA awards she won as a member of the RGC are the Elizabeth Pratt Corning Medal in 1993, the Catherine Beattie Medal in 2004, and the GCA Medal of Merit in 2008, in addition to the prizes awarded to her at our annual meetings.

Diane had many friends in the New Jersey Clubs. She kept her membership in both the Summit Garden Club and ours, and represented them in many capacities. She was always willing to share her artistic talents, her knowledge of plants, and treasures from her gardens. A happy personality and considerate friend, Diane Clarke will be remembered, and missed, by those who love and honor her in the Rumson Garden Club.

From Anne Weill, October 2021