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Welcome to Rumson Garden Club

Since 1914, Rumson Garden Club, a member of the Garden Club of America, has promoted the knowledge and love of gardening and the conservation of our natural resources. Our activities in the community include holding informative lectures open to the public, promoting planting and conservation of native trees and plants, designing and maintaining gardens in Rumson and the Two River community, donating holiday wreaths and arrangements to local organizations serving residents in need, and by awarding scholarships to local high school students who demonstrate an interest in environmental studies.  Please reach out to us by using our contact form.

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IN THE NEWS: Garden Clubs Combine Forces to Declare April as NJ Native Plant Month

Rumson Garden Club, a member club of the Garden Club of America, and The Garden Club of Fair Haven, a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. have come together to convince state law makers of the importance of native plants in our local environment, and to pass a resolution declaring April as “New Jersey Native Plant Month.” The legislation has the support of Governor Murphy and is sponsored by State Senator Vin Gopal.

The effort is part of a national initiative launched in October 2022 by the 18,000 member Garden Club of America which seeks to have all 50 states highlight the importance of Native Plants by designating April as Native Plant Month in their states. 

In the State of New Jersey a Proclamation has been introduced but awaits passage as a Resolution through both legislative bodies. If approved, the Resolution would then be sent to the Office of the Governor to be signed into law.  Garden Clubs of New Jersey have quickly responded to the national initiative and enacted a movement for their members and interested parties to contact their State Legislators to ask for their support of these Resolutions in the State Senate and Assembly.

When passed and signed by Governor Murphy this Proclamation will increase awareness and education of the critical role that native plants have in supporting a healthy environment.  The planting of native plants will encourage thriving New Jersey wildlife and pollinator populations, will help in the reduction of use of pesticides and fertilizers, and will aid in helping to clean our air, water and land.  

To learn more about the initiative go to the Garden Club of America’s website  https://www.gcamerica.org or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..  

RGC Gonska Scholarship Applications are Live!

2022 Scholar2023 Catherine B. Gonska Scholarship

Rumson Garden Club is pleased to offer the $2500 scholarship in memory of Catherine B. Gonska, a committed gardener and environmentalist. This scholarship will be presented to a Two River area student who plans to attend an accredited college and has a demonstrated interest in any area of horticulture, landscape design or environmental students, i.e., conservation, marine science or earth science.The applicant is required to fill out the aplication https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSdlD3IceupI5BZn0MH_HMmUgG-BlVu6TJpyCAvkHi3JqV6ZYQ/viewform?usp=sf_link which can be shared electronically, emailed to Susan Olson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or mailed to Rumson Garden Club, Attn: Scholarship Chairman, P.O. Box 121, Rumson, NJ 07760. The deadline for applications is April 7, 2023.