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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 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

Olmsted Garden Design Competition

Olmsted Video and Promo


RGC Competition Guidelines and Site Plan: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1bASPz2XuFy49ea8e8JEih4kH_tzgQQ-n/view

Past GCA President Dede Petri On Olmsted 200 and the GCA: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Ijghczgdh8O24D3hF7shg9BgQ4f7mAeV/view

Native Plant Society of NJ:https://soildistrict.org/wp-content/uploads/2012/07/RainGardenManualNJ.pdf

Relevant information from the Rutgers Rain Garden Manual (Pgs 29-31): http://water.rutgers.edu/Rain_Gardens/RGWebsite/misc/3_Planning_14-31.pdf

This appendix has information from plant resources, plant lists and samples designs: http://water.rutgers.edu/Rain_Gardens/RGWebsite/misc/7_Appendix_52-68.pdf

Native pollinator plant list: http://www.rumsonnj.gov/env/native-plants.html

Olmsted 200 Website: https://olmsted200.org