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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.

Recent Activities

Take The Pledge!

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The Garden Club of America is joining with The Great Healthy Yard Project to reduce pesticide use on lawns and gardens across the United States. The partnership encourages homeowners to "Take the Pledge" and protect the environment by eliminating the use of synthetic chemicals, weed-killers and fertilizers on lawns, and by not discarding pharmaceuticals down drains or toilets. Learn more about The Great Healthy Yard Project (TGHYP) via link below. 


In Memoriam: Liz Ellwood

ellwoood70s 450x619Always one to see the lighter side, here is Liz portraying the three essentials of gardening, sun, water and fertilizer.

Liz Ellwood, 84, beloved and distinguished member of the Rumson Garden Club, passed away on November 1.

Liz served in many capacities, not only in her own club as President as well as Chairman of the Photography, Horticulture, and Conservation committees, but also at the national level. She became a Vice-President of GCA, and served on the Nominating, Judging, and Horticulture committees.

Liz earned many awards such as the Rosie Jones Horticultural Award, the Catherine Beattie Medal, the Creative Leadership Award, as well as countless Zone and Club Horticulture awards. Her first love was horticulture, and she was an encyclopedia of knowledge on the subject, serving as a judge. Specializing in the genus narcissus, she maintained a laboratory of daffodil cultivation at her own home, and served as president of the New Jersey Daffodil Society and board member of the American Daffodil Society. If Liz was not in her garden, she was sure to be found in front of the computer. Far ahead of her own generation, she became an early adopter and expert. With this important new skill, she was able to oversee the transition of Rumson Garden Club’s newsletter, “The Compost Heap” from a mailed, type-written format to a professional online format.

All who knew and loved Liz will very much miss her wit, her knowledge, and her wisdom.

Diana C. Landreth