Text Box: Ocean Township Garden Club

Executive Board

Co-Presidents:  JoAnne Krulikowski & Pat Mercurio

Vice-President:  Elaine Slocum

Secretary & Newsletter Editor:  Kathy Mazzacco

Treasurer:  Nannette Tereo

Advisor: Marie Dahrouge



We are a diverse group of about 30 members who enjoy gardens and gardening. Each year we plan educational speakers,  community reach out projects, a big bus trip and a number of carpool trips to more local New Jersey Gardens. A Wreath sale is our only fund raiser. It includes teaching the pruning and construction of the wreaths, bows, etc to our members. Membership dues of $30 also cover membership in the Garden Club of New Jersey and the National Garden Club.

We meet on the second Monday of the month at 7pm (6:45 for refreshments & socializing). Most meetings take place at the Oakhurst Recreation Center off Larkin Place (behind the Oakhurst Fire Department) unless notified differently.

For more information contact Pat Mercurio at 732-493-8725 or patmercurio@verizon.net.

We now have “Garden Club Aprons” which we will wear marching in the Memorial Day Parade.


The high school’s newly started garden club started seeds in February in their greenhouse and will have a plant sale June 9th with their car wash. Lots of vegetables will be available. Please come support them so they can buy more seed for fall /winter season. They will also gladly accept any pots you wish to get rid of.


Reminder, check any milkweed plants you buy especially at the big box stores for systemic treatment with NEONICOTINOIDS. It will KILL the Monarch Butterfly caterpillars.


There will be a June 12th meeting with Kristen Kristensen from “The White House” in Oakhurst as speaker.  She will talk to us about “ compost tea” for plants and recycling of “soft  plastics” such as yogurt containers and potato chip bags. She is from Denmark and has a different perspective on reuse/ recycle.


July 10th is our local tours and restaurant meeting. I am working on a visit to a hydroponic farm in the Freehold area. Could use suggestions for another place to visit as well. Also  restaurant recommendations needed.


Sign up now for the August Social Committee.  Organizers and host homes needed.

Meeting Dates for 2017

Monday, February 13, 2017 —Hosts:  Joan Berzansky,  Sheila Baye,  Sonia Vogel.

  • Program—Make mini-teacup floral arrangements and Valentine cards for nursing home.  Bring your own mini-teacup or small votive if you wish to make your own.

  • Nominations for Vice-President and Treasurer positions.  Elaine Slocum (VP) and Nannette Tereo are willing to continue in their positions.  If others are interested in running, they may be nominated at this meeting.

  • Prospective budget review

Monday, March 13, 2017—Hosts:  Ed & Virginia DeNoble, Dave Gallina, Kathy Mazzacco. 

  • Discussion & voting for Vice-President and Treasurer and budget - $30 dues due ($35 after 3/15)

  • Speaker Steve Koebeke  will  demonstrate and speak on bonsai plants indoors and out. Steve is an OT resident and member of the Deep Cut Park Bonsai Society

Monday, April 10, 2017        Speaker on lawn care

Monday, May 8, 2017      Membership plant swap

Wednesday, June 28, 2017              Bus Trip:  to Longwood Gardens - payment due by 6/1 to ensure your seat.

Monday, July 10, 2017                Local car-a-van tour:  Details TBA

Monday, August 14, 2017            Annual Progressive Dinner Social

 Monday, Septmber 11, 2017    Hosts:  ?? (Please volunteer to Pat Mercurio at 732-493-8725 or patmercurio@verizon.net.       Members speaking on Rutgers Home  Garden School classes taken

Monday, October 9, 2017 Hosts:  ?? (Please volunteer to Pat Mercurio at 732-493-8725 or patmercurio@verizon.net.           Harvest  speaker/ Food bank collection

Monday, November 13, 2017  Hosts Nannette Tereo +:  ?? (Please volunteer to Pat Mercurio at 732-493-8725 or patmercurio@verizon.net.     Hands on class making herbal products with Heike Maria, of

                                                        Mind& Body Works.                Preparations for  Wreath sale

Monday, December 11, 2017      Annual Holiday Party Hosts and Committee members




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