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Cecelia Millea

Message from 2021-2023 President Cecelia Millea

My President’s Theme “Plant Trees: Nature’s Unsung Heroes”

I am honored to serve the Garden Club of New Jersey as its 50th President. I look forward to working with all affiliated garden clubs as we emerge from the Covid-19 pandemic. The theme of my presidency is “Plant Trees: Nature’s Unsung Heroes”. Trees are one of earth’s most valuable resources and they are being destroyed, worldwide, at an alarming rate to commercial agriculture, wildfires, logging and urbanization. I ask you to join me and the Garden Club of New Jersey in conserving, protecting and planting trees for future generations. Over the course of my two-year term, the Garden Club of New Jersey will award six $1000 grants to affiliated garden clubs that sponsor a project that focuses on the planting of native trees. An application for these grants can be found on our website. It is my hope that we will, not only, plant together but also learn together, protect our environment together and meet together to share our common interests and achieve our common goals.

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The 97th Annual Meeting of The Garden Club of New Jersey will be held on Tuesday, June 6, 2023, at the Bridgewater Marriott Hotel. We will welcome Immediate Past President of the National Garden Clubs, Mary Warshauer, who will install the slate of officers for the 2023-2025 term.

Registration is $55 per person with a May 24 deadline and non-refundable after May 28. Please CLICK HERE for the registration form.

Check-in begins at 8:00 AM; the morning session at 9:15 AM and luncheon at 12:30 PM. The afternoon session begins at 1:15 PM. It will be open seating in the morning and afternoon except for Life Members, Honor Tables, Scholarship and Award recipients in the AM; Life Members and Honor Tables in the PM.

A limited number of rooms have been reserved at the hotel for Monday, June 5, 2023, at the rate of $210 plus tax for a single/double room. The reservation deadline date is May 15. You may reserve a room by calling the Marriott directly at 908-927-9300 or 1-888-887-7869. Remember to mention The Garden Club of New Jersey event when reserving your room.

The morning session will feature the GCNJ Business Meeting, Book of Memory Ceremony and the Scholarship and Awards Presentations. During the mid-day break, everyone will have a chance to shop the boutiques, purchase raffle tickets and enjoy the designs created by GCNJ judges. The afternoon session will include the installation of officers, presentation of the Medal of the Garden Club of New Jersey and the program.

The program will be presented by H. Horatio Joyce, PhD of the Garden Conservancy. Dr. Joyce is the Director of the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days program which offers tours of some of America’s finest private gardens. The Conservancy works to preserve and foster our country’s past and future gardening tradition.

We are fortunate to welcome Dr. Joyce. You will not want to miss his presentation. Mark your calendar for June 6 and join us on this special day.

Cecelia Millea
President, GCNJ
Jane Bianco and Ellen Preissler
Annual Meeting Co-Chairman
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Mission Statement

The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. provides education, resources and opportunities for adults and youth members to expand the love of gardening and floral design and encourages active participation in civic, environmental and historic preservation projects to protect the past for the future.

March 31, 2003
Board of Directors
New Brunswick, New Jersey

New Jersey – The Garden State – has over 100 garden clubs

The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. (GCNJ), founded in 1925, is a federation of individual local garden clubs throughout the state. GCNJ has over 4,000 members, age 6-adult. The Garden Club of New Jersey is the state affiliate and a charter member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., (NGC), a non-profit educational organization. The membership of NGC is composed of nearly 200,000 members, 6,000 member garden clubs, 70 national affiliates and 300 international affiliates around the globe. NGC is the largest volunteer organization of its type in the world.