Beautification – Ongoing
One of the major activities throughout the year is Beautification. Numerous members of the Club take on the delightful task of planting and maintaining areas throughout the town with seasonal annuals. Urns are placed at 25 strategic sites in town and adorned with an array of seasonal plants. Businesses sponsor larger plantings along Harford and Broad Street. The Milford Garden Club has dedicated themselves to maintaining three parks.
Kennedy Park is located on your right of Route 209 as you enter Milford. It is dedicated to the visit of President John F. Kennedy for the dedication of Grey Towers in 1963.
Ethel Barckley Park is located at the river end of East Ann Street (diagonal to the Laurel Villa Country Inn) and is dedicated to the memory of Ethel who served as past president. It overlooks a serene view of the Delaware River.
Remembrance Place (formerly the Dimmick Cemetery) is the hidden jewel of the town. Located at the far end of Ann Street, adjacent to the Key Food and behind Stroyan Funeral Home, a variety of gardens are dedicated to perennial plants which are native to the area. A medicinal garden also highlights plants which have been instrumental in healing and health. You can also find a specimen of the Milford Rose. These three parks provide a space to sit amidst nature and reflect its everlasting beauty. The Club also maintains the welcome sign at the entry to Milford and various other spots in town. Check out the Membership Opportunities for scheduled “work days”. Friends and family and community members are welcome to join us!
Community Garden Project – Ongoing
The Community Garden Project was launched by the Milford Garden Club in 2012. We hope to provide fresh produce to the Ecumenical Food Pantry (located at Good Shepherd Episcopal Church, Milford, PA) during the growing season. Milford Township has graciously allowed the club to use the property adjacent to the township building (560 Route 6 and 209) which is enclosed and has access to water.
This dream would not be possible without the sponsorship of Home Depot. With corporate funding, a host of employees volunteered their time to help set up raised beds, fill with soil and compost and provide quality plants. It is estimated that over 500 pounds of fresh grown produce from eggplant to beans to potatoes were donated this past year.
Home Depot also assured the club of their desire to continue their participation in the garden. We are also indebted to GAIT (Genuine Alternative in Therapy), a program which intends to improve the quality of life of children and adults with special needs resulting in a more independent life in society. Their generous donation of composted manure is priceless!
Volunteers, both from the Garden Club and the community at large, both young and old, have been tending the garden on a daily basis with tasks such as planting, watering and weeding. If you would like to donate or become a volunteer to this Community Garden Project, please call (570. 296.5326) and ask for Ralph or Linda. The appreciation expressed by visitors to the food pantry has inspired the Milford Garden Club to continue this project for many growing seasons to come.
Trash & Treasure Fundraiser – Ongoing
In 2018, we partnered with Gina’s Hope Chest Consignment Shop in Port Jervis, NY to raise money for Beautification by establishing an account at this local consignment store, specializing in furniture, home decor, giftables, vintage items, home appliances in working order, art (no clothes, shoes, kids toys, electronics or stuffed items, sorry). Think about us when you are cleaning out and de-cluttering or if you get an unwanted gift you can’t return. If you are interested in dropping off items of this nature in order to benefit Milford Garden Club, you can do so by telling Gina they are being donated for account #806. We receive 50% of the sell price. Think about us when you are cleaning out and de-cluttering or if you get an unwanted gift you can’t return.
Gina’s Hope Chest
77 Fowler Street, Port Jervis (845) 856-4673-call to confirm hours
Our consignment account # is 806 and items can be donated to sell through the shop on an ongoing basis to benefit the club.
Art-in-Bloom – May 2020
Club members collaborate with local artists to host ART-IN-BLOOM. A unique exhibit of floral arrangements composed and paired alongside painting from local artists. Each arrangement is a visual interpretation of the artist’s painting. This year, club members will work with recycled, reused, re-purposed materials to honor our roots in conservation and to reflect on seeing things in new ways. Our appreciation is extended to the artists of the ARTery Gallery, located at 210 Broad St. Milford, PA for hosting this year’s event for the third year in a row and providing the inspiration. Exhibit begins Thursday May 7th and runs until end of May. Opening Gallery Reception Saturday, May 9th, 6-9PM, as part of Milford’s Milford After Dark ( Second Saturdays).
Perennial Plant Sale – May 16, 2020
A favorite community event, will be held Saturday May 16th. Members gather a collection of some of their standard and exotic perennials from their personal gardens. Gardeners are available for questions and directions. The sale takes place on the property of the Community House located on the corner of Broad and Harford Streets, Milford, PA (At the traffic light in town, across from the Dimmick Inn). This is a rain or shine event. The perennials are grown by members of the club. They include varieties for sun, shade, part sun, part shade. All proceeds go toward the continued beautification of Milford Borough. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity.
28th Annual Town & Country Secret Garden Tour – July 25th, 2020
The Milford Garden Club’s 28th Annual Town and Country Secret Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 25th, between 10:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. Gardeners and non-gardeners alike eagerly await this self-guided tour each summer which is held rain or shine! Locations of the gardens are a “secret” until the day of the tour. Ticketing information and other details to be announced. For further information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
NGC Standard Flower Show -August 21-22, 2020
This year’s event will be held at St. Patrick’s Church Hall and will be held August 21st-22nd. Schedule and hours to Be Advised. This Year’s Theme: REMEMBER THE LADIES: Honoring the 100th Anniversary of the Passage of the 20th Amendment and Contributions of American Women , both National and Local.
The Milford Garden Club is a member of District II/III, Garden Club Federation of Pennsylvania and National Garden Clubs, Inc., the latter having as its mission to provide education, resources and national networking opportunities for its members, to promote the love of gardening, floral design, civic, and environmental responsibility. As part of its commitment to educate both its members and the public in floral design and horticulture, the Milford Garden Club holds a standard flower show every other year in August.
Chrysanthemum Sale – September 12, 2020
This fundraiser takes place in the 2 weeks prior to September 8th through pre-sale orders taken for some of the best quality mums raised at a local nursery. Pick up is at Remembrance Place on the 12th. Ask any Garden Club member for more information about ordering, pick-up and delivery options.
Annual Scholarship Fundraiser Tea-October 20, 2020
Each year, the Milford Garden Club awards a scholarship to a graduating senior of a local high school who shows an interest in horticulture or conservation. Check out the Scholarship Tab for this year’s recipient and more information. The Milford Garden Club will hold their annual Scholarship Fundraiser Tea on Tuesday, October 20th beginning at 2:00 pm at The Columns Museum. All proceeds go to the 2020 Scholarship fund. For more information call Liz Steen at 570.686.1080. Menu and other details to be announced.