Flower Show – August 21-22, 2020
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. This year’s event will be held at St. Patrick’s Church Hall and will be held August 21st-22nd.
English Tea Scholarship Fundraiser –
August 27, 2020
Each year, the Milford Garden Club awards a scholarship to a graduating senior of Delaware Valley High School who shows an interest in horticulture. Check out the scholarship tab to meet this year’s recipient.
The Milford Garden Club will hold their annual English Tea on Thursday, August 27 at Laurel Villa beginning at 1:00 pm. Luscious hot and cold hors d’oeuvres will be followed by a variety of sweets. Janice Halsted and Chef Carl Muhlhauser will share the long family history of Laurel Villa Country Inn and a tour of their organic farm is scheduled. All proceeds go to the 2019 Scholarship fund. For more information call Liz Steen at 570.686.1080.
Chrysanthemum Sale – September 7, 2020
This fundraiser takes place September 8th. Pre-orders are taken for some of the best quality mums raised at a local nursery.
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 Hartford 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.
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.
Perennial Plant Sale – May 23, 2020
A favorite community event, will be held Saturday May 23rd from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm. 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. The plants will come with instructions that suggest the best growing conditions. All proceeds go toward the continued beautification of Milford Borough. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity.
Trash & Treasure Sale – May 30, 2020
Saturday, May 30th 9am-2pm. Members will be cleaning out their basements, attics and garages and holding a sale to benefit the club. 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. Baked goods and refreshments will be offered as well. The club members will also be offering hourly tours of the Medicinal Garden located at Remembrance Place, which will surely be informative to all.
Art-in-Bloom – May 9, 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. Our appreciation is extended to the artists of the ARTery Gallery, located at 210 Broad St. Milford, PA for hosting this year’s event again due to it’s great response to the 2017 exhibition. Exhibit begins Thursday May 10th and runs until end of May, ( live arrangements will be exhibited for the life of the live matter and/or refreshed throughout). Opening Gallery Reception Saturday, May 9th, 6-9PM, as part of Milford’s Art After Dark ( Second Saturdays)
Secret Garden Tour – July 11, 2020
The Milford Garden Club’s 28th annual Town and Country Secret Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 11th, 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. ADVANCE TICKET PRICE is $15.00, available to purchase at The Willow Store, 317 Broad Street in Milford, or at The Artisan Exchange, 219 Broad Street in Milford. You can order tickets in advance by calling Helga (570-409-6027.) Send check by July 7th, to Milford Garden Club, P.O. Box 764, Milford, PA 18337.
TICKETS WILL BE AVAILABLE THE DAY OF THE TOUR from
9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m., at Remembrance Place, corner of West Ann Street and Elderberry Alley or at The Rotary Circle/Milford Community House, Broad Street (by the traffic light in town.) TICKET PRICE DAY OF TOUR IS $20.00 (children under 12 are welcome free!)
The mission of our Club is the beautification of Milford. The annual Town and Country Secret Garden Tour is our main fundraiser and proceeds from this event will be used for the many plantings along the streets, in the entry triangles, and in the various parks within the Borough.
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