Beautification of Historic Milford
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. Updated self-watering urns are placed at more than 25 strategic sites in town and display ever-changing flowers and greens year round with seasonal plantings. Some of the other areas The Milford Garden Club has dedicated themselves to maintaining are the beds at the Milford Signs at three entry triangles and two “pocket gardens” at each end of Ann St.
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. Newly restored in 2019, it is a must-see for locals and visitors alike.
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.
Community Garden Project
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. It is estimated that over 500 pounds of fresh grown produce from eggplant to beans to potatoes were donated this past year.
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 or email email@example.com.
Trash & Treasure Fundraiser
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, Our consignment account # is 806 and items can be donated to sell through the shop on an ongoing basis. 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 located at 77 Fowler Street, Port Jervis (845) 856-4673 – call to confirm hours
Art-in-Bloom – May 2021
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 for the fourth year and providing the inspiration for club member designs. Exhibit begins Thursday May 6th and runs until end of May. Starting on April 1 Gallery hours are Monday 11-3, and Thursday-Sunday 11-6 pm.
Perennial Plant Sale – May 22, 2021
A favorite community event, will be held Saturday May 22nd. Members gather a collection of some of their standard and exotic perennials from their personal gardens. Gardeners are available for questions and directions. This year the sale will be in a NEW LOCATION, Parking lot of St. Pat’s Hall on High Street between 3rd and 4th Sts. This will allow the sale to be conducted in a more socially distant manner. Over the years, this sale has included varieties for sun, shade, part sun, part shade and recently added herbs, vegetables and annuals as well. All proceeds go toward the continued beautification of Milford Borough. This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity.
28th Annual Secret Garden Tour
The Milford Garden Club’s 28th Annual Secret Garden Tour is being planned for SUMMER 2022, in celebration of our 85th Anniversary! We truly wanted to host one this year, but it does take quite a bit of planning and volunteers and we wanted to present a tour worthy of our supporters and patrons.