Member Highlights


I moved to Milford from Bergen County in October 2015. This time two years ago I had never been aware of this pretty town on the Delaware, and it was only after my daughter moved to Sussex County and took me over the river to Milford.  I “discovered” what a lovely place it was and such a well-kept secret!
Once I moved into town, I was out walking my dog and bumped into friendly Karen Cowern with her little friendly dog, and we got chatting and she told me to come to the Garden Club meeting the following Tuesday. So I did, not expecting much, and was blown away by the number of people there, the excellent talk about putting gardens to bed, and the delicious spread of food! I was hooked! And though I am really a beginning gardener, I can see a big difference this year in my plot and my confidence is growing with the weeds!
When weeding the town gardens I met more jolly ladies, and they are not intimidating, even though they know what they are doing! I joined the Grey Towers weeding team too. Went on a bus trip to the Hudson River Painters homes, found a choir to join and made new friends.
I feel a bit like Goldilocks and find Milford Garden Club to be just right. Oh, and of course there are infinite stories about non-fiction bears.
Judy Casey

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My wife, Linda, and I moved up to the lake (Twin Lakes) full-time last year. Linda has owned the house for over 30 years. We moved from Westfield, NJ where we owned a 130-year-old Victorian in which we raised and cultivated 5 children, flowers and vegetables.  A winter pleasure was clearing the snow off our cold frame and picking fresh arugula.  In the summer my delight was picking the sun warned cherry tomato plant and popping them into my mouth.  I have been gardening since a child.
Today we are deciding what and where to grow our vegetables. Our latest idea is a floating garden.  We learned floating gardens are being used in Wayne County and in Harvey’s Lake, Luzerne County.  Allowing the soil and plant roots to be “suspended” in the lake water helps reduce both the nitrogen and phosphorus in the water which means a healthier lake. Anyone who knows something about floating gardens please chat with me.
Barbara Whitney introduced me to the idea of joining the Garden Club.  Her lure was “you will meet good people and have the opportunity to perform service to the community”.  I believe her to be correct on both counts.
Kate Fetissoff
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After several disheartening real estate investigations, Milford made such a welcoming impression on this transplanted  New Englander. Credit the garden club’s flowering decorations and the Waterwheel’s coffee for the decision to make this our home. I have always had an interest in creating useful and beautiful outdoor spaces. I have planted trees and shrubbery and perennial and annual cutting gardens. The latest inspiration was a trip to Hyde Park. Though minuscule in relative scale, my newest planting area mirrors the design found at the home of Eleanor and FDR.
24 years after arriving here and now retired from teaching at the high school, I can finally attend the 1 pm garden club meetings on Tuesdays. Lucky me! I so much enjoy being part of this community-minded organization helping to plant, weed, rake and decorate. My own efforts at gardening have improved thanks to the information so willingly shared by this wonderful organization. What a lovely group to belong to!
MJ Gilardi
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I joined the garden club three years ago.
Initially, I joined because I wanted to volunteer with planting the urns in town. I noticed how they added beauty to our town landscape and I wanted to help. I enjoy gardening and flower arranging and the club is a great fit. Since becoming a member I have met many wonderful people with common interests. I have enjoyed participating in and volunteering for many of our events. I especially enjoy attending our monthly meetings.
Susan Brown