Meetings and programs from previous years...


March 20             Microgreens & Sprouting at Home ~ Presentation by Master Gardener Lori Wallace & Jamie Broda

April 17                Hummingbirds ~ Presentation by Bird lover Ellie Hyde

May 15                  Fashion Show at Sheryl Brownlow's Fiddle Lake Home ~ Fashions by Pierre's Pop-Up Shoppe

July 17                  Covered dish dinner and tour of Spring Hills Farm in Dalton

August 21             Garden Club Luncheon at Creekside Grove featuring Naturalist & Herbalist Charlene Wildes

September 18      All About Succulents ~ Presentation by Rebekah King from Tinton Pots & Plants  (Program cancelled)

October 16           ANNUAL MEETING ~ Common Perennials that are Potentially Harmful

                                                                                                                                 by Master Gardener Mary Ann Cunningham

November 13      Christmas in Williamsburg ~ Presentation by Club Member Mary Tomaine


March 21             Trimming & Pruning Ornamental Trees ~ Presentation by Jim Kessler, Retired District Forester

April 18                How to Get Started with Backyard Chickens ~ Presentation by Master Gardener Susan Maslar

May 16                  Live Wreath Demonstration by Club Member Janie Matthews

July 18                  Tour of Lambertson's Lily Farm and covered dish dinner

August 15             Garden Club Luncheon at Creekside Grove featuring Red Rock Barbecue in Great Bend

September 19      Our Local Watershed ~ Presentation by Cheryl Nolan, Watershed Specialist

October 17           ANNUAL MEETING ~ "Fascinating Fungi", a Presentation on Mushrooms by Dave Waselewski,

                                       Mycologist & Faculty Member of Luzerne County Community College

November 14      Holiday Arrangement ~ Presentation by Club Member Nina Reudemann

December 12       Holiday Party ~ Italian Buffet at Pettinato's in Carbondale  


March 15             Organic Gardening ~ Presentation by Sheryl Popkin

April 19               Growing Lavender in NEPA ~ A presentation by Gayle O'Brien from Humming Hill Lavender Farm & Apiary

May 17                 Paint Your Garden ~ Demonstration by Artist Joe Kluck

June 25               Tour of the Children's Garden

July 19                Covered Dish Dinner and Flower Arranging ~ Demonstration by Michael O'Neill from the House of Flowers

August 16           Garden Club Luncheon at Creekside Grove ~ Food Demonstration by Sarah Bodner from Harvest Catering

September 20   Presentation by Corky's Garden Center in Justus

​October 18         ANNUAL MEETING ~ Presentation by Paul Epsom from Greystone Gardens in Clarks Summit

November 15     Thanksgiving Arrangement by Club Member Janelle Zigon

December 13      Holiday Party        

March 18              Organic Farming and Sustainable Agriculture presented by Liz Piriczky

                                       from Overlook Farms at Fuller Estate in Dalton
April 21                 Flowers for Pollinating ~ A presentation by Phyllis Reinhart, Master Gardener
May 19                   The Art of Bonsai Presented by Sue Crane, owner of Two Cranes, growers of bonsai, orchids & topiary
June 20                 Yoga for Gardeners ~ Saturday 9:30 am at JoAnn Hall's ~ Tips from Kim Evans, yoga instructor and personal                                                       trainer 
from the Carbondale YMCA
July 21                   Covered dish dinner & Intro to Basket Weaving by Charlie & Ginny Ahearn, 6:00 pm at Lake Idlewild Pavilion
August 18             Luncheon at Donna Caputo's home ~ Food Demonstration by Chef Gene Litz, Thirteen Olives in Clarks Summit      
September 15     Edible Flowers ~ Presentation by Jane Risse, executive director of the Nay Aug Greenhouse Project

                                        (Program changed to Topiary Art by Sue Crane, owner of Two Cranes, growers of bonsai, orchids & topiary)

October 20          ANNUAL MEETING ~ Presentation on Hydroponics by Bill Banta, owner of Rowland's Pennsylvania Produce
November 17      Making a Terrarium ~Presentation by Creekside Garden Center in Tunkhannock

                                        (Program changed to presentation by Jane Risse, executive director of the Nay Aug Greenhouse Project)

December 16      Holiday Party at Stone Bridge

March 18              Lasagna Gardening (or gardening in layers) ~ Presentation by Carol Matheson, Master Gardener
April 15                 Syrup and other maple products ~ Presentation by Lisa Burke from Burke Maple Syrup
May 2                    Container Gardening by Michelle Davis, Master Gardener.
July 15                   Afternoon Garden Tea ~ Laurie Graham's garden, 2 pm  

                                       Presentation and Honey Tasting by beekeeper Ellen McGlynn
August 19             Garden Club Luncheon ~ Noon at the home of Donna Caputo with a food demonstration by Janie Matthews
September 16     Presentation by Creekside Garden Center of Tunkhannock
October 21           Annual Meeting ~Presentation by Michael Mizen, local gardener & Philadelphia Flower Show Exhibitor
November 18     Herbal and therapeutic soaps, lotions and balms  ~ Presentation by Michael Wysocke, Sassy Albert Soaps
December 17      Holiday Party

March 19              Getting Ready for Spring with speaker Trevor Kashuba from Corky's Garden Center in Justus
May 21                   Meeting and planning session for Plant Exchange & Marketplace
July 13                   House & Garden Tour ~ 11:00 am at David Trachtenberg & Jerry Perlman's home in Clifford
August 20            Garden Luncheon ~ 1:00 pm at Donna Caputo's home with food presentation by Ann Marie Noone
September 17     Monarch Butterflies presented by Ed Wesley from Butterfly Barn Nature Center (Program cancelled)
October 15           Annual Meeting ~ Growing Orchids in the Home presented by Cathy Sullivan from Annie's Orchids
November 19     Horticultural Gardening presented by Janelle Zigon
December            Holiday Party ~ Details and date to be announced

March 20             Emily Dickinson's Garden by Ed Wesley, Naturalist
April 17                 The Gluten Free Diet by Laure Stastik, RN & RD from Alternative Eating in Scranton
May 14                  Birdwatching with Nancy Wottrich of  Florence Shelley Preserve in Thompson, 8 am
July 17                   Potluck Picnic at 6 pm at Lake Idlewild Pavilion
August 21             Garden Luncheon at 1 pm at Donna Caputo's home with food presentation by Gene Litz from Patsel's &

September 18    Monarch Butterflies by Ed Wesley from Butterfly Barn Nature Center
October 16          Annual Meeting ~ Fall Gardening Tips by Trevor and Corey Kashuba from Corky's Garden Center
November 20    Basic Herbs presented by Master Gardener Maureen Kupiec
December 12      Holiday Party at Stone Bridge at 6:30 pm

March 15              Nutrition and organic food ~ Presenter from  Moss Hollow
April 19                 Organic gardening presented by Donna Zagrapan, Master Gardener
May 17                   Plant Exchange Planning Meeting ~ Nancy Ross' home at Crosswind Farm, Bunnell Farm Road
July 19                   Luncheon Meeting at June Walter's home with presentation by Michael O'Neil from House of Flowers 
August 16             Pot Luck Dinner Meeting ~ Idlewild Lake pavilion
September 20    Meeting on Rail-Trails ~ Take a walk on the Rail-Trails with Lynn Conrad identifying trees
October 15          "Birding in Susquehanna County" presentation by Nancy Wottrich
November 15      Jeffers' Farm House with Nina Ruedemann doing Christmas wreath demonstration and pot luck soup dinner
December            Christmas Party

March 16              LeRaysville Cheese Factory program
April 20                Herbal soaps and lotions presented by Michael Wysocke, Sassy Albert's Soaps
May 18                  Fiddle Lake Farm ~ a tour of Bed and Breakfast and future organic gardens
July 20                 Luncheon meeting at the home of Helene Tinsley in West Clifford 
August 17             Potluck picnic at the Lake Idlewild Pavilion, Rt. 374
September 21    Wine making presentation at Maiolatesi Wine Cellar at 5:00 pm 
October 19          Flower arranging by Michael O'Neil of House of Flowers in Forest City
November 16     "Still Life's With Flowers" ~ A program by Roderica Tilley
December 15      Holiday Party at Stonebridge Inn & Restaurant

March 17              Growing Plants from Seeds presented by Susan Maslar
April 21                 Landscape Design & Lawn Care presented by Dan Bantell
May 19                  Plant Exchange planning session
June 16                 Light Lunch and meeting at Lois Todd's home ~program on Attracting Wild Birds & Butterflies to Your Garden 
                                        presented by Lee Grimes, Master Gardener
July 21                  Arranging Flowers from your Garden with Michael O'Neill from The House of Flowers 
August 18            Potluck Picnic at Lake Idlewild Pavilion
September 15    Growing Hydrangeas presented by Sharon Ward, Master Gardener
October 20         Putting Your Garden to Bed presented by Gretchen Ludders, Master Gardener
November 17     Houseplants presented by Phyllis Reinhardt, Master Gardener
December 15      Holiday Party at Stone Bridge at 6:30 pm

In the early years of the club's existence, programs were held periodically rather than monthly.  
Programs included:

October 10, 2007 ~ Lee Nelson, horticultural speaker and consultant for beautification projects in the Binghamton area, presented a slide program and explained how to keep gardens looking good all year long.

July 11, 2007 at the Lackawanna State Park ~ Members were taken on a nature walk led by Environmental Education Specialist, Angela Lambert. She pointed out many local wildflowers and a few invasive plants. Following the walk, a presentation on herbs was given by Master Gardeners, Selma Etter and Colleen Bobrovcan.

April 12, 2007 ~ Paul Epsom, owner of Greystone Gardens, a specialist garden center in Clarks Summit, spoke at our meeting.  Epsom is also The Victory Garden's garden correspondent, hosting the series' "Tried & True" segments and providing viewers with indispensable advice and gardening guidance. He has been featured on WNEP's successful Home and Backyard TV program for well over 400 episodes. In 2003 and 2004 Paul won Garden Globe awards for his work on both of these programs. 

November 8, 2006 ~ Kristen of Kristen's Creations on Main Street in Clifford gave a wreath making demonstration 
October 11, 2006 ~ Richard Jost, a member of the National Orchid Society and the owner of Jungle Paradise located in Benton, PA presented a program about orchids.  A variety of samples from his extensive orchid collection were available for sale.
April 12, 2006 ~ Donna Murphy, a Technology Transfer Specialist with the USDA Forest Service, gave a presentation on Invasive Plants in NE PA. Her lecture focused on defining the term "invasive plant", the characteristics of invasive plants, their degrading impact on our native environments, and ways to protect healthy native plant communities. Brochures including a list of invasive plants in PA were provided by DCNR for members.

October 12, 2005  ~ Molly Philbin, education coordinator for the Earthbox Company, did a presentation on the development, test trials and the resulting product with its application for commercial and leisure gardeners. The system allows for simplified and automatic watering and fertilizing and the elimination of weeding. Equally suitable for flowers and vegetables, the Earthbox can be used on farms, at public sites, on patios, and even to adorn bridges.

Speaker's Luncheons

The Mountain View Garden Club sponsored its 3rd Speaker's Luncheon on May 4, 2011 at Elkview Country Club at Crystal Lake. The speaker was Jerry Fritz, proprietor of Linden Hill Gardens and Jerry Fritz Garden Design in Ottsville, PA. Jerry is a graduate of Delaware Valley College of Science & Agriculture in Doylestown. He is a garden designer who loves sharing his passion for perennials with others. He has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show on numerous occasions.  For additional information on the speaker, go to

The garden club sponsored its 2nd Speaker's Luncheon on May 12, 2010 at 11:30 am at Elkview Country Club, Crystal Lake. The speaker was Daniel Krall, Associate Professor at Cornell University; Landscape Architect and Historian of the American Landscape. 

A luncheon was held at the Elkview Country Club on May 6, 2009 beginning at 11:30 am.  Duane Campbell, the speaker, is a nationally known garden columnist and Master Gardener from Towanda. 

Harvest Dance & BBQ Dinners

October 24, 2009 ~ Harvest Dance & Chicken BBQ, a fun evening co-sponsored by the Mountain View Garden Club and the Clifford Township Volunteer Fire Company. The dinner beginning at 6:30 pm at the Fire Hall on Rt. 106 featured delicious Chicken Barbecue, home made dessert, music and dancing!

October 25, 2008 ~ The Garden Club and Clifford Twp. Volunteer Fire Company co-sponsored a Harvest Dance and Chicken Barbecue Dinner with music by DJ Terry Rockwell.

September 29, 2007 ~ Square Dance & BBQ Dinner co-sponsored by the Mountain View Garden Club and Clifford Twp. Volunteer Fire Company. 

Friday, June 30, 2006 ~ Clifford Township Bicentennial Celebration Buffet BBQ Dinner & Country Square Dance 
The Garden Club was pleased to participate in Clifford Township's Bicentennial Celebration by hosting a Country Square Dance at the Clifford Township Fire Hall. A buffet BBQ Dinner was catered by Munley's Grove followed by a variety of sweet treats made by club members for dessert. Everyone enjoyed music for square dancing and polka, twist, cha cha, swing, jitterbug and others! 
The celebration continued through the weekend; visit the web site:



The garden club archives includes meetings and programs from previous years

          ...speakers' luncheons held from 2009-2011

                    ...square dances and BBQs held from 2006-2009