Constitution Island Garden Day Schedule for July 26, 2014

EVENT SCHEDULE FOR GARDEN DAY 2014

CONSTITUTION ISLAND

 

 

10:15 AM – GARDEN LECTURE #1           

FREEDOM’S GARDENER: JAMES F. BROWN, HORTICULTURE, AND THE HUDSON VALLEY IN ANTIBELLUM AMERICA

 

Dr. Myra B. Young Armstead, Professor at Bard College, will discuss her book about the fascinating story of a slave who was born in 1793, escaped from the south, and spent his life from age 34 as a gardener in the Hudson River Valley for the wealthy, Dutch-descended Verplanck family on their estate in Fishkill Landing. Her work is based on the detailed diaries kept by James F. Brown.

 

11:15 AM – GARDEN LECTURE #2                       

FIVE CONSERVATION CONCERNS FOR THE HUDSON RIVER VALLEY AND WHAT COMMUNITY MEMBERS CAN DO TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE

 

JoAnn Brown, Conservation Committee member of the Philipstown Garden Club, will explain efforts many citizens of our area are undertaking to influence policy in our region to preserve and strengthen the beautiful, historic and endangered landscape of the Hudson River Valley.

           

12:15 PM – TOUR OF REVOLUTIONARY FORTIFICTIONS

KEY OF AMERICA: THE FORTIFICATIONS AT WEST POINT, CONSTITUTION ISLAND AND PUTNAM COUNTY

 

Dr. Jim Johnson, West Point Graduate and former Chief of Military History at USMA, and current professor and Executive Director of the Hudson River Valley Institute at Marist College, will provide a tour of some of the Revolutionary fortifications on Constitution Island and explain why General Washington felt they were the most important fortifications to defend in the American Revolution.

 

1:15 PM – GARDEN LECTURE #3

MAKING YOUR ENVIRONMENT MORE BEAUTIFUL WITH FRESH FLOWER ARRANGEMENTS YOU MAKE YOURSELF

 

Michael Graber, owner of Graber Florists in Highland Falls for many years, will demonstrate how professionals make gorgeous flower arrangements using tools and tricks available to all of us.

 

2:15 PM – GARDEN LECTURE #4

THE HISTORY OF NATIONAL LANDMARK GARDENS AT WEST POINT

 

Dr. Betsey Blakeslee, President of the Friends of the American Revolution at West Point (FAR), will give an historic overview of the gardens at West Point including: Kosciuszko’s Garden (1779); The Superintendent’s Garden designed by Ellen Biddle Shipman; the West Point Cemetery as a memorial garden; and, Anna Warner’s Garden on Constitution Island, the author of Gardening By Myself.

 

10:15 AM– 2:45 PM    CHILDREN’S FLOWER ARRANGING PROJECT

Members of the Philipstown Garden Club will assist children in a project using recycled containers to create beautiful arrangements they can take home.

 

BAKE SALE AND BOOK SALE ALL DAY

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Family Garden Day on Constitution Island

 

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Come join the Philipstown Garden Club on Saturday, July 26th, 2014 10:00 am – 3:00 pm to celebrate Garden Day on Constitution Island for a fun Family Day of events.

The PGC will host a Children’s Flowering Arranging event from 10:00am – 3:00pm. This is an event that the PGC held back in 1918 on Constitution Island.

The PGC will supply all materials needed for the children’s floral arrangements.

Children will pick out their choice of container, which will be a recycled/reuseable item, keeping within the mission of recycling and protecting our environment. There will be a variety of “no mess” crafts for the children to use to decorate their container. The children will then enjoy putting together their own Flower Arrangement in their decorated containers. Our Volunteers will be there to assist the children. Finished arrangements will be labeled and can be left at the Holding Table until participants are ready to leave the island. There will be a Coloring Activity Station for the young ones to enjoy too.

Garden Day celebrates the award winning Anna Warner Memorial Gardens and Constitution Island’s special place in horticultural history. Come enjoy the Island’s gardens and listen to experts from the local area speak about gardening topics relating to the Hudson Highlands. Event hours are typically from 10:00 AM until 3:00 PM. Events include: boat rides, visiting Anna Warner’s historic garden; flower arranging project for children provided by the Philipstown Garden Club; garden lectures from Hudson River Valley garden experts; Revolutionary War fortification tours; preview of Warner House restoration plans; hiking on the island trails; and a book and bake sale. Hotdogs & drinks will be available or pack a picnic lunch to eat on the historic Revolutionary parade field.

The Philipstown Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club of America.
The objective of the Philipstown Garden Club, Inc. shall be to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening, flower arranging, and to improve and protect the quality of the environment through programs and action in the fields of conservation, civic improvement and education.

Over the last century, Philipstown Garden Club has continued to fulfill its mission during the century in a myriad of ways. It has, among other things helped to save historical gardens like Anna Warner’s garden on Constitution Island.
Save the date! Bring the Family!

We will be posting the ferry schedule closer to the event. Come back and check!

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Flower Show Results Are Here!

Please visit our Flower Show 2014 Results tab to view the results of our 2014 Flower Show. Thank you to all who participated and helped make our show great!

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Flower Show 2014!

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MORE THAN JUST A FLOWER SHOW

On May 30-31, the Philipstown Garden Club presents “As Time Goes By”, a Garden Club of America Flower Show. The Show will honor the Club’s Centennial celebration and will reflect styles and themes over the last one-hundred years.

Join us on Friday and Saturday, May 30 & 31, 2014 at the Putnam History Museum in Cold Spring, NY for a fabulous display of Floral Designs, Horticulture presentations, Photography, and a special Conservation and Education Exhibit featuring Boscbel.

The show entries will be judged by a panel of Garden Club of America Judges on Friday, May 30. The public is welcome to view the displays at no charge from 3:00 – 4:30 pm on Friday and from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm on Saturday.

The Floral designs will be inspired by photographs of Philipstown architecture, old quilts, couture, Russel Wright’s Manitoga and the herb garden at Boscobel.

You will see that a Flower Show is more than flowers. There will be several classes of Horticultural displays including herbs for cooking, healing and just plain pleasure. In addition, there will be volumes of cut specimens taken from Garden Club member gardens, including bulbs, perennials, roses, woody shrubs and flowering tree branches.

Children (10 years and under) are also welcome to enter the Show. There is a Floral Design entry (“Teacher’s Pet”) for which there will be a workshop on Thursday, May 29 where the children will create their own designs. The Horticulture Division offers a “Children’s Old-Fashioned Picnic Basket.”

The Photography Division will feature color and black and white photos of gardens during various seasons of the year.

The finishing touch of the Show will be a Conservation and Education Exhibit with the Boscobel Herb Garden as a focal point.

This Show reflects the dedicated work of the Philipstown Garden Club members over a period of nearly a year and a half. Please join us on May 30 & 31 and be delighted by Nature’s beauty and bounty.

Contact Donna S. Doyle, Flower Show Chairperson, for more information (dedoyle1@optimum.net).

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Accepting 2014 Intern Applications!

Every summer, PGC offers internships to High School Juniors and Seniors. The deadline is May 1, 2014. Apply today!

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Less Than A Month Until Spring!

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