About Us

Our Mission

To increase interest and knowledge of gardening and conservation among our members and among the public at large; to promote gardening and conservation by instruction and example; to beautify the surrounding community and to undertake civic cultural and historical projects related to gardening and conservation.

Club History

Marie Hemphill looks back on 25 years as a member of Stony Brook


It all began in the Spring of 1939 when four gals were having tea at Sukie Williams' house on Library Place. Besides Sukie, they were Maggie Donoho, Mary Jane Paynter and Charlotte Schluter.... Read more of Marie's reminiscences of 25 years as a member of the club here.




Past Presidents


2019 - 2021 Louise Wellemeyer

2017 - 2019 Sue Plambeck

2015 - 2017 Olive Coughlan

2013 - 2015 Linda Gecha

2011 - 2013 Andrea Meyercord

2009 - 2011 B.J. Booth

2007 - 2009 Laura Hanson

2005 - 2007 Tracey Gates

2003 - 2005 Anne Gates

2001 - 2003 Meg Gorrie

1999 - 2001 Lockie Proctor

1997 - 1999 Vicky Wildmerding

1995 - 1997 Susan Levy

1993 - 1995 Suzanne Dyckman

1991 - 1993 Wendy Hopper

1989 - 1991 Katie Heins

1988 - 1989 Adela Wilmerding

1986 - 1988 Barby Delafield

1984 - 1986 Nancy Robins

1982 - 1984 Lynn Dawes

1980 - 1982 Janet Haring

1978 - 1980 Alice Carter

1976 - 1978 Audrey Gates

1974 - 1976 Lenkie Adamson

1972 - 1974 Angie Austin

1970 - 1972 Barbara Lawrence

1968 - 1970 Adra Fairman

1967 - 1968 Debbie Carey

1966 - 1967 Sara Sikes

1964 - 1966 Kay Dana

1963 -1964 Peggy Miller

1961 - 1963 Nancy Kirkpatrick

1959 - 1961 Nancy Genung

1957 - 1959 Peggy Milholland

1955 - 1957 Charlotte Schluter

1953 - 1955 Margaret Donoho

1951 - 1953 Sukie Williams

1949 - 1951 Alice Lindabury

1947 - 1949 Marion Leon

1945 - 1947 Helen Griffin

1943 - 1945 Sue Steele

1941 - 1943 Dorothy Fleming

1939 - 1941 Charlotte Schluter




Club Highlights 1939 to 1994


1939

Four women having tea decided to start a garden club.

June 7 - twelve women met to organize a garden club and named it Greenfingers.

In December the name was changed to the Gardeners.

1941

Club did a garden in the community flower show. It was a before and after garden and won a special award. A picture of the garden was published in the New York Sun.

1942-1944

......................WAR YEARS............................

1940

Year spent in organization and planning

1945

Club became a member of the G.C.A. and changed its name to Stony Brook.

1946

Club entered the international flower show in new York city with a bay window planted with begonias.

1947

Stony brook and the G.C. of Princeton cooperated in a garden at the international flower show in New York city and won second prize. Flower show at McCarter Theater.

1948

Club trip to gardens in Ambler PA. One club member copied a solar heated pit garden seen on the trip - Fleming

1949

Club involved in the Princeton community flower show. Also acted as hostesses at New York flower show.

1950

Visiting house day -3 members' homes decorated for Christmas. Members made Christmas decorations and jellies. Club involved in community flower show and served as hostesses at New York show. G.C. of Princeton our guests at flower arranging program with Mitsou Arai. Club became a member of the Federated Garden Club of New Jersey.

1951

Sue Steele member of the schedule committee of the Philadelphia flower show.

1952

Club entered the New York International Flower Show with the Irvington, N.Y. G.C. and G.C. of Somerset Hills, NJ. Entry was a north european garden and won 3rd prize.

1953

Club entered the New York International Flower Show with the same two clubs as 1952. This year the entry was a spring garden with a dry stone wall which the clubs constructed. We won a 2nd prize and also served as hostesses at the show.

Club had a fall garden tour and flower show..

1955

Two members won 2nd and 3rd at the federated zone meeting - Fleming and Schluter.

Evelyn Alyea's Christmas program outstanding.

1954

Member awarded the tr-color at the Hopewell Valley show/ Schluter.

Club held a fall flower show and house tour.

Sue Steele gave a class in flower arranging at the adult school.

1956

Member won 1st prize at Rumson flower show - Steele

1957

Members served as hostesses at the New York Flower Show.

1958

Club entered the Philadelphia flower show. Entry was a garden planted to attract birds. It won 2nd prize.

Members served as hostesses at the New York Flower Show.

1959

Club invited by Philadelphia clubs to join them at a judging forum held in the Philadelphia art museum. Club went by bus.

Fund-raising committee was to hold an annual spring plant sale at a member's home.

1960

...........MAY MARKET WAS BORN..............

Outstanding speaker, Madeline Leuthardt, on dwarf and espaliered fruit trees,

1961

Mrs. Colie lectured on flower arranging. Club entered a garden at the Philadelphia flower show. Member received 3rd prize in arrangement class at Hopewell Valley Flower Show - Schluter.

1962

Suggested study of trees for zone, club started our tree box, which was later given to a local school, club entered a garden in the Philadelphia flower show. Members also served as hostesses at the NY show.

1963

Club program with Lois Poiner talking on how to garden without a gardener.

May market featuring unusual and hard to find plant material grown by members held at Helen Woodward’s. Sale becoming very popular by fellow serious gardeners.

1964

.*********25TH ANNIVERSARY OF THE CLUB**********

**********GARDEN AT ROCKINGHAM BORN**********

Herb garden designed by Helen Griffin and executed by members planted at Washington’s headquarters in rocky hill. This garden won the sears roebuck award.

1965

Flower arranging course by Mrs. Reynolds held on four wednesdays. 2 members entered the NY flower show and won 3rd in an arrangement class - Schluter and Campbell. Members served as hostesses at NY show. Club had spring and fall flower show.

1966

GCA Zone IV meeting held in Princeton with Adra Fairman our chairman. Meeting was co-hosted with the G.C. of Princeton. Some meetings held in Princeton university's newly opened art museum. Keynote speaker, Ian Mcharg, spoke at Lowery House,

1967

Fall, joint flower show with the G.C. of Princeton. Members slide show as a program.

1968

First scheduled work meeting at Rockingham. Club entered a window box at Philadelphia flower show. There was a club bus trip to the show. Joint flower show with the G.C. of Princeton.

1969

Joint meeting with the university league garden club. Club bus trip to Rutgers greenhouses and to the duke gardens.

1970

Bus trip to Bryant Park flower show in New York. Members served as hostesses at the show.

1971

Bus trip and meeting at the Brooklyn botanical gardens

1972

Member appointed zone iv chairman - Patton. First second-generation club president. Angie Austin, daughter of Dorothy Fleming, president 1941-1943

1973

Member appointed director of G.C.A. - Patton.

1974

Trip to New Hope for a program at the Rosade Bonsai Studio.

1975

Mini G.C.A. sone iv meeting. 1st prize and 2 second prizes in arrangements. Members served as hostesses at Bryant Park show.

1976

Club started project of planting chambers walk in Princeton. Members cared for beds. Member entered Bryant Park show and won first in arrangement class - Delafield. Morristown flower show - two 1st prizes in horticulture.

1977

Two members worked together on an arrangement at the Philadelphia flower show and won third place - Delafield and deckman. One member served as an aide at the show. Member entered the Bryant Park flower show in NYC and won second place in the decoupage class - Fairman.

1978

Club held workshops on artistic arrangements and vegetable gardens. Contribution was made to American Land Trust whose project in NJ is the Pine Barrens.

1979

Autumn in the air - a joint community flower show with the G.C. of Princeton. Club invited guests to an evening meeting with Ralph Snodsmith as our speaker.

1980

Club won a first prize at the Philadelphia flower show in the new challenge garden class. The chairmen of our entry were Austin and Flemer. GCA Autumn in the Atrium Flower Show invited Austin and Flemer to run the horticulture classes. Member appointed G.C.A. Zone IV chairman, two year term - Fleming.

1981

Two members invited to be chairmen of challenge garden class at the Philadelphia flower show for next 2 years - Austin and Fleming

1982

Club voted to incorporate.

Member appointed G.C.A. Zone IV chairman for two year term - Austin,

Two members asked to be in charge of staging for G.C.A. autumn in the atrium flower show in NYC - Austin and haring.

1983

Tax exempt status for club approved in April.

1984

Club entered Philadelphia flower show room class Shangri-La, a place of your dreams. The title of our room was a slow boat to china. Won 1st prize and the Delaware valley florists' trophy - arrangers - bever and Rulon-miller.

GCA Zone IV meeting in town with the G.C.. of Princeton. Our chairman - Audrey gates.

1985

GCA zone meeting hosted by the G.C. of Trenton. 1st prize in abstract arrangement class - Austin.

1986

Joint meeting with g. Clubs of Princeton and Trenton for lecture by betty brown on art in bloom. Flower show staged in the Boston art museum.

Club bus trip to longwood gardens at Christmastime,

1987

**********GCA ANNUAL MEETING IN ZONE IV ************

One of 3 co-chairmen of meeting - Austin, joint meeting with g. Clubs of Princeton and Trenton to hear and see Herb Plankinton in the subject of arranging flowers.

1988

Club entry in Philadelphia flower show garden class, won 1st prize and PHS Silver Bowl with our Australian garden, chairmen of entry - Austin and Henkel.

1989

**********HAPPY 50TH BIRTHDAY TO CLUB**********

Member invited to be vice chairman of all artistic classes at the Philadelphia flower show for 2 year term - Austin

1990

Club entry in the room class at the Philadelphia flower show - theme of class was music. Our title - Flamenco, won 2nd prize and the Delaware valley florists' trophy and the G.C.A. certificate of excellence. Entry chairmen - Dawes and Hopper. Arrangers - Delafield, Dyckman and Haring.

Member asked to be G.C.A. flower show area vice chairman - Austin, area - NJ, PA, DE, MD, VA.

Member elected chairman of NJ Committee of the G.C.A. - Austin.

1991

Joint meeting with the G.C. of Princeton. G.C. of Trenton held a G.C.A. small flower show in state museum, 1st in arrangement - delafield.1sts in horticulture - Austin and Haring. Member asked to be co-chairman of arrangement workshops for Philadelphia flower show - Austin. Club became involved in isles Trenton inner city improvement program.

1992

Member was one of 18 ladies from across the country to create an exhibit in class America Discovered at the Philadelphia Flower Show invitational class - Austin. Entry was on CBS Good Morning America tv show and written up in NY Times - Austin.

Two members entered defined space class in Philadelphia - title size and shape. Entry won 1st prize and the GCA certificate of excellence - Austin and Delafield.

GCA Zone IV meeting in Englewood - flower show results : arrangement 1sts Austin and Delafield. Delafield also won best arrangement in show. Horticulture 1sts - Austin and Pontius. Club won the zone award for the most points earned in the flower show. Barbara Spaulding Cramer zone flower arrangement award - Austin.

1993

Member invited to be advisor for open and defined space class at Philadelphia flower show - Delafield.

May flea and flower market fund raiser,

1994

GCA zone iv meeting in town with co-hostess G.C. of Princeton. Co-chairman - Hayes





Awards

Garden Club of America Awards


PHILADELPHIA FLOWER SHOW 2018

GCA Certificate of Excellence; PHS Award; Blue and Gold Ribbon of the Garden Club Federation of PA: Blue Ribbon for Best Pedestal in Class

Suky Bracken

* PHS Award - to the outstanding blue ribbon exhibit of the week in the Pedestal Classes

* GCA Certificate of Excellence in Floral Design [awarded to an exhibit of great distinction in a competitive class at a major flower show. The entry must have placed first, second, or third. Awarded in even years to an exhibit in the Artistic section - next awarded in 2020]

* Blue and Gold Ribbon of the Garden Club Federation of PA- presented to hightest scoring blue ribbon winner, scoring 95 points or more.

GCA MEDAL OF MERIT

Recognizes an exceptional contribution in horticulture, conservation, civic achievement, or leadership within the area of the recipient's club

2016 Alice St. Claire-Long
2007 Adra Fairman

1996 Janet Haring

GCA NATIONAL PUBLIC RELATIONS AWARD

2006 Stony Brook Garden Club

GCA CLUB HORTICULTURE AWARD

2014 Lockie Proctor

GCA CLUB FLORAL DESIGN ACHIEVEMENT AWARD


2016 Anastaszja Panek-Tobin

2013 Suky Bracken

GCA HORTICULTURAL ACHIEVEMENT CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE WITHIN A CLUB


2003 Anne Gates

1996 Katie Heins

GCA CLUB PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

2014 Leslie Kuenne

GCA CLUB APPRECIATION AWARD

2017 B.J. Booth 2012 Sharon Altmeyer 2011 Daphne Townsend 2010 Nancy Henkel 2006 Wendy Hopper 2004 Audrey Gates 2003 Elly Petronio 1994 Margaret C. Wallace

GCA CLUB CONSERVATION AWARD


2013 Katie Kinsolving

2009 Susan Finlay




Zone IV Awards


ZONE IV GAVEL AWARD

This award is presented to the club with the highest number of points earned from all competitive classes in a GCA Flower Show at a Zone IV Meeting.


2016 Stony Brook Garden Club

2004 Stony Brook Garden Club

ZONE IV HORTICULTURE AWARD

2016 Anne Gates

2006 Katie Heins

1982 Adra Fairman

ZONE IV HISTORIC PRESERVATION AWARD

2007 Sheila Stuart

ZONE IV CREATIVE LEADERSHIP AWARD


2016 Katie Heins

2006 Susan Levy

ZONE IV CONSERVATION AWARD


2016 Katy Kinsolving

2012 Meg Gorrie

1998 Janet Haring

CORLISS KNAPP ENGLE HORTICULTURE SWEEPSTAKES AWARD

This award may be presented to the club with the highest number of points earned from all competitive horticulture classes in a GCA Flower Show.

2016 Stony Brook Garden Club
2008 Stony Brook Garden Club
2004 Stony Brook Garden Club

ZONE IV BARBARA SPALDING CRAMWE FLOWER ARRANGING AWARD

1992 Angeline F. Austin

ZONE IV CLARISSA WILLEMSON HORTICULTURE PROPAGATION AWARD

2004 Angeline Austin

MARION THOMPSON FULLER BROWN CONSERVATION AWARD

This award may be presented for an outstanding conservation exhibit at a GCA Small Flower Show. The award recognizes an exhibit of exceptional educational and visual merit which increases the public's knowledge and awareness of our environment.


2016 Stony Brook Garden Club

2004 Lila Cruikshank

ANN LYNN CRAMMOND AWARD

This award may be presented at a GCA or Small Flower Show to an outstanding educational exhibit which best educates the public about gardens. Any educational exhibit which increases the appreciation of any aspect of plants, gardens or landscape design may be considered for this award.

2004 Meredith Peterson

DOROTHY VIETOR MUNGER AWARD

2004 Barby Delafield

HARRIET DEWAELE PUCKETT CREATIVITY AWARD

2005 Barby Delafield




SBGC Club Awards


SILVER TROWEL AWARD

Given to the club member who over time, shows an enthusiastic spirit and consistent willingness to participate in club projects and activities; need not be awarded annually.

2004 Margie Gibson
2005 Sharon Altmeyer
2007 Nancy Robins
2008 Leslie Kuenne
2009 Liz Murray, Sue Plambeck
2010 Gail Denise, Andrea Meyercord
2013 Molly Schneider
2015 Alison Beers
2017 Sarah Shannon

CATHERINE BEATTIE MEDAL

2000 Angeline F. Austin

MENTOR AWARD

The award is given to the club member who demonstrates exceptional mentoring skills; need not be awarded annually.


2000 Audrey Pfeilsticker
2007 Daphne Townsend
2009 Anne Gates
2014 Janet Haring

BOTANICAL ARTS AWARD

2017 Liz Bell

NOVICE BOTANICAL ARTS AWARD

Given to club members who, as a novice arranger, accumulates the most post points in all Botanical Arts classes during the Club year.

2017 Gail Denise

2016 Sue Plambeck

GREEN GODDESS AWARD

The award is given to a club member who has demonstrated leadership, creativity and persistence in an effort to protect the environment.

2017 Carrie Dyckman

2008 Susan Finlay and Lori Citrone

NOVICE ARRANGER AWARD

Given to the club member who as a novice arranger accumulates the most points in all arrangement classes during the Club year.

2017 Judy Sarvary

2016 Karen Laub

2015 Susan D'Amour

2014 Melissa Bernardi

2013 Anastazja Panek-Tobin

2012 Joyce Johnson

2011 Sarah Shannon

2010 Ruth Smet

2009 Carolyn Healey

2008 Debra Costa

2007 Gail Denise

2006 Sue Plambeck

2005 Toby Goodyear

2004 Merrill Long

2003 Liz Murray

2002 Lori Citrone

2001 Tracey Gates

2000 Meg Gorrie

1999 Joyce Lathbury and Katherine Toland

1998 Anne Gates

1997 Anne Gates

1996 Jennifer Aldrich

1995 Betsy Wislar

ADRA FAIRMAN DAFFODIL AWARD

Given to the club member who achieves the most points for exhibiting daffodils at club and out-of-club shows.

2017 Anastazja Panek-Tobin

2016 Lockie Proctor

2015 Anne Gates

2014 Anne Gates

2013 Anne Gates

2012 Anne Gates

2011 Lockie Proctor

2010 Lockie Proctor

2009 Lockie Proctor

2008 Lockie Proctor

2007 Anne Gates

2006 Adra Fairman

2005 Anne Gates

2004 Lockie Proctor

2003 Lockie Proctor

2002 Lockie Proctor

2001 Lockie Proctor

2000 Lockie Proctor

1999 Sheila Stuart

1998 Lockie Proctor

1997 Lockie Proctor

1996 Lockie Proctor

1994 Adra Fairman

EMILY COWENHOVEN STUART AWARD

For significant contributions to the growth and vitality of Stony Brook Garden Club; need not be awarded annually.

2015 B.J. Booth

2010 Susan Levy

2005 Sheila Stuart

2004 Daphne Townsend

1994 Lucy Belding

1993 Zoe Bylin

1990 Lynn C. Dawes

SWEEPSTAKES PLATE

Donated by Charlotte Schluter and Jerry Brown. This award is given to the club member who achieves the most points for horticulture, photography, and flower arranging exhibits during the Club year. She must have entered in all three categories.

2017 Janet Haring

2016 Anastazja Panek-Tobin

2015 Anastazja Panek-Tobin

2014 Anastazja Panek-Tobin

2013 Lisa Marttila

2012 Lisa Marttila

2011 Leslie Keunne

2010 Katherine Toland

2009 Daphne Townsend

2008 Katherine Toland

2007 Anne Gates

2006 Katherine Toland

2005 Betsy Wislar

2004 Katherine Toland

2003 Katherine Toland

2002 Angeline F. Austin

2001 Angeline F. Austin

2000 Sheila Stuart

1999 Angeline F. Austin

1998 Sheila Stuart

1997 Angeline F. Austin

1996 Katie Heins

1995 Angeline F. Austin

1994 Elly Petronio

1993 Katie Heins

1992 Angeline F. Austin

1991 Katie Heins

1990 Angeline F. Austin

1989 Angeline F. Austin

1988 Janet Haring

1987 Janice Pell

1986 Janet Haring

1985 Adra Fairman

1984 Adra Fairman

1983 Angeline F. Austin

1982 Angeline F. Austin

1981 Alison Flemer

1980 Angeline F. Austin

1979 Josie Hall

1978 Josie Hall

1977 Barbara Delafield

1976 Josie Hall

1975 Suzanne Dyckman

1974 Suzanne Dyckman

1973 Jerry Brown

1972 Jane Howe

1971 Jane Howe

1970 Adra Fairman

1969 Adra Fairman

1968 Alice Carter

1967 Marion Leon

1966 Jane Wilmerding

1965 Jane Wilmerding

1964 Jane Wilmerding

1963 Jane Wilmerding

1962 Marion Leon

1961 Marion Leon

1960 Virginia C. Williams

1959 Emily Stuart

1958 Elizabeth Yeatman

1957 Barbara Emeny

1956 Marion Leon

1955 Ethel R. Young

1954 Caroline Wright

1953 Mary Jane Paynter

1952 Helen Griffin

1951 Mary Jane Paynter

1950 Helen Griffin

1949 Dorothy Fleming

1948 Dorothy Fleming

1947 Susan Steele

1946 Susan Steele

1945 Susan Steele

GCA FLOWER ARRANGING CERTIFICATE OF EXCELLENCE WITHIN A CLUB

2011 Janet Haring

2005 Lori Citrone

2004 Liz Murray

2003 Katherine Toland

1994 Barby Delafield

HORTICULTURE AWARD

2013 Alice St. Claire-Long

2012 Alice St. Claire-Long

2011 Lockie Proctor

2010 Lockie Proctor

2009 Anne Gates

2008 Janet Haring

2007 Anne Gates

2006 Katherine Toland

2005 Anne Gates

2004 Betsy Wislar

2003 Betsy Wislar

2002 Angeline F. Austin

FLOWER ARRANGING AWARD

2013 Suky Bracken

2012 Joyce Johnson

2011 Janet Haring

2010 Laura Hanson

2009 Sue Plambeck

2008 Daphne Townsend

2007 Liz Murray

2006 Sue Plambeck

2005 Liz Murray

2004 Liz Murray

2003 Liz Murray

2002 Katherine Toland

PHOTOGRAPHY AWARD

2017 Lisa Granozio

2016 Anastazja Panek-Tobin

2015 Leslie Kuenne

2014 Leslie Kuenne

2013 Leslie Keunne

2012 Leslie Keunne

2011 Leslie Keunne

2010 Leslie Kuenne

2009 Leslie Kuenne

2008 Liz Murray

2007 Elizabeth Lugar

2006 Elizabeth Lugar