The Greater Woodbury Garden Club

The Greater Woodbury Garden Club

Location: Contact President, Coley Lyons for location of each month’s meeting- the Club moves between two churches depending on the size and topic of meeting.

Dates: Held on the 3rd Tuesday of month from 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM

  • No meeting in January
  • June meeting held in member’s garden (covered dish)
  • Holiday party at December meeting
  • Refreshments served
  • Prospective Members Welcome as Guests

Contact Information
Coley Lyons, President:  856-384-1621   e-mail:

Vice President:          Barbara Haase
Secretary:                    Lenore Adams
Treasurer:                   Joyce Connelly

Projects and Events

Garden Tour and Tea –   The 15th Annual Garden Tour and Tea ” How Does Your Garden Grow” will be held on Saturday, May 31, 2014.  See flyer for more details.

Bi-Annual Christmas House Tour – The Club will hold its  semi Annual House Tour on Saturday, December 13.  The 2014 Theme will be be  “The Holly and The Ivy”.  Back by popular demand a Ginger Bread house contest will be held at the rectory of Christ Episcopal Church, 62 Delaware Street, Woodbury.  Contact President, Coley Lyons for ticket information.

Garden Club Youth Group
“The Best Buds” our youth group meets on the third Wednesday of the month at 6:30 pm, at Central Baptist Church on Centre & Jackson Sts. The group is open to children 5 years of age and up. The Best Buds learn about ecology, nature, the environment, and hands-on gardening. In the past they have enjoyed creating topiaries, and making birdhouses. They have entered the garden club’s flower shows and also the Gingerbread House competition for the club’s annual Christmas House Tour.  For information call Roxanne Long at 856-848-4693.


  • Community Garden Maintenance-Hendrickson (Evergreen & Cooper)
  • Members Exhibit Cut Flowers from their Gardens at May and September Meetings which are Judged by Nationally Accredited Judge
  • Scholarships awarded to students from five (5) area High Schools – Deptford, Gateway, Paulsboro, West Deptford and Woodbury. For information, contact Barbara Haase at 856-251-9028.
  • Garden Visits (e.g., Hortulus Farm, White Flower Farm)
  • May Day Flower Baskets
  • Geranium Presentation at Memorial Day Parade to Individuals with Family in Active Military Service
  • June Plant Exchange

Membership Information

  • Over 50 members; ages from 20s to 70s; male and female
  • Woodbury and neighboring towns
  • New members welcome as guests for a meeting
  • Membership Dues: $20 payable each November; dues are pro-rated

2014 Programs
7:00 PM at Christ Episcopal Church, 62 Delaware Street, Woodbury, unless otherwise noted – Guests are welcome to attend one meeting as a non-member.
Contact: Coley Lyons, President:  856-384-1621   e-mail:

  • January   No Program
  • February  18th – Discussing the year ahead-  Christ Episcopal Church
  • March  18th – Organic Gardening- How to prepare your Garden – Christ Episcopal Church – Alex Gassner
  • April 8th – SPECIAL EVENT- Gloucester County Horticultural Symposium – All Day Meeting- “Bringing Nature Home” Doug Tallamy- Cooperative Extension of Gloucester County, 1200 North Delsea Drive, Bldg  A- Clayton, NJ – Ticket information 856-307-6450
  • April 15th – Aromatherapy –  A gift from the garden-  Central Baptist Church – Liz Jordan
  • May 7th – Speaker TBA; topics to be discussed – membership and Tea & Tour planning.
  • May 31st – Annual Club Tour & Tea – Contact President, Coley Lyons 856-384-1621 for information
  • June 17th – Annual Club Picnic & Plant Exchange – Marge & Ken Underwoods, 400 Westwood Drive, Woodbury – Members only
  • July 15th – The Care & Maintenance of Bonsai – Central Baptist Church – Tom Dismore, President,  South Jersey Bonsai Society
  • August 19th – Gardens of Gloucester County – Central Baptist Church – Denise Hay
  • September 16th – A Holiday Craft- Fall Flower Arrangement – Central Baptist Church - Diane Suiter
  • October 21st – Bulb Forcing:  How to and Why – Christ  Episcopal Church – Art Wolk 
  • November 18th – How to Create a Christmas Wreath – Central Baptist Church – Don Sanderson, Sanderson & Sons Florist
  • December 13th, 2014 – Bi-Annual Christmas House Tour – Contact President, Coley Lyons 856-384-1621 for information
  • December 16th, 2014 – GWGC Christmas Party – Central Baptist Church – Members only

About the Club
The Greater Woodbury Garden Club was founded in March 2000 by Shirley Robinson with 12 Master Gardeners and friends. The club now has over 60 members who meet monthly to enjoy a variety of lectures and hands-on projects, and to organize its many activities scheduled throughout the year. Its members come from a variety of backgrounds and interests, but share the love of plants and gardening. The Garden Club helps the city maintain Hendrickson  Park at Cooper St. and Evergreen Ave.  In addition, the club sponsors the Garden Tour and Tea every June, a Standard Flower Show and The Holiday House Tour every other December. Also, trips to garden-related destinations are planned during the year. Finally, the proceeds from our Garden Tour and Tea and Holiday House Tour provide the funds for scholarships to area high school graduates and supports our many community projects. In May 2001, the club affiliated with the Garden Club in NJ (GCNJ), an affiliate of National Garden Clubs, Inc. The club received a GCNJ award for its continued efforts in maintaining the baskets in downtown Woodbury through the purchase of a golf cart with a water tank, pump, and sprayer. The group also received an award for the club with the fastest growing membership. Each year the club’s flower show, judged by nationally accredited judges, has received numerous state and national awards. In 2001 and 2002, the club decorated a Fairmount Park house for the Philadelphia Yuletide tour and in 2003 , 2004 and 2009 the club decorated Drumthwacket, the New Jersey Governor’s Mansion for the Christmas Holidays. In 2003 and 2009 the club won first place for their design and decorations. Judging was done by accredited judges from the Garden Club of New Jersey, affiliated with National Garden Clubs, Inc. In 2005 and 2007, the club also decorated the Olde Stone House Village in Washington Township for Christmas.

The club has received over 25 State and National awards as well as winning first place for their interpretation of “Scandinavia” while decorating Drumthwacket, the New Jersey Governor’s Mansion for Christmas, and also The Suburban Greening Award, from the Pennsylvania Horticultural Society, for the hanging baskets on Broad St.

Affiliations and Favorite Links

Affiliated with National Garden Clubs, Inc. and The Garden Club of NJ, Inc.

Certification for Flower Show Judges, Landscape Design Consultants, Gardening Study, and Environmental Studies

Last revision: 11/13/14