Garden Club of Mountain Lakes
P.O. Box 341
Mountain Lakes, NJ 07046
Clubs Key Objectives:
Personal Growth and Friendship
Members are encouraged to pursue their gardening passions and to share their knowledge, questions and challenges through our meetings
Work in the community and on special projects, allowing members to enjoy a special camaraderie
Develop our mutual gardening interest which spans multiple generations and perspectives
Club Meetings are held at the Mountain Lakes Public Library, 9 Elm Road, Mountain Lakes in the downstairs Community Room.
Meetings are held on the forth Wednesday of the Month from September to May. Meetings are held at 9am or 7:00pm.
Each meeting features a speaker or activity
An opportunity for members to share a floral design and/or a horticulture specimen.
Non-members are welcome at Club Meetings held on the fourth Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted. Please email us at: for date, time and agenda.
New members are welcome to join anytime of the year. The club is open to all residents of Mountain Lakes and the surrounding community who are actively interested in Gardening, Floral Design, Horticulture, Conservation and/or the comraderie of a club which embraces members from multiple generations and perspectives. The Garden Club of Mountain Lakes is a "working club" which expects every member to take on an active role.
Dues for active and provisional members is $50.00 per year. Active members enjoy discounts with selected local suppliers and garden centers.
Individuals who wish to join The Garden Club of Mountain Lakes will be accepted initially as provisional members. Provisional members will have an opportunity to explore all of the programs and activities available to members by fulfilling the requirements below:
Attending a Meeting
Assist in a Junior Nature Club project
Help with a Monthly Meeting Hospitality
Volunteer at the Spring Plant Sale in May
Help at one of the Community Gardens
Participate in a Floral Design Workshop
Expectation of Membership
All members are encouraged to attend monthly club meetings and programs.
In addition, all active members are required to serve on at least one committee and to help with one or more club projects each year. Each spring, as part of the membership renewal process, members have an opportunity to join committees and volunteer for positions. In addition, members are required to participate in the annual Plant Sale, by donating 12 plants from their gardens or a $40 donation to the club. Members are also required to participate in the set-up, sale or clean-up during the Plant sale.
The founders of the Garden Club of Mountain Lakes were all members of the Mountain Lakes Flower, Plant & Fruit Guild which was organized in 1913. The Guild’s mission was to promote the distribution of flowers, plants, jellies, fruits and vegetables among the poor and sick in their homes, in hospitals or charitable institutions, and to encourage a love for and protection of all growing things. Our club as we know it today was founded in 1936. We joined the Garden Club of New Jersey in 1937.
Our first major project was the development of a wildlife and bird sanctuary, under the direction of Thorleif Fliflet, an internationally renowned fern expert. The Thorleif Fliflit Bird Sanctuary located on Lake Drive opposite Rockaway Terrace was restored in 1993 by the Club with the help of the Shade Tree Commission and the Mountain Lakes Boy Scouts.
In the 1940’s when a new entrance to Mountain Lakes at Route 46 was opened, our Club established a “Roadside” Committee to beautify and improve the gateway. Members also assisted with State roadway surveys during this time. This was the start of our ongoing efforts to develop and maintain community gardens within town.
On September 16, 1949, we held our first flower show. We have hosted many shows since and are proud to have presented shows to celebrate the 50th, 75th (“Reflections”) and 100th (“The Past is Always Present”) anniversaries of Mountain Lakes.
The Garden Club of Mountain Lakes established the “Garden Club of Mountain Lakes Silver Trophy” in 1992. The trophy celebrates the work of long standing member, Jesse Hyson, for her efforts promoting our youth nature program and as a key organizer of the Hammond Wildflower Trail at Tourne Park . The trophy is awarded by the Garden Club of New Jersey, and recognizes the significant contribution of an individual or club to the preservation of wildflowers.
In 2014, as a tribute to long time member, Helen Connell, and her many years of floral design, encouragement and inspiration to all members, the Garden Club of Mountain Lakes created a perpetual trophy, “The Garden Club of Mountain Lakes Helen Connell Award”. This silver bowl is given to a deserving club member at each of our flower shows.
Some of our other past projects have become long standing traditions for the club:
A “Critter Tree” is displayed each holiday season in the Mountain Lakes Library, decorated with natural ornaments inspired by the Brandywine River Museum in Chadds Ford, Pennsylvania.
The Club has participated in the success of the Mountain Lakes Annual United Nations Weekend for many decades, initially preparing cookies and tea sandwiches for the visitors. Now we create centerpieces for all to enjoy.
We have adorned the New Jersey State House with dried flower arrangements and helped decorate the governor’s mansion, Drumthwacket, for the holidays.
The Club was honored to have played a role in creating and maintaining our community’s 9/11 Memorial Garden at Birchwood Lake. We also provide wreaths for our Memorial Day Ceremonies at Memorial Park on Lake Drive.