PROGRAMS
Theme: “Embracing Our Environment”
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at the 
East Side Congregational, U.C.C., 284 Robinson St., Binghamton NY (607) 722-1017. Note: Please use the driveway entrance between the church and parsonage. Also at this entrance is an automatic stair chair and handicap ramp. Please park on Robinson St. Doing our part to be environmentally conscious, please bring, if you are able, your own mug for coffee or tea to all meetings.

Binghamton Garden Club programs include learning the latest techniques in gardening, the versatility on growing herbs, Camellia’s and wildflowers. Learn more about the disappearance of our pollinators, all you every wanted to know about dragonflies and damselflies. The importance of how climate change is affecting our state, and what impact a gas pipe line would have on our environment. To top it off, discover how “Silvia’s Kids”, our college graduates, are protecting the environment in America and feeding the hungry in Africa.

April 7 -  Thursday-Spring LuncheonTime: 10:30 am Board Meeting -  12 noon Luncheon and Program  
Place: The P.S. Restaurant, 100 Rano Blvd., Vestal, NY (607) 770-0056
Speaker: Sandra Cardone is an amateur gardener, and Camellia enthusiast. Topic: “Camellias: Flowers in Winter”  
Reports: Yearbooks, Audit, World Gardening, Arbor Day 

May 5 Thursday - Time: 10:30 am Board Meeting - 1:00 pm General Meeting  
Speaker: Mary Ann Cuff - Topic: Becoming a Wildflower Enthusiast
  Mary Ann will discuss her love of wildflowers, and through the use of digital slides, she will show how she encourages others to become wildflower enthusiasts.
Reports: Civic Beautification, Drupa Scholarship


June 2 Thursday - Time: 10:30 am Board Meeting - 1:00 pm General Meeting
Topic:“A Drupa Scholarship Winners Meet & Greet”
  Join us as we welcome “Silvia’s Kids”, our Drupa Scholarship winners past and present, and hear what exciting work they are involved in.
Reports: Healing Gardens, Garden Therapy, Binghamton Zoo,

July 7 Thursday - Location: Otsiningo Park - Time: 12:00 pm
Topic: Come and enjoy the camaraderie of your fellow garden clubbers at our annual picnic. Binghamton Garden Club member, Carl Letson, will offer a brief talk on the proposed Constitution natural gas line installation, and its impact on the local environment. The Constitution has become a major battle for environmental groups that oppose natural gas infrastructure, and who see the project as a way to increase New York’s dependence on fossil fuels at a time when more renewable energy sources are being encouraged. 
   Please bring a dish to pass and your own table service. Drinks provided.
Reports: Civic Beautification, Seasonal Creations

Aug. 4 Thursday - Summer Luncheon -Time: 10:30 a.m. Board Meeting - 12:00 noon Luncheon
Place: Afton River Club 1 Maple St., Afton, NY (607) 639-3060 - Speaker: Ed Kuhlman President of Tioga Gardens, Inc.   Topic: “Disappearing Pollinators”
  Through the use of digital slides, Ed will talk about the quickly disappearing pollinators in our gardens.  
Reports: New York State Fair, Finch Hollow 

Sept. 1 Thursday - Time: 10:30 am Board Meeting - 1:00 pm General Meeting  
Speaker: Elaine Gregory; Master Gardener, and Cutler Botanic Herb Garden leader. Topic: “The Versatile Herb Garden”
  Elaine will talk and demonstrate the versatility of the herbs we can grow in our gardens or in containers. She makes many of her own herbal products.
Reports: Nature Conservancy, Waterman Center  


Oct. 6 Thursday - Time: 10:30 am Board Meeting - 1:00 pm General Meeting
Speaker: Thomas (Nick) Donnelly. A retired SUNY Professor of Geology, with extensive travel in Central & S. America  
Topic: “Dragonflies & Damselflies – Lighting up Fresh Waters”. Talk with Power Point presentation.
Reports: Nominating, Budget

Nov. 3 Thursday - Time: 10:30am Board Meeting - 1:00pm General Meeting
Speaker: Anthony (Tony) Antes, Master Gardener - Topic  “Climate Change in New York State” Tony will present an update on his presentation in 2014. What is
  happening to our climate? What, or who, is causing it? What can we or have we done about it? What will a garden look like in 2050? These questions and more
will be addressed in this thoroughly researched presentation.
Reports: Presentation of the Slate of Officers, Budget Roberson Tree Decorating  

Dec. 1 Thursday – Holiday Luncheon - Time: 10:30am Board Meeting (Upper Atrium) - 12:00 noon Luncheon and Program - Place: Holiday Inn Binghamton, 2-8 Hawley St., Binghamton, NY (607) 722-1212
 NOTE: 
Program: Installation of 2017 Officers
For the 2016 - 2018 Year, the  Study Chairs are:
HORTICULTURE STUDY Chair, Elaine Gregory 775-0952
NATURE STUDY Chair - Frank Kirk - 
SEASONAL CREATIONS Co-Chairs - Rosalie Spencer - 729-2329 & Dianna Dudar - 722-8375
Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at the East Side Congregational, U.C.C., 284 Robinson St., Binghamton NY (607) 722-1017. Note: Please use the driveway entrance between the church and parsonage. Also at this entrance is an automatic stair chair and handicap ramp. Please park on Robinson St. Doing our part to be environmentally conscious, please bring, if you are able, your own mug for coffee or tea to all meetings.

Sue Garing, a member of our Binghamton Garden Club, selling her honey at the Broome County Farmers Market.
​2019 - PROGRAMS

Monthly Programs Theme: “Celebrating 90 Years” 

SEASONAL CREATIONS STUDY GROUP
 Joanne Arnold - Chair 607-723-2799  

NATURE STUDY GROUP
Linda Vick 607-766-1122 and Nancy Oakley 607-648-5579 Co-Chairs  

HORTICULTURE STUDY GROUP
Tony Antes, Chair 607-775-3831

NOTE: Unless otherwise noted, all meetings will be held at the 
East Side Congregational, U.C.C., 284 Robinson St., Binghamton NY 607-722-1017.  

NOTE: For details of all Programs, Seasonal Creations, Nature Study, and Horticulture, please see your 2019 BGC Yearbook.

NOTE: For all trips, please call the chair if you plan to drive directly to a scheduled place rather than meeting at the designated parking lot.

Jun. 20 THU 11 AM HORTICULTURE Weed Identification and Management
In a departure from our usual format, we will have our lunch first. 
Lunch at Thai-Thai Cuisine 584 Upper Court St, Binghamton, NY. After lunch, we will go to the East Side Congregational Church, 284 Robinson St, Binghamton, NY where, at 1:00PM, Linda Svboda, Staff Member at Cutler Gardens, will present “Weed Identification and Management”.  

Jun. 26 WED 9:45AM HORTICULTURE Hilton Road Ground Cover Flora   
Meet in the Olum’s parking lot to carpool to Waterman Conservation Education Center 403 Hilton Rd, Apalachin, NY for a presentation on “Hilton Road Ground Cover Flora” from Christopher Audette, Executive Director of WCEC. Followed by a brief nature walk on their boardwalk. Those not wishing to take the walk can browse the many displays at the center. We will depart at 11:45AM for lunch at Chat-A-Whyle.

Jul. 10 WED 10 AM SEASONAL Floral Tea Towel
Cost $2.00 A tie dye technique that will blossom before your eyes! Held at the church.

Jul. 19 FRI 10 AM NATURE Butterfly Puddling Stations
A Visit to the Vick Wildlife Residence 323 Port Rd. Binghamton, NY
Join us at the Vick residence to learn why butterflies need Puddling Stations. Each person will be able to make a Butterfly Puddling Station to take home. We will observe a variety of butterflies and summer birds. All materials will be provided, $3.00 per person. Bring a bag lunch. Beverages will be provided. Bring rubber gloves.

Aug. 7 WED 10 AM SEASONAL Holiday Tree Decorations
Bring glue gun with hot glue sticks. Held at the church.

Aug. 8 THU 12 NOON – Annual Summer Picnic   
Place: Otsiningo Park – North Picnic Shelter Relax and enjoy the company of your fellow Garden Club members. Please bring your favorite dish to pass, and your own table 
service. Beverages will be provided. Reports: New York State Fair, Finch Hollow

Aug. 15 THU 10:30 AM HORTICULTURE Japanese Maples
Master Gardner and BGC Member Tony Antes will present “Japanese Maples”. We will discuss their care, selection of cultivars, and starting them from seed. Afterwards, we will carpool to Citrea Restaurant, 7 Court St # 3, Binghamton, NY.

Sep. 5 THU 10:30 AM Board Meeting, 1:00 pm General Meeting
Event: Third Annual Tea Party Our tea party will have all the trappings of an old Victorian tea party. Strengthen your pinkie finger, bring your best tea cup, and mingle with the ladies, and gentlemen of the Binghamton Garden Club. Tea, scones, watercress sandwiches, and many surprises. Join us for an enjoyable afternoon. Reports: Nature Conservancy, Waterman Center 

Sep. 11 WED 10 AM SEASONAL Decorative Dried Gourds
Cost $4.00 NOTE: Register with Joanne, there is a size limit. Held at the church. Lunch at House of Reardon.

Sep. 19 THU 10:30AM HORTICULTURE Putting the Garden to Bed for the Winter
Master Gardener and BGC member, Tony Antes, will do a presentation on “Putting the Garden to Bed for Winter”. Following the presentation, we will carpool to Park Diner, 119 Conklin Ave, Binghamton.

Oct. 3 THU 10:30 am Board Meeting 1:00 pm General Meeting
Speaker: Ken Havenstein owner of the Renaissance Floral Gallery, will present“Floral Design” Ken will demonstrate three designs: Colonial Style Green Arrangement, Contemporary High Style Parallel Construction Design, and a Japanese project. Dr. Havenstein will allow us to raffle off the finished Projects. 

Oct. 9 WED 10 AM SEASONAL Holiday Tree Decorations. (part 2) 
Finish up the decorations we started in August. Bring glue gun with hot glue sticks Held at the church.  

Oct. 25 FRI 10 AM NATURE Wreaths for the Birds 
Participants will be provided with grapevine wreaths, and a variety of foods for birds to eat. After making the wreath, there will be a discussion on types of food to provide for birds. Bring some wire, clippers, and rubber gloves. Cost $3.00 per person.

Nov. 6 WED 10 AM SEASONAL Decorate the Christmas Tree 
At the Roberson Museum. Meet at Roberson. 

Nov. 7 Thursday 10:30 am Board Meeting, 1:00 pm General Meeting. Donna Lupardo -Representative of the 123rd District of New York, will discuss “Growing Hemp” Donna has been an 
  advocate of Hemp growing in our area. 
Reports: Presentation of the Slate of Officers, Budget, Roberson Tree Decorating  

Dec. 4 WED 10 AM SEASONAL Boutonniere/Corsage
We are celebrating our 90th anniversary and getting in the holiday spirit by creating wearable sprigs for our luncheon. Held at the church. Bring scissors & floral tape

Dec. 5 THU 10:30 am Board Meeting, 12:00 noon Luncheon and Program – Holiday Luncheon
Place: Traditions in the Glen, 4101 Watson Blvd, Johnson City, NY (reservation form on pg. 51)
Program Installation of 2020 Officers. “Duo Meridian” Robert Seiger (banjo) and Cricket Tombs (violin) will offer a blend of classical and folk style holiday melodies as we dine.  
With any luck, we will see these as beautiful Monarch Butterflies in 2019!