Free Lecture: Bring Your Garden Indoors This Fall

Riley (right) helps her students put the finishing touches on their fresh floral arrangements at a community school event. Credits:

MADISON, NJ – The last of summer’s flowers are beginning to lose their color, and frost warnings are in the not-too-distant future, but winter isn’t here just yet.

If you’re feeling a few twinges of the “change of seasons” gardening blues, don’t miss The Thursday Morning Club presentation by Beth Riley, owner of The Potted Garden, a Madison-based garden design business.

This free lecture is sponsored by the Thursday Morning Club and will be held on Thursday, Oct. 5 at 6:30 p.m. inside the Madison Community House at 25 Cook Ave.

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Riley will use her experience as a landscape designer and educator to demonstrate how to use the best of your gardens and greens inside as fall decorations. She will choose a variety of typical flowers and greens and arrange them in five different ways. Each arrangement will be raffled off upon completion to audience members.

A retired marketing executive, Riley partnered her business acumen with a love of horticulture to create a thriving local business in the Rose City, said Thursday Morning Club Chair Eileen Ryan. Colorful containers and creative combinations of flowers and plants are her trademarks, according to Ryan.

Riley has strong connections to the Madison area, frequently offers local workshops and donates time to local gardens at the Presbyterian Church of Madison, Drew University’s Mead Hall, Madison Library, and the Museum of Early Trades and Crafts.

The Thursday Morning Club owns, operates and maintains the Madison Community House, since its establishment in 1924. It provides programs and projects that focus on major issues of our time: supporting women’s health, preserving natural resources, promoting literacy and equality and encouraging volunteer service. The club is a member of the General Federation of Women’s Clubs and the New Jersey State Federation of Women’s Clubs.

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