SUMMIT, NJ - In the denouement of the Summit Garden Club's Centennial Year, two showcases in the Summit Free Public Library are highlighting the Club, which celebrated its 100th Anniversary in 2016.

Club members Cheryl Bartlett, Vivien Hardy, Ellen Hochberger, Marite Robinson and Sally Solmssen assembled the displayed historic information, with Annette Beshar assisting with the lettering. One case depicts the history of the Club while the other depicts some of the many organizations the Club has helped throughout its century of existence.

Included in the exhibit are the original minutes from April 6, 1916 -- the very first Summit Garden Club meeting -- held in founder Mrs. Carroll P. Bassett's home, now the Beacon Hill Club in Summit.

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Mary Jewett, Carolyn McKibbin and Claudia Bell have prepared live arrangements to sit on top of the cases.  

Annual Conservation Meeting February 23

The Summit Garden’s Yearly Conservation Meeting will be held February 23, beginning at 7:30 pm, at the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad headquarters, located 1000 Summit Avenue.

The Summit Garden Club is one of 200 clubs in the U.S. that belongs to the Garden Club of America. In keeping with Garden Club of America’s Conservation theme for this year, “Step up to Climate Change”,  the Club”s Conservation Meeting features a related theme -- “Safeguarding Summit’s Environment” -- and is being organized and planned by members Marite Robinson and Joan White.

Attendees will learn about the initiatives and goals planned for Summit from local authorities and conservators, including Mayor Nora Radest, Environmental Committee Chairperson Beth Lovejoy, and Summit High School AP environmental science students. The meeting is open to the public, and refreshments will be served.

The Summit Garden Club meets eight times a year -- from September to June -- with a mission to stimulate knowledge and love of gardening among its members and the community. It promotes an active interest in all branches of horticulture, in the conservation of native plants, wildlife and photography. Members learn through lectures and hands-on civic projects such as maintaining the herb garden at the Reeves-Reed Arboretum, making tiny tray arrangements for the Meals on Wheels program, and enhancing landscapes at schools, parks and city buildings.