Martha Washington Garden Club


August 2019

All are welcome to our events, you do not have to be a member to join us.

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Please help support our scholarships and community services by joining our Garden Club, or renew your membership now . Dues give you free admission to our monthly meeting lectures. Membership runs from Sept 2019 to Aug 2020 and is due at this time.
$30 membership fee. Checks must be made out to Martha Washington Garden Club and spelled out fully , no abbreviations
.Send to: Anne Edwards, 48 Essex Place, Newtown, PA 18940 
Thank you for supporting our mission of horticultural education for a healthier planet.


All are welcome to our tours and lectures, you do not have to be a member . Guest fees

range from  $5 to $10 at the door. Lectures, unless otherwise noted,  are held at the

Lower Makefield Masonic Hall, 1600 Edgewood Rd, Yardley 

General meeting begins at 12:30 PM. , speakers begin approx. 1 PM 

The presentations for  2019-2020 season  will be as follows:

Here's a sneak peak at some of our exciting lineup of speakers for the 2019-2020 season. Check out more details later at
All meeting at held at the Lower Bucks Masonic Hall, 1600 Edgewood Rd, Yardley unless otherwise stated . Meeting begins at 12:30, speaker begins at 1 PM Please Note - The Yearbook contains the wrong date for our Sept meeting- The meeting is Wednesday, Sept 25, 2019
September 25 Make and Take event -  Instruction will be given so you can create a unique fall arrangement using dried beans, seeds, and fresh flowers. The club will provide the containers, beans and seeds, Participants are asked to bring a bouquet of small flowers from their garden or flower shop, and seeds and pods if available. . Small blooms will work best. 
Guest fee is $10 for this event. 

October 23  "Spices, Pickles, and Preserves" a history of domestic gardening practices in the 18th century in Eastern PA . Guest fee $5 

November 20 - Make and Take event- Thanksgiving Tablescape . Let's get ready for the holidays and make a thanksgiving floral arrangement. Garden club will provide container and oasis. material list will made available closer to the meeting date. Please bring a trash bag, newspapers, and scissors. Guest fee $10 


Please let Karen Papastrat know via email or phone 215 630 6149 if you would like to reserve a spot.


Thursday September 26, 2019

Holland Ridge Farms

86 Rues Road

Cream Ridge, NJ80514

Carpool leaving Masonic Hall: 9:45am, Tour start time: 10:30am

Cost: approx. $15.00 Senior, $17.00 Adult     Lunch: The Roost 181 Route #536

This is Tulip/Sunflower owner guided private tour, including Dutch Interns.  Sunflowers and Field flowers will be available for purchase. Members report that the Tulips last spring were fantastic, so we have high hopes for the Sunflowers in September!

You can sign up at the monthly meetings or call/text me directly at 215-630-6149.  Karen Papastrat


Hope you can join us!  Karen Papastrat


Tuesday October 15, 2019

Hortulus Farm

60 Thompson Mill Road

Newtown PA 18940

Carpool leaving Masonic Hall 9:45am, Tour start time 10:30am

Cost: $25.00pp for garden tour only, plus $10.00 addition house/museum if desired. Optional lunch to follow at the Pineville Tavern

This is “return by popular demand” FALL trip at the request of the members who visited last spring.  It is a beautiful and historic property and right in our backyard! The fully guided tour includes a tour of the beautiful gardens. Optional for those members who wish to add a tour of the Isaiah Warner House built between 11793-1830 and attached museum for $10.


PS: We hear the Hortulus Farm will be put up for sale, so this may be the last option to visit this beautiful property!

To sign-up for tours please contact Karen Papastrat

(215-630-6149)  (

The easiest way to find out about tours is to check our Facebook Events page. 
We will be posting our Fall 2019 tours here shortly

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