Our Projects

 

Here is a list of the current activities or projects the Chester Garden Club does for the community:

Tubs-in-Town
Planter on Main Street
Planter On Main Street

The tubs located on Main Street in Chester Borough are maintained by our club’s members who plant, fertilize, weed and water the plants regularly during the growing season. In winter, these planters are filled with the display of greenery and red ribbon bows.

Chester Area Senior Housing Garden
We plant tubs in front of the senior housing in the spring, summer, and fall. Club members take turns maintaining them.
Chester Area Senior Housing Workshop
Four times a year, the club members plan a project to make together with 10 residents of the senior housing. It can be anything starting from floral arrangements or something for their home using natural materials. Afterwards, refreshments are served.
Gazebo and Its Garden
Gazebo in Chester, NJ
Gazebo in Chester, NJ

The gazebo was built by the Chester Garden Club and given to the community. We maintain the structure and the surrounding garden. The club members weed, deadhead, and mulch the plantings around the gazebo.

Town Tree Lighting
Annually our club members coordinate festivities beginning with procurement, set up, and decorating the Christmas tree and swags in the gazebo. We organize Santa’s pre-Christmas trip to Chester on the 1st Friday of December. The high school band plays carols while we serve cookies and hot drinks to the communitywaiting for Santa to arrive on a Chester fire engine.
Fall Chester Arts and Crafts Fair
This is our major fundraising event for the Chester Garden Club. Our booth is the gazebo, where we have baked goods, nature crafts, jams, vinegars, tea sandwiches for sale. All the money raised
at the fair goes back into the community.
Rockefeller Center Garden
Rockefeller Center Garden
Rockefeller Center Garden

The Chester Garden Club design, planted and now maintains a cottage garden for this tiny historic building which was saved by the Chester Historical Society and moved to its present location on Main Street.

Arbor Day
The Garden Club plans a tree planting ceremony every year in our community. In addition to planting the trees in a municipal location, we have an Arbor Day celebration with the Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, and the governments of both Chester Borough and Chester Township participating.
Youth
Every year we sponsor a Sunflower Contest for pupils in grades K-2 at Dickerson School. The children are given seeds at the end of a school year, and, in following September, we have a contest to see which one is the prettiest, funniest, tallest, cutest, etc. The club also has a Raptor Trust Assembly for the children.
Library Exhibits
Library Exhibit
Library Exhibits

Every two months, the Chester Garden Club members create a new exhibit for the library to educate the community on horticultural and environmental issues. We have done exhibits on Chester farms, planting and maintaining a vegetable garden, canning, preserving your harvest and much more.

Chester Pride Day
The club participates in this project to clean up Chester Borough and Chester Township and improve our environment. This is a project coordinated by the Mayors coalition, a group of service
organizations and churches. After cleaning the town, the fire department hosts a cook-out.