Youth Committee Chair 2022-2023:  Jeannette Michelson

Youth Garden Club

The Youth Garden Club meets monthly from October through May with children from the community at the Ocean County Library in Surf City. Children in grades three to six are welcome to attend. Garden Club members instruct the children in gardening techniques, flower arranging  and environmental topics that are especially relevant to coastal areas. The activities vary by season and holidays but fun is always included!

“June in January” 2023

Graphic Design Tracey Cameron/ Photos  Jeannette Michelson

It was  “June in January” when the Garden Club of LBI’s Youth Garden group of 3-6 graders  met on Wednesday January 18 at the Ocean County library in Surf City. The theme of the design was a springtime  in January to banish the winter “blahs”.   The young designers , lead by Jeannette Michelson and  co-chairs Ginny Scarlatelli and Margo Bartiromo and Garden Club member Paula Cofone ,were presented with a “recipe” to make  a floral arrangement.  First came the greens to provide a foundation and background for the flowers. The greens for this project were local from the Garden Club’s Edith Duff Gwinn Garden in Barnegat Light and included euonymus, juniper and heather. Next came the supporting cast of smaller flowers that filled in spaces between the greens. Miniature white and dark pink carnations and baby’s breath filled this role. Finally the “star” flower, in this case a large light pink carnation, took its place as the  focal point of the arrangement. Wooden decorated snowflakes were then added to curly willow branches as a reminder of winter. The finished arrangements  were all beautiful and  unique.

We asked the children what would they tell their friends about the Youth Garden Club. Cosette Balog of Stafford  said,” I like the garden club because there are lots of fun things to do. The “teachers” are really nice and I never have to worry if I make a mistake. I like how there is a game (flower bingo) at the end of the club too.” Charlotte Esarey age  9 from LBI, liked coming the the Youth Garden club,” because you can make beautiful flowers for the season.”  Leo Grippaldi of LBI  noted,” I like the workshop because we get to make fun arrangements and play FLOWER BINGO!” 

The next meeting of the Youth Garden Club will be on Wednesday February 15, 2023  3:30pm  at the  Surf City Library.


Welcome Winter December 2022

Graphic Design Tracey Cameron/ Photos Jeannette Michelson

On Wednesday December 21, 2022 the Youth Garden Club of the Garden Club of LBI met at the Ocean County Library to “Welcome Winter” by creating a seasonal arrangement.   A silvery container  adorned with local greenery and topped off with beautiful winter red roses and white pom poms. The young floral designers  were lead by chair Jeannette Michelson and co-chairs Margo Bartiromo and Ginny Scarlatelli , along with Garden Club members Paula Cofone and Lori DiGiacomo. This year winter arrived at 4:47 pm  just as the children were leaving with their designs that will grace their homes for the holidays. The next meeting of the Youth Garden Club will be on Wednesday January 18, 2023. Click on photos to enlarge.