Warwick Valley Gardeners

Keeping Warwick beautiful … one flower at a time

Railroad Green Garden
Chair: Cathy Garofalo
   Located at the corner of Oakland Avenue and Railroad Avenue, are the fountain planters and perennial gardens in Railroad Green Park. This was redesigned in 1992 with the help of landscape architect Ken Druse.  Our largest garden located in the center of the Village of Warwick; is the hub of events for our club and our community. Year round you can see people of all ages relaxing on the lawn or swaying to music from a summer concert.
     In 2011 we replanted an area, converting it from shade to sun due to the loss of a tree. Our plans for 2012 include a “black tie” planting to celebrate the 10th anniversary of renovation of Railroad Green Park. In front of the flag pole a memorial bench will be placed dedicated to Dorothy Anderson who gave with enthusiasm and tireless energy to our club and many other organizations.

The latest Garden Therapy photos!

Welcome to Warwick Garden, Forester Avenue
Chair: Gertrude Galligan 
  Bordering Hallowed Ground Park, located at the corner of Galloway Road and Forester Avenue; this garden was established in 1996.
  In spring, flowers and bulbs blanket the ground in front of gorgeous Kwanzan Flowering Cherry trees. The garden flows into summer with a mix of annuals and perennials. Fall mums excite in maroon and gold celebrating the school colors of Warwick and welcome all who have traveled a far “Home for the Holidays.”


Local Heroes’ Garden

Co-Chairs: Bettye Hill, Janet Hauser
      Passing the new Albert Wisner Library on McFarland Drive you will approach the back end of Veterans’ Memorial Park. On your left is one of our gardens designed and planted in 2011.  A dilapidated wishing well and a blighted area beyond, spurred our members Bettye Hill and Maryann Peters to create a garden honoring our local heroes, fireman, police and EMT personnel.
            Our gardeners pulled out poison ivy, tree roots and “weeds on steroids” throughout the year. 
This spring we are excited to plant Hyssop, Zinnia, along with other colorful deer resistant annuals. 

Pine Island Butterfly Garden/Habitat
Chair: Mary Pohlman
        In 2011 the elementary school located in Pine Island, a hamlet of the town of Warwick was closing. One of our members had such success with planting a butterfly garden in her yard that she approached the Warwick Valley Gardeners with her idea of establishing a garden in Pine Island Park that would serve to educate children in the life of the butterfly and help preserve part of their former school.
            A commitment to purchase plants and maintain the garden was quickly approved by our club. Plans were drawn up our member Cathy Garofalo. We were on our way! With the help of the town DPW, the garden was planted.
Our butterfly garden continues to grow and educate while bringing smiles to the faces of all who visit it. 

Welcome to Warwick Garden, Rt. 17A/94

Chair: Maureen Charde

Member: Meridyth Duke, Liz Holda and Karen Grey-Plaisted

      Established in 1997, this garden is located on Route 94/17A south, a well traversed entry into Warwick Village. The welcoming sign, surrounded by a tiny garden grabs your eye with its beauty. 

       Dedicated and daring members of our garden club have climbed the steep slope to plant and maintain this garden with inspired seasonal designs.

World Trade Center Memorial Garden

Co-Chairs: Mary Bollenbach & Janet Hauser
   Located on Veterans Drive, as you exit the park, this garden was designed in 2002. The tragedy that affected our nation, left families in Warwick devastated by loss. Alongside the Wawayanda Creek, this memorial garden was designed with two black granite pillars representing the towers that are surrounded by plantings. Benches 

at the base of the pillars allow for quiet remembrance. Plant selections reflect the red, white and blues of our nation's flag.


The Flagpole Garden
Co-Chairs: Linda Fay & Maryann Buckley
   In the driveway in front of the Warwick Town Hall, located at 132 Kings Highway, this circular bed of annuals and colorful grasses, is the perfect accent for this imposing building. This garden was established in 1993.

Doc Beers Garden
Chairs: Marge Smith
    Located on the island at the entrance to Veterans Park, established in 1995  is a garden planted with cultivars named after animals, birds, and bees; fitting for a remembrance to a well loved veterinarian. Bring the children. Can you identify Lambs’ ears, Cardinal flowers, or Bee balm?

Village Hall Garden
         Chair: Marcela Gross

 In 2010, Historic Village Hall underwent renovations, necessitating the removal and redesign of this garden. Small and lovely this re-planted area adds charm and color to Wheeler Avenue at the corner of Main Street.

Special Community Projects 

RAILROAD GREEN HOLIDAY DECORATION
Chair: Laurie Unick

Trees are lit with balls of light, as well as the perimeter of the park. Last year we decorated the seating area with green swags and garlands; this year we added swags to the lampposts and a live tree to the center of the stone planters. All of this was done in time for Warwick's Home for the Holidays Celebration the week before Thanksgiving. (Friday, Nov. 20th.)

DONATIONS

Library Books: As part of WVG's mission to develop an interest in gardening and horticulture, the club continues to donate books to the Warwick Valley Library system. Often, these donations include books for children, to instill an interest in gardening at an early age. 
Farm Aid: In 2011 a hurricane followed by a tropical storm devastated our town and many of the farms that our area is known for. Warwick “Farm Aid” was organized to help our local farmers through fundraisers. Warwick Valley Gardeners donated half the profits from our Barn sale.
Benches at RailRoad Green: From fundraiser proceeds we were able to order three benches to be placed in Railroad Green Park for the comfort of those visiting there. 

WARWICK IN BLOOM

The town of Warwick participated in "America in Bloom", a national program committed to fostering civic pride, environmental responsibility, and  beautification through community participation and won first prize in its population category. The Warwick Valley Gardeners continue to work with this organization to beautify the village of Warwick by participating in various fundraisers and floral projects. All members serve on this committee.


ACADEMIC SCHOLARSHIP
Chair: Frances Sinclair 

This new committee has been established to forge a relationship with Warwick Valley High School to create
an annual scholarship in the field of horticulture.

ARBOR DAY
Chair: Pat Conroy Reinhardt

Arbor Day is a nationally - celebrated observance that encourages tree planting and care. Over the years the WVG has planted many trees in celebration of this event. The last Friday of the month of April has been designated Arbor Day in New York State, and as always, the club will participate with a planting ceremony and observance.

 

GARDEN THERAPY
Chair: Mary Pohlman

  Garden Therapy is the use of live plants to heal and rehabilitate people. The WVG has a very active program at our local nursing facility, Mt. Alverno. Our club meets every few months to conduct workshops, such as simple planting and flower arranging projects.

 

YOUTH GARDENS 
Chairs: Jane Hamburger

The WVG contribute to the Junior Master Gardener program
and to a park program by a girls' high school in Newark, NJ.