Meetings 2024

Upcoming Meetings...

Monthly Meeting Location:

Jordan Lutheran Church
5103 Snowdrift Road
Orefield, PA 18069

June 10, 2024 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church

"Let's Talk Tinctures"

Demonstration and talk wil be presented by Itsy Sweeney, Founder of

New Morning Holistic Health Services. 

Tinctures are concentrated liquid herbal extracts made from plants and used as herbal medicine. 

They are taken orally (and sometimes topically) to relieve a wide range of health issues, or as a proactive way to support specific elements of your wellbeing, (as in adaptogens). 

In chemistry terms, tinctures are solutions that use alcohol, and sometimes vinegar as a solvent to bring out the beneficial compounds from the herbs to make them bio-available to the body.

Itsy will talk about and demonstrate how to make a basic tincture. 

◦ This talk will give you the confidence to create your very own medicinal tinctures for yourself, your family and your friends.

It’s easier than you can imagine!  ðŸŒ¿ðŸ©ðŸŒ±

July 8, 2024 Annual Picnic and Plant Exchange at East Texas Park

Members and guests are invited to our PGC Annual Picnic/Plant Exchange on Monday JULY 8 at 5:30 (Rain date - Tuesday JULY 9) at East Texas Park, 5637 East Texas Road (behind Post Office) (PLEAE DO NOT PARK IN POST OFFICE PARKING LOT).

Picnic is a potluck meal - spouses & children are invited. Members can bring extra plants from their yard to share or trade. Please label them & include sun or shade plant & flower color, if applicable.

Our club will be providing drinks, paper products & utensils.

Please sign-up at to bring SALAD, MAIN, or DESSERT or call Deb Pinto for any questions. We will need to know number attending.

August 12, 2024 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church

"Petal Pushers"

PowerPoint presentation by Heidi Devlin.

Heidi will explain the process of making cold pressed soap by adding flowers to make decorative bars of soap.

She is the owner of Petal Pushers Floral Company in Tamaqua where she has been making soap for 7 years. She started making it in her kitchen and transferrred it to her business about 3 years ago.

September, 9, 2024 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church

"Drowning in Plastic"

Slideshow presented by Daniel Hart

Drowning in Plastic is an overview of plastic and microplastic pollution in waterways. The program covers its history, its effects on humans and the environment, and how efforts are being made to manage the issue on various levels.

Daniel Hart is a volunteer Penn State Master Watershed Steward who enjoys the outdoors and lives in Center Valley, PA.

Recent Meetings...

May 13, 2024 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church

"Hummingbird Hangouts"

Speaker Linc Coffin presented an informative and entertaining talk about hummingbirds at the regular May meeting. Members and guests learned many facts about these beautiful little birds that many like to see hovering in their gardens.

The new slate of officers for the 2024-26 club term were installed by District II/III Director Jane Kruse. Member News

The hospitality team presented a beautiful table of refreshments. Thank you to Christine, Maria, Joan and Cedella!

April 8, 2024 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church

"Chair Yoga for Gardeners"

Yoga Instructor Prabha Sinha conducted a chair yoga workshop for members at the regular monthly meeting in April. Participants were guided into gentle yoga positions designed for the strength and flexibility that are needed for working in the garden.  Poses included side bends, twists, leg raises and standing balance poses using the chair for support. In addition to the physical practice, members were coached on deep breathing, mindfulness and finding gratitude.

Prabha Sinha completed her 200 hour yoga teacher training and has been an instructor for 5 years at West End Yoga Center in Allentown. She is the founder of Mindful Child Initiative - - whose goal is to provide high-quality mindfulness programs promoting the mental and emotional health of children, and the adults who support them, across the Lehigh Valley.  Prabha founded the Pratyush Sinha Foundation over 10 years ago in memory of her son, Pratyush, who's name means 'ray of light'. 

The evening's beautiful hospitality table was presented by Mary Stanley, Nancy Smith, Nikki Gutgold and Patti Molitoris. Thank you!

March 11, 2024 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church

"The Language of Flowers"

Garden Club Members were treated to a lecture and demonstration about the hidden meaning of flowers presented by Leesa Wimmer and Lisa Walton at the March meeting.

During the reign of Queen Victoria, the art of floriography flourished. Victorians used flowers and flower arrangements to send coded messages. The presenters spoke on a brief history of floriography and demonstrated how to create floral arrangements and small bouquets called tussie mussies. These were awared to the lucky raffle winners at the meeting.

Leesa Wimmer is a graduate of Longwood Gardens Certificate Program in Floral Design. Lisa Walton is a graduate of Bucks County Community College Floral Design program and an AFID Certified Designer.

Joan Balla, Bonnie Keller, Helen Lehr, Deb Barhight and Evelyn Broad were the hosts for the evening. They arranged a beautiful Shamrock and Easter themed hospiality table for all to enjoy.

February 12, 2024 6:30 pm at Jordan Lutheran Church "Flowers - From Acquisition to the Vase"

Janet Vibbert from Longwood Gardens presented a talk and demonstration at the February 12th PGC meeting on how to take care of flowers from the time you pick them up through making an arrangement. She shared many ideas for keeping flowers creations fresh, beautiful and vibrant as well as offering many artistic tricks and tips that she has learned throughout her extensive career. She made several arrangements which were then raffled off to the group. The hospitality team did a wonderful job with a Valentine-themed table of refreshments for everyone to enjoy. 

At this meeting the Trash to Treasure entries were voted on by all members with the winner selected to represent our club at the District II/III meeting in April. Also the winners of the photography contest for 2023 were announced.

For Photography winners, click here: Member News

For Trash to Treasure winner, click here: GCFP

Thank you to the evening's hospitality team of Deb Pinto, Deb Barr, Nancy Schrader, Claire Kukeilka and Darlene Wenhold for the beautiful and delicious Valentine table of treats!