Sundial Garden Club History
We have enjoyed more than 90 years of rich history since the first meeting of the Sundial Garden Club was held on April 5, 1929. The club was founded by Mrs. Paul Clerke, who served as our first president and Mr. Thomas A. Weston, a distinguished horticulturalist, who served as vice-president for many years. The club was organized with the intentions of stimulating interest in cooperative gardening, beautification of home towns, the advancement of gardening, protection of birds, and the conservation of trees, wildflowers, and forests to help “make Bergen the Garden County of the Garden State.”
Currently, the club’s members are involved in projects that uphold the intentions of the founding members, including awarding annual scholarships, participation in the Meals on Wheels program, planting and maintaining gardens at the NJ Veterans’ Home in Paramus, as well as the Hillsdale Public Library.
As we begin our new year, we honor our past members and their unique contributions. Sundial is the oldest garden club in the Pascack Valley in continuous existence.
To make Bergen County the Garden County.
Please join us as we work to make Bergen County the Garden County.
Latest Sundial News
Recent Press Release:
A Weston memorial plaque and tree in Hillsdale
The Plaque is Back!
The plaque and a tree memorializing Hillsdale’s most renowned gardener, Thomas A. Weston, horticulturalist and writer, are, once again, on display in the center of town. Mr. Weston, who was one of the founders of Hillsdale’s Sundial Garden Club, was also president of the New York Florists Club and the New Jersey Men’s Garden Club. He also wrote a weekly article, “One Man’s Garden”, for the New York Herald Tribune, authored two books on gardening, contributed to others and wrote many articles for various periodicals.
Mr. Weston died in 1946 and was memorialized with the plaque and a tree by the Sundial Garden Club that year. The original tree, a dogwood, had been replaced over the years by a weeping cherry that many will remember blossomed across from Marsala’s hardware on Broadway. In the last few years the cherry tree died and the plaque went missing. The Sundial Garden Club, still thriving and based in Hillsdale, resolved to replant a tree, this time a dogwood like the original, in his honor. Fortunately, the plaque was relocated, then remounted on granite and replaced at the foot Mr. Weston’s tree.
The Sundial Garden Club welcomes new members. For further information please contact Joyce Scherrer 201-664-0396.