Laurel Garden Club Presidents

Julia Kozak 1956                                             Marilyn Striepeck 1995-1996 

Mrs Harold Breed 1957-1958                       Lois Farrell 1997-1998

Helen Parris  1959-1960                                Karen Fritz 1999-2000

Marion Grzywinski 1961                                Rosemary Gallagher 2001

Mrs Clyde Coccia 1962                                   Karen Fritz 2002-2003

Mrs Harry Bohn 1962-1963                          Antonella Hlavac 2004-2005

Olive Bareihs 1964                                           Fred Majors 2006-2007         Marion Gormaley 1965                                   Donna Wood 2008-2010

Elverna Wilson 1966                                       Richard Genova 2011-2014

Frank Yablonski 1967-1968                           Carla Preate 2015-2016

Marion Grzywinski 1969-1970                      Marisa Litwinsky 2017-2018

Beatrice Goerlitz 1971-1972.                          Barbara Dehaba 2019-

Williaqm Myers 1973-1974

Julia Bonk 1975-1976

Helen Savage 1977-1978

Keith Harvey 1979-1980

Ruth Harvey 1981-1982

Carolyn Holty 1983-1984

Helen Gialanelli 1985-1986

Annette McAndrew 1987-1988

Gail Prymrock 1989-1990

Sally Robertson 1991-1992

Nadine Wright 1993

Elaine Straka 1994


     ​Laurel Garden Club

The Club was founded and presided over by Julia Kozak with the first  meeting held in her home on July 17, 1956. Founding member were: Carol Bohn, Lillian Bohn, Ada Breed, Marion Haarmeyer Majernick, Mrs. Russell Shorten, Mrs. Carl Widmer, and Eleanor Williams. Originally called The Scranton Garden Club, the name was later changed to the Laurel Garden Club in honor of Pennsylvania's State Flower, the Mountain Laurel. Meetings were originally held in the YWCA and then later changed to The Tripp House in 1986.
Currently meetings are held on the first Thursday of every month at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church, 232 Wyoming Ave, Scranton.

Membership consists of over 100 avid gardeners, both men and women of all ages. New members are always welcomed!

Our meetings have included many wonderful guest speakers over the years and monthly member floral competitions.  The Annual Plant Auction takes place every June. A highlight is the Summer garden tours of members' homes.  We have sponsored many Club excursions over the years, including the Philadelphia Flower Show, Longwood Gardens, New York Botanical Gardens, New York Flower Show, Montreal International Flower Show, Winterthur and Dupont Gardens, Ladew Gardens, Sterling Forest Gardens, and Morris Arboretum at the University of Pennsylvania.

The Club has been involved in the community projects in the following ways:

  • Planted flowers and trees, landscaping our original meeting place at the YMCA.
  • Participated in the Annual Flower Show, held from 1958 to 1983 at various locations, such as the YMCA, the Chamber of Commerce, PPl, Elm Park United Methodist Church, 20th Ward Social Club, and the Taylor Community Center.
  • Participated in The Scranton Times Home Show at the Watres Armory; the Annual Rose Show; and the NEPA Flower Show at the Kingston Armory.
  • Participated in City Pride Week 1981 to restore the Rose Garden on Arthur Ave in Nay Aug Park.
  • Converted the former lily pond at Nay Aug into a Sunken Garden and planted trees near the Everhart Museum.
  • Planted disease resistant plants at Allied Services.
  • Volunteered on the Downtown Scranton Planter project.
  • Partnered with Keystone College Educational Center and Lindwood Nursing & Rehabilitation Center on a “Build a Garden” Project.
  • Participated in Art in Bloom at the Everhart Museum’s  Community Day , conducting a children’s mini-workshop  making fairy gardens.