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Garden Presentation Focuses on ‘Dark Beauties’

A flower garden and a brick walkway surrounding a plaque in teh middle of the street

The Hoboken Garden Club is celebrating its 21st anniversary on April 17 with a special presentation, Drama Queens: Dark Beauties for Your Garden, by garden historian and writer Lesley Parness. The event, hosted by the Hoboken Library, will be held via Zoom from 7 to 8 p.m. Registration is required.

Parness has worked in public gardens in America and abroad for four decades. She is a founding member and past president of Garden State Gardens, a nonprofit consortium of public gardens in New Jersey. In her presentation, she will discuss how black-hued plants can highlight, offset and dramatize every color in a garden, and she’ll explain how to use them for maximum impact. There are more than 75 “dark beauties,” including annuals, perennials, vines, trees and shrubs.

The Hoboken Garden Club’s mission is to encourage interest in home gardening, provide educational activities, promote civic beatification and conserve natural resources in an urban environment, and encourage participation in local and statewide garden-related activities. It offers a variety of events and activities, including a lecture series, plant swaps, field trips, nursery visits and workshops. Members don’t have to live in Hoboken.

Registration for the presentation begins one week before and closes 15 minutes before the event. The Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants 15 minutes before the event begins.

To register, visit For questions about the event, email [email protected]. For more information about the Hoboken Garden Club, visit

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