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Beth shows her gardening passion and hometown pride through her contributions of public garden designs.  The designs have been created for such historic sites as The Museum of Early Trades and Crafts, The Presbyterian Church of Madison, Drew University’s Mead Hall lawn, The Frelinghuysen Arboretum, The Nathaniel Drake House Museum, The Madison Public Library and Harding Township School. As an active member of the Garden Club of Madison, Beth volunteers at many of the local pocket parks.


Girl Scouts

Morristown Girl Scouts Deliver Gifts to Carol Simon Cancer Center Morristown, NJ
Brownie Troop 97425 from Alfred Vail visited the Carol Simon Cancer Center at Morristown Medical Center on January 8th, 2020 where they delivered stones with positive hand-painted messages along with beautiful flower arrangements for patients. The girls learned all about the center and helped display their work made with love in hopes of putting smiles on the patients going through treatment. click here to read more

Harding Township School Harding Township School New Vernon, NJ
The Potted Garden donated the development of a pollinator teaching garden with a focus on the monarch butterfly to the Harding Township School.  This was provided to the school at their request to supplement a district wide, cross curriculum capstone project. click here to read more
Drake House Nathaniel Drake House South Plainfield, NJ
Beth Riley, owner of The Potted Garden was retained by the Historical Society of Plainfield in 2015 to create designs for the Drake House, listed on the National Register of Historic Places.  The Drake House was originally constructed in 1746 and is one of the few remaining 18th century dwellings in Plainfield, NJ.  George Washington stayed at the home during the Battle of Short Hills in 1777.  It now serves as the headquarters of the Historical Society of Plainfield. click here to read more
griffin Museum of Early Trades & Crafts Madison, NJ
Beth donated her time and expertise to design a pocket garden featuring a 100-year-old terra cotta griffin statue outside this remarkable circa 1900 building. Using her knowledge of vintage gardens, Beth selected native Victorian favorites reminiscent of the building’s era: lady ferns, cranesbill, smooth aster, bugbane and cross vine, among others. Seasonal interest extends into fall and winter with Redtwig dogwoods and an evergreen collar of variegated boxwoods. Beth chose easy maintenance, deer-resistant plants for this public garden, arranged in graceful arched patterns that echo the museum’s arches. The Griffin Garden thrives today, treasured by museum visitors, along with butterflies and hummingbirds during the growing season.

Article Archive

Morristown Patch: Morristown Girl Scouts Deliver Gifts... Jan. 2, 2020

Independent Press: Museum pocket garden is flowering focal point, Aug. 2, 2006

Out & About: Museum offers inviting garden, Aug 3, 2006

Morris Ledger Extra: Garden grows along with a museum, Oct. 5, 2006

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