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Jul 21, 2021

Navesink Garden Club Begins New Season

The Navesink Garden Club began its 2021-22 season on June 15 at its annual luncheon at The Molly Pitcher Inn. President Leslie Tuthill announced that the Navesink Garden Club would be resuming a full schedule with in-person meetings and programs at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor in Red Bank. After thanking members who had worked so diligently to foster an active club during the pandemic, new members Irma Philmus and Julie Renzi were welcomed into the club and presented with their Navesink Garden Club green aprons.  

Cecelia Millea, president of Garden Club of New Jersey (GCNJ), addressed club members and said the theme of her presidency would be “Find Shelter Under the Trees.”    Millea installed the following 2021-23 slate of officers: Marina Kerber, president; Joanne Mallon, vice president; Katherine Pojawa, treasurer; Betty Lou Berger, recording secretary; Melanie Strainero, corresponding secretary; and Tuthill and Norma Turini, directors. Milea presented each officer with an herb plant signifying the role of their office. Kerber announced the theme of her tenure would be “Bloom Where You Are Planted.”

An overview of upcoming programs for 2021-22 was presented by Mallon. A variety of topics will include Mastering Petite Design, Villa Vanilla Spice Plantation and Tasting, NJ Migratory Birds, Drama Queens: Dark Beauties for Your Garden and workshops presented by club members.

It was announced that the recipient of the $1,000 Navesink Garden Club/Mary Cain Scholarship was Brandi Calavano, a student at Brookdale Community College.  The following awards were received from the Garden Club of New Jersey: Certificate of Merit with Gold Seal for an Excellent Yearbook to Ronnie Lander, Red Bank Sidewalk Planter Maintenance to Yoko Ikura, and The Marguerite & Vincent Mulligan Garden Therapy Award for Friends and Flowers to Berger and Hope Hanlon. Pojawa and Mallon received the GCNJ Perennial Bloom Award for long-time membership serving as officers and chairman.

The Navesink Garden Club invites people interested in horticulture, design and the environment to attend a meeting, enjoy a warm and friendly welcome, and learn about club projects and activities. Meetings are held at The Atrium at Navesink Harbor in Red Bank on the second Tuesday of the month at 10 am.  Programs start at 11 am and are free to the public. Visit for information regarding meetings or email