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Apr 09, 2017

Navesink Garden Club News

Continuing their award-winning tradition last month at the New Jersey Garden Show in Edison, the Navesink Garden Club members won accolades for their horticulture and design entries.

Gotti Kelley won three blue ribbons and four red ribbons in the horticulture event. Pam Sutton, who entered three design categories, won a yellow ribbon and two honorable mentions. Irene Saputo won two blue, one red, and one yellow horticulture awards, as well as two awards in the artistic craft category for her bracelet and decorated shoe. Janine Voell won three blue and four red ribbons in horticulture, while also winning a red ribbon for her artistic necklace and two awards for her photography entries. Yoko Ikura won a blue ribbon for horticulture and a yellow ribbon for her traditional design. April Quin won a traditional design honorable mention.

In the youth garden category, 14 sixth grade students participated from Atlantic Highlands Elementary School. There were four first place ribbons, four second place ribbons, four third place ribbons, and two honorable mentions. The Junior Gardener Club, called GoSprouts, also won a blue ribbon in the 2016 Pennsylvania Horticultural Society (PHS) Gardening and Greening Contest for their creation of a Children’s Learning Garden at the school. They were selected from over 300 entries and recognized for their commitment to enhance their neighborhood through their work in this garden. They have also won two distinguished Junior Gardener awards from the Garden Club of NJ in recognition of their devotion and success to this program and have spoken at TEDxNavesink on the benefits of garden-based learning.

On Tuesday, April 11 at 1:00 p.m., the Navesink Garden Club will present a program on shade gardens. Irene Wanat, a master gardener for over 42 years, will speak about how to choose the right plant for all types of shady garden conditions. She teaches classes at Deep Cut Gardens as well as at Rutgers, as part of their curriculum for master gardener interns. The public is invited to attend free of charge at The Atrium, 40 Riverside Avenue in Red Bank.

Please also come and support the club’s annual scholarship fundraiser. On Tuesday, May 9, there will be a bus trip to Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania. The fee of $90 includes a one-hour guided tour, a voucher for lunch at the cafรฉ, and free time. The bus will leave at 8:00 a.m. and return around 6:00 p.m. For questions and to sign up, call Ronnie Lander at (732) 671-9395.

The Navesink Garden Club invites people interested in horticulture and design to join. Meet everyone and learn what interesting projects the club will be doing. Come to one of the monthly meetings, held the second Tuesday of the month at The Atrium, in September, October, November, December, January, March, April, and May from 11:00 am to 2:00 p.m.

The Navesink Garden Club is a member of The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. and the Central Atlantic Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc. Members come from Atlantic Highlands, Belford, Brick, Chatham, Colts Neck, Eatontown, Elberon, Fair Haven, Highlands, Holmdel, Leonardo, Lincroft, Little Silver, Middletown, Neptune, Ocean, Rumson, Shrewsbury, Tinton Falls, and Red Bank. For more information about the Navesink Garden Club and its programs, contact membership chair Kathy Pojawa at (732) 772-0488 or Visit the Navesink Garden Club at