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Jan 03, 2018

Rumson Garden Club Has Green Thumbs and Open Hearts

By Lori Draz

The Rumson Garden Club (RGC) concluded 2017 with several wonderful events that brought beauty and improved the quality of life in the Two River community.

In October, RGC members installed and planted beautiful new self-watering window boxes at Rumson’s Oceanic Free Library. Library board president Carolyn Miller said they have received a steady stream of positive comments on the beauty of the window box plantings. “The window boxes have transformed the building,” she stated. “We’re so grateful to the Garden Club for their efforts and we applaud their talent!”

On October 21, RGC members joined in Clean Ocean Action’s (COA) Beach Sweep in Sea Bright. The COA’s Beach Sweeps program is one of the longest-running cleanups of its kind in the world. RGC members helped to collect and record valuable data about debris, which will be presented in annual reports and used to advance federal, state, and local programs to reduce litter.

On December 2, the club held its annual Christmas Greens Workshop. This very popular event always draws a large number of RGC members, who come together to create beautiful holiday wreaths and centerpieces that were distributed to hospitals and senior centers all over Monmouth County.

The RGC is also proud to play a role in beautifying the community. Every season, members of the RGC’s Civic Committee water, weed, and deadhead the perennial plantings at West Park, a visual gateway to the Sea Bright Bridge and the Atlantic Ocean that was designed and planted by members. The RCG also holds public lectures throughout the year on such topics as garden design, photography, and history.

Finally, each year, Rumson Garden Club offers a scholarship to graduating high schoolers who demonstrate an interest in conservation and environmental studies.

The Rumson Garden Club was founded in 1914 and is a member of the Garden Club of America, with the purpose of promoting the knowledge and love of gardening and nature. The club is dedicated to conservation, ecology, horticulture, flower design, and civic outreach. To learn more or join, visit www.rumsongardenclub.org.