Garden Club of Fair Haven Beautifies 3 Habitat for Humanity Homes

RUMSON, NJ – In the latest community service initiative completed by the Garden Club of Fair Haven, the nonprofit recently completed the beautification of three Habitat for Humanity homes in Monmouth County. Over the course of three years, the club designed, funded and installed landscaping and gardening projects for families in need.

To execute the large-scale initiative, The Garden Club of Fair Haven implemented a committee of talented members to design specialized landscaping in preparation. Garden club members, landscapers, volunteers and Rumson-Fair Haven High School students cleared the lot, cut the gardens and planted trees, scrubs, plants and bulbs and added additional arbor and fencing.

The Garden Club of Fair Haven was recognized by the National Garden Club for the massive project and was awarded a Certificate of Appreciation.

The first house to be completed is in Rumson, with the other homes located in Long Branch. Plant materials were donated from Harry Cross Morganville Flower Farm alongside personal monetary donations and plants dug up from members’ personal gardens.

“Under the leadership of club’s president Beth Ruda and her design committee of Lynda Vaccaro, Lee Davidson, Sara Swijter, Lynda Griffith and her work committee of Kathryn Rose Storti, Paula Thorogood and Gume Monticito the project was brought to beautiful fruition for a family in need,” the organization wrote in a news release.

The Garden Club of Fair Haven, which has served the community since 1951, pursues civic projects to benefit and beautify the borough. Past projects have included the replacement of the fence at the bird sanctuary, landscaping Borough’s Memorial Park and sponsoring local flower shows.

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Plant, weed and water: Garden Club beautifies the gateways to Old Greenwich

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The Garden Club of Old Greenwich, which is now in its 96th year, has been busy at work throughout 2020.

The club spent the spring and summer working on projects, including planting brightly colored flower beds along both sides of Sound Beach Avenue and putting in flower pots and containers along Sound Beach Avenue and Arcadia Road down to the Post Office and along the fire house.

This team effort involved all 65 active club members who have “made beautifying the village a priority,” the Garden Club said in a statement. The work also includes weekly trips for watering, weeding and deadheading plants in the village gardens and at Greenwich Point.

Garden Club members also contributed their own plants from their gardens to help with the beautification efforts.

“They worked to beautify the ports of entry into Old Greenwich by planting beautiful flower pots at the train station and by completely refurbishing the Gateway Garden at the corner of the Post Road and Sound Beach Avenue,” the club said. “Members also weeded, watered and maintained the butterfly garden at Greenwich Point, an important Monarch butterfly waystation.”

Efforts went beyond just beautification. Club members sewed and distributed hundreds of face masks for front-line workers during coronavirus pandemic. The club has also worked closely with Girl Scouts to plan and maintain a “secret garden” at Old Greenwich School.

Coming up, the club will sell bulbs for resident to plant and enjoy. To place an order, visit

Old Greenwich

A public meeting has been scheduled to discuss replacing the Wesskum Wood Road bridge that goes over Binney Park Brook.

According to the Department of Public Works, the preliminary design of the bridge

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