Garden Club of Long Beach Island Celebrates 60 Years

Jan 16, 2019
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From a small group that met in a living room on Long Beach Island 60 years ago, the Garden Club of Long Beach Island has grown to 182 members. Members of this local gem, which holds the annual Holiday House Tour on the Island, are proud of the service projects they do throughout the year. These include maintenance of three community gardens, educational classes for youth, a seniors garden therapy program and the Monarch Butterfly Project, which works toward sustaining butterflies throughout the area.

The club hosted numerous area screenings of the film “The Plastic Ocean,” highlighting the dangers that plastics pose to ocean life.

Each year it also bestows 12 scholarships to local students studying environmental sciences.

For 2019, the club is supporting New Jersey Senate bill S3086, which would require nurseries to label invasive plants that have been known to take over wild places, choking out native plants beneficial to wildlife.

In addition, the club has a special projects committee that donates to local environmental and conservation organizations, such as the Alliance for a Living Ocean, Save Barnegat Bay and the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine. —P.J.

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