Rumson Garden Club (RGC) has recently teamed up with other local non-profits to beautify and improve the quality of life in the Two River Area and throughout Monmouth County.
In October, RGC members installed and planted beautiful new window boxes at Rumson’s Oceanic Free Library. These new “self-watering” boxes will ensure that the plant material the Garden Club members place in them will stay healthy and last through each season. Library Board President Carolyn Miller said the library patrons constantly comment on the beaurty of the window box plantings and ask which local company designed them. “The window boxes have transformed the building, Miller said. “We’re so grateful to the Garden Club for their efforts and we applaud their talent!”
On October 21, RGC members worked with Clean Ocean Action (COA) on a Beach Sweep cleanup in Sea Bright. COA’s Beach Sweeps program is designed to rid beaches of unsightly and harmful debris and 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.
In addition to these special projects, RGC takes on other projects in the community. Every season, members of 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 which was designed and planted by members. The Club also held its annual Christmas Greens Workshop on December 2, where RGC members created beautiful holiday wreaths and centerpieces which were distributed to hospitals and senior centers all over Monmouth County. Rumson Garden Club 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.
Thanks to the efforts of RGC members, our community is a more beautiful and friendly place to live!