‘Secret Gardens of Brick’ draws a crowd

BRICK TOWNSHIP — From whimsical themed gardens to bountiful backyard vegetable gardens, the 15th annual Secret Gardens of Brick tour gave guests a rare glimpse into some of the most expertly crafted gardens in the township. Over 200 guests were given an exclusive look at seven home gardens throughout Brick, courtesy of the Brick Garden Club and this year’s tour hosts, the Ferrano family, the Deeney-Dougherty home, the Alechko family, the Naughtons, the Malinowski home, the Stopen family and the Muellers. At the Alcheko home on Bruce Street, guests meandered through 10 whimsical individual gardens, with themes like the Butterfly and Hummingbird Village, Wisteria Lane and the Good Neighbr Plant Fence. At the Stopen home, on 23rd Avenue, a lush vegetable garden, featuring kale, arugula and onions, accompanied beautiful blooms of lilac, lily of the valley, azaleas and a 20- year-old giant hosta. The self-guided tour drew garden enthusiasts from near and far, each eager to take a peek at the home gardens located throughout the township. In addition to the garden tour, the garden club also hosted a plant sale and market, filling the field at the Bob Anstett Cultural Arts Center with 11 local, independent vendors. Proceeds from the garden tour fund the garden club’s community projects, such as the plantings at the Route 70 and Brick Boulevard garden as well as the club’s scholarship program, which awards two local high school students with college scholarships.
The Stopen Family in their garden. PHOTO BY RYAN WELSH.
To learn more about the 234-member Brick Garden Club, visit www.brickgardenclub.com.

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