Seaweeders Garden Club awarded two grants for Patty Brand Garden

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The grants helped the club restore some of its gardens from damage from prior storms. PHOTO COURTESY OF SANDY WITKOWSKI

MANTOLOKING — The Seaweeders Garden Club of Bay Head and Mantoloking is the recipient of two grants recognizing its ongoing work to maintain the Patty Brand Garden.

The garden, located on the banks of South Lagoon, was awarded two grants from the Garden Club of NJ/Natural Disaster Fund and National Garden Clubs, Inc., Plant America Program. 

The garden is a Certified National Wildlife Federation Habitat. It was created in 1992, expanded in 2003 and 2011, and restored post-Superstorm Sandy in 2015 and 2016.

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“The garden is a welcome destination for residents and visitors alike,” the club said in a statement. “This primarily native ‘parklet’ aides in securing a living shoreline, promotes pollinator insects and provides for wildlife habitat.”

In an announcement, the Garden Club expressed pride in the project and described the work supported by the grants.

“With these additional monies, as well as research assistance and alliances with other volunteer organizations, such as ReClam the Bay, Rutgers Barnegat Bay Shellfish Restoration and NJ Native Plant Society, 2019 fall and winter storm damage was rectified. We are exceedingly grateful to have our club’s efforts recognized and supported.

“If you are out for a walk or bike ride this summer; if you wish to sit waterside in the winter and observe birds visiting student made bird feeders; or even happen on a wedding party using this site as a photographic backdrop, do come by the Patty Brand Garden on Bergen Avenue in Mantoloking.”

“The Seaweeders Garden Club will continue to explore avenues of support and most certainly encourages the enjoyment of this special green space.”

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