MANASQUAN — The Manasquan Sea Lavender Club and homeowners presented 10 resident maintained home gardens during its 12th biannual garden tour on Friday, June 23.
Since its inception in 1993, the club’s mission states, the Manasquan Sea Lavender Club focuses on, “encouraging interest in all phases of home gardening, promoting improved horticulture practices, civic beauty, the conservation of natural resources and working to develop a sense of community beautification and togetherness.”
“We have about 125 plus members and really, ages range from 40 to 90 plus,” said Nancy Jordan, Manasquan Sea Lavender Club president. “We maintain 27 gardens in town.”
To assist the members with their efforts, the borough gives the club a stipend for planting supplies, aside from the large sum of donated materials they receive. The annual Mother’s Day Plant Sale, as well as this event, [biannual garden tour event], aid in raising funds for the club to be used towards the public and private gardens, big or small.
The monies raised from ticket sales will assist in gathering supplies such as soil and potting planters for the homeowners’ gardens.
“It’s so community based, beautification, but it’s also supporting us as members… it keeps us active and engaged,” said Ms. Jordan. “Doing things together, even if we’re in the garden, that’s the best way to do it.”
For this year’s tour, the attendees purchased $25 tickets to visit ten Manasquan residences to view their self-maintained gardens. The ticket also included a Manasquan map, the addresses of each house, bathroom locations along the route and a coupon for four Main Street restaurants, if participants chose to stop for lunch.
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