The 2017 Secret Garden Tour will be held rain or shine 9 a.m.-noon Saturday, July 8. We are looking for gardens to showcase on our tour. Would you allow us to visit your garden? Do you know of someone to recommend? Please call 609-266-3685. Someone will visit the property to see if it can be added to our list.

It's almost Memorial Day weekend. That means the citywide yard sale will be in full swing soon. We need your help to make this fundraiser a success for our club. Any items you can donate to us to sell will be appreciated by both the club and the lucky buyer.

Please mark prices on items and drop them off between 7 and 7:30 a.m. May 27 at the 26th Street parking lot on Brigantine Avenue. If that is not possible, call our voicemail at 609-266-3685, and someone will get back to you. Items can also be picked up if necessary.

Then come to our sale and find that treasure you have been wanting. Or spend an hour or two helping out at the sale. Your time and effort will be appreciated.

Join us Saturday, May 20 at 17th Street and Ocean Avenue for the first beach cleanup. Sign in as a Garden Club participant.

Our next board meeting will be held 6:30 p.m. Monday, May 22 at at the home of Debbie Pucci. Please join us. Better yet, join us 7 p.m. Monday, June 5 at the Community Center for our next general meeting. There are never any dues, and refreshments are always served.

Our plant exchange Saturday, June 10 will be your chance to trade up to three plants for something you may not have. Both house plants and garden plants are acceptable. This is a fun and inexpensive way to add to your collection. Plan to join us. More info to follow.

On the bottom floor of the library you can view our beautiful bronze memorial tree. Leaves are engraved with the names of loved ones. You can pick up an application and send along with $50 to P.O. Box 53, Brigantine, NJ. Tell your family that one day you would like them to remember you with a leaf.

Visit us on Facebook or email brigantinegardenclub@aol.com.

When picking plants for your garden this summer, remember that monarchs like milkweed. If everyone put in two or three, the monarchs would be greatly aided in their cross-country journey. Let's make Brigantine a way station for monarchs. Plant it and they will come.

"Perhaps the butterfly is proof that you can go through a great deal of darkness yet become something beautiful." -- author unknown.