SOMERS POINT – Pride in the Point was displayed in rows of red, shades of pink, bunches of yellow and blooms of blue as Gardeners in Somers Point had a chance to show off their green thumbs for the annual Pride in the Point garden contest.

The Green Thumb Garden Club sponsored the friendly competition that had gardeners digging in and working to make their corner of the town something spectacular.

Co-chairs of this year’s Pride in the Point contest, Carol Bennett and Mary Sue Lovett announced Monday that they had a very difficult time picking winners in all of the categories simply because every garden and every entry had something interesting and lovely to share.

The categories judged were small, medium and large flower gardens, junior gardens, vegetable gardens, container and window boxes with the winners chosen by the members of the Green Thumb Garden Club. The Brigantine Garden Club lent their discerning eyes to judge the gardens for commercial and business category as well as the Green Thumb Garden Club member gardens.

According to Rosemary Evans, President of the Green Thumb Garden Club, the judges were very impressed. “Even with the scorching heat garden club judges found the gardens flourishing and colorful and the judges gave credit to the enthusiasm of the gardeners along with their creativity and knowledge of conservation,” said Evans. “We wanted to get the community more involved in gardening in Somers Point and we succeeded.”

“Driving from garden to garden while judging we were thrilled at how many homes and neighborhoods are working to make our city a wonderful destination for visitors,” added Evans.

Club members agreed that everyone who entered the contest is a winner. “We heartily appreciate all the work involved by our entrants and the results they achieved,” concluded Evans.

Each of the winners receives a special photo gift from the garden club and will also be recognized and honored at the Aug. 24 meeting of Somers Point City Council.

The winners as chosen by the members of the Green Thumb Garden Club. The best member gardens along with the best commercial property were judged by members of the Brigantine Garden Club.

Best large flower garden: 3 Schoolhouse Lane - Vicky Gubin

Best medium flower garden:3 Braddock Drive - Anthony DiSciascio

Best small flower garden: 523 Rhode Island Ave - Don and Zina Brown

Best container garden:8 Horter Ave - Lorrie LaPollo and Chris Verechia

Best vegetable garden: 45 E. New Jersey Ave. - Jennifer Dolan

Best commercial garden: 710 New Rd. - Custard Hut /Rich and Lucy Plum

Best member flower garden: 69 Bucknell Rd.-Cheryl McGuigan

Best member container and vegetable garden: 29 Village Dr. - Karen Panza

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