Garden Club News – Week of Dec. 7, 2012

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It has been a while, and I hope everyone is now starting to recover from the devastation of Sandy. I figured gardening was the last thing on peoples' minds, but hope that things are finally returning to normal.

Debie and her crew (Pat Krazak, Linda Mantello, Marie Shannon, and Biz West) did the final cleanup of the beds on Harbor Beach Boulevard from the shopping center to Bayshore Avenue and the informational sign on Atlantic-Brigantine Boulevard. It was a job after the flooding from the storm, but we hope that the 200 daffodil bulbs they also planted will bloom and bring a bright beginning for spring. Thank you, ladies, for all your hard work.

Don’t forget to keep up on club activities and “Like” us on Facebook (Brigantine Garden Club), where there are pictures of gardens and information on what we are doing.

All bed tenders please note: Please check your bed for end-of-season cleanup and remember to remove and store your signs for the winter.

The Garden Club’s beautiful bronze Memorial Tree located in the lower level of the Brigantine Library is a unique and lasting way to remember a special person, date or occasion such as an anniversary, wedding or to memorialize a lost loved one. Leaves are $50 and forms are available next to the tree, or call and leave your name and what you are calling for on the club’s answering machine.

Garden tip: I know a lot of you had flooding from the storm and are still trying to get back to normal, but if you have the time to check your yards, remember to look for loosened plantings. Simply step on the ground around the base of any of your plants and shrubs to help reset their roots. A 3- to 4-inch layer of mulch is suggested for most areas, so be sure to remove any extra left by Sandy. If you haven’t already shut off sprinklers, it is not too late for one final rinsing out of flood waters.

The club's informational answering machine number is (609) 266-3685. Feel free to call for information or questions on programs. Please remember that the club is made up of volunteers and response may not be immediate.

As you know, the club exists on the generosity of others and all donations are appreciated. They may be sent to the Brigantine Garden Club, P.O. Box 53, Brigantine NJ 08203.

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