Borough of Fair Haven
Town Plantings and holiday decorations at Borough Hall, Memorial Park, Police Station, and McCarter gates.
Prepare flower tray arrangements for Mobile Meals participants.
Harding Bird Sanctuary
Maintain the site and signage. New native planting area added in 2007.
Sponsor and support a junior club, including plantings, nature walks, & environmental awareness.
Our annual fund-raiser and source of horticultural information for the public.
Random Acts of Beauty Awards
In conjunction with the Borough of Fair Haven, club members select residences, community garden plots and businesses exemplifying (self-maintained) horticultural excellence to receive proclamations from the Mayor and Council.
Awarded annually to one or more qualified students who intend to or are pursuing horticultural/environmental science studies.
Each term, the club President spearheads a civic project to benefit and beautify the Borough of Fair Haven or to support National Garden Club standards. Past projects include replacing the fence at the Bird Sanctuary, landscaping an area at the Borough’s Memorial Park, presenting Garden Education Forums, and sponsoring Standard Flower Shows. In 2010, using club funds, GCFH designed and landscaped the plantings and seating area at the front of the Borough of Fair Haven’s Municipal Building. In 2013 & 2014, GCFH spearheaded dune restoration and beautification projects in the Super Storm Sandy-ravaged Borough of Sea Bright, NJ. In 2018 we contributed funds for a greenhouse gardening project at Viola L. Sickles School in Fair Haven. In 2021 we purchased and planted annuals in large Planters at No Limits Cafe in Middletown, whose staff is comprised solely of individuals with challenges.
Starting in 2018, we have designed and installed landscaping for four Habitat for Humanity homes (Rumson, Long Branch, Atlantic Highlands). Since 2019 GCFH has participated in Clean Ocean Action’s “Rally for the Rivers Eco-Fest” with a hands-on Earthworm activity table for children.
In 2019 we formed a Community Outreach committee, whose first outreach invited parents and children to a Holiday wreath decorating event, with wreaths and decorations provided by the club; this activity has grown in popularity and is now an annual event. Outreach has also provided floral arrangements for the PTA’s Hiday Cookie Exchange raffle, and has decorated the entrance for the PTA Kitchen Tour’s main venue. In 2022, we participated in “Love Where You Live” showing Fair Haven residents how to make a newspaper pot in which they planted nasturtium seeds to take home and nurture for their gardens. We certainly are a busy, working club with more community projects planned this term!