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FAIR HAVEN, NJ - While the decades-old Garden Club of Fair Haven has maintained several long standing traditions over the years, the coronavirus pandemic has slashed an array of beloved programs. One of those services comes in the form of Garden Therapy, an initiative started by the club at least a decade ago to provide local Meals on Wheels recipients with flower arrangements to brighten their day.
According to vice president Lee Davidson, Garden Therapy is a monthly meeting where member volunteers make dozens of miniature flower arrangements to donate. Although the program has been postponed since March due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, the tuna can-sized arrangements now brighten the meals of patients at Hackensack Meridian Health Nursing & Rehab in Holmdel.
Garden Therapy co-chair Patty Overman believes the pleasure that club members get is knowing how surprised and happy the recipients are when their meal tray arrives with donated flowers.
“You do not have to be a great flower designer to do these mini arrangements,” Committee chair Beth Ruda says.
While other programs - such as the Juniors after school elementary program - have been shelved for now, the perennial Town Planters initiative is moving forward in 2020. Aimed at beautifying the borough of Fair Haven through colorful flowers, the program sees members plant seasonal displays in large flower pots to adorn Victory Park, Borough Hall and the local police station. Members donate their time and materials to plant three times a year: springtime, autumn and the holiday season.
“These planters add color to the park and sidewalks of the business center in Fair Haven,” Committeewoman Linda Leasor said.
During the winter holidays, the club also decorates Borough Hall and the Fair Haven police station with homemade wreaths.
Membership to the Garden Club of Fair Haven is open to anyone interested in charitable activities and a passion for gardening. Interested members may contact Lee Davidson at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information or visit www.gcfhnj.org.
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