Garden Tour

June 2019 Garden Tour

Each year, the club showcases beautiful local gardens on the third Thursday in June.

It is a members and guests only affair as a reward for all our hard work and the start of a well-deserved summer hiatus. This year’s tour, chaired by Pam Masturzo, Bunny Pavia, Bonnie Brodman and Carolyn Ruilli took place on June 20, 2019. The tour included seven beautiful and diverse gardens from Barnegat Light to Peahala Park and  Manahawkin to Barnegat Township.  The “* ” denotes Garden Club members.

Click on any photo in a gallery to enlarge the image and begin a slide show of that garden.

Photos: Jeannette Michelson

Shady Haven –  Tracey Cameron*

Tracey Cameron in her “Shady Haven” garden.

Our little 1940s cottage is surrounded by ancient holly, cedar, mulberry and sassafras trees which provide a home for resident north end birds and a stopover for migratory butterflies and birds.  These big old trees provide plenty of cover for a variety of ferns, hydrangea, astilbe, hosta, euonymous, heuchera, creeping Jenny and aucuba and  shade loving annuals like impatiens, coleus and begonias fill in the vacancies with vibrant color.


Barnegat Light Retreat – Earl and Norma * Parfitt

Norma Parfitt in her “Barnegat Light Retreat” garden.

In 2014 we found our present house- an older home in need of TLC and with an overgrown, untended garden- that allowed me to create my own garden vision and with room for a pond! The hydrangeas, boxwood, daisies and black-eyed susan in the front of the house were inherited and  we added many other  perennials.   Annuals in baskets and pots add to the colors in the garden.


Our Backyard Retreat – Kathie* and Jack Kimchick

Kathie Kimchick in her “Backyard Retreat” garden.

Hibiscus shrubs and window boxes filled with lantana, sweet potato vines, geraniums and “superbells” welcome you to our house where we have lived full time for the last 9 years.  My husband built the raised boxes for the back garden where we grow tomatoes and peppers in one box and cucumbers and pole beans in another.


Tropical Oasis – Gloria and Rick Roth

Gloria and Rick Roth in their “Tropical Oasis” garden.

As you approach the little cottage you are greeted by the “doll of a lifeguard” . The garden has many containers of pansies and petunias . The shaded area of the garden contains lily of the valley that are at least 60 years old and  continue to spread. This eclectic garden brings much joy to the homeowners.


Lake Front Hideaway – Cindy McGrath*

Cindy McGrath in her “Lake Front Hideaway” garden.

In the front yard are three flower beds containing a Kwanza cherry, a flowering plum and a perennial hibiscus. Butterfly bushes, peonies, hydrangeas, roses and other perennials attract hummingbirds and butterflies.   The back of the property opens up to the lake where lavender and white rhododendrons line the walkway to the stairs down to the water.  Scarlett red mandevilla and lavender clematis climb the arbor. Railing planters are filled with angelonia, verbena, lantana, marigolds and petunias.


Corner Haven – Ginger Storm*

Ginger Storm in her “Corner Haven” garden.

The front of the house is chockfull of perennials, annuals and even veggies! Daylilies, blazing star and cardinal climber circle the mailbox along with garlic surrounding the flag pole with lavender and azaleas.    A highlight of the garden is a  Chicago brown hardy fig tree. Check out the goldfish pond and its surrounding display of perennials, annuals, a gardenia plant and lots of fragrant herbs.


Barnegat Gardens and Koi Pond -John and Barbara Dunzelman

The Dunzelmans have hosted more than 500 visitors including garden clubs and camera clubs to their home garden.  Each year many new annuals and perennials  are added to the garden along with lots of birdhouses crafted by John.

Photos: Pam Masturzo