Awards and Grants

Awards Committee Chair 2024-2025:  Barbara Duff
Each year, the National Garden Clubs, Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs and the Garden Club of New Jersey presents awards to various local clubs in recognition of their outstanding projects, programs and members. 
All local clubs submit applications in compliance with the requirements of the National Garden Club (NCG). The Garden Club of LBI has been the recipient of numerous yearly awards.  In addition to the State and National awards a club may also be presented awards by the Central Atlantic Region (CAR).  The Central Atlantic Region consists of all garden clubs of NY, NJ, PA, OH, DE, MD and the Washington, DC area.

Monarch Cover Wins Award! November 2023

Cover photo by Carly Michelson/Design created by Tracey Cameron

We are excited to announce that the National Garden Club has awarded our Garden Club first place in the Central Atlantic Region (one of seven regions in the National Garden Club membership) as well as first place in the Large Club Category for our yearbook.

Kudos to Janice Stonaker, Chair of the Yearbook Committee. We also want to acknowledge Tracey Cameron and Jeanette Michelson for their extraordinary work on the yearbook. Congratulations to all!

National Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Garden Club of NJ Awards June 2023

Photo by The Garden Club of New Jersey


We are thrilled to announce that The Garden Club of LBI has been recognized by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and The Garden Club of New Jersey. Awards for the excellence of our member’s work were conferred at The Garden Club of New Jersey Annual State Meeting on June 6, 2023.

National Garden Clubs, Inc., Award 2022-2023:

  • Certificate of Merit: Award 1 D – Club Standard Flower Show – “It’s a Musical World.” Chair: Julie Eller & Co-chair: Cindy McGrath Standard Flower Show. They thoroughly documented this show in a Book of Evidence that allowed them to receive the highest award possible for a Standard Flower Show.

The Garden Club of New Jersey Awards 2022-2023:

Three of the four Garden Club of New Jersey Awards were tied to our Standard Flower Show of 2022, which was titled It’s a Musical World.  This was held at the LBI Foundation of the Arts & Sciences.

It’s a Musical World Awards:

Julie Eller, Chair of the Flower Show, was the winner of the Horticultural Excellence Award in the highest-rated Standard Flower Show. The award was for a combination planting where she was required to keep the plants together for six months. Not only was she awarded The Amelia Stewart Perpetual Trophy for her work, but also the Grower’s Choice Award and a Blue Ribbon for her exhibit.

Judy Lipman was the winner of the Glenn Ferrari Memorial Trophy for the Arboreal Award. To win this honor she submitted a clipping from her lilac bush. Following the tragic event of losing her house in a fire, this award was especially meaningful to Judy, since lilacs stand for renewal and confidence.

Dorian Madreperla was awarded the Doris Bryan Educational Exhibit Trophy for plant propagation. The goal of the plant propagation category was to show how new plants grow from a variety of sources. Not only did Dorian achieve this, but she was also able to distribute baby plants to guests at the show. This was the first time our club had participated in the Education Exhibit category.

Certificate of Merit:

The fourth award won was a Certificate of Merit with Gold Seal for an Excellent Yearbook. Janice Stonaker, Chair of the Yearbook Committee, which includes Tracey Cameron and Eileen Szperka, revamped the entire look of the yearbook. They added more information and changed the format. The judges awarded them a score of 98 out of 100, the highest award given.

Garden Club of NJ Awards August 2022

Photos: Jeannette Michelson (click on images to enlarge)


The Garden Club of Long beach Island received two awards form the Garden Club of New Jersey. The club won the Violet Bennet trophy for the Pollinator Garden in Bay Breeze Park Barnegat Light.  The club also received the Jane Bersch award for launching the Outside Living Garden Tour in 2021 that was open to the public. Karen Martinez was the chair of the 2021 Outside Living Garden Tour and Bonnie Brodman is the chair of the Pollinator Garden.