Awards and Grants

Awards Committee Chair 2022-2023:  Maryann Chatfield
Each year the Garden Club of New Jersey (GCNJ) 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.

Garden Club of NJ Awards August 2022

Photos: Jeannette Michelson

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.


Central Atlantic Region  2020 & Ames Tools Awards 2021

In November of 2020, our club was awarded a Central Atlantic Region award for our Publicity Pressbook. CAR awards are sent by state garden clubs to the region for consideration. Our region consists of the following state garden clubs: Delaware, Maryland, National Capital Area, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

In April of 2021, we received a grant of garden tools from the Ames Tool Companies as part of their partnership with the National Garden Club.

The following was submitted by President Diane Barbieri  in the club’s October 2020 newsletter.

I was pleasantly surprised to open my mail this week that contained multiple awards received by our club from the Garden Club of New Jersey.  A special thank you to our Awards Committee headed by Bonnie Brodman for submitting the information to the state. We received 4 awards, grades, 3,4,5,6 for the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Youth Poetry Contest, the committee headed by MaryAnn Chatfield.  We also received an award, The Woodbridge Garden Club Trophy for “May Baskets” which was headed by committee chair, Madelyn Pietrucha.  An award for “An excellent Publicity Press Book” was presented by The Garden Club of Westfield, chaired by Gillian Rozicer. The Garden Club of New Jersey also awarded our club with a Certificate of Merit with Gold Seal for an “Excellent Yearbook”, chaired by Pat Doyle. Such incredible accomplishments achieved with hard work and determination is greatly appreciated by all of our club members. 

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Garden Club of NJ Youth Awards 2020

Photos: Jeannette Michelson

MaryAnn Chatfield, chair of the Garden Club of LBI’s youth poetry and essay contest committee, congratulates Addison Slaven, a resident of Surf City and a fifth-grader at Long Beach Island Grade School, for her national third-place finish in the National Garden Club’s Youth Poetry Contest. The winning poems is entitled “Beautiful Cherry Blossoms.