If you’ve seen a family or resident group gathered around a Welcome or Park sign with a gardening spade and watering cans in their hands, then you’ve witnessed what has become an annual Berkeley Heights tradition: planting flowers at the base of Township signs located at the entrance to Town and at our Parks.
This year, 16 groups of volunteers—ranging from families and neighborhood groups to Girl Scout Troops and businesses—used creativity and elbow grease to choose plants, then clean the signs and weed the beds. The beds were mulched in advance by Berkeley Heights DPW. As the summer progresses, these volunteers will weed and water the beds as necessary, and most replant their signs with seasonal plants and decorations come Fall.
Jeanne Kingsley, Berkeley Heights Council President and Founder of the Downtown Beautification Committee, said, “Managing this program is a labor of love for DBC committee members. We are so appreciative of the spirit and efforts of our residents who volunteer for this program. And we’re gratified to hear how much pride each group takes in their site. It’s a win-win: These signs convey the Town’s brand in a unified way and each group can be creative about what plants work the best given the site location and conditions.”
This year, four new groups of volunteers joined repeat adopters to make our Town even more welcoming. The volunteers this year are:
Edward Jones – Kevin Mack, Financial Advisor
Girl Scout Troop 40178 in combo with 40254
Girl Scout Troop 40950
JL Franchino Masonry
Lawrence - DiLullo Family