BASKING RIDGE, NJ _ The Basking Ridge Garden Club and its gardening work at a rock garden at the Environmental Education Center in Basking Ridge were recently recognized with a runner’s up award from the National Garden Clubs, Inc. in the category, “Civic Projects with Native Plants." 

The Somerset County Park Commission Environmental Education Center (EEC) at 190 Lord Stirling Road in Basking Ridge hosts the club’s monthly meetings. Club members also volunteer to plant, maintain, and care for a rock garden on the grounds. 

The purpose of the Basking Ridge Garden Club is to encourage the spirit of gardening, to preserve trees, birds, and wildflowers, to be environmentally aware, and to contribute to the beautification of the community, according to the garden club.

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The Basking Ridge Garden Club members pictured with their recent award are, left to right, Barb Barbeau, Jan Blakeman, Helen Mehan, Lee Cleary, Rose Salaki, Margaret Cronin, and EEC Manager Carrie Springer, center. Missing club members are Krista Colwell, Breda Ryan-Blake, and Tillie Emmert.

The Park Commission and the EEC staff expressed gratitude for the time commitment and dedication the Basking Ridge Garden Club members have exhibited. "We are all honored and delighted to hear the club was recognized for their hard work," said Carrie Springer, manager of the Environmental Education Center.