PATERSON, NJ - Gardening continues to thrive in Paterson, thanks in large part to the efforts of City Green, a 501(c)3 gardening organization based in Clifton that works to revitalize urban areas through agriculture and educational programming.

On Thursday, with the City Green Learning Garden in Eastside Park as a backdrop, the organization celebrated their annual “Greenest Place in Paterson” award ceremony.

Present to receive the award for best overall garden was Vanessa Nelson who, along with her parents George and Rebecca, maintain a well-known garden that event organizers said they love for its diversity of flora.

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“This is a serious garden filled with beautiful dino kale and forests of tomatoes in the back, along with vibrant flowers on the curbside for all to see,” TAPinto Paterson was told.

Christ Church United Methodist Church, located on East 27th Street, again took the title of best church garden for their efforts to growing fresh veggies and beautifying their grounds.

A final highlight of the event was a donation of mums, decorative cabbages, and mulch to the Paterson Green Team and the Bronze Heat whose volunteers will be beautifying Paterson’s 9/11 memorial on Saturday.

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