WESTFIELD, NJ — The Rake & Hoe Garden Club of Westfield has announced that Kay Cross, a long-time member of Rake & Hoe Garden, received the Central Atlantic Region of State Garden Clubs' "Golden Perennial Bloom Award" at the Garden Club of NJ’s 93rd annual meeting on June 7.
 
Selected from among the applicants of six state garden clubs and the National Capitol Area club, the award recognizes Cross’ almost 40 years of committed service, endless enthusiasm and superior leadership skills in Rake & Hoe, the Garden Club of NJ and of the National Garden Club, Inc. 
 
During her time as a garden club member, Cross has held many local, state and national leadership positions, become an accomplished floral designer and earned her accreditation as a Flower Show Judge and Master Judge. In addition to these achievements, Cross was acknowledged for her skill and devotion to mentoring newer members of Rake & Hoe and encouraging them to accept new challenges with skill, enthusiasm and good humor, just as she has done. 
 
“We are delighted that Kay has been honored with this award. It is a timely and well-deserved tribute.  Practicing her philosophy has given Kay an outstanding career in the non-profit sector—and how lucky Rake & Hoe was to have been one of the principal beneficiaries,”  said Pat Wilson, Rake & Hoe President.
 
The Rake and Hoe Garden Club is affiliated with the Garden Club of New Jersey and the National Garden Club, Inc. The club meets on the second Wednesday of the month at noon at the Scotch Hills Country Club. Membership is open to residents of Westfield and surrounding towns. For more information, call Jeanne Marie Ryan (908) 654-0271 or visit the club’s website, (rakeandhoe.org) or Facebook page