Wednesday, July 15, 2009

On Wednesday, July 8th, from 9:30am to 10:45am, we had a group of 15 very excited children from the Boys & Girls club, learning to be gardeners at our Cookman Avenue Garden of Joy.

This group outing was arranged by Marilyn Schlossbach and her assistants, as part of joint ventures with Langosta Lounge and the Gardens of Joy.

The children ranged in ages from 6 to 11, with Renaldo, the 11 year old being the "gardening expert" of the group. During their time at the Garden, the children learned to identify some of the plants growing there; planted seeds and seedlings in our Earth Boxes, tasted fresh mint leaves, harvested green beans and were all round good helpers!

The time for them to leave came all to quickly, but they left promising to come again. We will certainly arrange other gardening classes/outings with the children.

Monday, April 20, 2009


The Garden of Joy is delighted to announce that due to the support and incredible kindness of Sean and Don Hollingsworth, we will be able to turn their empty lot at 715 Cookman Ave. into the crown jewel of our sustainable Gardens of Joy!

Two years ago, The Garden of Joy began as a small sustainable sliver at Trinity Episcopal Church (which still steadfastly supports us), expanded with a larger spot at the West Side Community Center, then a City owned property on Springwood Ave., without the security of a larger, permanent spot in which to “plant roots” for a fixed community garden.

Now, through the generosity of Sean and Don, a spot in the prime Asbury Park downtown area, is ours to garden on a more permanent basis!

Our mission remains: commitment to providing access to fresh, organic, locally grown produce to both our poorer residents and better heeled residents, while using gardening as a base for education and career possibilities through plant knowledge.

Our 715 Cookman Garden of Joy will be a beautiful, welcoming oasis to downtown Asbury, and we have exciting plans for this year, and beyond.

Now, with the 3 truckloads of gardening soil donated by Santi Arana, The Garden of Joy volunteers are ready to rock and roll! Dedication of our Gardens of Joy will be at the start of our Season, in June. We are still awaiting word from the City as to whether we can have a greenhouse on the property so we can expand our growing season. The City has also promised us a third Garden for the West Side, which we are hoping will be a permanent spot for our West Side Garden of Joy.

Patricia Betty, 732/502-9760