Garden Club Names Contest Winners

PERTH AMBOY — The Royal Garden Club by the Bay in Perth Amboy has announced the winners of its 2010 Home Gardener’s Contest.

Pat and Carol Fox of Hunter Avenue won first place. Their backyard garden was filled with a variety of flowers, accented by a colorful fishpond. A tool shed had curtains and stained glass, resembling a country cottage. Various sculptures of art were interspersed throughout the garden. There was a mix of sun and shade plants, with cactus and orchid collections.


Second place was awarded to Mary Tkacsik of Sherman Street, whose grandson, Robert Grobelyny, helps her tend the garden and urged her to enter the contest. The entire backyard is composed of lovely floral beds with edging consisting of Spanish tile roofing. There are pathways through the flowers and colorful cement animals. Hanging flowerpots add more color.

Margarita Arlequin of First Street took third place. The front of her house has an attractive, circular, floral bed. There is a grape arbor in her backyard, along with pots of strawberries. Guava and fig trees along with tomatoes and peppers add a delightful touch. Arlequin practices green gardening by using florist’s bouquet seeds to plant flowers.

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