Moonlight Pond Tour to Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

MATAWAN — Take a free guided moonlight tour of at least eight private gardens, waterfalls, and ponds during a special “Moonlight Pond Tour,” a fundraiser for the St. Jude Children’s Hospital to help children who have cancer on Saturday, Sept. 18,  at 7:30 p.m. Registration will begin at 7 p.m. A $20 donation, 100 percent of which will go to St. Jude’s, includes the bus tour and light refreshments.

The North American Water Garden Society and Grounds Keeper, Inc., a design, build, and landscape firm in Matawan, are coordinating the tour and providing their services free of charge.


Reservations are required, and advanced registration is suggested to assure a seat on the bus. Only 50 seats are available. Participants may follow the bus or take a self-guided tour, using a map provided by Grounds Keeper. For information and advanced tickets, call 1-732-566-1600 or contact Grounds Keeper, Inc., 798 Route 34, Matawan, New Jersey, or visit

During the tour, participants will visit gardens, ponds, waterfalls, streams, fountains and pools in Monmouth, Ocean and Middlesex counties. “Our goal is to have participants enjoy the tranquility and beauty of Nature—the ponds, the plants, the fish, the birds—by moonlight and to raise as much money as possible for St. Jude’s,” says Jay Eriv, President of Grounds Keeper, Inc.

On the Moonlight Pond Tour, participants will see special landscape features of private residences, such as lush settings, the ponds, koi ponds, waterfalls, and fantasy gardens in Oakhurst, Shark River Hills, Holmdel, Matawan, and Old Bridge. One residence features a waterfall that captures 750 gallons of rainwater for recycling.

Bock Residence (Old Bridge) Rainwater Harvesting Display

O’Brien Residence (Shark River Hills) Pondless Waterfall Display

Poorvin Residence (Oakhurst) Natural Ecosystem Pond

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