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Garden Beautiful Charity: Pickell Park

Compiled by Doreen Darnell, assistant editor

When entering into the park, bountiful plantings welcome you. Each garden section is donated and installed by volunteers who signed up with the Garden Beautiful Charity.

Construction at Pickell Park in Readington Township, N.J., was a success! The community really pitched in to bring beauty to the park during construction.

Oxford Garden
Zeager Bros
Sidewalk Sleever Ferris Industries
Teak Warehouse Valmont
John Deere

The Garden Beautiful Charity and Readington Township is very pleased with everyone's efforts in making the park's transition such a sensation. After seeing the construction in progress, Linda Busch of the Recreation Committee at Readington Township said, "The Park really needed some extra TLC." And the results are stunning.

The Garden Beautiful Charity founded by Garden Associates Landscape Architecture, Inc., works with local communities and organizations to enhance public outdoor spaces, such as parks, and involves local business in the process. Garden Associates donated the landscaping design plan and provided project management support for Readington Township. The landscaping plan is based upon a low maintenance and sustainable design that will allow the park minimal repairs and upkeep. Garden Associates selected Pickell Park as one of the first local park revitalization projects. The goal is to have the design installed in sections with donations from local nurseries, landscape contractors, and local volunteer communities for each section. Each section will be given a name and recognition to those who donated material or services.

Mr. Joseph Chesla kindly donated to the town, 12 beautiful Weeping Cherry Trees.

Construction, plants installed at the park, along with planting materials, have all been generously donated by the following companies: Hionis Nursery, Whitehouse Station; Hidden Acres Nursery, Flemington; Miller Landscape Services, Inc., Neshanic Station; Moss Landscaping, Branchburg; Revolutions Landscape Contractors, Lebanon; and Rutgers Nursery & Landscaping, Ringoes. The bed preparation work and planting were provided by: Miller Landscape Services, Inc., Moss Landscaping, Revolutions Landscape Contractors, and Rutgers Nursery & Landscaping.

To protect the parks flowers

A late addition to the plan, which was a custom Hunterdon County wildflower mix, was donated by Four Season's Greenery in Whitehouse. The mix, located around the drainage swales throughout the park, will help aid in sustainability and rainwater run off. To protect the park's newly installed flowers and shrubs against deer, natural deer repellent was applied.

Several landscape companies provided volunteers to work on preparation and planting of various flower gardens that were graciously donated by members of the local community.

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November 18, 2019, 11:57 am PDT

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