Local residents honored by Skylands Association

| 28 Sep 2011 | 02:12

    RINGWOOD - The Skylands Association has honored a West Milford resident, Terry Blanc, as its Volunteer of the Year, and a second resident, Miko No Chung, received the Rookie of the Year designation. The association, a member-supported volunteer organization that works in partnership with the state to protect and preserve the New Jersey State Botanical Garden (NJBG), honored its volunteers, including more than 33 individuals who each contributed a minimum of 100 hours in 2003. The volunteer luncheon, an annual event that honors the hundreds of NJBG volunteers— tour leaders, gardeners, special event coordinators, board and committee members—was held in Skylands Manor on April 17. NJBG Board President and North Haledon Councilwoman Diana Merkel presented the 100-hour certificates and special awards. Jerome Wyckoff of Ringwood received the Lifetime Membership Award for his decades of service. Rich Flynn, head landscape gardener, and the other dedicated state garden staff were singled out for special recognition. The luncheon guest speaker was North Haledon resident and Skylands Association Board Vice-President John Gall, who gave a slide presentation on the joys of raising hostas. Gall, a Passaic County master gardener, is also the creator of the new NJBG Hosta Garden, which will be dedicated this July. To commemorate the 20th anniversary of New Jersey's State Botanical Garden, special events will continue throughout the year to celebrate this milestone. The New Jersey State Botanical Garden at Skylands is open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. every day and is located off Morris Road in Ringwood. For an event schedule, membership brochure, directions or more information, call 973-962-9534 or visit njbg.org.