WHEREAS it is the intention of the Mayor and Council of Cherry Hill Township to focus attention on noteworthy occasions and individuals; and
WHEREAS tonight, we have come together to dedicate the Barclay Farmstead Herb Garden in honor of Jeannette Zerbe and Helen Zmijewski, members of the Barclay Garden Club who have been truly instrumental in allowing the garden to thrive; and
WHEREAS founded in 1960, shortly after the Garden Club’s was formed, the Herb Garden moved to its current location in 1981, thanks to a grant from the Camden County Soil and Conservation District Grant, and the first herbs were planted there in the fall of 1982; and
WHEREAS the Herb Garden provides the children of our community with a hands-on lesson in 19th-century culinary, medicinal and household activities as part of the Living History Program, and provides wonderful insight into our community’s history and heritage; and
WHEREAS the Garden’s continued impact in our community would not be possible if not for the longtime stewardship of both Jeannette, a founding member of the Garden Club, and Helen, who helped secure the grant that allowed the garden to take its current form; and
WHEREAS today, Helen and Jeannette continue to personally maintain and tend to the garden, with a great deal of love and commitment that shows in the work that they do, and we are proud to honor and thank them for their tireless dedication.
NOW, THEREFORE, I, CHUCK CAHN, by virtue of the authority vested in me as Mayor of the Township of Cherry Hill, County of Camden, State of New Jersey, do hereby dedicate
The Barclay Farmstead Educational Garden
in honor of
Jeannette Zerbe and Helen Zmijewski
in the Township of Cherry Hill, and do urge all citizens to join with me and Council in thanking both Jeannette and Helen for their continued stewardship and ongoing efforts to maintain the Barclay Farmstead Herb Garden, a treasured and important historical resource for the Cherry Hill community.