RandomgardensThe Red Bank yards of, from left, Ruben Gomez, Anne Davis and J.P. Nicolaides and Ed Zipprich, were among those cited by the Navesink Garden Club. (Click to enlarge)

They’re called “random sightings of beauty,” and the idea is to drive around looking for wonderful displays of horticulture.

The searches are conducted by members of the Civic Beautification Committee of the Navesink Garden Club, who travel throughout 12 towns in the greater Red Bank area taking pictures of yards with attractive, well-maintained landscaping and colorful flowers visible to the public.

On Monday night, at the Red Bank Council’s bimonthly meeting, officers of the club doled out awards to owners of three borough residences for their displays. They were:

• Ruben Gomez, of 83 West Sunset Avenue

• Anne Davis, of 153 East Front Street

• J.P. Nicholaides & Ed Zipprich, of 229 River Road

Mayor Pasquale Menna told the winners that their work “assuages the savage beast in all of us.”

Four more honorees are from the Leonardo section of Middletown (Rose Marie Malus, Richard Kiefer & Debra Bamberger, Michael J. Gibbons and Marilyn & Frank DeLauro), and one award is being given to a resident of Long Branch (Daniel & Lisa George).

The club, a member of the Garden Club of New Jersey, meets the second Tuesday of each month in Red Bank in the auditorium of the Trinity Episcopal Church on Front Street. The meetings are open to the general public. For more information, contact Ronnie Lander 732.671.9395.

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