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Westfield, NJ – The gardens at the historic Miller-Cory House Museum have qualified for the national “America in Bloom” competition, thanks to a partnership between the Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield, the Master Gardeners of Union County, the Downtown Westfield Corporation, and Williams Nursery.

The gardens were formally examined by judges from America in Bloom in July.  Results of the competition will be announced this fall.

The Downtown Westfield Corporation guided by its director Sherry Cronin co-sponsored the America in Bloom judges, along with Dave Williams of Williams Nursery in Westfield.

“On behalf of the Freeholder Board, I’d like to thank the volunteers and community partners who have worked to make the Miller-Cory gardens so beautiful,” said Freeholder Chairman Alexander Mirabella.   The Master Gardeners is a countywide Rutgers Extension volunteer program supported in part by the Freeholder Board.

The Miller-Cory House Museum is a colonial home built in 1740.  It features extensive gardens that are maintained by volunteer members of the Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield and the Master Gardeners of Union County.

In 2004, the Rake and Hoe Club established the Children’s Sensory garden at Miller-Cory with a grant from Principal Financial Group.  The club and its junior members also maintain the peony and daffodil gardens, the fern garden, and the dye garden.

The vegetable, rose, and herb gardens are maintained by the Master Gardeners of Union County, based on American Colonial practices.

The Miller-Cory House and gardens will open house for tours by authentically costumed docents on Sundays starting in September.  For information, call 908-232-1776.

The Rake and Hoe Garden Club of Westfield has a long history of serving the community.  They maintain the Miller-Cory gardens, the Westfield Northside Train Station garden, and the Shadowlawn Road pocket garden.  Their membership spans all ages, interests and occupations.  Members feel that their diversity is one of their greatest strengths and all share one thing in common: a love of flowers and gardening.  For membership questions please call Maryann Pietruszki, club president, 908-789-9254.

The Master Gardeners of Union County engages in community service and maintains an extensive demonstration garden in the Watchung Reservation.  To volunteer, call 908-654-9854 or visit

America in Bloom is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting nationwide beautification and education programs.  For information, visit or