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Asharoken Garden Club wreaths kick off NYC’s Fleet Week

The Asharoken Garden Club has been chosen to make three ceremonial wreaths to present to the vessels leading the Parade of Ships that will kick off Fleet week Wednesday in New York City.

The club has been celebrating green thumbs and horticulture for more than 90 years, and members jumped at the opportunity to make something special to honor members of the military during Fleet Week.

Since its founding in 1924, the group has made donations to many organizations.

Club members chose a red, white and blue theme in their wreath design, using red carnations, white spider mums and baby’s breath, among other flowers, said Karen Breen, the member leading the project. Some of the greens used in the wreaths were plucked from a club member’s garden.

The women designed the wreaths “with great love and dedication for our veterans and active military,” Breen said. “Members of the Asharoken Garden Club are very honored.”

The wreaths are to be presented to the ship captains in a private event at the Brooklyn Cruise Terminal where 750 sailors, Marines and Coast Guardsmen will disembark from the USS Farragut, USS Bainbridge and the USCGC Forward, said Jennifer Pinto, a Northport resident who is organizing the welcome celebration.

The Garden Club’s wreaths will be placed on the quarter deck of each vessel, where they will remain on display for public tours throughout Fleet Week.

Breen said Fleet Week is “without a doubt” the most high-profile opportunity the club has had to showcase its work and support veterans.

“The Asharoken Garden Club is making it’s mark,” she said.

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