Frequently asked Questions and Answers about Keyport GardenWalk
Thank you for making Keyport GardenWalk 2019 a success! We loved hosting you!
Keyport Garden Walk Hotline:
Keyport Garden Club President Nuray Aykin Cell:
Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions or issues.
1. How much are the tickets? Keyport Garden Walk, the GardenTalks, KGW Garden Guide are all free.
2. How does GardenWalk work? Keyport GardenWalk is a self–guided tour. Visitors pick up their complimentary Garden Guide at the waterfront pavilion (KGW headquarters). Garden Guides will also be available on the website on Friday, May 31st. Garden Guides will also be distributed to the Garden Talk attendees. Visitors can see as many or as few gardens as they choose and they can view the gardens in any order.
3. Are descriptions of the gardens available? Yes, at the Welcome Center at the waterfront gazebo. There, too, you will find a poster with an enlarged map and descriptions to help you plan your garden visits.
4. Can I walk to all of the gardens? Our mile-square borough is quite walkable. You may also wish to bicycle, or drive. For those who drive, check the map for GardenWalk zones – these represent a cluster of gardens open for GardenWalk that are near one another.
5. Can I visit all the gardens in one day? Some do. You will set your own pace. There are dozens of unique gardens, open from 11 am to 3 pm each of the two days of GardenWalk: Saturday and Sunday.
6. Are there public restrooms? There are two public comfort stations noted in the Garden Guide. They are located at Borough Hall (70 West Front Street), and Fire Museum (86 Broad Street). There are also two portable restrooms by the boat basin and one at the boat ramp. The bathrooms inside the homes are off limits.
7. Can I ride my bike to the gardens? Yes! It’s a very popular option. You may also rent a LimeBike, located throughout town.
8. How does LimeBike rental work? You will need to download the LimeBike app. Use the app to find a nearby LimeBike on the map. Unlock your ride by scanning QR code or entering ID. Once you’ve arrived, or are done with the bike, park and lock it safely out of the way of foot traffic. The charge ($1 for every 30 minutes of ride time) is automatically charged to your account.
9. Are there pedicabs this year? No, the Central Park pedicabs were not able to participate this year.
10. Where are the Garden Talks? Garden Talks take place at 9:30 at Borough Hall (Council Chambers), 70 West Front Street, Keyport. Complimentary coffee/nibbles at 9:00 am each day at the venue. Saturday – “Butterfly Gardening” Jane Hurwitz, Author and Expert
Sunday – “Attracting Spring and Summer Birds to Your Back Yard” David Saidnawey, Wild Birds Unlimited
11. I didn’t pre-register for a Garden Talk – can I still go? Yes, visitors are welcome to attend providing seating is available.
12. Where can I get something to eat? Keyport has a range for every taste and price range. A restaurant guide is available at the KGW Headquarters. The Keyport Dining Guide has also been uploaded to our KGW website.
13. Can I buy some KGW swag? Merchandise is available at KGW headquarters (waterfront pavilion). Double handle totes are $15. Posters suitable for framing are $5 each. Magnets are $1 each or 6 for $5, six designs available! KGW Art Pack Note Cards are 12 for $8.00. KGW 50/50 raffle tickets are $5.00. The winning ticket will be drawn on Sunday, June 2nd at 6:00pm. We will also have a limited amount of previous years’ KGW merchandise for sale. Our Vintage KGW handmade photo coasters are $2.00 each/4 for $7.00. Water Bottles are $15.00 each.
14. Does Keyport GardenWalk accept donations? In a word – YES. There will be a donation jar at our KGW HQ. Visitors can also make a secured donation via Pay Pal or major credit card at the “Support Us” tab on our website – www.keyportgardenwalk.org
15. I have a gardening question - who can help? Monmouth County Master Gardeners/Master Composters (Master Composter on Sunday only) will be staffing Helpline Tables near the rain gardens. Visitors are welcome to stop by to pick up information or ask gardening questions.
16. Members of the Green Team will also have a table set up in Waterfront Park.
17. Is the GardenWalk really over at 3:00pm? If our gardeners are enjoying themselves and still have energy they will keep their flags out signaling to visitors they are still accepting guests. No flag….no visitors, please.
18. Who are Musicians on a Mission? Musicians on a Mission (“MOAM”) will have a table in front of Espresso Joe’s on Saturday and Sunday to provide more information about this organization. There will be musicians playing at selected gardens and at the mini park.
Keyport Police Explorers/KPD Special Officers – We are fortunate to have Keyport Police Explorers and KPD Special Officers on hand to assist visitors crossing streets at certain intersections. Please listen to them, they are looking out for everyone’s safety.
Handicapped accessible gardens – Are noted in the Garden Guide.
Pet friendly gardens – Are noted in the Garden Guide. Both Old Glory and McDonagh’s have pet friendly patios. Burlew’s allows patrons with pets to sit near the fence.