The Showcase Magazine - Salutes

By Erik Slagle

Forest Lodge, located on 50 pristine rustic acres in Warren Township, is celebrating their 88th year in the community. What started out as a summer family and friends retreat in the 1930s has evolved into one of New Jersey’s largest and most creative event venues.

Linda Taylor, vice president of the facility for over 30 years, is involved in all aspects of the event planning and considers it her specialty. “The most important thing we can do is listen and get to know each one of our clients so their ideas are executed to perfection,” she said.

Owners Charlie and Maria Alberto of Watchung, along with Linda and their new general manager Brian Howard, have successfully made Forest Lodge one of NJ and NY’s most sought-after venues. Every event is tailored to their clients’ needs, including custom menus and themes. Do you want to feel like you’re in New Orleans at Mardi Gras? If so, you and your guests can enjoy steaming hot Jambalaya and Shrimp Creole while the jester, jazz band and full size float turn Forest Lodge into Bourbon Street!! Is Vegas more your style? Then you will find yourself surrounded by casino games and hourly shows featuring magicians, dancers, ventriloquists and other performers. Or how about a country and western theme with a petting zoo, pony rides, hay rides, and a pumpkin patch? One of their most popular themes is the Jersey boardwalk, with carnival games, rides, inflatables, and a zeppole trailer full of funnel cake, fried Oreos, and fresh-squeezed lemonade.

When it comes to landscape design and construction, the difference often lies in the people you choose to do the work. Choose Mike Galbraith and his team at Galbraith Landscape in Scotch Plains, and your home improvement project will be in capable hands that have served this area for more than 30 years.

From creating perfect lawns and custom landscaping, to supplying flowers and accessories from their own plant nursery, Galbraith Landscape offers everything you need to add the perfect outdoor touches to your home. And their services go even further: they can help prepare your property ahead of a remodeling project or even clear a lot for new constructions!

“We have years of experience helping residents and businesses get their properties ready for expansions, improvements, and groundup construction,” Mike says. “Whether it’s a new home build or an addition, Galbraith Landscape has everything you need in terms of tools, equipment, and manpower. Heavy truck services, top soil fill – we can handle it all for you so that your construction project starts off as smoothly as possible.”

From building outdoor living spaces to handling the smallest touches within your landscaping, Galbraith is the company to call for all of your improvement projects. That includes hardscape work like retaining walls, drainage systems, and seasonal cleanups. They can give your home a fresh, modern look by installing or repairing existing walkways, steps, patios, curbs and Belgium block trim. In short, if you’re wondering if they can help on the outdoor project you’ve been thinking about tackling, the answer is probably “Yes.”

And they don’t just get the job done – they get it done RIGHT.

“We take pride at Galbraith in doing the job right, the first time, and we don’t cut corners,” Mike says. “We’ll do our best to work within each client’s budget, and we see the start of each project as the beginning of a long-term relationship. It’s been a pleasure to serve the Watchung Mountains community and surrounding areas for as long as we have, and we look forward to doing so for many more years to come.”

Mike got his start as a teenager working with a landscaping company, and it wasn’t long before he realized he could take his vision and drive and start his own service. That experience shows in how he and his team approach each job: with the highest attention to detail and quality. And if you want to see the end results in person, just look around the area for the Galbraith Landscape signs on the lawns of satisfied customers. A visit to will also give you the chance to browse their photo galleries of finished projects. You can also follow them on Facebook for helpful landscaping maintenance tips.

Complimentary initial consultations are available no matter type of project you’re starting as well. Trust the quality and experience of Galbraith Landscape – call 908-3