Too bad there are not more travel related shows that feature places like this. His reference to New Jersey as the Garden State stuck, and it is known by the moniker today. The Garden Club of New Jersey, Inc. (GCNJ), founded in 1925, is a federation of individual local garden clubs throughout the state. I do not believe that the average citizen of New Jersey regards his state as more peculiarly identifiable with gardening for farming than any of its other industries or occupations.". Garden State Greenways is a tool for all those involved in conserving open space, farmland, and historic areas. We're used to it.