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Awards Program

 

For the 2014 Awards Booklet, click here.

Federation Awards Committee Meeting

On June 12, 2014, our Federation's Awards Committee met at Chairman Janet Spaulding's home to review the many annual reports sent in by our clubs in addition to several three-page Awards Applications specially prepared for projects done throughout the year. Based on your submissions, we will have a great number of clubs and/or individuals who will receive recognition at our October 29th Awards Luncheon at Aqua Turf.

Members in attendance (L-R) Historic/Memorial/Public Gardens Chair Nancy Lenoce; Civic Development Chair Maureen Carson; Youth Chair Ann Germano;
Garden Therapy Chair Dottie Fox; Advisory Council Chair Ronnie Schoelzel; Awards Vice-Chair Helen Pritchard; Silver Manager Inge Venus;
Seated: Awards Chair Janet Spaulding. Unable to attend: Environmental Concerns/Conservation Chair Louise Weber; Horticulture Chair Pamela Weil and Tribute Awards Chair Leslie Martino.

 

The 84th Annual Awards Meeting and Luncheon was held on November 20, 2013 at AquaTurf in Plantsville, CT.

 

THE BRONZE MEDAL 2013

President Jacqueline Connell is shown handing the Bronze Medal to Dr. Casper Ultee. Photo by Inge Venus.

This year The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut is pleased to give our highest award, The Bronze Medal, to Dr. Casper Ultee, of Granby, CT for his outstanding life-time contributions to Botany in our State.

Born in Noordwijk, the Netherlands in 1946, the grandson of a forester and son of a grower and exporter of bulbs, Mr. Ultee’s interest in and knowledge of plants was part of his heritage. He first came to the United States through a scholarto study at Hope College in Michigan. Surprisingly, plants did not end up as his career choice. Although he started to major in biology, he found the endless courses in anatomy, designed for pre-medical students, uninteresting. He switched his major to physics, mathematics and chemistry, eventually receiving his PhD in Physical Chemistry from Purdue University in 1954. He was employed at the United Technologies Corporation, working in his field until his retirement in 1962. It was then – in retirement-- that he returned to his family roots.

During most of the 1990’s Dr.Ultee was president of the Connecticut Botanical Society, ensuring its success and keeping it alive through lecturing and conducting field trips through the woods, fields and bogs of Connecticut. Under his leadership the CBS provided educational exhibits at The Federation’s State Flower Show, while also entering his own horticulture. He devoted hours maintaining and updating the Connecticut Botanical Society’s herbarium at Yale. His work with the herbarium helped him locate many lost stands of rare and endangered plants in Connecticut for identification and preservation. More recently, he was a member of the committee responsible for the publication of the latest checklist of “Native and Naturalized Higher Vascular Plants of Connecticut.” In addition, he has studied invasive plants in Connecticut and written numerous articles on plants and plant identification for professionals, gardeners and children.

He received awards from the New England Wildflower Society, the 2005 Connecticut State Award and was an avid member of the Connecticut Cactus and Succulent Society.

Throughout his career, Dr.Ultee was known for his own beautiful garden, which he typically started each year with 30-40 different kinds of seeds from all over the world. These days, he writes, he still keeps “a good sized greenhouse” to overwinter tender plants and focuses special interest on his collection of sedums and other succulents, which he grows and shares with other gardeners. With respect to his contributions, he modestly writes: “[w]e are really talking about history.” But it is a history of service deserving of recognition.

Caspar Ultee--Botanist, preservationist, rare plant specialist, and gardener par excellence—we salute you, and thankyou for your outstanding contributions and leadership in the field of Botany in our State.
   

 

 

Our president, Jacqueline Connell, was kept busy handing out dozens of silver awards.

 


Federation Awards Committee Meeting

On June 17, 2013, our Federation's Awards Committee met at Chairman Janet Spaulding's home to go over the many annual reports sent in by our clubs in addition to several three-page Awards Applications specially prepared for projects done throughout the year. Based on your submissions, we will have a great number of clubs and/or individuals who will receive recognition at our November 20th Awards Luncheon at Aqua Turf.

Shown in the photo, from left to right, are President Jacqueline Connell; Advisory Council Chair Ronnie Schoelzel; Horticulture Chair Pamela Weil; Second VP Leslie Martino; Environmental Concerns/Conservation Chair Louise Weber; Historic/Public/Memorial Gardens Chair Nancy Lenoce; Awards Chair Janet Spaulding; Youth Activities Chair Barbara Norrgard; Civic Development Chair Maureen Carson; and Awards Vice-Chair Helen Pritchard. Absent from photo is Garden Therapy Chair Dottie Fox.

Photo courtesy of Inge Venus.

 


        
                                                                                                                         
John Campanelli – University of Connecticut – Field of Study: Sustainable Organic Horticulture

Julie Carson – Yale University – Field of Study: Environmental Studies and Community Building

Bryan Crowley – Yale University – Field of Study: Environmental Science

Shane Feyers – Yale University – Field of Study:   Environmental Management

Christopher Lorentson – Eastern CT State University – Field of Study: Sustainable Energy Science

Julius Pasay – Yale University – Field of Study:   Forestry

Timothy White – Yale University – Field of Study: Environmental Management

 

 


Tribute Awards

Each year at the Annual Awards Meeting, The Federation honors outstanding members of local clubs for their service to club, community and state with Tribute Awards.

Click here for our 2013 winners!


Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc.
Connecticut Flower Show Awards*

CONNECTICUT JUDGES DESIGN AWARD - Old Gold Rosette [95 pts. or more]

This award may be given to an outstanding exhibit in a design class which is ineligible for a National Award. Only one may be given per show. Examples: Novice, miniatures, door wreaths, corsages etc.

THE AWARD OF EXCELLENCE IN FLOWER SHOW ACHIEVEMENT - Red Ribbon

This award may be given to a Standard Flower Show being evaluated and scoring 95 or more but NOT going on to National Garden Clubs for an award.

CONNECTICUT JUDGES SPECIAL AWARD - Yellow and White Rosette [94 pts. or more]

This award may be given to one Educational or Special Exhibit that awakens interest in a subject and stimulates the viewer to learn more. There are no space requirements. Scale of points:

Achieves objectives of involving the viewer 40
One dominant thought 20
Staging 20
Theme conformity 10
Accuracy 10
TOTAL 100

CONNECTICUT SILVER AND BLUE ROSETTE [90 pts. or more]

A flower show award in recognition of Education and Special Exhibits that may be given at the discretion of the judges (one or more per show). This award is offered to exhibits eligible for the Brown and White Educational Award so that it would be possible for each outstanding exhibit to receive an award. This award may be presented to other than garden club members exhibits which qualify.

NOTE: (The Brown & White requires 95 pts. or more WITH specific space requirements. This award should score 90 pts. or more but has NO space requirements.)

CONNECTICUT GARDEN AWARD - Green and White Rosette

This may be awarded to the outstanding garden scoring 95 or above in a Standard Flower Show and/or House and Garden Show or Tour. Scale of Points:

Design of garden and special features 30
Plant quality and suitability 25
Color harmony 15
Relationship to house or building 15
Maintenance 15
TOTAL 100

CONNECTICUT GROUP HORITCULTURE AWARD - Hunter Green and Gold Rosette

This award may be given at any Standard Flower Show presented by The FGCCT or member clubs for a group effort for garden design or other horticultural effort. The exhibit must score 95 points or higher. Only one may be awarded per show.

CONNECTICUT SILVER AND PINK YOUTH AWARD

A Flower Show Award in recognition of Junior/Intermediate Educational and Special Exhibits may be given at the discretion of the judges. This award may be offered to exhibits eligible for the Junior Achievement/Intermediate Meritorious Award making it possible for each outstanding exhibit to receive an award.

NOTE: This award may be viewed as comparable to the Connecticut. Silver and Blue but in the Junior/Intermediate Division. More than one may be given in the same show. It MAY NOT be given to an exhibit that received the Junior Achievement Award. It may be given to an ex hibit which is eligible for the Jr. Achievement and/or Intermediate Meritorious Award. Thus the second exhibit is now eligible for the Meritorious Award, enabling both exhibits to be recognized.

* These awards may be given in a Standard Flower Show in addition to National Garden Clubs, Inc., flower show awards. The Standard System of Awarding, listed in the 2007 "Handbook for Flower Shows," shall be used.

[Note: Connecticut Flower Show Rosettes and entry cards may be purchased from The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., office in Branford.]

For National Garden Clubs Flower Show Awards, click here.

There is nothing The Federation likes to do better, than to present awards to member clubs and individuals that have outstanding projects. Projects such as civic beautification, garden therapy, youth programs, conservation, wild flower plantings. Sometimes, you as a club don't realize that you are doing something unusual, that is why it is so important for you to complete the annual report form, which is sent to the president of each club at the beginning of the new year. These forms are then sent to the appropriate chair, who seeks out the clubs with the most exciting and challenging projects. The state chair may ask that your club prepare a book of evidence. A book of evidence is easy to prepare if you have been keeping a photo story, have newspaper publicity and letters of appreciation from town officials, or others that have been served by your garden club members. The key to Federated Garden Club of Connecticut awards is to let your story be known ... don't hide the facts of your wonderful projects. We want to REWARD YOU for all your hard work.

Deadlines for FGCCT Awards

For a complete list of all awards offered by FGCCT, click here.

For more information on FGCCT Awards, please contact Janet Spaulding, 9 Applewood Lane, Glastonbury, CT 06033, tel. 860-430-2636; email spaulding.janet@att.net

Deadline Award
November 1 Nominations for Member Award of Honor to 2nd Vice President.
November 15

Yearbook (program) Entries (3 copies) to Yearbook Chair
Youth Entries - Smokey Bear, Woodsy Owl
to Youth Activities Chair

Newsletter Publication Entries to Public Relations Chair

December 15 Deadline for Newsletter Awards to State Public Relations Chair
Rebecca Paul
259 Saw Mill Road
Guilford, CT 06437
Email
January 25 Publicity Press Book to State Public Relations Chair
Rebecca Paul
259 Saw Mill Road
Guilford, CT 06437
Email
March 1 NGC Scholarship Applications to Scholarship Chair
May 1 Nominations for the Bronze Medal to Awards Chair
June 1 Tribute Award Nominations to 2nd Vice President
All Books of Evidence due to appropriate Chairs:
Civic Development
Environmental Concerns/Conservation
Garden Therapy
Historic Preservation/Memorial and Public Gardens
Horticulture
Youth Activities
June 15 Landscape Design Council Award for Excellence in Design
June 15 Gardening Consultants Council's "LOVE-LY" Garden Award" Click here for application form (PDF format)
July 1 FGCCT Scholarship Applications to Scholarship Chair
August 15 Deadline for Tribute Awards to Second VP, Membership Chair
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