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The Garden Club of Orange - A Standard Flower Show - June 1, 2013

"Let's Celebrate The Arts"

Award of Merit
Maryellen Bespuda - Vegetables and Herbs
Mary Ellen Unger - Container Grown Plants (Bethany Garden Club)
Joanne Friedrichs - Ferns
Linda Bradford - Herbaceous Perennials Grown for Foliage
Sweepstakes Award
Lana Ho
Arboreal Award
Linda Bradford - Needled and Broadleaf Evergreen Trees and Shrubs
Nancy Becque -
Flowering Trees or Shrubs
Horticultural Excellence
Mary Ellen Unger (Bethany Garden Club)


Designer's Choice Award
Jeanette Hafner - "Art Imitates Art"
Diana DeFillippo - "Setting the Stage"
Award of Design Excellence
Diana DeFillippo - "Setting the Stage"

Special Exhibits:

Educational Top Exhibitor Award
Marion Rizzo - "Sight Through Sound"
CT Judges Award
Diane Geary and Sandy Horling - "Humming Along With Bees"
CT Silver and Blue Award
Theresa Azoti - "Poetry in Bloom"
Marion Rizzo - "Learning By Doing"

Artistic Craft Award:

Nettie Bartocetti - "Beach Chic"

Photos by Lana Ho.

Holiday Fun in Wethersfield

Instead of our normal December holiday sit down dinner, we choose to hold a cookie exchange, garden gift grab bag, and a fund raiser. Our program committee arranged all the activities and it was a great success and a lot of fun, as you can see from the photos.

We raised $77 for our local food bank by asking our members to donate $2 and in return, make a bird seed ornament using cookie cutters. They worked out great and even the birds (and probably a few squirrels) enjoyed some holiday treats.

One of our members made a beautiful holiday center piece which she generously raffled off at the end of the meeting also.

Honoring Our Past

Preserving History in New Hartford

Volunteers from The New Hartford Garden Club are assisting in the upkeep and restoration of the Old Nepaug Cemetery. November brought a hearty garden club work crew to the Old Nepaug Cemetery for the planting of 200 daffodil bulbs in a third year of effort to brighten the little cemetery on Route 202. Outside their customary town projects, members rallied around member Linda Dryansky when she became involved with maintaining the Old Nepaug Cemetery and quickly realized it was a far more extensive project than initially anticipated. The list of necessities grew overwhelming as mowing, weed control, bulb planting, repairs and preservation of the stones, etc. were initiated by the intrepid but diminutive crew.
The town's past can be viewed carved in each stone, and history deeply marks the hallowed ground. The Old Nepaug cemetery holds 161 interments... and while most of the graves are from the 1800's, the oldest stone is the grave of Shubael Crow (a Veteran Revolutionary War Pensioner) marking his death in 1798. Obelisks, carved stone, gravestones, markers and sculptures requiring repair, cleaning and straightening await the spring when volunteers will have at it once more.
Plans are to organize a separate and dedicated non-profit to manage the care and restoration of the cemetery as well as chronicle the compelling history represented by each headstone. If you have been seeking a rewarding way to contribute to a community project and would like to help, please contact Linda at Our winter wish list is: a non-profit guru who can shepherd volunteers through the process of setting up the organization, a marketer who can create and discharge press releases as needed, a grant writer, a biography buff/historian to search out and record the family histories from the stones, and volunteers to bring energy and ideas. Donations are welcome, and will be used for cemetery repair and upkeep. For more information, readers may contact Linda Dryansky at 860.738.4538 or

Holiday Wrap-up

Southbury Garden Club Trims Trees With Lutheran Home Residents

(Pictured below: Southbury Garden Club member, Ingrid Ferenczy, and Lutheran Home resident, Mary Kinzly, pause to admire the live boxwood tree they decorated for use as a holiday centerpiece in the dining room.)

The Southbury Garden Club held a boxwood design workshop where members created beautiful miniature boxwood trees to decorate their homes during the holiday season. In addition they assembled 15 extra trees to donate to the Lutheran Home in Southbury.

A dozen garden club members brought the trees and ornaments to the Lutheran Home, where they spent the afternoon helping residents deck the trees. The long lasting live trees were used as centerpieces in the dining room during the holiday season. Both club members and residents look forward to this annual activity and the chance to share friendships and memories of past holiday seasons.

The program is part of the club's ongoing civic outreach garden therapy program. In the spring, members fill baskets with a live plant and assorted small toiletries for the residents at Safe Haven, the organization which provides emergency refuge for women attempting to leave abusive relationships.

The club also presents annual awards to local businesses that have used landscaping to make Southbury an attractive place to live and shop. Members also maintain community gardens at several town parks and decorate the town buildings with greenery during the holiday season.

Country Gardeners of Glastonbury's Focus:  Giving 

Country Gardeners of Glastonbury GardenClub focused on giving in December, first by decorating the front entrance of the Wells-Turner Memorial Library with a wreath made from more than five types of evergreens. The club also donated toys, clothes and gift cards to the Toy Shop, organized by the town's department of Social Services.

(Pictured at left: Janine Fielder (l.), Social Work Coordinator, accepts a donation from Donna Nowak (center) and Trish Manfredi on behalf of the club.

Cheshire Garden Club Sponsors Annual Community Event 

For the past 57 years, Cheshire Garden Club has sponsored a Holiday Door Decorating Contest.   Residents can enter one of six categories:  Holiday Door, Entire Front, Youth Motif, Vintage Home, Garden Club Member, and Public Building.  The Cheshire Herald devotes an entire page to six captioned photos featuring the winner in each category.

At left, Cheshire Garden Club member Inge Venus, chairman of the event, congratulating Suburban Garden Club member Jessica Fischer as the winner of the Garden Club Member category.  

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June 4, 2015