2022 April FGCCT Annual Meeting

On Wednesday, April 13, our president, one of our vice-presidents and our corresponding secretary gathered with the members of many Connecticut garden clubs at the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut Annual Meeting and Luncheon. Vendors were in good supply with products both beautiful and practical. Clubs across the state made centerpieces that decorated each table. There was a fun raffle with lots of wonderful prizes. The keynote speaker, Leslie Marino, gave a presentation on Frederick Law Olmsted that held the interest of all present. We were particularly proud when our president, Joanne McKendry, was called to the stage to receive an award of appreciation for her work as Chair of the Lovely Garden Award, given to her by FGCCT president Polly Brooks.

2022 March General Meeting

The club was pleased to be able to meet in person for its March 17th general meeting. We welcomed Renee Marsh, Horticultural Chair of FGCCT and owner of A Simpler Place, a landscaping consulting service. Renee helped us look at how to apply the basics of interior design to our gardens and add a personal flair to outdoor spaces. With a St. Patrick’s Day theme, the event was a happy gathering.

2021 Annual Wreath Making

Happy December, everyone. By now you may have noticed various wreaths popping up on town buildings. The Garden Club was happy to hold its annual wreath making activity day back on November 18th. This year we were able to return to making the large wreath for Town Hall as a group but continued with Grab-and-Go wreathmaking for our smaller wreaths.

Wreath Making Activity

Wreaths Around Town

2021 FGCCT Awards

We are pleased to announce that on October 27, 2021, the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut recognized The Garden Club of Brookfield with six awards. The awards were made based on reports of the club’s 2020 activities.

Garden Therapy – Award of Excellence

Historic, Memorial and Public Gardens – Award of Excellence

Civic Development – Certificate of Individual Achievement to Jeanne Futter

Horticultural – Certificate of Individual Achievement to Kathy Berg

Horticultural – Certificate of Individual Achievement to Dianne Mariano

Special Award – Club Certificate of Appreciation to Norma Jean Macauto

This year’s awards meeting was again held virtually. You can see this year’s Awards Meeting Program Book online at the FGCCT website.

Congratulations all around!

National Garden Week – Day 7 – Virtual Tour

“Gardening enables members of Garden Clubs across the nation and the world to make a world of difference in the communities where they reside and work.”

On our final tour day, we begin with a visit to Jan’s garden. Jan appreciates her garden most when she sits on her porch in the summer.  Her garden invites birds, butterflies, chipmunks and more – and they all provide enjoyment. Neatly terraced steps with spikes of salvia beckon you further into the garden. A bed with hosta and phlox frames the back of the house.  Drifts of yellow flowers almost float in the air and provide contrast to the dark green of the woods.

Although we visited mostly flower gardens this week, we cannot forget about the fun of vegetable gardens. NJ has one. It consists of two 4×8 raised beds, a 2×8 elevated bed and several containers.  Tomatoes, cucumbers, basil, scallions in the first, beans, cucumbers, lettuce, squash in the second, radishes, swiss chard, and carrots in the third.  There are red geraniums on a red hook for show and practical marigolds and sunflowers to attract beneficial insects.  There is even a bench for sitting with a glass of wine in the evening to observe the garden’s progress.

Thanks for visiting today’s gardens and for celebrating National Garden Week with us. Happy gardening!

National Garden Week – Day 6 – Virtual Tour

“Gardening promotes a healthy lifestyle that lasts a lifetime, helps reduce stress from other areas of our life, teaches that rewards can come from diligent efforts…”

Today let us start our tour with Kathy’s garden. Showy clematis complement the vibrant mountain pinks. And look at that rhododendron in the same hue. But yellow peonies and cushion spurge are like sunshine itself.

 Marie is one of our newest club members. Her early spring garden provides bright yellow and purple with daffodils and hyacinth.  A four-legged friend poses in front of the lilac. And a pink azalea makes a statement.

Thanks for being with us today. Happy gardening!

National Garden Week – Day 5 – Virtual Tour

“Gardening furnishes a challenging and productive activity for our citizens, for those just learning as well as those having years of experience…”

We start today’s tour with a visit to Sheila’s garden.  Sheila has confessed a fascination with irises, and these two are just a sampling. There is much color and texture in Sheila’s garden. Pink weigela abounds and is beautiful in bloom.  That pink creeping phlox in the rock crevice is both determined and gorgeous.  And who would have thought this hot orange flower is called an ice plant.

Next up is Jeanne’s garden.  Jeanne is a whiz with shady spots. You can be, too. Lots of plants are happy to live in shade. Here, candelabra primulas thrive near a shady brook. Hostas and aquilegia are happy in shade under the deck. But all is not shade in Jeanne’s garden.  Irises are quite happy in these sunny spots.

Thanks for being with us today. Happy gardening!

National Garden Week – Day 4 – Virtual Tour

“Gardeners advocate the importance of all creatures, large and small, that share our world and their roles in a balanced and productive ecology…”

We are stopping by four garden spots today.  First, check out the sleek silver mailbox at Cindy’s partnered with the bold purple of clematis. A site to behold for mail deliverer and recipient alike. 

Next stop is Dianne’s garden.  Butterflies love the toad lilies that she grows. 

Barbara’s best friend likes her garden and settles in the pachysandra for a pose.  Greeting visitors coming up the drive is a pretty array of azalea, coral bells, hosta, yarrow, and creeping phlox.

Finally, a share from an unnamed member with a sense of humor.  It is called ‘a little bit of country’.

Thanks for being with us today. Happy gardening!

National Garden Week – Day 3 – Virtual Tour

“Gardeners work to preserve our country’s traditional spirit of independence and initiative through innovation and hard work…”

For today’s tour, let us begin with Laura’s garden. The daffodils were first on the scene in her garden.  What a bright display.  But not to be outdone, the roses are stealing the show.  Tucked against a wall, the peonies are nothing at all like wallflowers.  And a concrete basket of pink geraniums in a corner bed filled with salvia and peonies is an inviting area filled with color.

Next up, we visit Leo’s garden which was bedecked this spring with an array of colors from his many azalea and rhododendron shrubs.  Leo likes to make use of rock formations within the garden. They add a great structural element. And what can one say about those hostas! This was just a sampling of his many varieties.

Thanks for being with us today. Happy gardening!

National Garden Week – Day 2 – Virtual Tour

“Gardeners seek to add beauty, splendor, fragrance and nutrition to our lives through the growing of herbs, vegetables, foliage and flowers…”

Today we will visit Joanne’s garden.  Joanne is the classic avid gardener with a true gardener’s eye and skill. Look how just a few plants can dress up a functional shed. Aren’t those shoes a creative addition? Joanne loves to get into the patriotic mood and makes sure that her plants do, too. She combines red bee balm, white feverfew, and blue hydrangea to get the right effect. With Japanese ghost ferns, a graceful Japanese maple, and a lovely stone lantern, a corner of the garden has a ‘Zen’ atmosphere. Succulents find a home next to a wall. Cascading syringa ‘bridal veil’ does justice to its name. And a closeup of a lace cap hydrangea bloom is stunning.

Thanks for being with us today. Happy gardening!