Branford Garden Club


The Branford Garden Club has been recognized on the national, regional and state levels.


The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., bestowed upon the Branford Garden Club the following honors

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Awarded by the Gardening Consultants Council, Shaune & Jan Miller won the 2017 Penny Jarvis Love-ly Garden Award, to recognize their beautifully landscaped pond and gardens. The prize was an engraved piece of Stony Creek granite. There is only one garden from the state chosen each year so this is a very special award—and a third for BGC members.

Winifred Judge was recognized twice. One was a Silver Tray award of Excellence for a Historic, Memorial and Public Garden. The award was for an upgrading and planting at the Yale monument. Winnifred also won the Civic Creativity Award of Individual Achievement. Her vision of beautiful landscaping and plantings throughout Branford has had a significant influence on the town of Branford.

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Garden Therapy received the Silver Tray Award of Excellence for the weekly and monthly flower contributions at the Community Dining Room, Artis Memory Care Center, Orchard House Day Care, and Branford Hills Health Care. Karen Rossamondo received the award for herself and co-team leader Loretta Grant, (posthumously).



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A Certificate of Achievement was awarded for Monarch Madness, a project undertaken to create monarch and pollinator habitats in the community, transform members' gardens to habitats, and qualify for Registered Monarch Way Stations. Well done, Hedy Bastian and Patty Collins.

Branford Garden Club received a Certificate of Appreciation for being one of 10 garden clubs in the state that volunteered to make a movie-themed tablescape for the luncheon. Debbie Vallas, Eunice Lasala and Paula Inglese were inspired by Breakfast at Tiffanys.



Standard Flower Show Achievement Award: 5-D Standard Flower Show – Certificate of Commendation for “The Farmer’s Market”



  • President’s Project Golden Days – Certificate of Commendation and Appreciation


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presented to Ann Freeman.  The inscription reads: “In recognition of your many contributions: The innovative redesign of our Yearbook….the promotion and coordination of ticket sales for the October fundraiser….your role as Garden Club photographer. Thank you for all that you do for the Branford Garden Club. You make lasting memories. When there is a problem you can always be counted on to offer a creative solution.



The search for Branford Gardens that best fit within the guidelines of "outstanding horticultural and/or landscaping design" begins each Spring.  The 2017 winners are:

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Residential: Robert Graham, Stony Creek

Mr. Graham has done an outstanding job of landscaping his garden.  He does  all he work himself, which is no easy task.  In fact, we first met him coming home from work early one day to spend time trimming and shaping his numerous shrubs and trees.  His hard work has paid off, the yard is beautiful.

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Commercial: By the Sea Day Spa, Doreen Costanzo, Manager, Branford

Ms. Costanzo told us that they are very proud of their Spa and try especially hard to keep it looking attractive.  The overall feeling is calm and comfortable both inside and out.  The backyard has a cozy seating area under the trees to relax and enjoy the fresh air.


Civic Pride: Branford Community Vegetable Gardens - Carol Soehnlein, President, Branford

The hard working members of this group have done an outstanding job of supplying fresh produce weekly to the Community Dining Room.  To support their endeavors they hold vegetable and flower sales on the Branford Green a few times a season.  It takes hours of work to plant and maintain both garden locations.  Their effort is very much appreciated.


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Club Member: Hedy Bastian, Branford

Hedy gave us a tour of her lovely garden.  Flowers were blooming everywhere.  She has a butterfly sanctuary, and is very conscious of the types of flowers that will attract both butterflies and bees.  The effort it takes to maintain her yard is tremendous.