Branford Garden Club

2019 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS

The Branford Garden Club has two sections - Daytime and Evening.

DAYTIME MEETINGS

Meetings are held on the first Thursday of each month at 12:00 PM, at the Branford Fire Department, 46 Main Street.

There are no meetings in January, July and August.  December is the annual holiday and awards meeting and typically held at the Pine Orchard Country Club. 

All meetings are open so that members may include guests.  You will be notified if there is a guest fee, which is usually because of an exceptional and costly speaker.

A light lunch of finger sandwiches and salads made by Club members is served at noon,  followed by a business meeting and the program. 

EVENING MEETINGS

Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month, at 6:30 PM,  at the Branford Police Department, 33 Laurel Street, unless specified otherwise. The speaker follows at 6:45 pm.

There are no meetings in January, July and August.  All meetings are open so that members may include guests.  

Branford Fire Department, 46 Main Street

Branford Police Department, 33 Laurel St.

2019 Programs

CALENDAR @ A GLANCE

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February 5WHAT PLANTS TALK ABOUT (Video) (Evening)

Scientist J.C. Cahill takes us on a journey into the secret world of plants, revealing an astonishing landscape where plants eavesdrop on each other, talk to their allies, call in insect mercenaries, and nurture their young. It is a world of pulsing activity, where plants communicate, co-operate and, sometimes wage all-out war.

 

February 7COMMUNITY GARDEN AWARDS & RECOGNITION (Daytime)  

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Beautiful Gardens of Branford. 

The Community Gardens Awards Committee will recognize and present awards to Branford gardeners, both residential and commercial, who beautify our town with their creative and colorful gardens. Awardees will join us for lunch at a reserved table. There will not be an outside speaker at this meeting.

Conservation.

Small steps each of us can take - a variety of conversation reminders for everyone.

Horticulture.

Every month we have a suggested theme for Display, however, you are always welcome to bring in ANY horticultural displays, even if they are not relevant to the theme.  Please share whatever you are excited about in any given month!

Educational: Your heirloom, beloved, weird, striking, or unusual wonders from the outdoor garden, along with some information on seed catalogs.

Display: Bring on the green: Broadleaf and Needled Evergreens.

Sharing: Seed catalogs and magazines

 

March 5 - UTILIZATION OF COMPOSTING IN THE GARDEN (Evening)

Dr. Abigail Maynard from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) will discuss different uses for compost in the garden and how compost affects the soil and the surrounding environment, as well as how different vegetables respond to compost applications. She will talk about the best combinations of fertilizer and compost to obtain optimum yields. 

Dr. Maynard has experience in many areas of vegetable production especially those using sustainable or organic methods.  Her specific areas of expertise include composting, utilization of compost in nursery stock and vegetable production, nitrate leaching from compost-amended soil, and the long-term effects of repeated applications of compost on soil characteristics and water quality. 

March 7 -  GROWING FOOD AS MEDICINE  (Daytime)

Join Jacqueline Maisonpierre, Executive Director, New Haven Farms, to learn more about their initiative for growing food as medicine in the New Haven community. 

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New Haven Farms is a public-health based non-profit farm in New Haven with the mission of promoting health and community development through urban agriculture. Jacqueline began working at New Haven Farms in 2013 as their first Farm Director. In 2018 she became Executive Director. Her background is in Ecology, with a degree in Environmental Science and she is currently pursuing a master’s degree in Nutrition. She is a Connecticut native. In her free time, she enjoys outdoor adventures of all kinds, and growing and arranging flowers from her home garden.

Conservation.  Small steps each of us can take - a variety of conversation reminders for everyone.

Horticulture.

Educational:  Your heirloom, beloved, weird, striking, or unusual wonders from the outdoor garden, along with some information on seed catalogs.

Display: Indoor houseplants, including plants from the educational display this month.

Sharing: Succulent swap! Please bring in pieces of succulents to share (in a labelled Ziplock, or already potted).

Youth Activities. Please donate decorative, ‘mom pleasing’ coffee mugs in good condition for the making of the 22nd Annual Mother's Day floral arrangements at the Branford Early Learning Center, Friday, May 110h. 

 April 2 MOVED to SATURDAY, APRIL 6TH, 10 am - 12 pm. (Evening)

Roger Gregoire returns (by popular demand) to show us how to tune up, sharpen and store our gardening tools.  Details and location to follow.  

 April 4NEW IDEAS AND TECHNIQUES TO RENOVATE GARDEN LANDSCAPES.   (Daytime)

Leslie Martino will provide new ideas and techniques to renovate your garden landscapes. Leslie is a landscape designer and historian, FGC Master Judge, and has a Masters in Landscape Design from Harvard University.

Conservation.  Small steps each of us can take - a variety of conversation reminders for everyone.

Horticulture.        

Educational: COMPOST CRAZY!!!! Do you compost? Should you? Could you?

Display: Bulbs, early blooming shrubs and perennials

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Youth Activities.  We would appreciate the donation of good condition garden tools, including hand tools, small rakes and shovels. Watch Scattered Seeds for the annual Earth Day planting of pansies at School Age Child Care (SACC). Share a little knowledge, plant a few pansies, and have fun with the children.

 May 2CREATIVE FLOWER DESIGN WITH A NEW DESIGN TOOL  (Daytime)

Debbie Vallas, our talented Design Chairperson, will lead us in creative flower design with a new cool design tool.

Conservation.  Small steps each of us can take - a variety of conversation reminders for everyone.

Horticulture & Garden Therapy.        

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Educational: How to get cut flowers (e.g. zinnias, dahlias) to grow longer stems for arrangements.

Display: Share your spring bounty by bringing in a charming bouquet or arrangement to display (please identify contents).  If you bring it in a container that you are willing to donate, Garden Therapy will collect the floral gifts for donation to homebound members of the community.  Even if you do not have spring flowers from your garden, please bring a May basket/plant for Garden Therapy to distribute.

Sharing: Seeds, bulbs, tubers, or corms.

Downtown Container Plantings.   Watch for a notice in Scattered Seeds for the date(s) we will be planting the baskets and the library planters.  It is usually during the week following Mothers’ Day.

Our Gardens.  Spring Planting Day is in the third or fourth week in May.  Watch for the notice in Scattered Seeds.

Youth Activities.  Flower arranging for Mother’s Day at the Branford Early Learning Center on Friday, May 10.  Scattered Seeds will provide more information at a later time

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DON'T FORGET:

  • Wear your "flower-full" hat!

  • May 11 ... Mother's Day flower arranging

May 7 -  IDEAS AND TRENDS IN THE HORTICULTURAL WORLD THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW (Evening)

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Kathy Connolly will take a look at our landscapes from the other side of the rake and clippers.

 Professional landscapers work on lots of different properties, all with different conditions and different plants.  In this one-hour talk, we will make a brief visit to their world.  Listen as professional landscapers and garden center owners describe common beliefs and practices they encounter among landowners.  Learn what the landscape industry thinks about itself and its future.  We will also take a peek at land care trends and technology on the horizon.  A resource list will be provided. 

 Kathy is a Landscape & Garden Designer, who gives presentations and writes about plants, gardens, and landscape ecology for print and the web.

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June 4PESTS IN THE GARDEN: WHAT IS BUGGING YOUR PLANTS? (Evening)

Rose Hiskes from the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station (CAES) will talk about weeds, diseases, insects, nematodes, etc. that might be bugging your plants. Color images, pinned and herbarium specimens will help you get to know these insects.  Bring in your problem to be diagnosed.  Management options for common pests of the flower and vegetable garden, as well as landscapes will be discussed.

 

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June 6INVASIVE PLANTS IN CONNECTICUT (Daytime)

Dr. Jatinder Aulakh, from the CAES in Windsor, will discuss invasive plants in Connecticut, some that may actually be on your property.  He will advise how they should be removed and what other plants can replace invasives with stunning results.

 Conservation. Small steps each of us can take - a variety of conversation reminders for everyone.

 Horticulture

Educational: Preparation for our in-house Horticulture Flower Show in September

Display: What’s growing now?  Show off beauties from your garden.

Sharing: Seedlings

Our Gardens. Maintenance season is in full swing! Please check which date(s) you signed up to help with weeding town gardens, and watering baskets.  Thank you. 

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Branford Festival. Members are needed to staff our booth at the Branford Festival, Saturday morning, June 14.  Contact Carol Soehnlein and/or Beverly Jurkiewicz to offer your help or add your name to the list at the membership meeting.

 Downtown Container Plantings. Watch for a notice in Scattered Seeds for the date(s) we will be planting the baskets and the library planters.  It is usually during the week following Mothers' Day

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September 3PROGRAM PLANNING FOR 2020.  (Evening)

Come and participate in planning programs for 2020.

 

 September 5IN-HOUSE HORTICULTURE SHOW (Daytime)

Malaine Trecoske, our incomparable Horticulture Chairperson, will chair our in-house Horticulture Show.

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Conservation.  Small steps each of us can take - a variety of conversation reminders for everyone.

Horticulture.

Educational/Display: In-House Horticulture Flower Show

Our Gardens.   Please check which date(s) you signed up to help. 

Ann Nyberg & Dayna Mankowski, Madison Wool

Ann Nyberg & Dayna Mankowski, Madison Wool

October 1THE PROCESS OF ECO-PRINTING (Evening)

Dayna Mankowski, Madison Wool, will talk about the process of eco-printing, that is using the natural dyes of leaves and flowers from our garden to create stunning silk scarves and other fabric items

 October 4 NATIVE PLANTS WITH A TWIST: UNEXPECTED EXCITEMENT FROM OUR NATIVE FLORA (Daytime)

Kalmia latifolia ‘Shooting Star, a Broken Arrow introduction.

Adam Wheeler's program will explore the world of native trees and shrubs, with an emphasis on underutilized and unique garden worthy forms. Ornamental qualities and intriguing cultural details will be presented in a lively talk, illustrated through photos and high-quality imagery.

 Adam is the Propagation and Plant Development Manager @ Broken Arrow Nursery.

Conservation. Small steps each of us can take – a variety of conversation reminders for everyone.

Horticulture & Garden Therapy.

Display: From what lingers in your garden, bring a charming bouquet or arrangement to display (please identify contents). If you bring it in a container that you are willing to donate, Garden Therapy will collect the floral gifts for donation to homebound members of the community. Even if you do not have fall flowers from your garden, please bring an October basket/plant for Garden Therapy to distribute.

OUR GARDENS.   Please check which date(s) you signed up to help.

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DAFFODIL PROJECT.  Bulb planting continues around town. Every year we add more! Please volunteer to help plant 500 daffodil bulbs. Date, time and place will appear in Scattered Seeds.  This is a longstanding project—we’ve planted thousands of bulbs around town and at the schools - really lots of fun!

DON'T FORGET:

  • 8th Annual Scarecrows on the Green (10/18-11/3/2010)

 

November 5CONSERVATION AND DESIGN (Evening)

Michalah Bracken, Conservation Chair of BGC, will describe what is being done on a town-wide level for conservation and how we can help.

 Deb Vallas, Design Chair of BGC, will present an introduction on How to do a simple floral design.

One of Leslie Martino’s award winning designs.

One of Leslie Martino’s award winning designs.

November 7 - HOLIDAY DESIGN WITH LESLIE MARTINO (Daytime)

Leslie Martino is a past president of the Woodbridge Garden Club.  She has won many awards for her floral designs.  She will create several designs which will be raffled off to club members and friends

Conservation. Small steps each of us can take – a variety of conversation reminders for everyone

Horticulture.

Educational: Growing great garlic

Display: Last gasp, anything still blooming out there?

Sharing: Plants, seeds, bulbs, tubers, or corms

OUR GARDENS.  It's time to put the gardens to bed for the winter.

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Downtown Container Plantings.  In November we fill the baskets on the Green and the library planters with evergreens and red bows for the holidays.  Watch for a notice in Scattered Seeds.  Volunteers will be needed! These two locations might be done on the same day or over two days.  Watch for the date(s)!

Design. We gather on Monday, December 2, to make holiday wreaths for Blackstone Memorial Library, Willoughby Wallace library, the Town Hall, and the Harrison House.  Go foraging for evergreens and bring them to the wreath making session in the morning.  In the afternoon, help to hang the wreaths  at the Willoughby Wallace Library and Harrison House and decorate the interior of the Blackstone Library. Look for more details in Scattered Seeds.

 

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December -   ANNUAL MEETING AND SOCIAL GATHERING

Day, time, Location TBA

DON'T FORGET:

  • Please donate an unwrapped gift for an adult who is a client of the Branford Counseling Center.