Branford Garden Club
2018 EDUCATIONAL PROGRAMS
The Branford Garden Club has two sections - Daytime and Evening.
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. Occasionally 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.
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.
There are no meetings in January, July and August. All meetings are open so that members may include guests.
February 1 – COMMUNITY GARDEN AWARDS & RECOGNITION (Daytime)
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. This year’s theme will be the birds and the bees – and bats too! Members are encouraged to participate in the 21st Annual Great Backyard Bird Count. You can spend as little as 15 minutes, or as long as you wish, to help with this count. The dates are: February 16th through February 19th. Information on how to officially join the count will be provided at our meeting and in Scattered Seeds.
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: The Threatened Future of Chocolate: A presentation in conjunction with Conservation.
Display: Bring on the green: Broadleaf and Needled Evergreens.
February 6 – There is no February program (Evening)
March 1 - A LITTLE WORM GOES A LONG WAY: Transforming Organic Food into Worm Castings (Daytime)
Jeff Chasser and our own Maria Storm will share their passion for worm composting as an effective alternative to chemical fertilizers. Jeff is a vermiculture entrepreneur and will share tips on worm composting. Maria will demonstrate her own worm farm and share success stories.
Conservation. The hummingbirds are coming! We will share some of the best ways to attract hummingbirds to your yard.
Educational: Cut, Root and Grow— Demystifying the Rooting Process
Display: Early bloomers from the garden, forced bulbs, indoor houseplants
Youth Activities. Please donate decorative, ‘mom pleasing’ coffee mugs in good condition for the making of the 21st Annual Mother's Day floral arrangements at the Branford Early Learning Center, Friday, May 11th.
March 7 - ALL ABOUT DAYLILIES (Evening)
Rich Howard’s CT Daylily is a very special resource just “up the road” from Branford. Rich has been hybridizing daylilies for more than ten years, and grows and sells more than 1,700 named varieties, as well as other perennials and annuals. He will talk about growing, dividing and hybridizing daylilies. Details: http://www.ctdaylily.com/
April 3 - CUSTOM CONTAINER DESIGN (Evening)
Kirsten Famiglietti, Van Wilgens Garden Center, Sales/Custom Container Design
NOTE: The program will be held @ Van Wilgens Garden Center.
Kirsten will demonstrate how to design containers—the best use of plants. She will answer any questions along with enlightening the group on new species of plants for this year.
April 5 – TROPICAL STORMS, HURRICANES AND SUPERSTORMS: IMPACT & INFLUENCE ON TREE DISEASES. (Daytime)
Robert E. Marra, Ph.D, Associate Scientist and Forest Pathologist, Department of Plant Pathology and Ecology, Connecticut Agricultural Experimental Station. His presentation will include an overview of the effect of natural disasters on tree diseases and provide practical tips to ensure tree survival.
Conservation. Ten things you can do this coming spring to help honeybees.
Horticulture. Educational: Think Fig!
Display: Bulbs, early blooming shrubs and perennials
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 1 – PLANTS FOR BIRDS (Evening)
Katherine Blake, Bird-Friendly Communities, Manager, Audubon Connecticut. Katie’s talk will focus on the Plants for Birds Program and offer practical and simple ways any homeowner or gardener can make a difference for birds in their own backyard. She will highlight the five principles of creating bird-friendly yards and offer useful resources to support taking action for birds at home. Come learn how you can help make a difference.
May 3 – THE LIFE AND GARDENS OF BEATRIX FARRAND (Daytime)
Karyl Evans, six-time Emmy Award-winning documentary filmmaker, has combined her two greatest professional loves – landscape architecture and filmmaking – to create the documentary The Life and Gardens of Beatrix Farrand. Karyl will screen her documentary film and will discuss the impact Ms. Farrand had on landscape architecture in Connecticut and in the U.S.
Conservation.Types of gardens & environments (of all sizes) for birds to flock to your yard.
Horticulture & Gardentherapy.
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 bounty from your garden, please bring a May basket/plant for Garden Therapy to distribute.
Sharing: Seeds, bulbs, tubers, or corms.
OUR GARDENS Maintenance. Spring Planting Day is the third or 4th week in May. Watch for the notice in Scattered Seeds.
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
- Wear your "flower-full" hat!
- May 11 ... Mother's Day flower arranging
June 5 – ORGANIC FERTILIZERS AND BENEFICIAL SOIL CARE (Evening)
Joe Magazzi of Green Earth Ag and Turf in Branford (owned by Joe and Emily Magazzi). This is a Branford company with technical advisors and representatives across the country building soil health, with methods that reduce inputs, increase your yields or quality, and save you money.
June 7 – ELEMENTS AND PRINCIPLES OF FLORAL DESIGN (Daytime)
Eunice Lasala, Deb Vallas, and Janet Jackson will prepare Club members to participate in the Club’s Standard Flower Show, which is scheduled for October 6 & 7. The presentation will focus on attributes, elements, and principles of design, and tips for exhibiting in the Design Division of the Flower Show.
Also, Malaine Trescoske will prepare seeds and seedlings for sale to grow for the Horticulture Division of the Flower Show to ensure that Club members have an abundance of specimens to exhibit.
Conservation. Attracting bats to your garden and other ways to get rid of mosquitoes naturally.
Educational: Flower Show preparation, and seeds/seedlings for sale, to grow for horticulture and design at October flower show.
Display: What’s growing now? Show off beauties from your garden.
Sharing: Seeds, bulbs, tubers, or corms.
OUR GARDENS Maintenance. 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!
BRANFORD FESTIVAL. Members are needed to staff our booth at The Branford Festival, June 15, 16, & 17. Contact Doreen Larson-Oboyski to offer your help or add your name to the list at the membership meeting.
September 4 – PROGRAM PLANNING FOR 2019. (Evening)
Come and share your summer gardening experiences and your ideas for our speakers for 2019.
September 6 – FARM TO TABLE GARDENING: EDIBLE FLOWERS & WEEDS (Daytime)
Barbara Scala. Barb is a self-acclaimed “foodie,” a certified master gardener, and author of Sanity Savers: Tips for Women to Live a Balanced Life. As a passionate organic gardener, Barb will share her philosophy of healthy eating using seasonal and local ingredients grown in her own Connecticut garden. Barb will present hints and strategies to fill your pantry with both seasonally grown fruits, herbs, and vegetables, as well as with edible flowers and weeds.
Conservation. Information about Yellow Jackets and the benefits of wasps in the garden.
Display: Butterflies need both host plants, like asclepias, dill and parsley, for their caterpillars and nectar plants for their food. Please bring in cuttings of their nectar plants like asters, rudbeckia (black-eyed Susan), marigolds, butterfly bush (buddleia), lantana, Mexican sunflower (tithonia), petunia, salvia, cosmos and sunflowers. Vegetable growers, bring in your produce, please!
OUR GARDENS Maintenance. Please check which date(s) you signed up to help.
October 2 – TO BE ANNOUNCED (Evening)
October 4 – (Daytime)
HORTICULTURE PART 1: GROWING AWARD WINNING VEGETABLES AND WHAT TO DO WITH THEM.
HORTICULTURE PART 2 : EXHIBITING HORTICULTURE SPECIMEN
Part 1: Our own Jeanne Tahnk will present a “show and tell” demonstration of her award winning vegetables and how to make entrepreneurial use of her produce.
Part 2: Malaine Trecoske will prepare prepare members for participation in the Club Flower Show scheduled for October 6 & 7. The presentation will focus on horticulture classifications and how to prepare specimens for presentation at the Flower Show.
Conservation. What to do when the hummingbirds leave.
Horticulture & Garden Therapy.
Educational: Flower Show Preparation.
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 Maintenance. Please check which date(s) you signed up to help freshen up the Fall color.
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!
8th Annual Scarecrows on the Green (10/19-11/4/2018)
November 1 - HOLIDAY DESIGN WITH LARRY HUZI (Daytime)
Larry Huzi is a member of the Garden Club of Orange and the National Garden Clubs. Larry is an award winning floral designer. He swept up four awards, including a Blue Ribbon and a Designers choice Award at the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut Annual Flower and Garden Show in Hartford, in 2017. Larry will create five holiday floral designs, which will be raffled off to Club members.
Conservation. Wildlife gardening for November includes preparing bird feeding stations for the winter. Make sure you have shelter and water available.
Educational: Fall planted bulbs for sale.
Display: Last gasp, anything still blooming out there?
OUR GARDENS Maintenance. It's time to put the gardens to bed for the winter.
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 the 4th Monday of November 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 and decorate the interior of the Blackstone Library.
November 7 – TO BE ANNOUNCED (Evening)
Potentially ... Stonewalls - history, geology, building, etc.
December - ANNUAL MEETING AND SOCIAL GATHERING
Day, time, Location TBA
- Please donate an unwrapped gift for an adult who is a client of the Branford Counseling Center.