Branford Garden Club

2016 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 Community House, 46 Church Street, Branford.

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.  The guest fee is typically $10.

A light lunch 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, generally at the Branford Community House, 46 Church Street, Branford (unless specified otherwise).

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

2015 Programs

CALENDAR @ A GLANCE

Conservation - Pesticide-free lawns! Month-by-month tips will guide you through the "Do's and Don'ts of Organic Lawn Care".

 

February 2ORGANIC GARDENING: WHAT, WHY AND HOW (Evening)

Judy Stone, coordinator for the Dudley Farm Community Garden in Guilford, will speak about the whys and hows of organic gardening.  Judy has been an organic gardener for 35 years and is a member of the Northeast Organic Farming Association of CT.  She will discuss the positive impact of organic gardening on the environment, the community and the individual gardener.

 

February 4CELEBRATION! RECOGNITION! THANK YOU! (Daytime)

It is the judgement of the Executive Board that sufficient time needs to be allotted to numerous awards and recognition which are richly deserved.  There will not be an outside speaker at the meeting.

Conservation: Pesticide-free lawns! Month-by-month tips will guide you through the "Do's and Don'ts of Organic Lawn Care".   Spring Maintenance: Part I

Horticulture Display: Brighten up the meeting and bring in forced branches and forced bulbs.  Bulbs can include the pink pearl hyacinths.  Each month specimens should be labeled on a 3x5 index card with genus, species and cultivar (if known).

 

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March 1 -  MAGICAL WITCHES OF WINTER: A CLOSER LOOK AT THE GENUS HAMAMELIS (Evening)

Adam Wheeler is the Propagation & Plant Development Manager at Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden.  He is paying his third visit to the Evening Committee, and with his unusual enthusiasm and knowledge, will be converting all of us into witch hazel fans. 

 

March 3 -  TREE PRUNING, UPDATE ON MAJOR INSECTS AND DISEASES (Daytime)

Richard Sala, licensed arborist and general manager of Bartlett Tree in Essex, will join us to discuss tree pruning and give major insect and disease updates.  You will learn the when, how and why of tree pruning, what to be aware of and how to identify problems in your yard.

 

Conservation: Pesticide-free lawns! Month-by-month tips will guide you through the "Do's and Don'ts of Organic Lawn Care"Spring Maintenance: Part II

Horticulture Display: Its time to plan the summer edible garden and learn how to store seeds. Bring in vegetable, herb and flower seeds to share. 

April 5 -  TO BE ANNOUNED (Evening)

Michael Russo, is the owner "farmer-florist" and creative force behind Trout Lily Farm in North Guilford.  Michael is also a certified CT Master Gardener and an inquisitive naturalist.  He is a long time member of CTNOFA, a conscientious grower and maintains a "green" perspective when designing for his clients. 

 

April 7CONTAINER GARDENING INSIDE AND OUT & SAFER LAWNS AND LAWN ALTERNATIVES.  (Daytime)

Greg Bugbee, Associate Scientist in the Department of Environmental Sciences, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station, will present two wonderful topics! He will first do a show and tell discussion entitled, Container Gardening, Inside and Out.  He will answer all your questions about proper pot planting, sizing and watering.

Secondly, he will speak on Safer Lawns and Lawn Alternatives.  He will teach us how to read labels on lawn products so we can distinguish the safe from the harmful.  Greg will show slides to identify common lawn problems and offer good solutions.  So if you ever wondered about how to have a beautiful lawn without using harmful chemicals, this will be for you. 

Conservation: Pesticide-free lawns! Month-by-month tips will guide you through the "Do's and Don'ts of Organic Lawn Care"Spring Maintenance: Part III

Horticulture Display: Bring in a sample of bulbs, early blooming shrubs and perennials.  Remember to record the genus and cultivar as identification on a 3x5 card.  Index cards will be available.

May 3TREE CARE: A HOMEOWNER'S GUIDE (Evening)

Dr. Jeffrey Ward is Chief Scientist in the Department of Forestry and Horticulture at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven.  He has extensive knowledge in identification and histories of native trees and shrubs.  He will provide us with guidelines for planting and maintaining trees around our homes.

 

 

 

 

May 5SHORELINE GREENWAY TRAIL (Daytime)

Judy Miller, President of Shoreline Greenway Trail, along with Peggy Stamp, will offer a power point presentation on the Shoreline Greenway Trail.  This new trail is a 25 mile continuous off-road path on our scenic Connecticut shoreline for bicyclists, walkers, runners, and people of all ages.  The trail goes from Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven through East Haven, Branford, Guilford and Madison, to Hammonasset Beach State Park.  Discussion will include access points, how the trail came into being, the impact on the environment, and the many ways it creates a more friendly shoreline community. 

Conservation: Pesticide-free lawns! Month-by-month tips will guide you through the "Do's and Don'ts of Organic Lawn Care".  May: Summer Maintenance: Part I

Horticulture Display: What's blooming in your garden?  Bring in samples of brightly colored blooms such as orange, purple, vibrant pinks and bold yellow! Plant divisions and seedlings welcome too.

DON'T FORGET:

  • Wear your "flower-full" hat!
  • May 9th ... Mother's Day flower arranging

 

June 2IN HOUSE FLOWER SHOW "JEWELS OF THE SEA"  (Daytime)

For those of us wanting to ,learn what judges look for in flower show competition, and Club members desiring experience in the art of flower design, we are having our own in-house flower show! The title is "Jewels of the Sea".  This show will be judged by three of our own accredited judges.  There will be ribbons given for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners.  A design schedule and a flower design workshop will be provided in the spring with all the details you will need to bring you to the next level of flower design and State Flower Show competition.

Conservation: Pesticide-free lawns! Month-by-month tips will guide you through the "Do's and Don'ts of Organic Lawn Care".  June: Summer Maintenance: Part II

Horticulture Display: Bring in your alliums - every kind.  Let's create a large and gorgeous display! Plant divisions and seedlings welcome, too.

DON'T FORGET:

  • Weeding of town gardens
  • Help water baskets.

 

June 7TO BE ANNOUNCED  (Evening)

 

September 1WORK HORSE PERENNIALS FOR YOUR FOREVER GARDEN. (Daytime)

Brid Craddock, Landscape Designer, Connecitcut Master Gardener, and Founding Member of APLD CT, brings us a wealth of information in a slide presentation entitled, Work Horse Perennials for Your Forever Garden.  He will demonstrate how perennial plants really are the bones of the garden, along with plants that survive no matter what, which ones bloom and survive the longest, do double duty, and are most easy to grow.  He will hlep us decide what to select that will bring us continous color all year.  It will be a program not to be missed.  Q and A afterward.

Conservation: Pesticide-free lawns! Month-by-month tips will guide you through the "Do's and Don'ts of Organic Lawn Care".  Fall Maintenance: Part I

Horticulture Display: Bring in your homegrown (labeled with variety, if known) vegetables, herbs, fruits, berries or edible flowers and if it's a tasty favorite, explain why!

DON'T FORGET:

  • Check on which date(s) you signed up to help with the town gardens
  • Help water baskets.

 

September 6MEMBERS SHARE THEIR GARDEN EXPERIENCES (Evening)

 

October 4TO BE ANNOUNCED (Evening)

 

October 6INVASIVE EXOTIC TREES AND SHRUBS, AND WELL BEHAVED ALTERNATIVES (Daytime)

Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden will do a wonderful presentation on Invasive Exotic Trees and Shrubs, and Well Behaved Alternatives.  The club may preorder shrubs in advance that he will bring to this meeting.  Log onto the Broken Arrow Nursery website and you will see how unique and unusual his array of plant offerings are and what you may want to preorder.  He will be bringing along a special, rare selection of shrubs to sell, so bring your checkbook.  

Conservation: Pesticide-free lawns! Month-by-month tips will guide you through the "Do's and Don'ts of Organic Lawn Care".  Fall Maintenance: Part II

Horticulture Display: From what still lingers in your garden, bring a charming bouquet to display before the frost carries it all away.  Please identify the contents.

DON'T FORGET:

  • Weeding of town gardens, Fall Cleanup
  • Bulb planting around town
  • 6th Annual Scarecrows on the Green (10/20-11/2/2016)

November 1TO BE ANNOUNCED (Evening)

 

November 3HOLIDAY MAGIC (Daytime)

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The renowned flower designer extraordinaire, Gary Zinsmeyer will be joining us and will be making several beautiful floral creations in a presentation entitled, "Holiday Magic".  After his talk, all the designs will be raffled off so you will get to take them home and enjoy them.  This will be a delightful and fun presentation not to be missed. 

 

Conservation: Pesticide-free lawns! Month-by-month tips will guide you through the "Do's and Don'ts of Organic Lawn Care".  Fall Maintenance: Part III

Horticulture Display: Poinsettias: How do they grow them, and just how do they get all those different colors?

DON'T FORGET:

  • Town gardens, Fall Cleanup first week in November
  •  Wreath Making/Decorate the Blackstone Library

December 1 -   ANNUAL MEETING AND LUNCHEON

DON'T FORGET:

  • Please donate an unwrapped gift for an adult who is at the Branford Counseling Center