Branford Garden Club
2017 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. You are 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 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, generally at the Branford Police Department building, 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.
Conservation - Pesticide-free lawns! Month-by-month tips will guide you through the "Do's and Don'ts of Organic Lawn Care".
February 2 – BEAUTIFUL GARDENS OF BRANFORD (Daytime)
Beautiful Gardens of Branford. The Club Awards Committee will recognize and present awards to Branford gardeners, both residents and businesses, who beautify our town with their creative and colorful gardens. There will not be an outside speaker at this meeting.
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!
Conservation. Review the 2017 plans/emphasis for the year, request suggestions from any members with a particular interest.
February 9 – HONEYBEE (APILS MELLIFERA (Evening)
Dr. Douglas Dingman, Microbiologist, Department of Biochemistry and Genetics, Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. His presentation will highlight a modern beehive structure, and describe the communal organization of bees within a hlve. The life cycle of worker bees and basic bee genetics will be covered. A brief history of bee keeping in the United States will be covered.
March 2 - FARM TO TABLE GARDENING: EDIBLE FLOWERS AND WEEDS (Daytime)
Barb Scala 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.
Horticulture. Informational: Growing Microgreens Indoor, Salad Growing year-round
Conservation. Redbud, Hackberry, and other trees, to consider planting to help our pollinators and butterflies
March 7 - BUTTERFLIES AND THEIR GARDENS (Evening)
John Himmelman, Co-founder, Connecticut Butterfly Association and children's book author. John will educate us on the lives and preferences of butterflies, their life cycles, where to find them and how to breate butterfly habitats in our gardens. He wil share his butterfly photos taken around Connecticut.
April 4 - HOW TO CRITTER PROOF YOUR GARDEN (Evening)
Laura Simon, President of the Connecticut Wildlife Rehabiliiators Association, wildlife ecologist and consultant.
Do you despair when woodchucks gooble up your beans or deer merrily devour your favorite flowers? Come to an informative presentation about the wild animal species that life in our backyards. Learn how to better co-exist by utilizing effective strategies and novel devices which protect your garden and yards.
April 6 – GARDEN TOURISM: PLACES, PLANTS AND PEOPLE. (Daytime)
Dr. Richard Benfield is a professor of Geography at Central Connecticut University, and Chair of the International Garden Tourism Network. Richard is the author of Garden Tourism, and a recognized authority on biogeography and the use of tourism as a conservation tool. Richard will take us on an entertaining journey around the world through historic gardens, botanic gardens, urban gardens, and a myriad of festivals, shows, people and events to enhance our "green-fingered" members' appreciation of the natural world of gardening and gardens.
Conservation. Plants to include in our gardens for pollinators, birds and butterflies to flourish
Horticulture. Informational: Vegetable Gardening in Containers / The grow Box-- Display: Bulbs, early blooming shrubs and perennials
May 2 – BACKYARD SMALL FRUITS (Evening)
Dr. Robert Marra is an Associate Scientist and Forest Pathologist at the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station. According to Robert, most people can recognize a mushroom when they see one, but do wonder how that mushroom got there or even why it is there in the first place. Or, they wonder about that yellow blob that appears spontaneously in your mulch or your lawn; Did you know that many plants and trees in our forests could not survive without the important associations their roots establish with fungi? Robert's talk will introduce our membership to the fascinating world of forest dwellers from the poorly understood Kingdom Fungi.
Conservation. Ways for us to provide water and nutrients for pollinators, birds and butterflies
Horticulture. Share your spring bounty by bringing in a charming bouquet or arrangement to display (please identify contents).
- Wear your "flower-full" hat!
- May 12 ... Mother's Day flower arranging
June 1 – BOUNTY IN THE GARDEN - IN-CLUB SHOW (Daytime)
Join us for an in-house flower show, "Bounty from the Garden" highlighting horticulture. Learn more about entering flower shows and what judges look for in flower show competitions. The show will be judged by three of our Club's accredited judges. A schedule with all of the details for entering the show will be available in the spring for all who wish to enter the competition. This is an opportunity to show off your prize dahlias, daisies or tomatoes. Ribbons will be awarded.
Conservation: Identification of different butterflies on the Connecticut Shoreline
Horticulture Display: BGC's In-House Horticulture Show "Bounty in the Garden". Schedule available in the spring.
- Weeding of town gardens
- Help water baskets.
June 7– WONDERFUL WORLD OF WORM FARMING (Evening)
Jeff Chasser, Owner, The Soil Makers, will introduce us to the wonderful world of worm farming including how to construct your own worm farm, how to keep all those wrigglers happy and what to do with their castings to encourage bigger and more prolific flowers and vegetables. Garden Club Member, Maria Storm, will bring in her worm farm for all to admire and share her experiences over several years of worm farming.
September 5 – POT-LUCK DINNER TO ENJOY THE FRUITS OF OUR GARDENING LABORS (Evening)
YUM. Nothing more needs to be said...
September 7 – AMAZING MONARCH BUTTERFLIES (Daytime)
Joyce Crebase is a retired middle school science teacher and a trainer of teachers on using Monarchs as a teaching tool in the classroom. Joyce will explain the life cycle of the Monarch butterfly through an illustrated talk. Joyce traveled to Mexico to study the Monarchs in their winter habitat after migration. Her pictures will trace their journey to Mexico and their return to North America. She will emphasize their role in nature, what we can do to help them survive, and why their numbers are dwindling. Joyce will bring live specimens of caterpillars and butterflies that she has raised as available.
Conservation. Present the method and importance of the Monarch tagging program at Lighthouse Point Park in New Haven, and organize a group to observe and help.
Horticulture. Informational: Bulbs
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, rubeckia (black-eyed Susan), marigolds, butterfly bush (buddleia), lantana, Mexican sunflower (tithonia), petunia, salvia, cosmos and sunflowers.
- Check on which date(s) you signed up to help with the town gardens
- Help water baskets.
October 3 – TO BE ANNOUNCED (Evening)
October 5 – HALLOWEEN GARDENS AND LORE (Daytime)
Marie Lipski is a self-described "plant geek" and garden enthusiast as well as an Advanced Master Gardener. Marie will present a light-hearted approach to growing a Halloween Garden and the lore behind Halloween staples such as pumpkins, beans, and squash. Marie also will take us on a historic journey of Halloween customs and gardens from past to present.
Conservation. Fall maintenance of butterfly bushes, butterfly weed and other plants for the winter.
Horticulture. From what lingers in your garden, bring a charming bouquet or arrangement to display (please identify contents).
- Fall maintenance of butterfly bushes, butterfly weed and other plants for the winter.
- Bulb planting around town
- 7th Annual Scarecrows on the Green (10/20-11/5/2017)
November 2 – HOME FOR THE HOLIDAYS (Daytime)
Michael Derouin, AAF, AIFD, PFCI. From the side table to the dining table, you will learn ways to add holiday cheer using beautiful fresh flora and accessories. Michael will share professional tips and techniques to create beautiful holiday floral designs.
Conservation. It's time to put the gardens to bed for the winter.
Horticulture. Informational: The Future of Gardening- Indoor Planting
Display: Indoor Plants. How did your potted plants grow this past year? Please bring in a potted plant for display.
- Baskets on the Green to get ready for the holidays
- 4th Monday of November ... make holiday wreaths for the Blackstone Memorial LIbrary, Willoughby Wallace Library, the Town Hall, and the Harrison House.
November 7 – PLANTS WITH WINTER INTEREST (Daytime)
Bill Harris, Acer Gardens, features underused plants or plants that will most likely be unfamiliar to many of us that provide interest in the winter garden.
December 7 - ANNUAL MEETING AND LUNCHEON
Pine Orchard Yacht and Country Club, Branford
- 11:00 am Business Meeting & Installation of New Officers
- 12:00 pm Cocktails (cash bar)
- Luncheon, cost to be announced.
- Please donate an unwrapped gift for an adult who is at the Branford Counseling Center