And so it grows...

Watertown Garden Club

 

Congratulation to Eric Dippelhofer, the 2017 Scholarship recipient

The Watertown Garden Club appreciates the Letter to the Editor of the Watertown Town Times from the folks at the Town Hall. (reprinted here) and the tremendous support of this community.

A special thanks to Swift Junior High School students who work hand-in-hand with us to replenish and beautify their school grounds.

Students and Club Members at
2013 Jr. Gardening Club Lunch

2014 Thank you from Swift Jr. Gardeners

 

Community Involvement...
New project ideas are always welcome.

Civic Development

As part of the Club's beautification program, seven flower planters are maintained. The planters are located at the Watertown Town Hall, U.S. Post Office, and the Oakville Green. The planters are watered and fertilized on a regular schedule and new flowers are planted seasonally. The 2014 Federated Garden Club of Connecticut Award of Excellence in Horticulture was given to the Watertown Garden Club for adopting and maintaining these planters.

In the spring of 2015, with the financial assistance of The Watertown Foundation Inc., a pollinator garden was planted on the corner of Echo Lake Road and Buckingham Street around the Chamber of Commerce sign.

A design plan for the U.S. Post Office in the Oakville section of Watertown, was developed and planted in October, 2015. Intregal to its success were the joint efforts by Watertown's Public Works, Highway Department and Economic Development Committee.

The Club donated a lovely Crimson King Maple tree to the Watertown Senior Center in honor of Arbor Day, 2007.

Junior Gardening

An active junior gardening program introduces many young Watertown students to the joys of gardening. Students, parents, teachers and Club members combine their time, energy and knowledge in endeavors that replenish and beautify school grounds. The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut presented a Club Certificate of Achievement to the Watertown Garden Club in 2014 for its work with Swift Middle School Junior Garden Club. In 2016 the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut awarded the Medium Club Luckner Youth Award for a club's outstanding work with a youth group in a school setting. The Swift Middle School Junior Gardeners participate in an active after-school program, maintaining two courtyards, three seasonal planters and participate in gardening and nature programs. View Photos!

Garden Therapy

The Club's Garden Therapy volunteers participate in garden-themed activities with residents at the Watertown Convalarium and, beginning in 2017, Apple Rehabilitation. Donations from the local community are appreciated to help defray expenses associated with this effort.

Scholarships

The Watertown Garden Club offers a scholarship annually to a graduating high school senior who is a resident of Watertown and intends to earn a 2 - 4 year degree in horticulture or a related field. Applications are available at the Watertown High School and Nonnewaug High School guidance offices and online.