And so it grows...

Watertown Garden Club

Thank you to the volunteers from Taft School and the community who donated their time and energy to transform Swift Jr. High School's courtyard this past fall.


Patients at the Watertown Convalarium and WGC Garden Therapy volunteers were very appreciative of the pumpkins donated by Gustavson's Farm.


2009 WGC Meeting Notes:

December 10, Watertown Garden Club Annual Holiday Luncheon, held at the Watertown County Club.

November 12, An Adventure through the Perennial
Gardens of Continental Europe

by: Robert Herman

Richard Hansen brilliantly meshed his Concept of Garden Design by Habitat with slides depicting continental perennial gardens. The concept uses a "German ecological approach to combining perennials based on universal plant habitats." His talk included reasons to consider habitat-based planting, guidelines to follow and his three "Design Premises." Interesting, informative and engrossing!

Club dues were collected for 2010. If you have not paid, please send your check to Shelley.

UCONN Cooperative Extention Service publication entitled "Rain Gardens, a Design Guide for Homeowners in Connecticut"

October 8, Pot Luck Luncheon

Yum. The Watertown Garden Club Pot Luck Luncheon was a treat. Good food, good company - what's not to like? A nice addition to this year's event was a trip down memory lane evoked by a stream of photos taken during the past couple of years featuring Club members.

September 10, Fall Planting - Bulbs and Fall
Blooming Flowers

Laura Rock's presentation was exceptional. She shared tips of the trade; demonstrated the creation of a potted, layered-bulb planting; and showed slides of numerous bulbs and fall blooming flowers. Laura interjected growing instructions, planting suggestions and ideas garnered over years of experience. She offered to tend the layered-bulb planting this winter for a Garden Club raffle next spring. You don't want to miss that raffle!

July 9, Garden Luncheon

Members who attended this year's Garden Luncheon were treated to a scrumptious lunch prepared by Barbara and her family and served in the midst of their beautiful gardens. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and hospitality.
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June 11, Regular Meeting

The Annual Plant Sale and the Botanical Garden trip brought approximately $3,000 to the club's treasury. A "thank you" was extended to event organizers for their work in making these events so successful and to residents, club members and local businesses for donations which in the current economy were generous.

The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. acknowledged the Club's donation to the Children's Garden Project.

Members were asked to RSVP one week before the July 9th Luncheon.

June 10, Bus Trip to New York Botanical Garden

This event took place on a cloudy but dry day - perfect for walking, enjoying and capturing on film the beautiful grounds and gardens. The Perennial and Rose Gardens were in full bloom, as were the Dogwood trees. The Club thanks the many local businesses and citizens who contributed to make the trip such a success.
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New York Botanical Garden Website

May 30, Community Service

The Town Hall, U. S. Post Office, and Oakville flower planters were refreshed with summer annuals. Hostas were also added around the Veterans Park gazebo.
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May 21, Perennials - Old Favorites and New Introductions
Basic Care & Question and Answer Session

by: Susan Ryalls

Our first evening meeting of 2009 was well attended. The program provided by Susan Ryalls was entralling and of great interest, with spring planting on the top of avid gardeners' lists. New and old favorite perennials were studied. Pruning and other gardening tips were shared.
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May 14, 2009, "Butterflies, Caterpillars and the Plants That Feed Them"
by: Andy Brand, Broken Arrow Nursery

Prior to Andy Brand's fantastic presentation, and following another great assortment of luncheon goodies, the Club's monthly meeting was held. Reports were made, the scholarship recipient announced, a summer planting date of May 30th was set and the watering schedule was distributed. Details of the upcoming Annual Plant Sale on May 23rd, May 21st evening meeting and the June 10th Botanical Garden trip were discussed. The June 10th trip will replace the Club's regularly scheduled June meeting (unless members are notified otherwise).

The presentation was centered around the basic requirements of Butterflies. The two basic requirements being nectar sources and suitable plants for egg laying. Plants that satisfy each requirement were depicted and discussed, as were the butterflies associated with each specific plant. Many of the plants preferred by butterflies and caterpillars are, in fact, weeds - so be careful what you remove from your yard if you want to surround youself with the beauty of butterflies.

April 9, The Art of Bonsai
by: David Silver of Bantam Bonsai

At the Club's April meeting the Vice-President announced that our long-time and respected member, Ann Bowden, was accepted by the The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. as a " Life-Member."

Discussions were held concerning the Club's upcoming Trip to the New York Botanical Gardens on June 10th and the 2009 Annual Plant Sale scheduled for May 23rd. Members reported on activities associated with their respective committees.

After the regular meeting, David Silver instructed the members on the care of bonsai.

March 12, Succulents for Connecticut Gardens
by: John Spain

John enthralled us with his knowledge and pictures of succulents grown at his Woodbury residence.

2010 Archived WGC Meeting Notes
2009 Archived WGC Meeting Notes