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Watertown Garden Club

Thank you to all who support the Watertown Garden Club's Plant Sale held every May. Proceeds from this event help fund the Club's scholarship.

Annual Plant Sale


2011 WGC Meeting and Event Notes:

December 9, 2011: Once again, a wonderful meal was enjoyed at the Watertown Country Club by most of the Club's members. A perfect end to an enjoyable year.

November 10, 2011: WGC Tea with special guest, Loretta Stagen, presenting "Holiday Decor." This sold-out event was a great success. Ms. Stagen spoke to an audience of more than 120 guests and donated three spectacular arrangements as door prizes. A note of thanks to the following vendors who generously donated raffle prizes:

Capobianco's Main St. Market
Crestbrook Park Golf Course
Cynful Scents
Dunkin Donuts
Gayle's Depot Square Farm Shoppe Restaurant
G's Burgers
Highgate Liquor Store
LaPalette Bakery Cafe Gallery
Lily's Liquor Bazaar
Lisa Carew-Watertown Park & Recreation
Lisa's Cutting Edge, Inc.
Mario's Pizza Italian Restaurant
Meina's Nail & Spa
Pioneer Wine & Liquor
Pit Road Pizza & Italian Eatery
Raymond's Jewelers
Rizvani's Ristoranate
Ro's Pizza Restaurant
Stop & Shop
Sullivan's Jewelers. Inc.
Thomaston Savings Bank
Tickled Pink
Timex Group USA, Inc.
Tower Printing
Watertown Meat Center

October 13, 2011: "Good Night, My Garden," by Colleen Plimpton. (A $5 donation is requested from non-members.)

Colleen is a noted garden author and lecturer. Her most recent memoir, Mentors in the Garden of Life, has recently been published and has been honored with first place in the Home Garden Category by The International Book Awards.  Colleen Has lectured on several topics at the Connecticut Flower Show. Her award-winning ornamental one acre garden has been on numerous tours and is used as a living classroom laboratory where she teaches composting, composition, color and many additional garden “how-tos.”
Colleen Plimpton, Gardener, Writer, Teacher

September 8, 2011: “Design and Benefits of Native Plants and Landscapes,”   Ms. Lisa Turoczi, Landscape Designer and Architect, Co-owner of EarthTones LLC in Woodbury. (A $5 donation is requested from non-members.) Thomaston Savings Bank Meeting Room, 7:00 P.M.

Lisa discussed native plant varieties, the importance of designing and landscaping with native plants focusing on sound environmental practices and its impact on the community.

The short meeting focused on the upcoming tea (see Events for details), Junior Gardening and a moment of reflection on the recent death of member Joan Pope.

July 14, 2011: Annual Garden Luncheon. Thank you, Liz, once again for hosting this annual event. Great food, beautiful gardens and the relaxed comfort of enjoying the companionship between club members was enjoyed and appreciated.

June 26, 2011: The Garden Conservancy Open Garden Tour, Litchfield Hills.

June 9, 2011: "Beneficial Insects and Garden Pests," Carol Quish, Uconn Home and Garden Education Center

Carol is a horticulturist at the Uconn Home and Garden Education Center. She provides plant disease diagnosis and insect identification. Carol is an advanced Master Garden Master, Master Composter and a CT Nursery and Landscape Association Professional. She discussed beneficial insects that help us in our garden and the garden pests that we want to control. She provided some answers on controlling these pests organically.
Uconn Home and Garden Center

The Club's September meeting will be held in the evening. The presentation and location will be announced at the luncheon.

The July 14th Garden Luncheon begins at Noon. Liz has gratiously offered to once again host this event. All attendees (except those who specifically requested to make dessert) should bring their favorite salad or entree. There will be a plant swap - so also bring your favorite plant!

Two $500 scholarships were awarded this year.

The Garden Therapy activity was welcomed and appreciated by residents at the Watertown Convalarium. Pictures will be posted soon. Amy also reported that the new garden designed by Laura Rock for Swfit Jr. High is quite beautiful.

Don't forget to water the planters. The watering schedule is now on-line (original - changes not noted). If you cannot water as scheduled, be sure to find a replacement.

May 12, 2011: "Color and Design in the Garden," Qwenythe Harvey, The Garden Goddess.*

Gwenythe Harvey is a horticulturist and owner of The Garden Goddess Horticultural Services, LLC in Litchfield.  She offers design, installation and maintenance of residential and commercial environments including wildflowers, perennials, knot gardens, etc. Her beautiful work has been on display for all to see at  Coe Park in Torrington and her website displays several private gardens that she has designed. She has recently launched a quarterly newsletter, “Northwest Connecticut Gardens.”

Gwenythe discussed good gardening techniques that honor the earth. She presented examples of the use of color and design in the landscape featuring local gardens as well as public beautification efforts within Litchfield County.
Coepark Gardens

June 6th: Members will be visiting the Watertown Convalarium. Contact Amy for further information.

June 26th: Litchfield Hills Garden Tour, offered by The Garden Conservancy. Contact Jessie for further information.

The Club's June 1st tour to the Hudson River Valley has been cancelled.

April 14, 2011: "Our Dangerous Enthusiasm: A Gardener's Perspective on Invasives," Kathleen Nelson

Kathleen addressed why invasive plants are a problem and how gardeners play a role in their spread. She will present brief portraits and control information for selected species and provide some suggestions for how we as gardeners can help in our gardens and the community.

At the business meeting, Jean introduced the Great Horned Owl.

Liz noted three bugs which should concern members:
stink bug Marmorated Stink Bug

emerald ash borer Emerald Ash Borer

asian long horned beetle Asian Long-Horned Beetle

Gardeners should report sighting any of the above insects to Liz.

Junior Gardening will beet at Swift School on May 5, 2011 at 2:39 p.m.

There is still plenty of seats available on the bus trip to the Hudson River Valley on June 1st.. Information can be found by clicking HERE. Call Jessie to sign-up.

Sunday, June 26th, Connecticut Open Gardens event - the High Meadow Garden is one you would not want to miss. A member-only day trip is being planned, so leave your calendar open. The event is from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There is a $5 charge for each garden you visit.

Continue your plant collecting efforts for the May 21st Annual Watertown Garden Club Plant Sale at Flagpole Plaza. All donated plants should be adequately labeled, including flower color.

March 10, 2011: "English Garden," by Amy Sampson

Landscape Designer and Consultant, Amy Sampson, shared her knowledge of the history, concept, and design of English gardens. The historical use of plants and hardscape elements in cottage, English knot and Victorian gardens was the backdrop of her practical advice on how to create these spectacular gardens today. Gertrude Jekyll's and William Robinson's contributions to garden design were also highlighted.

The Club's business meeting included updates on the spring bus trip, advice on pruning Clematis and the approval of May 21, 2011 for the Club's Annual Plant Sale.

February 10, 2011: Soup and Sandwich Lunch and Penny Auction.
Delicious food was enjoyed by those lucky members who attended the February meeting and even luckier members won their favorite penny auction item.

Members approved a June 1st bus trip to the Hudson River Valley. Tours will be arranged at Kykuit - the Rockefeller Estate and Lyndhurst, both in the Terrytown, NY area. The cost is $60 and includes tour admissions to both historic sites. After April 1st unreserved seats will be available for purchase by the public.

The Annual Plant Sale was tentatively scheduled for May 21st. The 2011 Budget was approved.

2010 Archived WGC Meeting Notes
2009 Archived WGC Meeting Notes