• Wadsworth Festival of Trees and Traditions 2017

    Posted on December 8, 2017 by in Hort Trip

    The Festival of Trees and Traditions is always a wonderful time to enjoy the Wadsworth and all it has to offer.  The various choirs singing and other entertainment adds to the festive feel.  Its a great event to get ideas or even a tree or wreath to support the museum.  Local highlights included Jane’s wreath “All Curled Up […]

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  • November 20th Wreath Making Workshop

    Posted on November 28, 2017 by in Community Service, Meeting

    Once again, the garden club members got out their clippers and gloves and made about 25 wreaths for the Town Buildings Around Simsbury using greens donated by members from their yards and ilex (holly) from the shrubs at the Simsbury Historical Society.  Everyone was treated to a chowder lunch made by club’s Presidents – Diana’s […]

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  • Trip to Smith College Mum Show

    Posted on November 28, 2017 by in Hort Trip

    The Smith College Chrysanthemum show followed the theme of their spring bulb show, with life imitating art.  There were several paintings displayed with interpretations of the art, including Monet, Tissot, and Renoir.  It was also a beautiful day to enjoy the last of the outside gardens and a walk around the Arboretum to see the Japanese […]

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  • Support our Scholarships with Amazon Smile

    Posted on November 11, 2017 by in Community Service, General Information

    Simsbury Garden Club is now registered with AmazonSmile. As a result, you can request that a fraction of your order be donated to benefit our scholarship program (at no additional cost to you).   Amazon will direct .5% (that’s one-half of one percent) of your purchase to Simsbury Garden Club through the AmazonSmile Foundation.  What you pay […]

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    October 5 Hort trip to Clyde’s Cider Mill, Wee Faerie Village at the Florence Griswold Museum and Lavender Pond Farm

    Posted on October 6, 2017 by in Hort Trip

    Another wonderful Hort trip on a wonderful fall day!  Started out at Clyde’s Cider Mill in Mystic – the only steam powered cider mill in the U. S.  The mill is run by 6th generation of the Clyde family.  Cider is made the same way it was in 1881.  After watching them press the crushed apples to […]

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  • October 2nd Terrarium workshop

    Posted on October 2, 2017 by in Arrangers

    Several members had a great time socializing and making terrariums to keep a bit of summer inside that they can change with the seasons by altering the decorations inside.        First, a layer of pea gravel was placed in the bottom of the glass container to provide drainage and moisture.  Then a layer of […]

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  • Hort trip to Wethersfield Farm and Audubon Sharon, Sept 21

    Posted on September 23, 2017 by in Hort Trip

    It was a great day for the September Hort trip.  The first stop was at the Audubon in Sharon Ct. We admired the gardens around the property and visited the resident raptors including a bald eagle, several hawks and owls and conversed with Manitou, the Raven.  We also enjoyed the exhibits and animals inside the visitor […]

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  • Pollinator Gardening and Xeriscaping – Federated Garden Clubs of CT 2017-2019 Themes (updated 9/11/17)

    Posted on September 11, 2017 by in General Information

    “Be a Conservation Champion” Federated Garden Clubs of CT 2017-2019 President’s Theme and Project.  The new focus and projects include creating pollinator gardens and xeriscaping.  Garden Clubs can create a Pollinator or Xeriscape Garden in a public place or Members can create a private xeriscape garden. Information at Federated 2017-2019 Pollinators and Xeriscaping Additional Resources […]

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  • “Weed” wanted for research: Common Hops (vs. invasive Japanese hops)

    Posted on July 27, 2017 by in General Information

    This is from the Federated Garden Club’s Aug/Sept 2017 newsletter.  They’re looking for common hops growing in the wild. I first discovered hops several years ago growing by my mailbox, then in Elizabeth Park and along the road – in mostly sunny, sometimes weedy and areas that haven’t been tended for a bit.  I didn’t know what they were and took the […]

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  • July 26th trip to Buttonwood Sunflower Farm in Griswold

    Posted on July 27, 2017 by in Hort Trip

    It was a great sunny day for an afternoon excursion (and to support a great cause).  We visited Buttonwood Farm in Griswold during their “Sunflowers for Wishes” fundraiser.  Ice cream is a specialty of the farm.  We enjoyed many photo ops strolling through the fields of sunflowers and on our way out purchased some sunflowers to brighten our homes […]

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