There are three historic gardens as well as a garden at Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center planted and maintained by club members. The gardens serve as a lasting educational and historic contribution to our community.
Created in 1966 in front of the Hendrick Cottage, the traditional Herb Garden with its sundial and brick walk provides a reminder of earlier times. The stone bench was added as a memorial to Ruth Theron, a past club president.
The Doorway Garden is planted on the north side of the Phelps House. A shadblow tree, ferns, hosta and astilbe are used to create a casual and welcoming garden.
The Betty Fisher Garden is in front of the Phelps House and is planted with flowers of the period as a memorial garden to long-time member, Betty Fisher. It contains lemon lily, boxwood, Christmas fern, vinca, crocus, daffodils, sage and trillium. In addition six Sycamore trees were planted there.
The Circle Garden at the Simsbury Meadows Performing Arts Center was designed and installed by the Simsbury Garden Club as a gift to the Town of Simsbury in celebration of our 75th anniversary. It features a sculpture by a local artist and is an oasis of shade with clump birches, rhododendron, hydrangeas, grasses, roses, daylilies and spring bulbs.
For over twenty years, the Club has participated in the Festival of Trees at the Wadsworth Atheneum. Club members have also contributed flower arrangements to the Fine Art & Flowers exhibits.
Club members provide floral arrangements for the circulation desk at the Simsbury Library. In addition, the Club donates books on gardening and flower arranging to the library, often in memory or honor of club members. See our donated book list under the “What We Do” tab titled “books donated to SPL”.
Each November club members make over 25 wreathes for Simsbury’s public buildings.
Scholarships are funded each year by the Ways and Means project(s). The total amount is $3,000 for 2017-18.
Since 1989, an annual scholarship has been awarded to a Simsbury High School graduating senior planning to major in horticulture, forestry, botany, floriculture, conservation, agronomy, plant pathology, landscape design/architecture, city planning, environmental concerns or related subjects. The recipient is chosen by the Simsbury High School guidance department.
Beginning in 2001, an annual scholarship has been given by our Club to a student attending the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources who is selected by the College faculty. The criteria for the recipient: junior or senior majoring in agronomy, arboriculture, conservation, ecology, floriculture, forestry, horticulture, landscape architecture/design, or related fields. The student must be from Hartford County with a preference given to a Simsbury resident. It is the policy of the Club that the University not deduct administrative fees from our scholarship donation.
In 2017, we were asked to oversee additional scholarships, The Simsbury Garden Club Scholarships, funded by a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving as recommended by the Richard D. and Madeline F. (Lina) Wagner Fund. For 2017-18, one scholarship has been given to a University of CT College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources student, and two scholarships have been awarded to students in the Naugatuck Valley Community College Associate Degree program in Horticulture.
University of Connecticut Scholarship
College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
Recipient: Taylor Cheek
Simsbury High School Scholarship
Recipient: Emma Kyzivat
Major: Environmental Studies and Chinese
Simsbury Garden Club Scholarships, funded by a grant from the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving as recommended by the Richard D. and Madeline F. (Lina) Wagner Fund
Naugatuck Valley Community College Horticulture Program
$1,000 Recipient: Carla Chagas
$1,000 Recipient: Tim Pelepako
University of CT College of Agriculture, Health and Natural Resources
$2,500 Recipient: To be announced
Money for the scholarships is raised through the annual plant sale, the major fundraiser of the year. Members’ donate perennial plants from their own gardens. In addition locally grown annuals, herbs and special perennials are featured.