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.
Each year the Simsbury Garden Club presents three scholarships to eligible students. Proceeds from our annual Plant Sale support these scholarships.
Since 1989, an annual scholarship has been awarded by our Club 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. This scholarship is extended into the sophomore year if the student continues in that major.
Since 2001, an annual scholarship has been awarded to a student attending the University of Connecticut College of Agriculture & Natural Resources. The criteria for the recipient: junior or senior majoring in agronomy, arboriculture, conservation, ecology, floriculture, forestry, horticulture, landscape architecture/design, or related fields. Selected by the College, the student must be from Hartford County with preference given to a Simsbury resident.
The UCONN recipient is chosen by the faculty of UConn’s College of Agriculture & Natural Resources.
$2,000 University of Connecticut Scholarship
College of Agriculture & Natural Resources
Recipient: Nicole Ali
$1000 Simsbury High School Continuing Scholarship
Recipient: Emily Peer Groves, University of British Columba
Major: Conversation Biology
$1000 Simsbury High School Scholarship
Recipient: Vincent Caesar, Keene State College
Major: Landscape Architecture
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.