Programs 2019-2020

Sept. 18, 2019

Connecticut’s Historic Gardens

Laurie Masciandaro, Site Manager of Historic New England’s  Roseland Cottage, Woodstock, CT will speak on Connecticut’s Historic Gardens at Country Gardeners Garden Club on Wednesday, September 18th at 7 p.m. at the Riverfront Community Center, 300 Welles Street, Glastonbury, CT.   Ms. Masciandaro will share the history and beauty of the gardens that comprise Connecticut’s Historic Gardens, representing 15 historically significant gardens across the state.  She is a graduate of the University of Washington, Seattle and holds a Masters in American History from UConn.   The public is welcome.  Refreshments  begin 6:30 p.m. with the  program at 7 p.m.,  followed by the club’s Business Meeting.
Location: Riverfront Community Center, Glastonbury, CT

October 16, 2019

From Field To Fine Art

Juried Artist To Explore Gourds and Art

The public is invited to explore the question “How does a raw, hard-shelled gourd become a piece of fine art?” on October 16th at  the program “From Field to Fine Art” sponsored by Country Gardeners of Glastonbury Garden Club, at 6:30 p.m. at the Glastonbury Community Church meeting room, 113 Stancliff Road, Glastonbury.

Ceil Rossi, a juried gourd artist, will discuss how a piece of “nature’s pottery” progresses through the stages of growing, drying, cleaning, woodturning, and carving.  Ms. Rossi teaches at the Farmington Valley Art Center, Windsor Art Center & her own studio in Agawam. While in Arizona, Ceil was President of the Southwest Gourd Association and a juried member of the Arizona Art Alliance, American Gourd Society & the prestigious Sonoran Art League.  Currently, Ceil is a member of the Massachusetts Cultural Council.  She will show a variety of gourds from the deserts of California, Arizona and other locations, at the October meeting of Country Gardeners.  


November 20, 2019

Making A Difference For Wildlife One Plant At A Time

Presented by Peter Picone

A Country Gardeners of Glastonbury Program co-sponsored with Evergreen Garden Club

Learn how you can make a difference for wildlife in your surroundings by the plants you choose to plant and their arrangement. Plants are the foundations of habitat. Native plants are best at providing songbirds, hummingbirds and beneficial insects with seasonal food and cover. When you choose a plant for your property, consider it’s “ecological function” and how it enhances wildlife habitat.

Meeting Place: Glastonbury Community Church, 113 Stancliff Rd, South Glastonbury, CT

Meeting Time: 6:30 – 7:00 Light Refreshments will be served. 7:00 – 8:00 Lecture

January 15, 2020

Activity: If you wish, bring a $10 gift card from a local business to help Glastonbury Social Services. Cards will be delivered in November.

Container Gardening For Ornamentals And Vegetables

Presented by Thomas Rathier Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station

Learn how to combine ornamental plants with vegetables for the best of both worlds. Tom will intrigue us with his masterly demonstrative container.

“Anyone who thinks that gardening begins in the spring and ends in the fall is missing the best part of the whole year. For gardening begins in January, begins with the dream.” – Josephine Nuese

Meeting Place: Riverfront Community Center, Glastonbury, CT

Meeting Time: 6:30 – 7:00 Light Refreshments will be served. 7:00 – 8:00 Lecture

February 20-23, 2020

Connecticut Flower and Garden Show

“Spring into Connecticut” is the 39th year the Federation has staged a State Flower Show in conjunction with the CT Flower and Garden Show. Club member, Trish Manfredi is on the agenda to give a program. Last year her presentation was well attended by over 100 show attendees and other garden club members!

Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT

March 18, 2020

How To Plant, Grow And Care For The Four Types Of Hydrangeas

Presented by Chris Valley Pride’s Farm Nursery

Popular “Jewels of the Garden”, everyone loves Hydrangeas. Most bloom from early spring all the way into fall. The large flowers come in a variety of shapes, colors, and sizes. From the common names of mophead, oak leaf, lace cap, bigleaf, and panicle to the botanical names of macrophylla, panniculate, arborescens, and quercifolia, Chris will sort the types and will inform us about the care these beautiful plants need.

Meeting Place: Riverfront Community Center, Glastonbury, CT

Meeting Time: 6:30 – 7:00 Light Refreshments will be served. 7:00 – 8:00 Lecture

April 2, 2020

Pesticides: Can we live without them and Improving water quality through gardening

Presented by Alicea Charamut Executive Director, Rivers Alliance

An Evergreen Garden Club Program co-sponsored with Country Gardeners of Glastonbury

Rivers Alliance, a state-wide environmental non-profit focusing on clean water issues and health aquatic habitats, will discuss the latest information on pesticide use and ways landscaping and gardening can protect our precious water supply.

Meeting Place: Glastonbury Community Church, 113 Stancliff Rd, South Glastonbury, CT

Meeting Time: TBD

May 20, 2020

“Decorated Grapevine Wreath” Workshop

Presented by Trish Manfredi

Vines from the Joseph Preli Farm and Winery in South Glastonbury will be formed into basic wreaths by Trish for each person who signs up.

Meeting Place: Glastonbury Community Church, 113 Stancliff Rd, South Glastonbury, CT

Meeting Time: 6:30 – 7:00 Light Refreshments will be served. 7:00 – 8:00 Demonstration and hands on workshop

MAY Garden Mart

Saturday May 9 from 8:00am to 12:00 noon

Chamber of Commerce Lawn and Parking Lot

June 10, 2020

Garden Club Dinner

Meeting Place: Manchester Country Club

Meeting Time: TBD