On September 12th Garden Club members met at Trinity Lutheran Church. They enjoyed an extended social time and light luncheon followed by the business meeting. Members discussed a wrap-up of the 100th anniversary celebration and made plans for the fall and next spring.
Garden Club members plant flowers in town gardens, in sidewalk tubs, in front of monuments, and at town hall.
To stimulate interest in gardens & gardening, encourage conservation of natural resources, promote civic improvement, and study & enjoy the artistic use of plants. Some of our affiliations include the National Garden Clubs Inc., New England Region of National Garden Clubs Inc., and the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut Inc. Join us!
We tend gardens at:
All-Wars and WWI monuments
Main & Church St Planters
Mayor’s Garden at Town Hall
Town Hall Church St. Garden
New Milford Historical Society Wildlife Garden
Is it possible to reimagine an established 50-year-old garden? The conversation began as a new project to create a pollinator garden that very quickly became a Wildlife Garden project incorporating aspects of more than just pollinators.
The goal is to create a year-round habitat for urban wildlife and a year-round outdoor classroom for urban visitors. Why are native plants, shrubs, trees, and grasses important to all creatures? Why is the use of pesticides and herbicides detrimental to all creatures? Why should we be thinking differently about what we plant? There are usually much better native alternatives than the annuals and non-natives and so called "nativars" that the big-box stores sell. How can having all the creatures in harmony make an urban setting a better place for all?
The Wildlife Garden is in its first season. All the new plantings are native, and we are beginning to be able to layer the plantings to reduce maintenance. There are some non-native plantings including spring bulbs that are fine for now. Why remove established plants unless they are deemed invasive?
The Wildlife Garden is large enough that it has areas with everything from full sun to mostly shade, with fairly dry soil conditions depending on the season. These challenges keep it a lively and ongoing conversation for the club.
We have been in discussion with Bartlett Tree Experts about native shrubs for interest and refuge and forage for birds and others. Educational signage is one of the next big tasks. Such signage is expensive and there is no room for error. This should be a good winter activity. The "Reimagining" is well under way!
That's just what the Garden Club of New Milford is doing with a garden on the grounds of the New Milford Historical Society.
Service projects have included:
Garden Therapy for Seniors
Support for Local Fundraisers
CT Flower & Garden Show
Christmas decorations on the green and local rehab centers
Route 7 Welcome Sign
Since 1923, the Garden Club of New Milford has been an active, non-profit organization serving our town. From planting trees, landscaping public places, designing gardens, educating, exhibiting, and funding projects, the club has been influential in caring for the community in which we live.
Club meetings address a variety of topics related to gardening, conservation, and public service while providing fun and social interaction with friendly people from our town.
Anyone can attend a meeting to determine if they are interested in joining.
Meetings are every second Tuesday of the month from 1–3PM, location announced the prior month. Membership responsibilities include:
• Attend meetings regularly
• Take an active part in activities
• Support fundraising projects
• Host twice a year
• Pay annual dues
Interested in joining? Fill out the form below to apply:
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