The Garden Club of Madison had another very successful plant sale on May 20th. Under clear skies they had customers lining up at 8:45. Irises and some distinctive dallies and coral belles and Primrose were popular favorites. Red wagons were swirling around the long green tables all day. Special thanks to the Deacon John Grave House Volunteers who provided breakfast and lunch to our hard working members.
Garden Club Officers are seen here with Volunteers from the Shoreline Greenway Trail. The Club’s donations purchased shrubs to soften up the land around the recently completed bridge at Hammonassett State Park. The Shoreline Greenway Trail begins in Madison along the Boston Post Road and eventually will extend through the communities of Guilford, Branford, East Haven and New Haven where it will end at Lighthouse Point.
Madison’s newest park just got a little bit better. The Garden Club of Madison donated seven pin oak trees that will add shade and beauty to the picnic area of Salt Meadow Park. Pin oaks, also known as Quercus palustris, are native to the area and are one of the most popular ornamental trees in the United States. While they are fast growing, pollution tolerant, and transplant easily, it is their pyramid shape and bronze fall foliage that has them commonly used in landscapes. What makes them the most appropriate choice for this particular site, however, is that pin oaks can withstand intermittent floods during the dormant season. This gift is an expression of the garden club’s interest in identifying and supporting projects that enhance the Madison community for present and future generations.