Calendar of Events


  • Garden Club of Madison meetings take place on the second Tuesday of most months.  
  • All meetings are held at First Congregational Church Hall, Meetinghouse Lane, Madison, CT. 
  • At the monthly meetings, GCM members are educated in gardening, horticulture, floral design, landscape design and environmental issues.



September 2019

Daffodils Over Madison 

Members will be planting daffodil bulbs on their properties throughout the month in support of the campaign


September 10, 2019   6:00 p.m.    First Cong. Church

"The Garden: Creativity in Bloom"

Kathy Johnson is a collage, mixed media and print artist from Waterford, CT with a passion for plants, gardening, rusty metal and creating a second life for discarded items.  A Master Gardener since 2007, she finds her love of gardening blends perfectly with the eco-printing process as her garden supplies and endless source of inspiration and plant material for her one of a kind botanical prints.  Her work has been shown nationally as well as in local galleries.


 September 13, 2019

GCM Publicity Table - Farmer's Market  3-6:00 p.m.



Daffodils Over Madison

Members will be planting daffodil bulbs on their properties throughout the month in support of this campaign.


October 8, 2019     9:30-11:00 a.m.

"Design Workshop"

Low profile design - designers will have the opportunity to learn three plant manipulation techniques and create a design from home.

General Meeting

"Invasive Plants Identification and Control"

Dr. Jatinder Aulakh obtained his Ph.D in Weed Science.  A graduate of Auburn University, he conducts herbicide resistant week management research.  He jointed the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station Valley Lab in Windsor as a Weed Scientist August 2015.  He conducts research on week management and more.


October 11, 2019

GCM Publicity Table  3-6:00 [.m.

Farmer's Market on the town green.


October 18th, 2019

New Member Tee - 10 a.m. Jacinta Rafferty's one on 17 East Wharf Road.


October 19th, 2019

Bauer Park Fall Festival    11 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.


November 12th, 2019  -   General Meeting

"Holiday White Winter"

Trish O'Sullivan is a floral designer for over 30 years.  She creates floral designs that evoke the images of the natural garden.  She served as the director of the NY Botanical Garden Floral Design Programs, a floral studios in Greenwich, at the Stamford Museum, taught student designers, created designs for the Dr. O Show, Nate Berkus Show and for commercial and residential clients in NYC and Greenwich.


November 19, 2019

Botanical Art Workshop 9- 12 p.m.

Drawing holiday greenery using colored and graphite pencils.  Instruction by artist Betsy Barry.


December 5, 2019     5 p.m. to 7 p.m.

Annual Holiday Party - Allis Bushnell House.  

Members and spouses are invited to enjoy a little festive cheer to begin the holiday season. Such a fun time!


December 11, 2019     10:30 a.m.  Luncheon 12 p.m.

Green Workshop & Centerpiece Sale   

This workshop really is loads of fun!  Wear your best holiday sweater!  Seriously !!  Bring your cameras!!   Holiday music fills the air while club members create masterpieces for their holiday tables.  Tables are set up, greens are available for centerpiece and wreath projects.  Trimming products are available for a price.


January 14, 2020     

Design Workshop   9-10:30

Parallel Design - learn three plant manipulation techniques and create a design for a side table

General Meeting 11:30

"Brighten Up Those Winter Blues:  A Look at Great Plants for Winter Interest"

Adam Wheeler started playing with plants in 2004 and earned a BS in Urban Forestry and Landscape Horticulture from University of Vermont.  He loves plant propagation and developing new plants.  He shares his passion with plants through photography and educational outreach.  He lectures on a variety of subjects and also lectures at NVCC and the Berkshire Botanical Garden.


January 21, 2020

Botanical Art Workshop  9 - 12 p.m.

First Congregational Church.  Drawing daffodil bulbs using colored and graphite pencils.  Instruction by artist Betsy Barry.


February 20-23, 2020    

CT Flower Show - Connecticut Convention Center, 100 Columbus Blvd. Hartford, CT


March 10, 2020     11:30 a.m.  

"History of CT Forest"

Dr. Jeffrey Ward is the Chief Scientist of the Dept. of Forestry and Horticulture at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station.  Author of over 100 papers, his focus is on herbaceous and tree populations, invasive species control and forest management.  He serves as Chair and Forest Science Coordinator for NE SAF, and as president of CT Tree Protective Association.

Artistic Design - Creative line Design - Create design for small spaces in the home where line is dominant and a minimumm pf plant material.  Handbook p 74.

Horticulture:  Seeds for the challenge class will be distributed at this meeting.  Plants are to be grown by the exhibitor and displayed at the May meeting.


April 14, 2020       Tri-Town Flower Show  - First Congregational Church  11:30 a.m.

"Turn of the Century - the Digital Age"

Michael Derouin is a second generation floral designer and the chair of the Leete's Island Garden Club.  He is a member of many organizations and sits on the Board of the Connecticut Florists Association where he is Vice President.  He also won the 2001 Connecticut Floral Designer of the year award.


May 5, 2020     11:30 a.m.      

General Meeting - Barbara Delmhorst's home - 18 Janna's Lane

Horticulture Workshop - Aquatic Gardening - select members will discuss types of aquatic gardens and their experiences with rowing aquatic plants.

Environmental Awareness Workshop - Aquatic invasive Plants - information on some aquatic and other invasive plant species, plus eradication methods and techniques.

Horticulture - challenges with vegetables


May 8, 2020

GCM Publicity Table at the Farmer's Market   3-6 p.m.


May 16, 2020       9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Annual Plant Sale  - Deacon John Graves Garden 

Our GCM plant sale is one of the best on the Shoreline.  Tell your friends to come early for the best selection.  The crowds come early behind the caution tape at 9 am.  Cash only.  Rain or shine.  We receive terrific support from the community.  Come join the fun.


May 30, 2020

GCM Day at North Guilford Nurseries

GCM members may shop for annuals, herbs, vegetables, perennials, and more at this wholesale nursery for one day only.  10% of the proceeds will be donated to GCM.


May - June

Garden Tours

GCM members and Madison residents open their gardens for viewing.  Locations and time will be determined.


Order your daffodils from Brent & Becky's Bulbs

Ordering information on page 19.


June 11, 2020     Thursday, 11:30 a.m.

Annual Meeting, Awards and Luncheon

This is a wonderful event held at the  Madison Beach Club at 128 Island Avenue


June 12, 2020

GCM Publicity Table at the Farmer's Market   3 - 6 p.m.


June 13, 2020  - Connecticut Open House Day

Historic Homes Civic Gardens Tour - 11:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.

Gardens to view:  Allis's-Bushnell House Perennial and Herb Gardens, and the Deacon John Grave House Perennial and Wild Flower Gardens.




Order your Daffodils from Brent and Becky's Bulbs!  Ordering instructions page 19.


July 10, 2020

GCM Publicity Table   3 - 6 p.m. down at the Farmer's Market on the Town Green.


July 14, 2018    6 p.m.  First Cong. Church

"New Trends in Gardening"

Christine Darnell is owner and designer of Christine Darnell Gardens and boutique landscape design company followed 2011.  She has 25 years of artistic training . She holds degrees in landscape design from Columbia University in Fine Arts from the Parson's School of Design and became a Master Gardener in 2003.  She teaches landscape design at NVCC.  She serves as Wetland Commissioner for her local town of Chester and writes a monthly garden column "Into the Garden" for the Shoreline Times.    


August 11, 2020  

Garden party    4:00 p.m.- 6:00 p.m.   Location TBD


August 14, 2020

GCM Publicity Table - Farmer's Market - Madison Town Green 3- 6:00 p.m.


August ---- 2020

Environmental Awareness Workshop - Identifying Invasive Plants. Join us for a walk around Bauer park and see some of the plants on the Connecticut Invasive Plant list.  Control methods will be discussed.


September/October 2020

Daffodil Day at Bauer Park - 245 Copse Road

Our Daffodils Over Madison campaign is entering its third year and the next phase includes planting daffodils on select public properties throughout town.  The weedy slope along Copse Road, across the street from the farmhouse, is nostalgically called "Daffodil Hill" by those who admired the former field of blooms.  This fall our Club will host a weeding and planting event to fill the entire slope with daffodil bulbs.  We hope you will join us in this civil beautification project.