• 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 11, 2018   6:00 p.m.

"Botanical Art"

Betsy Barry, graduate with distinction of the Society of Botanical Artists London:  Member of he American Society of Botanic Artists: Member of Colored Pencil Society of America; and Member of Guild of Natural Science Illustrators is an botanical and nature artist finding inspiration through growing living things!


October 9, 2018     9:30-11:00 a.m.

"Design Workshop"

Staging a Halloween inspired, informal table for six.


November 9th, 2018  -   General Meeting

"Seed Libraries"

Tom Piezo is the Director of the Brainerd Memorial Library in Haddam, CT. Before that he was a reference, outreach and technology instruction librarian and the adult programming coordinator at the Scranton Library in Madison CT.  24 years as a public librarian, he specialized in promoting and instructing digital resources.


November 13, 2018  11:30 a.m.

"Holiday Arrangements"

Carolyn Bernard brings expertise, unlimited enthusiasm and supportive mentoring to our club.  She enjoyed playing with plants and is extraordinarily talented in both design and horticulture.  She has been a member of the club for 12 years.  Carolyn is N.G.C. accredited flower show judge, and has won top design awards at the Hartford Flower and Garden Show and at the Newport Flower Show.


December 6, 2018     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, 2018     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 8, 2019      General Meeting 11:30

Program TBD


February 21-24, 2019    CT Flower Show

"April in Paris" - Hartford Civic Center


March 12, 2019     11:30 a.m.  

"Making More of a Good Thing: Propagation of Native Plants"

Dr. Randi Eckel has been working with native plants for over 30 years.  She founded the mail-order nature plant nursery Toadshade Wildflower Farm in 1996 to further public awareness and availability of native plants.  A life-long naturalist, lover of nature and confirmed plant and ecology nerd, Randi specializes in the interactions between plants and other living things.  She is known for her lively and engaging lecture and workshops on growing and propagating nature plants and offers interesting, nuanced information on the complex issues facing native plants and native plant communities.



April 10, 2019       Tri-Town Flower Show  - First Congregational Church  11:30 a.m.

"Spring Rebirth"

"Container Gardening"

No one knows more than Barbara Pierson on the endless possibilities of container gardening.  A renown and sought after speaker, she is a graduate of Cornell's School of Horticulture and has been the Nursery Manager at White Flower Farm for 20 years.  She has been featured in the New York Times and on many popular radio shows. She will deliver an enormously instructive and entertaining program on creating and caring for gardens in a container.


May 14, 2019     11:30 a.m.      

General Meeting


May 18, 2019       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 - June

Garden Tours

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


June 8, 2019  - 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.


June 14, 2018     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


July 9, 2018    6 p.m.  First Cong. Church

"The Amazing Abilities of Birds"

Sally Brockett, a local gardener, birder and member of the Daytime Gardeners of North Haven, began identifying birds in the 1970s as a fun hobby that developed into a life long passion requiring extensive travel that resulted in her having observed 492 of 650 birds listed in the field identification guide book.  She will use her particular interest in bird behaviors to present a program that illustrates the amazon abilities of birds including: memory, camouflage, protection of young, creative nest building, and other amazing feats.      


August 13, 2018    6:00 p.m.- 8:00 p.m.

"Garden Party"

Ester Magee is the location of a garden party!  Location is 270 Bartlett Drive in Madison.