What's Been Happening...
MADISON'S GOING MANY MORE DAFFODILS – AGAIN!
Delighted by the fabulous display of 2,000 daffodils blooming in 2021’s spring, the Club planted another 2,000 bulbs that bloomed in 2022’s spring. Thrilled with the beautiful flowers, we’d planted another 2,000 bulbs last fall! Bulbs have been added to plantings at Deacon John Grave, East Wharf, Bauer Park, the Allis Bushnell House, Veterans’ Garden, Pollinator Pathway garden and the Post Office, and several new locations–the Senior Center, and a walkway alongside the Walker Loden shop! To see daffodils, click here.
We’ll be delighted that visitors will attend the Daffodil Trail, the new plantings, and those at the American Legion Post 79, the Country School, and personal gardens in front yards on Island Ave., Bartlett Dr., and White Birch Rd.
PLANT SALE — MAY 20
At the Deacon John Grave House at 581 Boston Post Road, a wonderful selection of hardy local perennials, herbs, shrubs, cut flowers and flowering annual baskets were offered for sale at excellent prices (paid by cash or check). Profits from the plant sale benefit the Club’s community gardens and beautification projects.
All of the plants come from members’ gardens and local donations. Because the plants are locally grown they are suited to our local growing conditions and should thrive in your garden.
The Club has provided Garden Therapy for over 55 years. Currently we are providing a “simulation” of an experience that has senior residents use all five senses to evoke happy memories and ideas. And to converse and interact with each other, staff and volunteers. Past simulations have included Farmers Market and Harvest Fall Festival. Also, residents are given a small token from the event to display in their rooms and keep the conversations going. Holiday themed simulations have taken place in several months!
BAUER PARK FALL FESTIVAL
Club members attended the Bauer Park Fall Festival on October 15, giving away 350 daffodil bulbs (five per bag with planting instructions) in the first 90 minutes! Thirty bulbs were donated to the Greenway Trail and twenty to Rettich Preserve.
In addition to informing our “Madison’s Going Daffodils” project, we also spoke about extending the Bauer Apple Orchard and working with Tom Cleveland to plant heritage varieties of pears and apples. A number of people volunteered to help with this project. Our friendly keepers of the Bees at Bauer, Deidre Prisco (now a GCM member) and Lewis Strauss were with us. Their open hive demonstrations were very popular, and Honey from the Hives was available for purchase with the money going to Bauer Park.
While the pandemic postponed indoor gatherings, the Club held wonderfully educational and entertaining meetings on Zoom, planted beautiful bulbs throughout town, and welcomed new members who look forward to participating in the club’s many projects and activities. Spring, summer and fall events were scheduled, and we’ve been delighted to get together and garden again!
MAINTAINING THE BEAUTY OF MADISON
With the warm, sunny weather, our gardens grew wonderfully! Last spring and summer, volunteer members took the opportunity to water, weed, prune, and share the joy of gardening at five gorgeous town gardens. Located at various historic sites and parks, these gardens have been designed, developed, and maintained by members in support of the Club’s ongoing civic beautification projects. (Pictured: Deacon John Grave House, Perennial Garden For more information and plant lists, click here.
OPEN GARDEN TOURS
From spring through the month of August, members will have the opportunity to enjoy “Open Gardens,” a club initiative in which members and Madison residents open their private gardens for viewing.
BEES AT BAUER
The Garden Club is supporting the project of developing bee hives in Bauer Park to increase pollination by honey bees, which are responsible for the pollination and growth of one-third of the world’s fruits, vegetables, chocolate, coffee, nuts and spices.
Beekeepers Lewis Strauss and Deirdre Prisco have developed two hives that each contain 12,500 honey bees near the community gardens in Bauer Park. We appreciate their vigorous efforts to restore pollination, and teach about the benefits of bees! Hope you will BEE there!
VETERANS' MEMORIAL GARDEN
Successfully accomplished in time for the Memorial Day Ceremony, the Veterans’ Memorial Garden has been renewed with shrubs and perennials in calming green and white tones that will complement the monuments and provide interest in all four seasons. The newly designed plantings will honor our town’s Veterans, and be enjoyed by visitors who come to the Madison Town Green.
POLLINATOR PATHWAY GARDEN
Our Club supports the Madison Pollinator Pathway Project, which is developing an educational native plant garden at the E.C. Scranton Library. The new garden will create a pollinator-friendly habitat that will encourage bees, butterflies and other pollinators to sustain our environment and support food plants.
The Madison Pollinator Pathway Project works to preserve, protect and develop pollinator habitats throughout town. By joining the Pollinator Pathway Project, residents can help extend connections from their properties to land-trust sites, town and state gardens, and other private properties. For more information: pollinator-pathway.org/madison