Get to Know Garden Club of Madison

Our objective is to advance the fine art of gardening and pursue the study of horticulture, landscape, and artistic design. Members aid in the protection and conservation of natural resources and to plan and participate in civic beautification projects.

Meetings Information

Garden Club of Madison meets on the second Tuesday of most months at 11:30 a.m., and occasionally at 6 p.m. Meetings are held at First Congregational Church Hall, Meetinghouse Lane, Madison, CT, unless otherwise noted on the calendar.

At monthly meetings, guest speakers educate and inspire Club members on the topics of gardening, horticulture, floral design, landscape design, and environmental issues.

Members are also encouraged to participate in our Horticulture Exhibits and Design Exhibits, which are organized and judged by accredited Club members.

BOARD MEETINGS

10 a.m., Madison Senior Center, 29 Bradley Rd.
Board meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at unless otherwise noted on the calendar.

GENERAL MEETINGS

11:30 a.m., First Congregational Church, Meetinghouse Ln.
General meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month unless otherwise noted on the calendar.

GUEST SPEAKERS

Guest speakers are engaged for monthly general meetings to educate and inspire Club members on the topics of gardening, horticulture, floral design, landscape design, and the environment.

DESIGN EXHIBITS

The design theme to be exhibited on a particular general meeting date is indicated in the calendar. Exhibits include fresh or dried plant material, organized according to the principles and elements of design, and as explained in the National Garden Club (NGC) Handbook for Flower Shows. Submissions are judged and followed by a group critique/discussion to educate members on the principles of design.

This program is coordinated and judged by a Club member whose credentials include National Garden Club (NGC) Accredited Judge and Master Gardener.

HORTICULTURE EXHIBITS

Horticulture is the art and science of growing flowers, ornamental plants, fruits, and vegetables.

Members are encouraged to submit plant material for judging at select general meetings. The type of plant material to be exhibited for a particular meeting date is indicated in the calendar. Submissions are judged and followed up with a group critique/discussion to educate members on the principles of horticulture.

To be eligible to be judged, plant material must have been in the member’s possession for at least three months. Each member is allowed to exhibit up to six entries. The National Garden Club (NGC) Handbook for Flower Shows contains additional information.

This program is coordinated and judged by a Club member whose credentials include Member of The Federated Garden Clubs of CT (FGCC) Landscape Design Council and Master Gardener.

HOSTESSING

Every Associate, Active, and Provisional member is required to serve as hostess or committee member each year. Every third year each member is expected to be a “head hostess.” If a member fails to sign up for a date as hostess, the Hostess Chair will assign a date for them. If any hostess is unable to keep their commitment, they must arrange for their own substitute.

CLUB AFFILIATIONS

STATE AND NATIONAL GARDEN CLUB DIRECTORIES

National Garden Clubs (NGC), Inc.
Gay Austin, President
4401 Magnolia Ave.
St. Louis, MO 63110-3492
T: 314-776-7574
E: headquarters@gardenclub.org
gardenclub.org

NGC New England Regional Director
Suzanne Bushnell
133 Gurnet Landing Rd.
Harpswell, ME 04079
E: smbushnell@comcast.net

The Federated Garden Clubs of
Connecticut, Inc.
Arlene Field, President
P.O. Box 854, Branford CT 06405
T: 203-488-5528
E: fgcctoffice@gmail.com
ctgardenclubs.org

Kellogg Environmental Center
500 Hawthorne Ave.
Derby, CT 06418
T: 203-734-2513
ct.gov/DEEP/cwp

Connecticut Agricultural Experiment
Station (CAES)
(Location of State meetings)
123 Huntington St.
P.O. Box 1106
New Haven, CT 06504
T: 203-974-8500
ct.gov/caes

CT Invasive Plant Working Group
A consortium of individuals, organizations, and agencies concerned with invasive plant issues, offering symposiums and meetings.
cipwg.uconn.edu

COMMUNITY PARTNERS

We thank our community partners for their ongoing and generous support.

John Bysko, CPA, CFP
John A. Bysko Associates

Charlie Iselin
Iselin Tree Experts

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