Get to Know Garden Club of Madison

Founded in 1924, the Club is a non-profit organization dedicated to sharing the art, science and pleasure of gardening, horticulture, artistic design and environmental conservation. Club members attend educational and entertaining meetings, and take part in workshops and civic beautification projects that preserve natural resources and enhance our town.

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.

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.

BOARD MEETINGS

Club officers and committee chairs attend board meetings that are held on the first Tuesday of each month, unless otherwise noted on the calendar.  

HOSTESSING

In addition to educational presentations, general Club meetings also feature wonderful luncheons! Taking part in Hostessing activities is a great way to fulfill membership requirements, and get to know the Club’s projects, services—and fellow members. 

CLUB AFFILIATIONS

Audubon Society of Connecticut

Connecticut Forest and Park Association

Connecticut Horticultural Society

Deacon John Grave House

The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. (Charter Member)

Friends of Connecticut State Parks

Friends of Hammonasset

Friends of Harkness

Madison Chamber of Commerce

Madison Historical Society

Madison Land Conservation Trust

Menunkatuck Audubon Society

National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Northeast Organic Farmer’s Association NOFA

Shoreline Greenway Trail

Scranton Memorial Library

STATE AND NATIONAL GARDEN CLUB DIRECTORIES

National Garden Clubs (NGC), Inc.
Mary Warshauer, President
St. Louis, MO 63110
E: headquarters@gardenclub.org
gardenclub.org

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

The Federated Garden Clubs of
Connecticut, Inc.
Polly Brooks, President
Litchfield, CT 06759
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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