Garden Club

Mission

The Danbury Garden Club was founded in 1925 and celebrated our 90th year anniversary in 2015.  The Club became a Charter Member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. in 1929, www.ctgardenclubs.org.  We are a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc. and The New England Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc.

The Club’s Objectives are:

  • To promote an interest in horticulture.
  • To increase a knowledge of the artistic use of plant material.
  • To sponsor civic projects.
  • To further the conservation of natural resources and wildlife.

Awards Received in 2015

The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut Awards

The Danbury Garden Club was awarded the FGCCT Award of Honor at the FGCCT Awards Meeting on October 28, 2015.  This award is conferred on a garden club which, over a period of five years, has maintained a record of exceptional achievement in upholding the aims and purposes of the Federation.

Further information regarding the Danbury Garden Club may be obtained by calling Membership Chair Jan Cernoch at 203-312-9376, Email: janicecernoch@gmail.com, or President Carol Lubus at 203-743-3798, Email: clubus@comcast.net.

Programs

Nine regular meetings are held each year.  There are no meetings in December, July and August.  Regular Club meetings will begin at 10:00 a.m. on the third Friday of each month, and will be held at the Hatters Park Banquet Hall located at 7 East Hayestown Road, Danbury, CT 06811, unless otherwise noted.  A program on one of a wide variety of topics, usually presented by an outside speaker, will follow the meeting.  A light luncheon will be served at approximately 12:30 p.m.

 

Program of Activities for 2016-2017:

September 16, 2016 – Hatters Park, 10:00 a.m. – Meeting and Harvest Market – Bring plants, garden and design related goods, or tools for sale to benefit the Club.  Also garden produce and baked goods are welcome.  Guest speaker at 11:00 a.m. – Video, “A Year in the Danbury Garden Club” – Toni Nabholz-Huse

Horticulture & Landscape Design – Club Horticulture Show

October 21, 2016 – Hatters Park, 10:00 a.m. – Regular meeting

Guest speaker at 11:00 a.m. – Mike’s Beehives – The importance of the honey bee, problems they face today, how we can help, some fun facts and where we would be without them.

Horticulture & Landscape Design – Club Horticulture Show

November 18, 2016 – Holiday LuncheonAmber Room Colonnade, 1 Stacey Road, Danbury

To celebrate the festive season, members and guests are invited to enjoy a holiday demonstration program, followed by luncheon.

Designer:  “Flower Power” by Michael Gaffney of the American Schools of Flower Design

Program only $25; Program and luncheon $45 – Your check, marked with choice of roast pork tenderloin, grilled salmon or farfalle alfredo sent to Mrs. Anne Harrigan, 27 Richter Drive, Danbury, CT 06811, by November 8, 2016, will hold your reservation (call 203-744-2057).  Registration will begin at 9:45 a.m.

Holiday Luncheon reservation form (download pdf by clicking here)

January 20, 2017 – Hatters Park, 10:00 a.m. – Regular meeting

Guest speaker at 11:00 a.m. – Linda Fleming – “Moon gardening with my Cherokee heritage” – gardening by the phases of the moon.

Horticulture & Landscape Design – Club Horticulture Show

February 17, 2017 – Hatters Park, 10:00 a.m. – Regular meeting

Guest speaker at 11:00 a.m. – Marilynn Klepfer – “Basic Elements of Composting”

The presentation emphasizes the importance of composting household and garden wastes not only as a method for producing a useful garden end-product, but as a means of reducing wastes destined for landfills and for protecting our environment.

Horticulture & Landscape Design – Club Horticulture Show

March 17, 2017 – Hatters Park, 10:00 a.m. – Regular meeting

Guest speaker at 11:00 a.m. – Gerri Griswold “Bats:  Earth’s Allies” – This presentation is an in-depth journey into the fascinating world of bats.  Learn about where they live, their natural history, the problems they face, what they do for us and our planet and most of all what we can do for them.

Horticulture & Landscape Design – Club Horticulture Show

April 21, 2017 – Hatters Park, 10:00 a.m. – Regular meeting

Guest speaker at 11:00 a.m. – Denise Sladek “Container Gardening”

Horticulture & Landscape Design – Club Horticulture Show

May 19, 2017 – Hatters Park, 10:00 a.m. – Regular meeting

Guest speaker at 11:00 a.m. – Marcie Martin “Easy Care Roses for the Home Garden”

Horticulture & Landscape Design – Club Horticulture Show

June 16, 2017 – Annual Meeting & Luncheon 11:30 am – Ridgewood Country Club, Danbury

Further information regarding the Danbury Garden Club may be obtained by calling Membership Chair Jan Cernoch at 203-312-9376, Email: janicecernoch@gmail.com, or President Carol Lubus at 203-743-3798, Email: clubus@comcast.net

Membership

There are over 90 members in the Danbury Garden Club at the present time.  Dues are $35.00 per year.

Membership Responsibilities – Attend a minimum of 3 meetings a year and work actively on a committee in addition to the Hospitality Committee.  Also, members are encouraged to make flower designs or horticulture exhibits, learn about horticulture or conservation, or be actively involved in the Cub’s other activities.

 

Danbury Garden Club Committees

Artistic Design
The purpose of Artistic Design is to use plant materials to express our creative concepts.  This year the choice of design is up to the designer, any NGC design type.  The Theme this year is:  “”Places in our World.”  The design should give members the feeling of this place.  The three or four monthly designs will be critiqued according to the NGC principles of design – balance, rhythm, dominance, contrast, proportion and scale.

Books
The Books Committee will share information with members about gardening, the environment, and related subjects.  It serves, also, as a bookstore and/or media center for our members by selling National Garden Club’s “Vision of Beauty” calendars and Handbook for Flower Shows.  The Committee has its own small tape/DVD library. The Committee also recommends books or DVDs to the Danbury Public Library to purchase with our yearly donation to the Library.  In 2010, a group called “The Bookworms” was formed.  The Bookworms read books pertaining to gardening, nature, the environment, etc. and meets once a month at a committee member’s home to discuss the book.

Civic
The purpose of the Civic Committee is to improve the environment in the City of Danbury by the conservation of natural resources and wildlife and promoting public interest in horticulture through gardening and civic projects.  The Committee maintains the gardens at the Old Jail (WIC), The Danbury Museum and Historical Society, and the Blue Star Memorial.  The Committee arranges for the Arbor Day planting at a local school and the memorial tree planting at Kenosia Park.  Also, the Committee selects a Danbury Business that shows an interest in beautifying their property and gives that business a Civic Award at the October meeting.

Communications
Since August of 1999, Gleanings has been the Danbury Garden Club newsletter.  It has been published to keep open the lines of communication with our members regarding recent activities, future events and to serve as an educational tool.  Gleanings is published three times a year in January, April and August.  Committee members will participate by preparing articles of interest to be published in Gleanings.

Conservation and Nature
The Committee is working toward a cleaner, healthier world for our progeny.  The Committee also maintains the Butterfly Garden at the King Street School in Danbury.

Daily Bread
Since its inception in 1984, the Daily Bread Food Pantry at St. James Church has increased its donation of food from a total of 90 bags of food a week to its current distribution of 140 bags of food per week. Each family gets one large bag of food staples (dairy, meat, chicken) plus supplies, with proof of address and ID.  There is a special donation during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. Committee members assist the Chair in collecting the donations and delivering to St. James.

Garden Therapy
This committee conducts flower arranging workshops with residents at various convalescent and assisted living facilities as well as Broadview Junior High School on the second Tuesday of the month.

Horticulture and Landscape Design
Through day trips and workshops, this committee strives to increase awareness and appreciation of the beauty in horticulture and landscape design.  We also visit Danbury Garden Club member’s gardens.  The trips and workshops are designed by the Committee.

Also, the Horticulture Committee has a mini horticulture exhibit (similar to a flower show) during each monthly meeting.

St. James Juniors
The St. James Juniors Committee has been in existence for at least 47 years, working with youth ages 5 to 18, in artistic design, conservation, community service, horticulture, garden therapy, and civic projects.  The students are often grandchildren of members and come from Danbury area towns.  The group also participates in DGC flower shows and has participated in the CT Flower Show.  Regular meetings of the DGC St. James Juniors are the second Saturday of the month at 10:30 at St. James Episcopal Church, West Street, Danbury. There can be special trips during the year.

Pembroke Elementary School Juniors
The Pembroke Elementary School Juniors is in its fourth year and meets the second Wednesday of each month from October to May.  It is an after school program that meets in a designated classroom.  The Principal selects the students, pairing two students, one with special needs, with another student.  The school’s staff assists with the program.  Each month a seasonal gardening related project is chosen by the Committee.  The mission of the committee is to introduce students to concepts of gardening, conservation and wildlife to foster an appreciation of nature and the environment.  The theme for this year is “Connecting Kids with Nature.”

Meeting Places and Hospitality
To fulfill the requirements of membership, every member in our Club is expected to team with other members to provide refreshments for lunch on a specific meeting date during the year.

Needlework
The Needlework Committee consists of members with different skills:  some knit, others crochet, some do needlework, jewelry or crafts, and others simply come up with ideas.  Their purpose is to provide a “boutique table” for our Holiday Luncheon in November where they sell the products of their work to raise funds for the Club and the community. For the last several years they have provided blankets to the Danbury Hospital.  They also knit/crochet an afghan and make a Christmas wreath to raffle at the Holiday Luncheon.  The Committee meets the second Monday of each month at the home of one of the members.

Program
The Program Committee plans the monthly programs and activities for the Club year and confirms monthly speakers and their requirements.  They also assist the Chairs of the Day as needed in greeting and assisting the speaker.

Publicity
This Committee works closely with the Membership and other Committee Chairmen to identify opportunities for publicizing Danbury Garden Club activities as well as other opportunities to attract new members.

Scholarship
The Scholarship Committee selects two students for our annual award of $2,000 each.  To qualify, the student must be a resident of Connecticut attending full time at Western Connecticut State University or Naugatuck Community College, in good standing, in need of financial aid, and majoring in plant biology, ecology, conservation or a related field.  The Scholarship Committee also selects from time-to-time, a current or former student member of our Juniors group who has been an enthusiastic participant in that group for at least three years, including at least one year of middle school, and who is or will be attending a two or four year college program and who is recommended for the award by a current or former Chair of the Juniors Committee.  This one-time-per-person award may be up to $1,000.

Other special Committees include Awards, Finance, Historian, Interclub, Nominating, Membership, and Yearbook.

 

For Additional Information about the Danbury Garden Club please contact:

Mrs. Jan Cernoch
9 Hillcrest Drive
New Fairfield, CT 06812
203-312-9376
Email:  janicecernoch@gmail.com

 

Scholarship

The Danbury Garden Club offers two, $2,000 Scholarships each year to qualified students from either Western Connecticut State University (WCSU) or Naugatuck Community College (NCC).

Requirements for Scholarship Applicants:

  1. Resident of the State of Connecticut
  2. WCSU or NCC full time student in good standing, in need of financial aid
  3. Majoring in plant biology, ecology, conservation, or related field

Please send:

  • Completed application form download pdf by clicking here
  • Applicant’s grade transcript
  • Personal letter (2 page maximum) by applicant discussing background, career goals, commitment to chosen field of study, and comments about how the scholarship will be helpful to the applicant
  • List of extracurricular activities and/or honors received
  • One letter of recommendation, one page, discussing applicant’s scholastic ability, character, and work-related experience

Send all of the above, in one packet, by certified mail, to be received by January 31, 2017 to:

Mrs. Brigid Guertin
Danbury Garden Club Scholarship Chairman
114 E. Pembroke Road
Danbury, CT 06811

The Scholarship Committee also selects from time-to-time, a current or former student member of the Danbury Garden Club Juniors group who has been an enthusiastic participant in that group for at least three years, including at least one year of middle school, who is or will be attending a two or four year college program, and who is recommended for the award by a current or former Chair of the Juniors Committee.  This one-time-per-person award may be up to $1,000.