Beebe House Garden

Dear Members of The Thames River Garden Club

The Civic Committee cordially invites you to spiff up the gardens at the Beebe House on Friday, August 5 at 9:00 am

Come One, Come All

This is a wonderful opportunity to apply various gardening skills with your green thumb!! 

Your support would be greatly appreciated!!

Thank you very much!!

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Holiday Workshop

Here are the details regarding our holiday workshop:
December 8, at 11:00 AM at Brenda Kramer’s home.
The garden club will provide flowers and cranberries to hold the flowers in place.
Your contribution would be a glass container, that you do not want back, and greens/filler for the arrangement. Remember these are table arrangements so we need to make them low, about 10”, so we can see each other over the flowers.
These arrangements will be brought to our venue for the Holiday party as our centerpieces to be raffled off at the end of the evening. Please let Pam Atkins know if you will attend by December 5 for a count for Brenda and the purchase of flowers:

June Luncheon

THAMES RIVER GARDEN CLUB, THURSDAY, JUNE 17, 2021

SHORELINE GARDEN LUNCHEON

Zbierski House, Eastern Point Beach, One Beach Pond Rd, Groton

Please join us for a beautiful day at the Beach for our Annual June Luncheon meeting/ installation of officers and a 

Special Treat 

VIEWING THE GARDENS OF RICHARD AND JANE BUCKLIN

We will meet at 11:30 for a prepared box lunch and our Meeting/Officer Installation followed by a short walk to view the beautiful gardens of Richard and Jane Bucklin where we will have dessert and wine/iced tea.

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Name _________________________________

Email/phone___________________________

Please return with your check for $15 to Brenda Kramer,

before June 14, 2021

TRGC minutes May 20, 2021

TRGC Executive Meeting Minutes May 20, 2021

In attendance: Elaine Lombardi-President, Pamela Atkins- Recording Secretary, Vonice Carr-Vice-President,  Joan Treadow-Treasurer, Brenda Kramer-Immediate Past President, Patricia Hancok, Susan Bellefleur, Laurie Markowicz

Absent- Betty Ann Coviello

               Meeting was brought to order at 12:15 a.m. By Elaine Lombardi (President)

29 Members were in attendance

Elaine Lombardi, President 

  •  Elaine thanked Pam and Rod Atkins for hosting the venue for our meeting, also thanked the dessert makers, Mary Anne Richards, Everett Munro, Phyllis Grohocke and Patricia Hancock.
  • Elaine Welcomed everyone to the meeting and back to seeing one another.
  • Elaine invited members to introduce guests. Pam Atkins introduced Emily Aldrich, Rod’s sister and her friend, Paulette Meijer. Claudia introduced her guest.
  • The April zoom meeting with Margery Winters speaking on the Geology of Ct was successful. We had about 24 members in attendance.
  • Elaine has confirmed that we should be meeting in person in the Waterford Library in September and our next meeting will be at Eastern Point Beach, One Beach Pond Rd, Groton and the home of Richard and Jane Bucklin, 26 Tyler St, Groton on June 17. Brenda Kramer distributed informational flyers to members in attendance and will mail to those who were not at the meeting.
  • Membership Book.  Vonice has kindly agreed to update the Annual Yearbook.She requested that all committee chairs send her updated information as well as corrections and changes for members prior to August.
  • Patty Hancock passed around list for hostesses, please contact her to sign up for future meetings, we must have this done before August 1.
  • Vonice discussed the planting of the Memorial Tree for Josie.  It will be planted along with five other trees at Lawrence and Memorial Hospital through “New London Trees”. We contributed $100.
  • Since the resignation of Pat Uguccioni, we are in need of a Ways and Means chair.
  • The Annual Plant sale was a great success! Phyllis Grohocki spoke about purchasing the plants from Grasso Tech (we had to pay this year because they lost their grant) and Malerba’s garden center in Norwich. We sold out of all our annuals, veggies and herbs and feel we can purchase more next year. Claudia spoke about the Perennials. We had the help of many members and sold most of our plants. She was grateful for all the efforts of membership and we had a record year of sales.
  • The Bebee Garden is coming along nicely
  • Guest Day will be at St Paul’s church on October 21, 2021. The Speaker is designer Michael Device. He is very entertaining and talented.
  • New Members, a few people have emailed looking to join the club. Elaine went over the criteria.
  • Sheila Elliott is working with a pollinating organization and asked our club for our help.
  • Mary Anne Hauser announced that Waterford Historical Society is having a meeting on June 5, for training to a become a volunteer guide.

Vonice Carr, Vice-President

  • Please contact Vonice if you are unable to come to the meetings
  • We had three members resign, Joyce Beudion, Betty Ann Covello, Pat Uguccioni. We are now at 63 active members.

Nominations, Brenda Kramer

  • Due to the restrictions during the past year, several officers have agreed to stay on another year.  We will be installing a new Assistant Treasurer Treasure- Richard Bucklin and a new Vice-President-Claudia Kenyon
  • Joan Treadow-Treasurer – Report is attached to minutes
  • There are still outstanding dues
  • TRGC Annual Donations – There is room for more Philanthropic commitments for our club. We will discuss donations further at a future meeting. 
  • A list of our charity list will be going out to members.

Meeting adjourned at 1:00, Brenda Kramer/Mary AnnRichard

Respectfully submitted

Pamela Atkins, Recording Secretary

March 16, 2021 Update

Good morning Members,
I hope everyone is doing well. Now that the outside world is opening up slowly, we are starting to get back to some kind of normalcy. With that being said I want to update you on what is going on.
Updates:
March 18: This Thursday will be another zoom presentation. Our speaker is Julia Jankowski from the Mystic Seaport. Her power point presentation is on 19th Century Gardening at Mystic Seaport. It will be at 1pm and last for about an hour. Ivy Plis is the club liaison for this event. You will find the link below to join the event.
April 15: The April speaker had to be changed. The new speaker is Majorie Winters and she will be speaking on the “Connecticut’s Story”. Brief summary of it’s content: Geologically, Connecticut was once the center of the world. With mountains higher than the Himalayas and was once located just off the coast of Africa. Unravel the stories of Connecticut’s exciting geological past that are told by the rocks around us.
May20: Our scheduled speaker is Trish Manfredi. Pam is still working on making sure if she will be able to present her presentation through zoom. We will still have a presenter, even if Trish can’t do it.. 
June Luncheon:  I talked to Richard Bucklin the other day. Rich said Jane and  himself have been discussing it. They will have a better idea in the beginning of April if they will host the luncheon at their home. We throw some ideas around. The big issue is to keep everyone safe and healthy. I think most , if not all, of us will have had the vaccination.
Thank you Sue Bellefleur and her committee for doing an awesome job in obtaining speakers.
Plant Sale May 8: We will be holding our annual plant sale as the Waterford Town Hall has reserved the date for us. We will be able to use the indoor area as we have before. There is a blood drive on Friday, so it will be setting up on the day of the sale. Maria and Claudia are working with their committee now. If you have any ideas or anything you would like to share, please call either one of them. They would love to hear from you.
Josie Esposito: A tree is planned to honor Josie’s memory. At this point, we are still working out the details. Vonice Carr is working with several groups that are planning to  plant trees by Lawrence and Memorial Hospital. We would donate one and the other groups are going to plant and maintain them.
Beebe Garden: Jan Theiler and her committee have been busy maintaining the ground and by the Waterford  sign. In the fall they dug up and replanted plants around the sign, as well as planted many spring bulbs, We should be seeing signs of the bulb coming up soon. They also decorated for the holiday season making wreaths and boughs.
Thank you Everyone for your patience through this last year of lockdown. The future’s looking brighter as the cases  of the Covid virus are lowering.   

Regards,
Elaine LombardiPresidentThames River Garden Club

Wreath Making Workshop

offered by Thames River Garden Club and the Waterford Historical Society, Inc.

WHERE: Goshen Fire Department, 2nd floor meeting room, 63 Goshen Road, Waterford, CT 06385
WHEN: Saturday, November 14, 2020

Workshop A: 8:30 a.m. – 10 a.m.

Workshop B: 10:30 a.m. – 12 noon

  • Create a beautiful wreath from a variety of live evergreens on a reusable metal frame. All materials will be provided.
  • Learn wreath-making tips from experienced gardeners.
  • Learn the history of decorative holiday wreaths.
  • COST: $30 general public; $25 members of Waterford Historical Society, Inc. or Thames River Garden Club
  • RESERVATIONS REQUIRED by Thursday, November 12: *call 860-389-7529 to provide information requested below
    *e-mail the information requested below to waterfordcthistoricalsociety@gmail.com
    *snail mail the information below to Waterford Historical Society, Inc., P.O. Box 117, Waterford, CT 06385 NAME:
    Address:
    E-mail:
    Telephone:
    Please reserve a seat for me in Workshop A (8:30AM) / B (10:30AM). (Circle A or B.) Check payable to “Waterford Historical Society, Inc.”

Floral Design Workshops!

2020 Beyond Beginning Creative Floral Design Workshops  {these workshops sellout}

Registration  https://ctgardenclubs.org/education/bbdesignworkshops/

April 2           Intro to Angular Design, Litchfield

May 1             Underwater Designs, New Haven (CAES-CT Agric Experiment Station)

May 14          Intro to Creative Line Design, Litchfield

June 5             Floral Design meets Crafting, New Haven (CAES)

Sept 10           Unleashing your Inner Creativity, Old Saybrook

Oct 2              Low Profile Design, New Haven (CAES)

Nov 14           Intro to Color Theory and Traditional Line Mass Design, New Haven

 

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National Garden Club schools, register online at www.ctgardenclubs.org/education/schools/           { These classes usually fill up. }

March 24-25             Landscape Design School II of IV at CT Agricultural Experiment Station, New Haven (CAES)  FILLED

September 22-23     Environmental Study School III of IV, CAES New Haven

October 20-22          Flower Show School I of IV (prerequisite for FS classes II to IV) at Kellogg Environmental Center, Derby  (I expect this class to fill up early.)

No dates yet             Gardening School

TRGC Minutes – October 2019

Thames River Garden Club Minutes – October 17, 2019

Attendance             Active: 30               Privileged: 3                    Excused: 7

President’s Report

President Elaine Lombardi called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m. and thanked hosts, Manly Church, Jan Theiler, Mary Ellen Hagen,  for a delicious lunch. Everett Munro brought a guest, Christine Stuetzel. It was agreed to waive the reading of the minutes from the September meeting. Minutes approved, however, Phyllis Teeson wanted them read.  We did not read the minutes, since no one was prepared to read them. We will consider reading them next month, however, it was discussed that it will take time out of our meeting. Will discuss this at the next Executive Meeting. Minutes were approved.

  • Elaine thanked Jan Theiler and her committee for an outstanding job weeding and cleaning up Beebe Garden.
  • Dig at Judy Grazino’s was successful. The committee was able to dig 150+ plants. Thanks to Jane Bucklin who provided sandwiches and water.
  • Guest Day will be November 21.  Flyers are available and have been emailed to area Presidents and our membership. Please distribute to friends via hard copy or email. Elaine requested that all members RSVP so hostesses have a count.
  • The Holiday Party will be held on Friday, December 13 at the home of Regina Kowenhoven.  Thank you, Regina, for your hospitality.
  • The FGCCT-Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 30.  Elaine asked all to attend to support the voting of tablescapes submitted by our members, Brenda Kramer and Pam Atkins.  The theme is Connecticut Authors, The theme our designers chose was “Sex and the City.”  The price is $36 per person taking place at the Aqua Turf. Please send a check to Elaine with a Luncheon choice of Beef, Chicken, Salmon or Vegetarian.Elaine saw the FGCCT President at a recent President’s meetings and they shortned the presentation for awards this year.
  • Elaine has requested that All Committee Chairs are required to make a report to the member once per year.  Please notify Elaine so the report can be added to the agenda.  
  • The Executive Committee voted to do away with Stainless flatware and use Bamboo.  This was oppossed by a few members, will be addressed again in January. Bamboo will be used for guest day.
  • Everett Munro referred an email to Elaine regarding a request from Fairview Nursing Home in Groton requesting a local Garden Club to run a “Garden Program.”  Elaine will pass on to Federated and give them suggested clubs in the Groton area.

 

Vice-President – Membership- Active 56, Privileged 12, Total 68

  • Reminder from Vonice that she is the contact if you are not able to attend a meeting. She is attending a Garden/Design Judging course today.
  • Brenda has revised pages for Membership Book whom already have theirs
  • Vonice is giving a talk about preliminary info on the Flower Show entries on November 14 at 11:00 a.m. in the Waterford Library conference room downstairs.  Please RSVP if attending. The CT flower show is February 20-23 at the CT Convention Center in Hartford. Check on line for info Connecticut Garden Club.org/flowershow.
  • Details on the December 3rd wreath workshop will be available at the November meeting.
  • There is a wreath making workshop November 16, in conjunction with the Waterford Historical Society held at ATRIA Crossroads Place,1 Beechwood Dr., Waterford. The Great Room, Floor 3  About 15 people, materials will be provided. 

$30 to general public, $25 for TRGC members and ATRIA residents. Reservations required by November 9.  Call 860-389-7529.

Treasurer’s Report. 

  •   A full report will be emailed to members.

 

Corresponding Report

  • Laurie Markowicz read an email from the Mystic Garden Club in response to the Guest day email. President, Joanne Lukaszewicz replied she will send to her membership, but some of the club members would be busy with their Greens Sale preparations.

Committee Reports

Bylaws – Mary Ann Hauser presented proposed changes in the Bylaws.  A motion was made to accept them as presented, first and seconded by Maria Zalegowski and Laurie Markowicz respectively, discussion began with concerns about the change in Privileged membership going from 20 to 15 years.  Ten years was proposed and several members came forward to object to the change or endorse. Some members felt privilged members should still be somewhat active. After much discussion, the motion was not passed. Mary Ann asked membership to email or contact the bylaws committee to put their concerns in writing so the committee can be aware and making further proposals.  Elaine suggested we revisit in January for a vote.

Workshops- Vonice reports that she has a mission to have all our members submit an entry to the Hartford Flower Show this year.  She has scheduled meetings, which are listed in the book, to help give us knowledge and confidence.  The horticulture section of the show is open without limits, unlike the design section. Please check the book to put the workshops on your calendar.  She had a special category she thought Suzy Young would like, “Home for Feathered Friends,” under the Botanical Arts division.

No other Committees were able to present due to time constraints.

Motion was made to adjourn and seconded at 1:18 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Pam Atkins, recording secretary

 

 

 

TRGC Minutes – September 2019

Thames River Garden Club Minutes- September 19, 2019

Attendance             Active: 34                  Privileged: 3                    Excused: 7

President’s Report

  • President Elaine Lombardi called the meeting to order at 12:15 p.m. and thanked hosts,Joan Treadow, Everett Munro, Patricia Hancock and Barbara Skinner for a delicious lunch. There were no guests present at today’s meeting. It was agreed to waive the reading of the minutes from the June 20 meeting approve the minutes. Pat Uguccioni moved to waive and approve, seconded by Mary Ann Richards, minutes were approved., 
  • Elaine welcomed everyone back from the summer break.  She thanked the members who worked on the Membership Book, Barbara Skinner and Brenda Kramer with help from Susan Bellefluer and Pam Atkins for submission of the program information. A thank you to Quality Printers for the printing job. Vonice Carr has agreed to take over the responsibility of the Membership Book. The new books have been printed and were available for pick up.  Elaine reminded everyone to take their copy to avoid mailing costs. 
  • Elaine also thanks the Civic Committee for cleaning up Beebe Garden.
  • She asked membership to take a look at the Photo Book, which was brought in by Brenda Kramer, keeping a history of the events of our club.
  • Guest Day will be November 21, when the flyer is available, please send to friends via hard copy or email.
  • The Holiday Party will be held on Friday, December 13 at the home of Regina Kowenhoven.  Thank you, Regina, for your hospitality.
  • The FGCCT-Awards Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 30.  She asked all to attend to support the voting of tablescapes submitted by our members, Brenda Kramer and Pam Atkins.  The theme is Connecticut Authors, The theme our designers chose was “Sex and the City.”  The price is $36 per person taking place at the Aqua Turf. Please send a check to Elaine with a Luncheon choice of Beef, Chicken, Salmon or Vegetarian.
  • Elaine reported that we will no longer pass around clipboards with sign up sheets in the future since it disrupts the meeting.  Please check the table as you enter to sign up for all events and membership assignments.  Host/Hostess commitments, Plant Sale Digs, Annual Luncheon, Guest Day and all other events.
  • Elaine has requested that All Committee Chairs are required to make a report to the membership once per year.  Please notify Elaine so the report can be added to the agenda.  
  • Vice President: Vonice Carr reported –  If you are unable to attend a  meeting, you only need to contact Vonice by calling or texting her. She will then advise hostess. She has provided us with a business card with her contact information.  Vonice introduced our newest member Bugi Reiff

Treasurer’s Report. 

  • Joan Treadow reported that a new laptop was needed to use Quickbook for our finances.  A full report is attached.

Corresponding Report

  • Laurie Markowicz read thank you notes from our funding contributions from

           Camp Harkness, Pequotsepos Nature Society, Waterford Public Library, Federated Garden Clubs

Committee Reports:

Audio/Visual – Rod Atkins and Richard Bucklin have volunteered to store and deliver our equipment to meetings. 

Bylaws – Ethel Gerity reported that the Bylaws Committee met and we need to have a quorum of 28 active members, 50% plus 1 to pass the bylaws, so all active members are encouraged to attend the October meeting to get them passed. She distributed proposed bylaws to members to review and vote on in October. Highlights were reducing number of years for privileged members, and the amount of people needed for a quorum.

Civic – Jan Theiler reported the clean up of Beebe Phillips Garden took place on Wednesday, September 11.  The Garden was weeded and mums and asters were planted.  Sand needs to be replaced between the bricks in the walkway. Paul Grover, of Waterford Historical Society, will address the issue at the WHS’s next meeting and said he will replace the sand if members agree.  Members who attended the clean up were Suzy Young, Phyllis Grohocki, Barbara Allen, Jan Theiler and Paul Grover.   Next clean up will be in October, date TBA.

Environmental Studies/Conservation– Juanita Toledo reported,  The Environmental Committee aims to participate in the study and care of the plants and bird species at the William Niering preserve at Goshen cove at Harkness Beach.  We aim for 2 sessions in May/June and September/October session in the area.

Garden Therapy-Juanita reported that they have added Beechwood to the Garden Therapy schedule.  She showed a bouquet of flowers and greens she picked from her garden at this time of year.  Showing new types of greens such as ginger and instructed us to remove the hydrangea leaves before putting them in the arrangement.  

Garden Therapy Prison- Sheila Elliott is looking for a donation of two rock/garden racks to use at the prison. Laurie Markowicz donated one.

Historian – Brenda Kramer is bringing a photo album of our events to peruse at our meetings.

Horticulture – Judy Graziano reported that the Digging date is October 24 at 9:00.  She asked members to please come for digging, labeling, dividing or lunch.  The more people the better.  She would like to do a second date for Shrubs.

Hospitality- Patricia Hancock is on it.

Juniors – Suzy Young is working on painting birdhouses for plant sale.

Plant Sale—Claudia Kenyon reported that members should be potting their plants now for the plant sale, they will have time to poof during the winter. Marie Zalegowski, reported that there will be a sign up sheet in place prior to the trip to wholesaler, she also reported what great success she had with Allium in her garden. 

Plant Sale Diggers – Rod Atkins and Rich Bucklin passed the sign up sheet for the October 24 Dig.  Rod spoke to membership asking for volunteers.

Publicity – Elaine asked for a volunteer to fill this position, no response from membership.

Ways and Means – Pat Uguccioni announced that she is having bags made by her friend Eunice Taylor for us to sell for $5.  The bags are not for groceries, but for sundries or clothing.

Workshops- Vonice reports that she has a mission to have all our members submit an entry to the Hartford Flower Show this year.  She has scheduled meetings, which are listed in the book, to help give us knowledge and confidence.  The horticulture section of the show is open without limits, unlike the design section. Please check the book to put the workshops on your calendar.  She had a special category she thought Suzy Young would like, “Home for Feathered Friends,” under the Botanical Arts division.

Motion was made to adjourn and seconded at 1:07 p.m.

Respectfully submitted,

Pamela Atkins,  Recording Secretary

 

Suzy Young reported- We had a wonderfully successful kickoff for our Horticultural Specimens educational series with thanks to the numerous members who brought in cut flowers from their gardens. We had a total of 31 specimens!!
Awards were given as follows: First place to Marian Shilstone for her Dahlia ‘Hetear’; Second place to Phyllis Grohocki for her Dahlia ‘Thomas A. Edison’; Third place to Everett Munro for his Anethum gravolens (Dill);  Honorable mention to Vonice Carr for her Rudbeckia (Black-eyed Susan) and Honorable mention to Suzy Young for her Hydrangea macrophylla (lace-cap).purchased at the wholesaler.