TRGC Meeting September 21, 2017

September 21, 2017, Waterford Library
We will have a Judged Design brought in by you!!!!
Title – “Yellow Submarine”
A Mass Design of yellows and golds. All plant materials must be fresh and may not be treated in any manner. Decorative wood is not permitted, non-plant materials may be included, but may not dominate the design. No mammals, fish, birds, insects, reptiles, alive or preserved are permitted.
Design must be no larger than 12” wide and 24’ tall. Designs will be placed on a table.
Please include a 3×5 card with your interpretation and list of all plant materials along with your name. Please bring your best work and have some fun with design.
We will also have a short talk about the Master Gardener Program.

Creative design instructions:
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1HsgMLenMQa9KseciDTMQmMl4MP1UiHIkuJxRNTc4rls/edit?usp=drivesdk

Pre Entry Form (due Sept 14,2017) :
https://docs.google.com/document/d/1hBQFaBTgms-jGm6Vw2nChkShX2DF9sLuA92rCyTOlRI/edit?usp=drivesdk

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July 20 Harkness Mansion and Garden Tour – RSVP ASAP!!

Dear Members of the Thames River Garden Club,
Please see the July 20 Harkness Tour flyer below.
This should be a fabulous opportunity. Please join us!!!
As noted, please RSVP to Vonice ASAP.
Thank you,
Brenda

Harkness House and Garden Tour
Thursday, July 20
House tour – 10:00 am at the front door
Garden tour – 11:00 am at the loggia (pillars)
Bring a friend!
It has been sooooo hot in the gardens that I’m recommending that we don’t bring a bag lunch. AND, wear a hat!

RSVP to Vonice Carr by Monday, July 16
vonicecarr@att.net

vonicecarr@att.net

TRGC Minutes – June 2017

Thames River Garden Club Minutes
June 15, 2017

President Everett Munro called the meeting to order at 1 PM.
Everett thanked our host and hostesses: Elaine Ackley and John Lombardi, Pam Atkins, Vonice Carr, Mary Ellen Michalowski, and Judy Gibbs for arranging a wonderful annual luncheon in such a beautiful location!

Everett Munro introduced his wife and guest, Sara.

A motion was made by Vonice Carr to waive the reading of the May 2017 minutes, seconded by Ethel Gerity. The motion passed unanimously.

Officers Reports:
President’s Report: Everett Munro shared that he has enjoyed being president of the Thames River Garden Club and he thanked his wife for her support during his 2 year term.
Reminder to members: please email or call Barbara Skinner with any changes or corrections (names, addresses, email, phone#, etc) for the new handbook!

IMPORTANT DATES:

1) July 20 summer meeting ****Please RSVP to Vonice Carr (vonicecarr@att.net)***
for the TRGC Harkness State Park Tour: Mansion tour @10 AM; Garden tour @ 11AM. Meet at the front door of the mansion; bring a drink and a bag lunch, guests are welcome.

2) September 26 – 28, 2017: FGCCT Study Courses – Gardening series 7 Course IV
3) October 25, 2017: FGCCT Awards meeting at Aqua Turf. TRGC will provide a tablescape (60” round table) based on the movie “Mystic Pizza”. More info to come!

4) October31-Nov 2, 2017: New England Garden Clubs 45th NGC Symposium, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, R.I.
5) Dec 6-8: FGCCT Tour – Christmas Treats in Boston and Newport
6) Feb 22-25, 2018: FGCCT Standard Flower Shown – ”Breath of Spring”
7) April, 2018: FGCCT Scenic River Cruise through Holland and Belgium

Vice President’s Report: Brenda Kramer introduced new member Joan Treadow to the club. Joan was proposed by Juanita Toledo and sponsored by Pat Uguccioni and Betty Garvie.
Brenda reminded officers and chairpersons that there will be a summer meeting July 13 @ 9AM at Brenda’s house.

Committee Reports:
Phyllis announced a “Weeding Party” to be held at Linda Chapman’s house Monday, June 26 at 10:30 AM. Please sign up if you are available.

Ways and Means: Pat Uguccioni announced that there were no expenditures with a gross income of $245 from sales of TRGC merchandise!

Program Committee: Pam Atkins presented a summary of the 2017 – 2018 TRGC programs. For September there will be a judged design (members should start thinking about what they might submit for this!) and a master gardener presentation. Pam will send out an entry form for the September Designs in August
Please see the full list of programs at the end of the minutes.

INSTALLATION of new TRGC officers for 2017-2019:
Outgoing president Everett Munro III presented the club’s new officers:
President: Brenda Kramer
Vice President: Elaine Ackley
Treasurer: Phyllis Teeson
Assistant Treasurer: Susan Bellefleur
Recording Secretary: Barbara Skinner
Corresponding Secretary: Mary Ann Richard

Meeting was adjourned at 1:35 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Mary Ellen Hagen, Recording Secretary

Thames River Garden Club Program Summary 2017-18

September 21, 2017, Waterford Library
We will have a Judged Design brought in by you!!!!
Title – “Yellow Submarine”
A Mass Design of yellows and golds. All plant materials must be fresh and may not be treated in any manner. Decorative wood is not permitted, non-plant materials may be included, but may not dominate the design. No mammals, fish, birds, insects, reptiles, alive or preserved are permitted.
Design must be no larger than 12” wide and 24’ tall. Designs will be placed on a table.
Please include a 3×5 card with your interpretation and list of all plant materials along with your name. Please bring your best work and have some fun with design.
A pre entry form with more detailed instructions will be emailed to you by the end of July.
We will also have a short talk about the Master Gardener Program.

October 17, 2017, St. Matthias Parish Center
Guest Day- Speaker – Kerry Ann Mendez
Topic: Remarkable Perennials, Flowering Shrubs and Annuals for Non-Stop Color. This lecture features new introductions, as well as favorite stalwarts, for easy-care gardens that outperform the competition. Mixed borders provide outstanding color and interest year-round! Design tips & sustainable practices included. Please visit Kerry Ann’s website to read more about this amazing and knowledgeable speaker at: http://www.pyours.com
Our guest day fee will now be $15

We will also be having a “Garden Boutique” Our members are encouraged to bring any crafts from their talents to sell at our first Guest Day Garden Boutique. This is not a white elephant table, this is a table to show your talents and the proceeds will go to the program committee to help us continue to bring you the best of the best. This will be great for Holiday Gifts and to have a little fun with our own membership. The items do not have to be garden related.
November 16, 2017, Waterford Library
Speaker – Linda Flemming
Topic – Holiday Herbal Home, The meeting will consist of her lecture and a workshop for members. Linda sets up work stations for various herbal projects. Everyone goes home with 3 or 4 herbal items to give as gifts.
December 1, 2017
Holiday Christmas Party at the home of Brenda Kramer
336 Great Neck Rd, Waterford, CT
January 18, 2018, Waterford Library
Speaker- John Himmelman
Topic- Birds- Their side of the story
February 18, 2018, Waterford Library
Speaker – A TBD An educational director from Denison/Pequotsepos Nature Society
Topic- Predators in our backyard
March 15, 2018, Waterford Library
Speaker Nancy DuBrule-Clemente from Natureworks
Topic- Planting for Early and Late Season Pollination
April 19, 2018, Waterford Library
Judged Design,
Miniature Design Show, Same rules as September but designs needs to be no larger than 5”.
Please bring in your best “little” design!!! A more detailed description and rules will be emailed and provided at the March meeting. Also Plant Sale discussion
May 17, 2018- Field Trip
Field Trip to Broken Arrow Nurseries, 13 Broken Arrow Rd, Hamden, CT. We will have a tour of the Nursery (which is quite a treat) and a bagged lunch will be provided by our Hostesses. There is an area we can have lunch at the Nursery. We will carpool for this event and will try to obtain some catalogs by the April meetings for you to look through.
June, 21, 2018 Annual Luncheon
Our Annual luncheon will be held once again at the beautiful Enders Island retreat. Be sure to bring your camera and pray for a beautiful day!

Some other notes for this season’s Program:
We are also going to ask our members to bring a horticultural exhibit to our November, January, February and March meetings. The specimen will be announced to you at the prior meeting so you will have time to prepare. The items will be judged by one of our knowledgeable members.

Delicious recipes from the TRGC April Luncheon!

Butternut Squash & Kale Risotto – from Naive Cook Cooks
Main Course – 4 servings
Ingredients:
3 cups chopped butternut squash
1 cup finely chopped kale
1 Tbsp oil
Salt & Pepper to tatse
1 Tbsp olive oil
4 garlic cloves, chopped
1/2 cup onion, chopped
1/2 cup arborio rice
3/4 cup white wine
2.5 – 3 cups vegetable stock
1/2 cup shredded asiagio or parmesan cheese
1 Tbsp butter
1 tsp thyme
INSTRUCTIONS:
1) In a pot warm vegetable stock and keep it aside.
2) In another pan, add butter.To it add squash and salt & pepper. Cook until fully cooked and a bit carmelized; transfer to a plate.
3) To the same pot add oliveoil. Once warm add garlic & onion; saute for a few minutes. Add rice and stir for 2 – 3 minutes. Add wine & stir continuously until wine is absorbed. Add 1/2 cup at a time of the warm vegetable stock stirring constantly.once the liquid is absorbed add another 1/2 cup.
4) When the rice is al dente (but still has a bite to it), add salt pepper, thyme, butter, cheese and mix.
5) Add squash & kale and stir. I fit feels too thick add another 1/2 cup of stock or water. Cook on low to taste and adjust seasonings
**a good amount of red chile flakes may be added at the end to give it a little kick!

LISA’S BROCCOLI SALAD

Dressing:
1/4 cup sugar
2 cups Mango
1/8 cup apple cider vinegar
1 lb. bacon – fried and crumbled

Salad:
2 lb. broccoli florets
1 cup chopped celery
2 cups red grapes
1 cup raisins
1 cup chopped walnuts
1/2 cup sunflower seeds

Toss salad with dressing and refrigerate for a few hours before serving

TRGC Minutes May 2017

Thames River Garden Club Minutes
May 18, 2017

Attendance: Active: 32 Privileged: 0 Excused: 7

President Everett Munro called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM.
Everett thanked our hostesses Nancy Clark, Barbara Allen, Phyllis Grohocki, and Flo Curley for the delicious luncheon.
Members were reminded to please sign the attendance sheet.
Brenda Kramer introduced new member Karen Neilan to the club. Christine Taylor was also announced as a new member to the club

Judy Graziano made a motion, seconded by Peggy Schepp, to waive the reading of the April 2017 minutes. Suzy Young added a correction to the minutes: children were given free seeds at the plant sale (not rocks). A motion was made by Brenda Kramer, and seconded by Jerry Theiler, to accept the minutes as corrected. The motion passed.

Officers Reports:
President’s Report: Everett Munro introduced Roslyn Rubinstein, Director of the Waterford Public Library, who thanked the club for the donation to the library and for the club’s community involvement.
Everett announced that charter member Evelyn “Lefty” MacDougall had celebrated her 102nd birthday!
TRGC Members book editor: please email or call Barbara Skinner with any changes or corrections for the new book!
Everett Munro presented a proposed Change: Article 4 #2: “The Program Chairperson and the Hospitality Chairperson be members of the executive committee.” Suzy Young made a motion to accept the by-laws change; Ruth Hammell seconded the motion. The club voted unanimously in favor of the change.

Important dates:
1) June 4 – dedication of Terry Pfeil memorial tree at Jordan Green
2) June 9, 10, 11 – Farmington Garden Club – “Outdoor Celebrations” Garden Tour
3) June 24 & 25 – Rhode Island Master Gardens Tour – $20/ booklet; many Gardens!
TRGC Summer Meetings:
4) July 20 – TRGC Harkness State Park Tour: 11 AM,; bring a drink and a bag lunch, guests are welcome
5) August 17: a member’s garden tour? – does someone want to organize this? Please email Everett if interested.
6) September 26 – 28, 2017: FGCCT Study Courses – Gardening series 7 Course IV
7) October 25, 2017: FGCCT Awards meeting at Aqua Turf. TRGC will provide a tablescape (60” round table) based on the movie “Mystic Pizza”. More info to come!
8) October 31-Nov 2, 2017: New England Garden Clubs 45th NGC Symposium, Crowne Plaza Hotel, Warwick, R.I.

Vice President’s Report: Brenda Kramer sent an email invitation to officers and chairpersons for a summer meeting July 13 @ 9AM at Brenda’s house.
Treasurer’s Report: Vonice Carr asked members to submit any receipts ASAP for reimbursement. She also reported that we have received Thank You notes from the East Lyme Library, U.S. Coast Guard (donation in memory of Joan Danielson), Connecticut College and FGCCT for our 2017 donations.
Vonice reported Plant Sale income of $7,929.00; Plant Sale expenses of $3000.00 (plus ~ $400 in advertising); Plant Sale net of $4,700.
2017 – 2018 Budget Proposal – requests were made to increase the Prison Therapy budget from $100 to $200, and to increase the Program budget from $1500 to $2000. Vonice indicated that she would decrease the Philanthropy expenditures to balance the budget. Suzy Young suggested possibly having a craft sale in the Fall, or brainstorming other ideas to bring in more money, especially for Programs.

Committee Reports:
Nominating Committee: Dottie Nauer thanked Brenda Kramer and Regina Kowenhoven for their work on the nominating committee. Dottie presented the new slate of 2017 – 2018 officers to be voted on at the June luncheon:
President: Brenda Kramer
Vice President: Elaine Ackley
Treasurer: Phyllis Teeson
Assistant Treasurer: Susan Bellefleur
Recording Secretary: Barbara Skinner
Corresponding Secretary: Mary Ann Richard

Plant Sale Committee: Phyllis Cushing thanked everyone for an incredible job. The plant sale was a huge success with lots of new ideas.
Phyllis sent around a sign up sheet for a “Weeding Party” to be held at Linda Chapman’s house. Please sign up if you are available. Date : TBA
Larry Fritch of Grasso Tech has asked for the club’s help to allow 2 interested students to take the Waste Water exam (fee= $200 each). Phyllis Teeson made a motion to pay the exam fees for the 2 students with the money from the Plant Sale profits. Dottie Nauer seconded the motion and it was passed by unanimous vote.
Horticulture Committee: Vonice Carr shared news of Boxwood Blight which is being found in CT. There is no cure or treatment. Check your boxwood and pachysandra for dark spots on leaf; underside grey and powdery; the result is defoliation and death of the plant.
Hostess Committee: Elaine Ackley asked members to check the 2017-2018 hostess list and please sign up!

Meeting was adjourned at 1:10 PM.
Respectfully submitted,
Mary Ellen Hagen, Recording Secretary

T.R.G.C. MEETING: THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017 at WATERFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

T.R.G.C. MEETING – 11:30 AM THURSDAY, MAY 18, 2017 at the WATERFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY

Dear Members

Please participate in the floral arrangement at the TRGC meeting this coming Thursday May 18 at the Waterford Library.
Please bring your vase and clippers, bring, share or showcase the greens and flowers from your garden.
TRGC will provide some more blooms (store bought).

Thank you,

Juanita Toledo