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

TRGC Plant Sale 2017

IT WAS A GREAT SUCCESS AND IT WAS ALL BECAUSE OF YOU ALL !!!!!!

THE ROOM WOULD LOOKED LIKE A SPRING FLOWER FESTIVAL; IT WAS A PICTURE TO BEHOLD.

A MOTHER’S DAY TABLE WITH 67 DESIGNER ARRANGEMENTS MAGICALLY APPEARED FROM WORK TABLES
FILLED WITH CHAOS, FLOWERS, WATER, GREENS, POTS. THEY FLEW OUT THE DOOR;
HAD ONLY FOUR LEFT AT ONE O’CLOCK!

A SPECIAL SHOUT OUT TO OUR MARVELOUS, ORGANIZED, SELF STARTING CHAIRMEN.
THEY MADE THE DAY RUN LIKE CLOCK WORK.

NEW MEMBERS, NEW IDEAS, NEW ADDITIONS, BIRDHOUSES AND MASTER GARDENERS- SO EXCITING!!!!!!

IT SEEMS EVERY TABLE EXCEEDED LAST YEAR’S GOALS.
COMMENTS FROM CUSTOMERS WERE VERY COMPLIMENTARY ABOUT QUALITY AND VARIETY.

THANK YOU TO A GREAT BUNCH OF “WORK-A-BEES” – WELL DONE!

PHYLLIS AND MARY ANN

Please check out these pictures from Plant Sale day:

PLANT SALE – Saturday May 13th

THAMES RIVER GARDEN CLUB
21st Annual PLANT SALE
SATURDAY, MAY 13th 2017
Waterford Town Hall, 15 Rope Ferry Road, Waterford CT
9 AM to 1 PM Rain or Shine

Mother’s Day Specials,
Annuals,
Perennials,
Herbs,
Hanging Baskets,
Specialty Plants,
Baked Goods,
Bird Houses
&
Children’s Activities

TRGC minutes – April 2017

Thames River Garden Club Minutes
April 20, 2017

Attendance
Active: 31 Privileged: 0 Excused: 14

President Everett Munro called the meeting to order at 12:30PM. Everett thanked our host and hostesses : Susan and Stephen Bellefleur, Judy Graziano, Vonice Carr, Maria Zalegowski, and Ann Thibault for an outstanding luncheon in such a beautiful setting surrounded by thousands of daffodils in bloom!
Guests: four guests were welcomed to the luncheon –Karyn Rapetti, Sara Munro, Chris Taylor, and Denise Heinrich
Minutes: Pat Uguccioni made a motion (seconded by Sue Bellefleur) to waive the reading of the March 2017 minutes; a motion was made by Brenda Kramer and seconded by Nancy Clark to accept the March 2017 minutes as written; the motion passed.
Important upcoming dates:
April 22, 2017: at 10 AM TRGC will plant a White Swamp Oak at Camp Harkness, 301 Great Neck Road, Waterford. All members are encouraged to join in the fun!
April 26, 2017: at 10 AM to 12 noon – Spring Cleanup at the Beebe House, Waterford
May 10, 2017 at 1PM: “How to read and be inspired by a flower show schedule”; Guilford Garden Club; St George Church Hall, 33 Whitfield, Guilford, CT, presented by Kathy Ritch. A carpool will be organized by email for those interested.
If attending, please email Donne Boivin: boivind@comcast.net
May 13, 2017: TRGC Plant Sale 9 AM – 1 PM at Waterford Town Hall
May 18, 2017: TRGC meeting, Juanita Toledo will be the speaker; bring fresh flowers from your garden and a vase!
June 10, 2017: Cheshire FC Flower Show “Stars of the 1950s”; 1 PM to 6 PM. A carpool will be organized by email.
September 26 – 28, 2017: FGCCT Study Courses – Gardening series 7 Course IV
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!

Officers Reports:
President’s Report: President Everett Munro attended the FGCCT annual meeting during which a new FGCCT theme was unveiled: “Plant Connecticut; be a Conservation Champion”.
Everett clarified the TRGC structure: The Executive Board is comprised of:
A) the executive committee (officers)
B) the chairs of standing committees
Jean VanArnam recently donated to the club her collection of garden books and 50 clay pots. Members who are interested in purchasing any of these items should please see Pat Uguccioni.
Members Book editor Barbara Skinner will collect all changes, corrections, or additions for the 2017-2018 TRGC member’s book and forward these to Linda Chapman for inclusion in the new booklet to be distributed in September. Please email any changes to Barbara Skinner. Two more volunteers are needed to help proof read the draft of the member’s book. Please email Everett if interested!
Summer TRGC meetings will be held in July and August. More information will be available at the May meeting; an email notice will be sent.
Vice President’s Report: Brenda Kramer will have a patio gathering at her home in July for officers, committee chairs, and any other interested club members. More information will follow.
Treasurer’s report:
Vonice Carr reported that club philanthropy donations have been paid. Thank you notes have already been received from Avalonia Land Conservancy, Connecticut College, Dennison Pequotsepos Nature Center, and the Waterford Land Trust.
Committee Reports:
*Flower Show Committee: Pam Atkins thanked all Flower Show volunteers for their involvement however after 2 years of work and many obstacles, it has been decided to cancel the flower show for this year with the hope that it can be tried again in the future.
*Program Committee: Suzy Young has a new speaker evaluation form which will be available at club meetings. She asks members to fill one out after every program
*Sunshine Committee: Phyllis Teeson told members that Christine Crawford is currently at L & M Hospitals and she would enjoy cards or notes of cheer.
Phyllis also notified the club that member Joan Danielson recently passed away.
*Workshop Committee: There will be a Fresh Floral workshop (to make arrangements to sell at the Plant Sale) tentatively set for May 11 at 10 AM at Christ Lutheran Church on Society Road in Niantic, however this workshop may be moved to Friday and be held at Waterford Town Hall during set up for the Plant Sale. Watch for an email update on this workshop.
*Nominating Committee: Past president Dottie Nauer presented the new slate of proposed TRGC officers to be voted on at the May meeting. They are:
President: Brenda Kramer
Vice-President: Elaine Ackley
Treasurer: Phyllis Teeson
Assistant Treasurer: Susan Bellefleur
Secretary: Barbara Skinner
Corresponding Secretary: Mary Ann Richard
*Horticulture Committee: Judy Graziano recommended Epsoma as a good fertilizer for many different plants. It is all organic and comes in a variety of formulations.
She warned against using any brand of systemic insecticides that include
neonicotinoids because these substances are very harmful to bees.
*Plant Sale Committee: Suzy Young has some new ideas to help us compete with all the other May plant sales. She has developed some child friendly “Kid Packs” with the “Grow your Own” theme. The Kid Packs will include seeds (to attract butterflies and birds), soil, pots and planting instructions. These will be sold at the plant sale. She has also made 29 birdhouses to be sold. Freebies for children will also be available including seed packet (sunflower seeds) and painted rocks.
Phyllis Cushing passed around the Plant Sale volunteer sign up sheet. In addition, 2 volunteers are needed to help tabulate sales prior to customers reaching the cashier’s table. This will help speed up the check out procedure. If plants are displayed outdoors, 2 volunteers will be needed to monitor those items to discourage theft. Please contact Phyllis Cushing to volunteer!
For those members who are unable to dig plants from their gardens, please consider donating to the “Irish Auction”- contact Ethel Gerity re: donations of items or $.
Phyllis indicated that set-up volunteers have access to Waterford Town Hall starting at noon on Friday, May 12.
The club has 20 signs to put up on private property. If you live on a busy street (or know someone who does) let Phyllis Cushing know if you want a Plant Sale sign.
Members who wish to pre-order flats of annuals should email or phone Phyllis Grohocki ASAP.
*Membership Committee : Vonice Carr wrote a letter of recommendation for membership for Chris Taylor. Chris was sponsored for club membership by Maria Zalegowski and Susan Bellefleur. The club welcomed Chris as a new Thames River Garden Club member.

Juanita Toledo will be the presenter at the May club meeting. She asks members to bring a vase and flowers from your garden because she will be instructing us on the fundamentals of flower arranging.

Meeting adjourned at 1:15PM

Respectfully Submitted,
Mary Ellen Hagen
Recording Secretary

TRGC Minutes – March 2017

Thames River Garden Club Minutes
March 16, 2017

Attendance
Active: 27 Privileged: 0 Excused: 11

President Everett Munro called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM. Everett thanked hostesses Dottie Nauer, Mary Ann Richard, and Elaine Livingston for a wonderful luncheon.
Minutes: Pat Uguccioni made a motion (seconded by Juanita Toledo) to waive the reading of the February 2017 minutes; a motion was made by Brenda Kramer and seconded by Barbara Skinner to accept the February 2017 minutes; the motion passed.
Important upcoming dates:
March 21-22 2017: Landscape Design Study School, Course III
April 19, 2017: 88th Annual FGCCT meeting at Aqua Turf; $34/ person
April 28 – 30, 2017: 36th annual Fine Art and Flowers flower show to be held at the Wadsworth Atheneum
May 10, 2017 at 1PM: “How to read and be inspired by a flower show schedule”; Guilford Garden Club; St George Church Hall, 33 Whitfield, Guilford, CT, presented by Kathy Ritch
A carpool will be organized by email for those interested in attending.
If attending, please email Donne Boivin: boivind@comcast.net
May 13, 2017 : TRGC Plant Sale
May 18, 2017: TRGC meeting, Juanita Toledo will be the speaker; Horticultural exhibits will be judged.
September 26 – 28, 2017: FGCCT Study Courses – Gardening series 7 Course IV
Outdoor ID of plants – Specialized Styles of Gardening,
Techniques for Growing Woody Ornamentals – Techniques for Growing Fruit,
Techniques for Irrigation, & Lichens and Mosses
Officers Reports:
President’s Report: President Everett Munro announced that the FGCCT Annual Reports (Civic, Environmental, Garden Therapy, Horticulture) are due April 1st.
Members Book editor Barbara Skinner will receive all changes and corrections for the 2017-2018 TRGC member’s book and forward these to Linda Chapman for inclusion in the new booklet to be distributed in September. Please email any changes to Barbara Skinner.
Two more volunteers are needed to help proof read the draft of the member’s book. Please email Everett if interested!
Vice President’s Report: Brenda Kramer asked members to please let her know if you are still willing to continue with the same position (chairperson or committee member) on club committees for next year or you are interested in joining or chairing a new committee.
A suggestion was made to have TRGC meetings continue through the Summer months. These meetings would be informal, outdoors, and give the opportunity to enjoy gardens when they are in full bloom. These would be held on the third Thursday of both July and August possibly at members homes or other outdoor sites.
Treasurer’s report:
Vonice Carr reported a total balance of $7912 in the club checking and savings accounts.
Phlianthropy – Vonice Carr: Barbara Mingo made a motion, seconded by Suzy Young, to accept the TRGC Philanthropy distributions for 2017 as proposed. The motion passed by unanimous vote.
Committee Reports:
Flower Show Committee: Pam Atkins thanked all Flower Show volunteers, committee chairs and members for their involvement in this project.
The following chairpersons are still needed for the flower show committee:
Art Coordinator Chair
Special Exhibits Chair
Please contact Pam if you are interested in these positions!

Sunshine Committee: Everett shared that Thames River Garden Club member Gertrude Ott recently passed away at age 100.

Workshop Committee: Juanita Toledo, Sandy Kelly, and Everett Munro will be the workshop presenters for the May 11 Flower Show workshop at Christ Lutheran Church on Society Road in Niantic.
The March terrarium workshop at Perennial Harmony was very successful; members brought in their creations to share with the club – beautiful!

Garden Therapy: Patty Hancock held a very successful Garden Therapy program at New London Rehabilitation and Care Center using beautiful flowers from George Fisher of Fisher Florist. The residents enjoyed it very much!

Announcements: On Saturday April 22 TRGC will plant a Swamp White Oak at Camp Harkness – time is TBD. Volunteers are needed: diggers, planters, and someone with a pickup truck to deliver the tree on Friday or Saturday. It is also Open House Day at Camp Harkness 10 AM to 2 PM

TRGC Aprill 20th meeting will be at Sue Bellefleur’s Home
Elaine Ackley reminded us to please carpool !

Meeting adjourned at 12:50 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Ellen Hagen
Recording Secretary

TRGC Minutes – February 2017

Thames River Garden Club Minutes
February 16, 2017

Attendance
Active: 29 Privileged: 0 Excused: 10

President Everett Munro called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM. Everett thanked hostesses Pat Uguccioni, Betty Garvie, Doris Burr, and Pam Atkins for a delicious luncheon.
Minutes: Ruth Hammell made a motion to waive the reading of the January 2017 minutes.; motion passed. A motion was made by Susan Bellefleur to accept the January 2017 minutes; seconded by Maria Zalegowski; the motion passed.

Important upcoming dates:
February 23-26 2017 – 2017 Connecticut Flower and Garden Show “Woodland Enchantment” at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford
March 9, 2017 at 10 AM to Noon: Terrarium workshop at Perennial Harmony, East Lyme – presenter is Petie Reed
March 21-22 2017: Landscape Design Study School, Course III
April 28 – 30, 2017: 36th annual Fine Art and Flowers flower show to be held at the Wadsworth Atheneum
May 10, 2017 at 1PM: “How to read and be inspired by a flower show schedule”; Guilford Garden Club; St George Church Hall, 33 Whitfield, Guilford, CT.
If attending, please email Donne Boivin: boivind@comcast.net
May 13, 201 : TRGC Plant Sale
September 16, 2017: TRGC Flower Show at Waterford Historical Society Barn,
September 26 – 28, 2017: FGCCT Study Courses – Gardening series 7 Course IV
Outdoor ID of plants – Specialized Styles of Gardening,
Techniques for Growing Woody Ornamentals – Techniques for Growing Fruit,
Techniques for Irrigation, & Lichens and Mosses

Officers Reports:
President’s Report: President Everett Munro announced that the FGCCT Annual Reports (Civic, Environmental, Garden Therapy, Horticulture) are due April 1st

Treasurer’s report:
Vonice Carr reported a total balance of $8,240.61 in the club checking and savings accounts. Vonice asked members to share any comments/suggestions for the club Philanthropy List by March 3rd. Also budget requests for next year’s budget should be submitted by March 3, 2017.

Committee Reports:
Sunshine Committee: Ruth Hammell asked members to please let her know of any members who may need some “cheer” due to illness, etc. Ruth also read an obituary for TRGC charter member, Claudia Neilson, who recently passed away.
Flower Show Committee: Pam Atkins has been working on the schedule for the club’s September 2017 Flower Show, which will have a Beatles theme.
The following chairpersons are still needed for the flower show committee:
Properties Chair
Special Exhibits Chair
Please contact Pam if you are interested in these positions!

Meeting adjourned at 12:50 PM

Respectfully submitted,
Mary Ellen Hagen
Recording Secretary