TRGC Minutes – January 2017

Thames River Garden Club Minutes – JANUARY 19, 2017


Active: 31                                      Privileged: 2                                  Excused: 9

President Everett Munro called the meeting to order at 12:15 PM. Everett thanked hostesses Suzy Young, Ivy Plis, Val Haagensen, Brenda Kramer and Phyllis Teeson for the wonderful luncheon.

Minutes: A motion was made to waive the reading of the October 2016 minutes; the motion passed unanimously.

Important upcoming dates:

February 23-26 2017 – 2017 Connecticut Flower and Garden Show “Woodland Enchantment” at the Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

March 21-22 2017 – Landscape Design Study School, Course III

May 13, 2017 – TRGC Plant Sale

September 16, 2017 – TRGC Flower Show at Beebe Phillips Barn, Waterford

Officers Reports:

President’s Report: President Everett Munro announced that the TRGC Flower Show is scheduled for Saturday, September 16, 2017 at the Beebe Phillips Barn in Waterford. Chairpersons are still needed for the following:Properties Chair, Staging Chair, Dismantling Team, Horticulture Entries Chair, Horticulture Classification Chair, Horticulture Placement Chair, Design Entries Chair, Design Consultant, Special Exhibits Chair, Awards Chair, Photography Chair, and Flower Show Treasurer. Please contact Pam Atkins or Everett Munro to sign up for a committee or a chairmanship. Pam Atkins has descriptions of each position, and Mary Ellen Hagen will work at making this information available on our website.

Treasurer’s report:

Vonice Carr reported a total balance of $8,967.93 in the club checking and savings accounts. Vonice thanked members for their participation in Guest Day which was a big success, with a special thanks to Ruth Hammell for chairing the auction. Vonice has paid the dues to FGCCT for 70 Thames River Garden Club members. Vonice encouraged members to become familiar with the excellent Connecticut College Arboretum programs, many of which are free.

Committee Reports:

Garden Therapy- Phyllis Teeson reported that the ladies and men at the convalescent home love to participate in garden therapy. Fisher’s Florist donated daisies and carnations for the arrangements. Phyllis encourages members to support Fisher’s Florist; they have excellent deals and wonderful flowers.

Handbook Committee – 3 additional people are needed to join this committee. Interested members should please contact Linda Chapman. Any changes or updates to the handbook (email, phone, address, etc.) should be emailed directly to Linda.

Environmental – Juanita Toledo encourages everyone to Reuse, Reduce, Recycle. Decorative plastic sleeves from plants and cut flowers can be saved to be reused at our Plant Sale in the spring. Jerry Theiler demonstrated that plastic bottles can be reused as bird feeders and if you cut small slits in the bottom you can also attach yarn for birds to take for nesting material. Jerry also informed us that we should learn to distinguish Ash Borers and that these insects will also attack Oak trees.

Juanita gave us some history on the Gypsy Moth. Gypsy moths first came to the U.S. ain 1869, followed by an outbreak in Medford, MA in 1881. They were first detected in Stonington in 1905. Gypsy Moth management includes 1) Physical control – remove egg sacks to soapy water and dispose; place burlap around trees and coat with Vaseline or tar  2) Biological control – spray controlling fungus or bacillus  3) Chemical insecticide –Pyrethrin, etc. Chemicals should be a last resort and should be applied by a licensed arborist.

Workshop Committee:

February 9, 2017 – Valentine Workshop at Waterford Historical Society Barn Presenter: Jerry Theiler

March 9, 2017 – Terrarium Workshop at Perennial Harmony, 144 Boston Post Rd., East Lyme. Presenter: Petie Reed

April 13, 2017 – Flower Show Workshop at Christ Lutheran Church, East Lyme; Presenter needed – suggestions?

May 11, 2017 – – Flower Show Workshop at Christ Lutheran Church, East Lyme; Presenter needed

Hospitality – Elaine Ackley thanked Pam Atkins for donating all the beautiful centerpieces for the holiday party. Suzy Young suggested that in the future the club could have a pre holiday party workshop to assemble the centerpieces because it is such a large task.

Meeting adjourned at 12:45 PM

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Ellen Hagen

Recording Secretary




Valentine Workshop – February 9th


RSVP to Everett 

Valentine Workshop

Place:  The Colonial Barn at

Waterford Historical Society

Waterford, CT

Time:    10:00 a.m. to noon          Presenter:  Jerry Theiler


Learn how to use natural native items in making a festive

Valentine’s Day item to enhance your décor.

Items to bring: Small 3” to 4” pot; garden gloves; small gardening utensils (like a spoon), small ornamental decoration that will fit the pot.

Parking:  park at the Waterford Library west end of lot and walk over to the Historical Society Barn. You can also park at the barn if it is clear of snow.


Dress warmly.

Everett Munro, President

The Thames River Garden Club





Fairfield County Regional Conservation Partnership

All Partners Meeting

Wednesday, February 22, 2017 (new date!)


The Wilton Library

137 Old Ridgefield Rd, Wilton, CT 06897

Hosted by The Wilton Land Conservation Trust


What does a Pollinator Habitat Look Like?



Dr. Kimberly Stoner

Associate Scientist, CT Agricultural Experiment Station

Dr. Jennifer Mattei

Dept. of Biology, Sacred Heart University


CT is the first state to pass a Pollinator Protection Bill designed to increase pollinator habitat and restrict bee-toxic pesticides.


Come and learn about integrating healthy pollinator habitats using native plants in our backyards and open spaces.


RSVP: Mary Ellen Lemay, Coordinator


TRGC minutes – October 2016

Thames River Garden Club Minutes – October 20, 2016


Active: 35                              Privileged: 3                                      Excused: 11

President Everett Munro called the October 20, 2016 meeting of the Thames River Garden Club to order at 12:15PM. Everett thanked our hostesses Phyllis Cushing, Kelly Callahan, Jan Theiler, Jerry Theiler, and Manly Church for a delicious luncheon.

A motion was made by Jerry Theiler to waive the reading of the September 15, 2016 minutes and to accept the minutes as presented. The motion was seconded by Nancy Clark. The motion passed.

President’s Report:

President Everett Munro listed some important upcoming dates:

October 26, 2016 – 87th Annual Awards Meeting and Luncheon

November 15-17, 2016 Flower Show School Course IV

February 23 – 26 2017 – 2017 Connecticut Flower and Garden Show “ Woodland Enchantment” Hartford, CT

March 21-22 2017 – Landscape Design Study School, Course III


Vice President’s Report: Vonice Carr asked for volunteers to water the newly planted tree at the Waterford Historical Society. Watering needs to be done 3x/week thru November.

Treasurer’s Report: Vonice Carr stated that the club has received Thank You notes from all the community groups that received our 2016 donations. TRCG balance as of September 15, 2016 was as follows: $5,355.59 in the checking account and $4,011.25 in the savings account for a total of $9,366.84. This included an income of $1075.00 in dues.

Committee Reports:

Pam Atkins shared information about the upcoming Guest Day to be held Thursday, November 17, 2016 –Luncheon at 11:30; program at 1PM. The program, “Holiday Bling”, will be presented by Bill Graham. There will be a charge of $10 per guest/ non-member. Questions? Call Pam at (860)303-3883

Web Page: The club’s web page address is: Mary Ellen Hagen encouraged anyone with computer / web page skills to join this committee which maintains our web page.

Plant Sale: Mary Ann Richard asked members to sign up to take home pots this Fall for the 2017 Plant Sale.. Pots may be planted now or in the Spring.

New Business:

Nominating Committee – This includes the immediate past president and 3 club members.   If you are interested in being on this committee or are interested in a position on the slate of officers, please contact Dottie Nauer.

Announcements: Jerry Theiler reminded members of the Gypsy Moth infestation this past spring and informed us that a second defoliation will likely lead to the death of the tree. To prevent this, consider having trees sprayed next Spring.

Meeting was adjourned at 12:50 PM.

Respectfully submitted,

Mary Ellen Hagen

Recording Secretary

September 2016 minutes

Thames River Garden Club Minutes

September 15, 2016



Active: 36                              Privileged: 4                                        Excused: 6

President Everett Munro called the September 15, 2016 meeting of the Thames River Garden Club to order at 12:15PM. Everett announced the theme for the Garden Club this season is “Step Up and Get Ready” for our planned Flower Show.

A sign up sheet was circulated asking for volunteers who will water the tree which has been planted at the Waterford Historical Society in memory of Terry Pfiel.

Everett thanked September luncheon hostesses Ruth Hammell, Patty Hancock, Betty Ann Coviello, and Mary Ellen Hagen.

A motion was made by Ethel Gerity to wave the reading of the minutes from the June 2016 luncheon; seconded by Maria Zalegowski; the motion passed.

Everett announced that future meetings will feature a brief report from 1 committee as well as including any other committees that need to speak.

On August 15, 2016 a planning meeting was held for officers and committee chairs. The meeting was very productive with many good ideas exchanged for future TRGC planning.

Upcoming Important Dates

1) Environmental Studies School, Course II – September 28-30, 2016

2) 87th Annual FGCCT Awards Meeting and Luncheon – October 26, 2016

3) Flower Show School, Course IV – November 15-17, 2016

4) 2017 Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, “Woodland Enchantment” at the CT Convention Center, Hartford. February 23-26, 2017

5) Landscape Design Study School, Course III – March 21-22, 2017


Treasurers Report: As of September 15,2016, the combined balances of the Club’s checking and savings accounts totaled $9116.84

Workshop Committee: Everett Munro announced the upcoming “October Bow Making Workshop” to be held at the home of Ethel Gerity on October 13 from 7 – 9 PM. The workshop will be led by George Fisher of Fisher Florist.

Horticulture Committee: Ivy Plis shared information on how to make your own Hydroponic Garden or “Lettuce Machine”. She has had great success with her home made vertical garden. This type of garden takes up little space, needs no weeding, no soil and has the advantage of quick germination with harvest within 30 days!

Plant Sale Committee: Phyllis Cushing requested that all members take their pots now for either Fall or Spring potting for the 2017 Plant Sale. Each member is given 6 pots (more if you wish). Members who do not have gardens with plants to share or who are unable to dig and pot 6 plants are asked to sign a sheet so that they may be contacted in the Spring with an alternate fun way to make their contribution to the sale. Phyllis also announced that there will be 2 digs this Fall at Judy Graziano’s home with dates and times TBA.

Hospitality Committee: Elaine Ackley asks that members please volunteer to hostess one monthly meeting each year with a goal of 4 hostesses per regular luncheon. Currently one more hostess is needed for the months of October, February, March, and May. Please contact Elaine to sign up.

Flower Show Committee: Pam Atkins has been working very hard planning for the Club’s Flower Show, scheduled for September 7, 2018 at the Eugene O’Neill Theatre, 2 PM – 7:30 PM.

This year’s programs will be geared toward learning about flower shows, designs, horticulture, etc. in preparation for this event. Pam thanked the members of the Program Committee for putting together a great slate of speakers. Committee members include Brenda Kramer, Phyllis Teeson, Suzy Young, Ivy Plis, Kathleen Amrein, and Claudia Kenyon.

Pam made a motion to hold a fundraiser in addition to the Plant Sale during the 2016 – 2017 year with the income designated specifically towards for Flower Show expenses. Brenda Kramer seconded the motion. Following a brief discussion in which Pam indicated that a fundraising goal of at least $2,000 would be beneficial, the motion passed.If anyone has ideas for possible fundraisers, please contact Pam.

Also, chairpersons and committee members are needed for the many committees required to successfully produce a Flower Show. Please let Pam know your area of interest, or if you have any questions regarding the Flower Show.

The meeting was adjourned at 1 PM by president Everett Munro.


Respectfully Submitted,

Mary Ellen Hagen

Recording Secretary






TRGC minutes – June 2016

Thames River Garden Club Minutes

June 16, 2016

 President Everett Munroe called the June 16, 2016 meeting of the TRGC to order at 12:05 P.M. Everett thanked hostesses Josie Esposito, Ethel Gerity,Mary Ann Hauser, Brenda Kramer, Phyllis Teeson, and Ginny Roesler for a beautiful luncheon at Enders Island.

Everett welcomed the following guests who joined the club for the luncheon:

Evelyn Widham, Claire McCarter, Christina Taylor, and Mike Nauer.


The reading of the minutes of the May meeting was waived. A motion to accept the minutes as presented was made by Jerry Theiler and seconded by Pam Atkins. The minutes were unanimously accepted by the membership.


President’s report:

Everett Munroe informed the membership that he and Pam Atkins are diligently working on flower show planning.


Phyllis Cushing shared a tip for extending the bloom of Peonies: pick when the bud is large and feels like a marshmallow; seal in a ziplock bag & place in the refrigerator. When you want a fresh bloom, take one out and it will open. Buds will keep up to 1 month in the refrigerator.


The meeting was adjourned at 12:15 PM.


Respectfully Submitted

Mary Ellen Hagen, Recording Secretary


TRGC Sept. 15, 2016 Meeting Reminder:

The Sept. 15, 2016 meeting of the Thames River Garden Club will be held at the Waterford Public Library beginning at 11:30 AM. It is time to “Step Up and Get Ready” for a flower show in 2017. Our programs this year will be preparing us for this. We will begin with Trish Manfredi demonstrating how to create flower arrangements that will wow the judges and engage viewers.