Monthly meetings are held the third Monday of every month—September to June—at 7 pm, at First Congregational Church of Vernon, 695 Hartford Turnpike (corner of Route 30 and Center Road) in Vernon CT, 06066.
Our meetings usually begin with a speaker, then refreshments, followed by a business meeting. Guests are always welcome! Please, join us at our meetings by finding the “Membership Chairman’s Table” and sign in as a guest!
October 21, 2019 7 pm – “Get the Biggest Bang for Your Floral Dollar”. Guest Speaker: Bob Muska of Broad Brook Gardens, will discuss floral designs that will stretch your dollars and create wows while demonstrating for us how to create floral designs like a pro. Try to remember for November.
October 26, 2019 – FALL GARDEN CLEAN-UP
November 18, 2019 7 pm – “Create a Holiday Centerpiece” VGC members will lead a workshop on centerpiece design. Participants will take home his/her own centerpiece worthy of a holiday table. Please bring your own container (small hollowed-out pumpkin size) and snips. Plant material will be provided. For more information, please contact Sandy Justin at email@example.com or call home phone 860-926-4332. There is a $5 fee for members and $10 fee for non-members.
December 9*, 2019 6 pm – “Holiday Pot-Luck Supper”. Bring an appetizer, main dish, salad or dessert (with the recipe) and enjoy our holiday social. Please also bring a non-perishable item to donate. There will also be a grab bag gift exchange (optional) if you choose, bring a garden themed gift, not to exceed $7. Fun!
January 20, 2020 7 pm – “The Flora and Fauna of the Azores” Members Brina, Ron and Celinda will do a power-point presentation about their recent trip to the Azores, don’t miss it!
February 17, 2020 7pm –“Container Gardening: Unusual Pots, Vertical Spaces and Shade Design Panel Discussion”. A short video will be presented that showcases the many possibilities of container gardening using different and recycled items to create an interesting arrangement. A panel discussion will take place immediately afterward to discuss experiences, tips and tricks from the panel and Club members about container gardening. A question and answer session will follow. Bring your questions and get a chance to ask the experts!
March 16, 2020 7pm – “Waking up the Garden”. Guest Speaker: Carol Quish is horticulturist at the UCONN Home and Garden Education Center. Carol holds an Advanced Master Gardener, Master Composter and a CT Nursey and Landscape Association Professional Certification. She provides answers to plant disease diagnosis and insect identification via a toll-free phone line, email and in person. She will be presenting to the Club on the topic of preparing for Spring. After a winter of rest, many plants require attention to make it the best gardening year yet. Signs of spring wakening and chores needed doing will be addressed in detail.
April 20, 2020 7pm – “Rachel Carson Speak”. Guest Speaker: Bev York, local historian, will be presenting a lecture on Silent Spring, an environmental science book published in 1962. The book was written by Rachel Carson a well known American Marine biiologist, author and conservationist who fought hard and finally won the battle of being a woman scientist and taking on the big chemical corporations. The book Silent Spring outlines the death of life as we know it due to the indiscriminate use of pesticides. The information will come alive as Bev incorporates interactive and visual materials into her lectures. You won’t want to miss this opportunity to see and hear Bev bring this very timely discussion to our attention.
May 9, 2020 – It’s the VERNON GARDEN CLUB PLANT SALE. Hosted in the Vernon Center Middle School Parking Lot and held for many years, our Club Members bring their cultivated and prized plants to sell to the public. A highly anticipated event for those that seek beautiful plants and the opportunity to ask questions to our members about their planting needs. Sale starts at 7:00 a.m. with people lining up eager to get shopping for those florals!
May 18, 2020 7pm – “Farming Methods in Modern Times” – Guest Speaker: CEO Seth Bahler of Oakridge Dairy, a FIVE generation local farm, will be sharing on the science, technology and approach used in their farming methods. Oakridge milks over 2,000 cows in a 24 hour a day operation and also grows thousands of acres of corn and hay. Come listen to how crop production, herd management and farming techniques have changed dramatically over the 130 year history of the farm. This presentation is guaranteed to make you very appreciative of our local farms.
June 15, 2020 6pm – The Annual Club Picnic and Installation of Officers – Club members celebrate the year and plan for the next. Meet the Club’s scholarship recipient. Welcome new and returning Club officers. Join committees and plan garden work. The Club picnic is the perfect time to grow friendships. Remember to bring a dish with an ingredient list or recipe. The Club dues will be collected at this time.
Fieldtrips will be added to the calendar in a timely manner when dates and times have been established…….stay tuned!