Oak Tree Planting In April 2016, we participated in the Plant a Native Oak Tree Project sponsored by The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut. Our towns’ public works department planted the tree and Club members will watch over and water it for the next two years. The White Oak tree was planted at the Remington Road entrance to Stoney Brook Park.
Phelps-Hatheway House Garden Located on the south lawn of the museum property owned by Connecticut Landmarks, this prestigious garden is one of our oldest devotions. A Hatheway Committee maintains the Garden from April to October.
In addition to our ongoing Community Activities these are significant short term projects that reflect our commitment to Suffield.
Ethel Wilson Memorial Herb Garden An herb garden appropriate to the period of the Phelps-Hatheway House was designed and dedicated to the memory of Ethel Wilson, an avid herbalist and long-time club member. Club members are invited to harvest herbs for their own use.
Civic Beautification We proudly maintain gardens at the Civil War Soldiers' Monument, the bandstand on the town green, the historical marker in front of the Kent Memorial Library, and the Bridge Street island. Work sessions for planting, cultivating, watering, and maintenance are held weekly or as needed.
Dogwood Tree Planting Project A project close to the hearts of our club members is the planting of dogwood trees in the center of Suffield. In the spring of 2016 we planted 10 pink and 10 white dogwoods to replace 20 dead or dying trees. Some of the proceeds of our successful December 2015 Holiday House Tour were used to fund this project. Our ongoing Dogwood Committee will include these trees in their regular maintenance program.
Arbor Day Since 1965, our club has presented each fourth-grade student in Suffield with a sapling tree in conjunction with an Arbor Day program. An average of than 200 children receive trees each year. Members bag, label, and distribute the trees and the chairs give a presentation to the children detailing the planting and care of the trees. The funds for this project come from Mrs. Thomas Gallivan’s bequest to the Memorial Fund.
Junior Gardeners This year, we plan to work with school and youth groups interested in gardening, flower arranging , and the environment. Our junior gardeners will gain a greater appreciation of natural world and learn new skills through hands-on activities.
Restoration of the Kent Memorial Library Courtyard Due to a year long construction project, the lower level of the library courtyard, which we planted and maintain, will get restorative work.
Main Street Tree Project The Suffield Garden Club Tree Project is in it’s final phase by using the information derived from our original grant supplied by the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving, Emil P. Zak Fund. We are in the process of designing and printing a guide to trees which line Main Street. Users of the guide will be able to locate and identify a wide variety of trees and learn more about them. Our wish is that individuals, schools, and other groups will use this as a resource for educational purposes and that it will promote the importance of our trees for the beauty and health of our town.
Dogwoods In 1940, our club planted it’s first dogwoods along historic Main Street, and in 2016 planted twenty new trees. We currently maintain, with assistance from the town, over 100 trees.
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Kent Memorial Library Courtyard The Main Street entry to the library was replanted with grasses and hostas in 2009. The contemporary design complements the architecture and helps prevent erosion on the incline making it an inviting space. We continue maintenance of the grasses .
These are the ongoing activities of the Suffield Garden Club as we support our community.
South Main Street Island This island was designed and planted in 2001 and is maintained as needed by club members.
May Market This community event features area vendors, Suffield High School Agriscience students, a Teacup Drawing, and various garden club booths to which our members contribute plants, baked goods, and attic treasures. This is our major fund raiser for the year. More details here.
Suffield On The Green We sponsor a booth at this popular town event to promote increased knowledge of our club.
Garden Therapy Members work with elderly and handicapped residents at Parkway Pavilion Healthcare in Enfield CT and Suffield House in Suffield CT to assist them in creating floral arrangements for the dining and patient rooms. Sessions are held on a regular basis and club members donate flowers from their gardens in the spring and summer. During winter months flowers are purchased by the club and the facilities.
Suffield Household Hazardous Waste Collection Members assist the town by raising community awareness, and on collection day direct traffic, answer questions, and provide food for the hired crew.
Kent Memorial Library Flowers Each week throughout the year, a member is responsible for placing an exhibit at the library’s main desk. Potted plants or arrangements of fresh or dried plant material may be used.
Sue Ann’s Posies-To-Go This popular activity in named in honor of Sue Ann Nealon. During her term as president in 2004-2005, Sue Ann created a mini-exhibit artistic design challenge to encourage members to make flower arrangements for homebound residents. Response to the challenge was overwhelming and began a new tradition in our club. Arrangements are delivered to the Suffield Emergency Aid’s recipients of Meals on Wheels.
Gateway Signs The Suffield Garden Club oversees the maintenance of the plantings at three of the Suffield Gateway signs.