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.
Dogwoods In 1940, our Club planted its first dogwoods along historic Main Street, and in 2016 planted twenty new trees. We currently maintain, with assistance from the town, over 200 trees.
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.
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.
Sue Ann’s Posies-To-Go During her term as president in 2004-2005, Sue Ann Nealon challenged members to create flower arrangements to be delivered to the Suffield Community Aid’shomebound residents and recipients of Meals on Wheels, as a way of encouraging participation in our monthly mini-exhibit artistic designs. Response to the challenge was overwhelming and began a new annual tradition in our Club.
Gateway Signs The Suffield Garden Club oversees the maintenance of the plantings at three of the Suffield Gateway signs.
Ethel Wilson Memorial Herb Garden The herb garden at the Phelps-Hatheway House was designed and dedicated to the memory of Ethel Wilson, an avid herbalist and long-time Club member. We are currently working on a multi-year project to bring the garden back to the historic period of the house.
Suffield Household Hazardous Waste Collection
Our Club started Household Hazardous Waste Day in the 1980s with support from the town. We continue raising community awareness on this important issue, planning, coordinating, publicizing and working on the day of the event to make it a success.
May Market For almost 50 years the Club’s May Market has been a tradition and a great way to start the gardening season. Open to the community, the event features area vendors, plants grown by Suffield High School Agriscience students, a Teacup Drawing, and various garden Club booths like our popular Member Plants and Gourmet Foods booths. Come for all your garden needs, a cup of coffee, and a bite to eat. More details here.
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.
Kent Memorial Library Courtyard The Main Street entry to the library was planted 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.
Suffield On The Green We sponsor a booth at this popular town event to promote increased knowledge of our Club.
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 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 Club's Memorial Fund.
Phelps-Hatheway House Flower Garden Located on the south lawn of the museum property owned by Connecticut Landmarks, this prestigious garden is one of our oldest devotions. Club members maintain the garden from April to October.
Kent Memorial Library Flowers Each week Club members provide a potted plant or floral arrangement for the Library's main desk.