Calendar - Sept 2016 through June 2017
Remember –Mini-Exhibits at meetings are due at 11:30am

Suffield Garden Club

For other events see the ​
Connecticut Gardener Calendar

Sept 10 & 11, 2016
Sat 10 to 5
Sun 11 to 4
Suffield on the Green
We sponsor a booth at this popular town event to promote increased knowledge of our club. 

Sept 13, 2016

Tues noon – 1pm
Plant Swap & Potluck - Phelps-Hatheway Garden Suffield CT
Join us for an afternoon of food, plants, and fun beginning at noon. All types of plants and seeds are welcome especially the unusual or rare. In addition to plants and a chair, please bring a favorite dish to share. Nothing to swap? Come anyway and enjoy lunch in the garden with your Garden Club friends. Feel free to bring a friend!
Sept 13 – 15, 2016
Gardening Study School – Course III – CT Agricultural Experiment Station  - New Haven, CT
The Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Inc. (FGCCT) is pleased to offer the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Gardening Study School. The curriculum is divided into a series of four individual courses consisting of 10 hours of instruction each, and is open to any Garden Club member. However, anyone is welcome to attend who wishes to receive information about and develop skills in horticultural and gardening subjects. One course Series is given in CT each year.  Details here.
Sept 19, 2016
Meeting  - EVENING
Monday 6:30pm
No Mini Exhibits
Lovely Flowers - Marci Martin
Marci Martin fell in love with roses when she was a little girl, and the love affair goes on. She has been growing roses for 38 years in four different locations in the state of Connecticut.
Marci is currently the Master Consulting Rosarian at Woodland Gardens in Manchester. She is also a Rose Garden Consultant for personal and commercial gardens around the state. She recently signed on with the Texas A&M University’s Rose Rosette Disease Study as a RRD monitor volunteer for the State of Connecticut.Marci grows over 250 roses of all types in her home in Windsor, Ct. She conducts tours and workshops at her home and speaks for numerous groups about her love for roses and how to care for them.
Sept 28, 2016
Wed 4pm – 5pm
Mozzarella Workshop - First Church, Suffield, CT
Make and eat homemade fresh mozzarella with garden tomatoes & basil. 
Sept 28 – 30, 2016
Environmental Studies School – Course II - Kellogg Environmental Center Derby, CT
“The Living Earth” Environmental Studies School (ESS) is composed of a minimum of forty hours of study of specific units divided into four courses of ten hours each (which includes a two-hour field trip). The courses investigate AIR, LAND, AND WATER. The units are divided into Ecology, and Environmental Science, Life on Earth, and Earth Stewardship. The courses may be taken in any order. The schools are open to the public as well as to garden club members.   Details here.
Oct 3, 2016
Meeting - Daytime
Monday 11:45am
Plethora of Perennials for the Late Season Garden - Carl Galanter from Broken Arrow Nursery
Carl started as an intern at Broken Arrow while completing his degree program in “Horticulture and Landscaping” at Naugatuck Community Collage. Carl oversees the propagation and purchasing of perennials: the more unusual, the better, particularly selections of Arisaema, Disporum, Hellborus, Polygonatum.
Oct 11, 2016
Field Trip
Tuesday Time TBD
Florence Griswold Museum - Old Lyme, CT
Wee Faire Gardens Exhibit - “A Flutter in Time:  Fairies Around the World & Across the Ages”. Visitors explore over thirty handcrafted, faerie-sized homes. All ages will marvel at the detail and craftsmanship as they visit prehistoric caves, pyramids, ancient temples, medieval cottages, and Victorian mansions.
Oct 26, 2016
Wed 9am
The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. – Aqua Turf Country Club – Plantsville, CT
87th Annual Awards Meeting
Nov 7, 2016
Meeting - Daytime
Monday 11:45am
An Introduction to Floral Scanner Photography - Ellen Hoverkamp
This presentation is perfect for gardening enthusiasts looking for an alternative way to digitally capture beautiful plant and flower images.Ellen has been using the flatbed scanner for photography since 1997. She has had solo shows throughout New England, New York City, Pennsylvania and Ohio. Her photographs have been published in books and magazines. Ellen was awarded the Garden Writer’s Association’s Gold Medal for photography for her collaboration with author, Ken Druse on the gardening book, “Natural Companions, The Garden Lover’s Guide to Plant Combinations”. Ellen’s most recent project was to create photographic panels for public display at the West Haven Train Station, featuring sea glass, seaweed, shells and other local shoreline souvenirs.
Nov 15 to 17, 2016
Tues - Thurs
Flower Show School – Course IV - The Kellogg Environmental Center Derby, CT
Flower Show School is not only for prospective flower show exhibitors and judges, but also for all garden club members and all persons interested in flower design and horticulture. While the primary purpose of these courses is to train those wishing to become flower show judges, many people attend for information only and those people do not have to take the examinations!  Details here.
Dec 2, 3 & 4
Home For the Holidays - Phelps-Hatheway House
Club members assist in creating and installing decorations for this Connecticut Landmarks event.
Dec 5, 2016
Meeting - Daytime
Monday 11:45am
Holiday Decorating; New Trends - Ruth Loiseau
Ruth Loiseau is a Master Floral Designer. She has created magnificent floral designs for special events at the White House for almost three decades. Ruth’s work has been featured in many prestigious print publications over the years. She owns and operates multiple businesses: Ruth L., Ruth L. Organics and Fleur De La Vie, and Couture Flowers Magazine.  Also, Ruth is a highly respected lecturer on the art of floral and interior design and had the honor recently to be featured as the keynote speaker at the Bouquets to Art event at the De Young Museum in San Francisco, Ca. Her lifelong expertise in floral design, her workshops, her lectures and her reputation are nationally renowned.
Feb 6, 2017
Meeting - Daytime
Monday 11:45am
Butterflies and their Garden - John Himmelman
John Himmelman is an author, illustrator, and naturalist. He is co-founder of the Ct. Butterfly Association. He has lectured and led many trips afield in search of various flora and fauna throughout the country for many years. He has written and illustrated many books for adults and children on a variety of natural history subjects. His books will be available for purchase and signing on the date of the visit.
Remember Posies To Go – No mini-exhibits.
Feb 14, 2017
Field Trip
Tuesday Time TBD
Snow date Feb 15
Magic Wings Butterfly Conservatory - Deerfield, MA
The newly expanded 8,000-square foot conservatory houses nearly 4,000 native and tropical butterflies year round. It is also home to many plants and a pond with a small waterfall and brilliantly colored Japanese carp, called koi. Visitors are delighted with the many different varieties of butterflies swooping gracefully amidst the plants and flowers. Stand still and perhaps a butterfly will gently descend and land on your shoulder, thinking that maybe you are a flower for it to taste.
Feb 23 – 26, 2017
Thurs - Sun
2017 Connecticut Flower And Garden Show – Connecticut Convention Center – Hartford, CT
“Woodland Enchantment” - For the past 36 years, The Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Inc. has staged a State Flower Show in conjunction with the CT Flower & Garden Show sponsored by Kristie Gonsalves of North East Expos. 
Mar 6, 2017
Meeting  - Daytime
Monday 11:45am
Gardening with Medical Herbs…growing and harvesting - Katherine Mashiel
Katherine has been the owner of Kassandra Herbs Unlimited in Somers, Ct. for 21 years. She has studied the growing and using of herbs for over 35 years. Her presentation will be about gardening medicinal herbs. She will also include information about growing, harvesting, and storing these herbs.
Mar 21 – 23, 2017
Tues - Thurs
Landscape Design School – Course III - CT Agricultural Experiment Station  - New Haven, CT
The Landscape Design Study Courses offer a series of four 10-hour courses. The courses cover the history of landscape design as well as instruction from landscape architects in a variety of design techniques used in home and municipal settings. Details here.
Apr 3, 2017
Meeting -Daytime
Monday 11:45am
Bat Chat…Getting to know our most misunderstood allies - Gerri Griswold
Gerri Griswold is the director of the White Conservation Center in Litchfield, Ct. She has handled bats for 25 years as a wildlife rehabilitator and educator. She is licensed by the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection and the United States Department of Agriculture to keep and exhibit non-releasable bats, and more recently, porcupines for education. Over the years Gerri and her bats have delivered hundreds of programs to libraries, classrooms, scout troops, and organizations like the National Park Service, and the Yale Peabody Museum.
Apr 8, 2017
Sat 8am – 1pm
Hazardous Waste Recycling Day – Town Garage – Fyler Place Suffield, CT
Suffield residents bring all your household hazardous chemicals and products for safe disposal. 
Apr 19, 2017
Wed 2pm
Arbor Day – McAlister Intermediate School Suffield, CT
Since 1965, our Club has presented each fourth-grade student in Suffield with a sapling tree in conjunction with an Arbor Day Program.
May 1, 2017
Meeting -Daytime
Monday 11:45am
Business Meeting
This meeting will include a review of business and budget prior to the June annual meeting and luncheon. There will also be a program to be announced. 
May 2017
Field Trip
Date TBD
Garden in the Woods– Framingham, MA
The New England Wildflower Society public botanic garden displays native New England plants in a 45 acre naturalistic setting. Two miles of paths meander over glacier-sculpted ridges and through narrow valleys. A pond, a wooded bog, several springs, and a brook bring a diversity of wildlife into the garden.
May 13, 2017
Sat 9am – 3pm
40th Annual May Market – Phelps-Hatheway Barn Suffield CT
This community event features area vendors, SHS Agriscience students, a teacup drawing, and various garden club booths to which our members contribute plants, baked goods, and attic treasures. This is a community event our major fundraiser for the year.
June 5, 2017
Member Event
Location TBD
Annual Member Luncheon
June 20, 2017
Tues 3:30pm – 5pm
Garden Party - Phelps-Hatheway Garden Suffield CT