Meeting Programs Seven monthly meetings between October and May feature a variety of educational and entertaining programs and speakers to fulfill “Our Purpose”. See the calendar for this year's program schedule.
Guests are welcome at most meetings for a fee of $5 ($10 in December).
Conservation The committee provides helpful information concerning issues of habitat, environmental and natural resources. Committee members assist the Town with Household Hazardous Waste Day by raising community awareness, and on collection day direct traffic, answer questions, and provide food for the hired crew.
The Chair keeps our members informed of State and National projects, awards, and events.
Horticulture Horticulture articles are contributed to the Suffield Observer each month.
Information on the identification and removal of invasive plants as well as alternatives is available on the Horticulture page. Links to extensive resources are available.
Mini Exhibits Small exhibits in 3 divisions (artistic design, horticulture, and photography) are featured at each monthly meeting and will be judged according to CT Federation guidelines. Ribbons will be awarded at the meeting and prizes are awarded in each division at the annual meeting.
Guidelines for each division are:
Design – Design must be original creations by a Club member and can include fresh or dried materials, but no artificial flowers or foliage.
Horticulture – Consider color, form, size, and health of plant, bloom, and foliage. All plant material in horticultural entries must be fresh and grown by the exhibitor, and in the exhibitor's possession for at least 90 days except as noted in the description.
Photography – Consider viewpoint, lighting, focus, and cropping. Image size is restricted to 5" x 7".
Specific class descriptions for each division are different for each meeting and can be found in the member yearbook.
Field trips are offered throughout the year, either prescheduled or impromptu as notice of events or programs become available.
The Chair maintains a photo album and scrapbook of memorabilia from Club meetings and events as a record of the year. Previous albums are part of the Kent Memorial Library Historical Room collection.
This committee maintains a yearly pressbook of all printed publicity regarding the Club's events and activities.
A variety of hands-on workshops are held throughout the year. Learn and have fun being creative on projects of a varied nature.
Plant Swap & Potluck
A gathering in the Phelps-Hatheway House garden - (September – see calendar) 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!
Garden Party A gathering in the Phelps-Hatheway House garden - (June – see calendar) This is our chance to socialize after the official end of the Club year and to enjoy the gardens we work so hard to maintain at the peak of their loveliness. A great way for newer members to get acquainted with more established ones in an informal setting.
Activities in this group are for the enjoyment, education, and support of our members.