Suburban Garden Club's Community Programs
Since 1957, the Suburban Garden Club of Cheshire has been making a positive contribution to our community through numerous civic programs and activities. Several of these programs are described below.
The Suburban Garden Club is a long-time participant in the Cheshire Town Beautification Committee's 'Adopt-a-Spot' program. For the past several years, club members have designed, planted and maintained the garden at the 'Yellow House" across the street from Cheshire High School. Pictured here is our 2012 Adopt-a-Spot garden at the Yellow House, winner of the Blue Ribbon for the best 2012 Adopt-a-Spot.
Phillips House Historical Society
Members maintain period gardens at the Hitchcock-Phillips House, home of the Cheshire Historical Society.
Members also create handmade natural holiday decorations for the house that are appropriate for the time period (1785) and decorate the interior of the house for the holidays - just in time for the Historical Society's annual Holiday Open House.
The Suburban Garden Club has been providing academic scholarships for more than 50 years. Scholarships are open to Cheshire residents attending an accredited college or agricultural school with a declared major in a plant-related science (horticulture, plant science, environmental science or related fields). Please click here for more information.
Planters at the Cheshire Public Library
Club members design and maintain three seasonally changing planters at the entrance to the Library.
The planters are filled with
a uniue combination of miniature trees and shrubs, perennials and annuals that are changed frequently to provide an ever-changing display throughout the year.
Every month club members create an individual floral arrangement for each patient at Connecticut Hospice. The deisgns reflect seasonal themes throughout the year. Arrangements are created in vintage vases, tea cups and dessert dishes collected and donated by club members.
Garden Therapy with Seniors
The purpose of garden therapy programs is to promote the therapeutic aspects of gardening and floral decorating. As part of our efforts to reach out to our community and enhance the quality of life for senior citizens, members work with residents of convalescent homes to create seasonal floral decorations and and gifts.
Examples of garden therapy projects:
Cheshire Senior Center
Club members design and maintain planters at the entrance to the Cheshire Senior Center as well as a garden around the sign. Club members also decorate the exterior of the Center for the holidays.
In addition to enhancing the exterior of this wonderful facility with holiday decorations and seasonal displays of colorful flowers, the Club has also sponsored programs at the Center.