If you are interested in joining our club, please attend a meeting!
Guests are welcome at all meetings except for those specifically restricted to members. Unless otherwise noted, meetings are held at the Cheshire Senior Center, 240 Maple Avenue, Cheshire. Refreshments are available at 7:00 PM; our program begins at 7:30. There is a suggested fee of $5.00 for non-members. This fee is deducted from the initial membership fee if you decide to join our club.
Wednesday, September 18, 2019 – Open to the Public
Herbs & Kitchen Gardens
Donna Katsuranis is an Interfaith Minister and an Advanced Master Gardener who lives and gardens in Brookfield CT.
Pot Luck Dinner
Potluck Dinner starts at 6:30 P.M. Bring your specialty dish and start the year off with good food, friends, and flowers. Remember to bring flowers and vegetables from your garden for center pieces and horticulture points. Please remember that everyone should help with clean-up.
Wednesday, October 23, 2019 (4th Wednesday)– Open to the Public
Club members will donate house plants which are auctioned to the highest bidder. Join fellow club members for a fun and interesting evening.
Hospitality: Margaret Bercovitz (Lead), Barbara Masiulis, Tony Poitras, Lucy Smegielski, Ann Stein, Patty Wright
Wednesday, November 20, 2019– Open to the Public
Organic Gardening with Native Plants
Nancy DuBrule-Clemente is the owner of Natureworks Horticultural Services, an organic garden center in Northford, CT. She will present organic gardening with native plants to create “friendly” habitats for birds, butterflies, bees and beneficial insects.
Hospitality: Maria Colacrai (Lead), Sheila Bertini, Donna DelGobbo, Mary Ellen Morgan, Lucinda Perry, Bob Santin, Barbara Zaniewski
Wednesday, January 15, 2020 - Open to the Public
Snow Date: January 22, 2020
Ways to Attract Birds in Connecticut
Birding expert Steve Broker will focus on the diversity of birds in CT, habitat use, and the ways in which one can enjoy birds and participate in citizen science research on birds in the state. Steve has worked in science education in Connecticut for 45 years, is past president of the Connecticut Ornithological Association, and has compiled the results of the Connecticut Christmas Bird Count for the past 33 years.
Hospitality: Signian McGeary (Lead), Pat Archibald, Susan Dillman, Ginni Donovan, Jeanne LeVasseur, Nancy Sewitch
Wednesday, February 19, 2020 - Open to the Public
Snow Date: February 26, 2020
Landscape Design Principles
Amy Sampson is the founder of AES Landscape Design. She is currently the Landscape Design Instructor for the Connecticut Nursery and Landscape Association’s Annual Accreditation Program.
Hospitality: Alberta Valerio (Lead), Kris Archambault, Linda Broker, Lisa Cocco, Cindy Hupper, Karen Piedescalzo
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 – Members Only
Snow Date: March 25, 2020
Hospice Garden Therapy co-chairs Tony Poitras and Susan Dillman will share techniques for creating cheerful spring-themed floral arrangements. Each member will make two small arrangements, one to keep and one that will be given to a patient at Connecticut Hospice or a local convalescent home the following day.
Hospitality: Jessica Fischer (Lead), Lisa Giugno, Mary Helming, Elizabeth Morin, Cybil Ryan, Youy Torok
Wednesday, April 15, 2020 - Open to the Public
Pesticides: We Can Live Without Them
Alicea Charamut is Executive Director of Rivers Alliance and Co-Chair of the Water Planning Council Advisory Group
Hospitality: Marion Virello (Lead), Linda Buckley, Joanna Giddings, Marianne Goldberg, Eric Peele, Cathy Trussell
Wednesday, May 20, 2020 - Open to the Public
Perennial Care and Propigation
Adam Wheeler, from Broken Arrow Nursery, is the Woody Container & Horticulture Manager. His responsibilities include plant propagation and acquiring and developing new plants.
Hospitality: Jean LeVasseur (Lead), Tom Lewoc, Carol Lewoc, Elner Morrell, Deb Poach, Mary Sullivan
Wednesday, June 17, 2020 - Open to the Public
Field & Farm to Table
Heather Potter will demonstrate captivating designs that boast the best in local produce paired with the finest in flora. Year-End member awards will be presented at this meeting.
Hospitality: Joanna Giddings (Lead), Rita Giannotti, Valerie Joyce, Eric Peele, Deb Rutter, Roberta Solimene