Colchester Garden Club
“Come Grow with Us”
Meetings are scheduled for the 4th Monday of each month at the Cragin Memorial Library at 6 p.m.
The Colchester Garden Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit community organization focused on horticultural education and hands-on learning, beautifying the community and offering our members opportunities to socialize with other gardeners through activities and events. Our club is a member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, New England Garden Clubs Inc, and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Our club partners with the Town of Colchester as well as other local community groups on various initiatives, including the Community Wildlife Habitat of Colchester. Although we are based in Colchester we welcome those in surrounding towns that may not have a garden club to join us.
Our Community Service Initiatives:
• Colchester Spring Clean-Up Day (April)
• Cragin Memorial Library Garden Beautification and Maintenance – scheduled work sessions once a month; members also volunteer at their convenience for a particular area of the grounds.
• Colchester Senior Center – Teaming up with seniors for continued maintenance of the front and side gardens. Planted side of Senior Center (2011), supported Brownie Troop planting of bulbs (2012)
• Cohen Woodlands - located on McDonald Road. Partnered to renovate and expand butterfly-pollinator garden as an educational garden. Garden brochure available on town’s Cohen Woodlands web site.
• Seasonal Town Planters at Town Hall, Cragin Memorial Library, Lebanon Avenue, and Linwood Avenue as member interest and resources allow.
• Colchester Holiday Homecoming – Decorate key locations in downtown area with seasonal wreaths and greens, planters, and inside Cragin Memorial Library.
• Harrington Court – Donated two raised beds for clients to garden from wheelchairs or walkers.
• Activities with Youth – Partnered with leaders of Daisy/Brownie/Girl Scout troops for Gardening, Wildlife, Bugs, Bulbs, and a special badge on Native Plants from the National Garden Clubs, Inc. Would consider others related to environment, nature and gardening. Partnered with Boy Scout to landscape front of Senior Center (2011) as Eagle Scout project. Engaged local Brownie troop to plant Spring bulbs (2013) at Colchester Senior Center and Cragin Memorial Library, JJIS entrance garden clean-up with Girl Scouts (2015). Partnered with Marlborough Arts Center to deliver a vacation art day painting pots, garden edge caterpillar and spring bulbs/plants (2010).
• National Garden Clubs Inc. Annual Youth Poetry Contest – Promotes contest for local students (K – grade 9) to submit annual-themed based poetry as enrichment activity.
• Other community service projects as time and resources permit each year.
If you are interested in beautifying Colchester, residents are welcome to join the Colchester Garden Club or assist as a volunteer on selected community service projects. For information please contact email@example.com.
Our Club Activities and Programs
• Educational programs – in-club and external speakers. Some programs are advertised in area newspapers and open to the public.
• Gardening demonstrations
• “Learn and Do” garden activities
• Social events
• Trips to area nurseries, garden tours, exhibits
• Plant sharing
• Tour members’ gardens
• Floral Design
• Garden crafts
• “Come and Consult” – helps members with garden design issues on their home site
• Volunteer at Connecticut Flower Show sponsored by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut
Fundraising and Donations
To fund programs, beautification and other projects the Colchester Garden Club conducts fundraiser(s) during the year. The club welcomes monetary tax-deductible donations for its projects.
Affiliations and Partnerships
Community Wildlife Habitat of Colchester
Certified through the National Wildlife Federation
The Colchester Garden Club is an active partner in Colchester’s Community Wildlife Habitat™ original and ongoing certification. In January 2010, the National Wildlife Federation awarded Colchester the nationally-recognized distinction of achieving the Community Wildlife Habitat certification as the 36th community in the U.S. and the first in Connecticut!
A Community Wildlife Habitat is a community that provides habitat for wildlife throughout the community—this can be in individual backyards, on school grounds and in public areas such as parks, community gardens, places of worship and businesses. It is a place where the residents make it a priority to provide habitat for wildlife by providing the four basic elements that all wildlife need - food - water - cover and places to raise young - and sustainable gardening practices.
The community also educates its residents about sustainable gardening practices such as reducing or eliminating chemical fertilizers and pesticides, conserving water, planting native plants, removing invasive plants and composting. Community Wildlife Habitats are organized by a team of people, who not only help create habitat, but also hold workshops about gardening for wildlife and organize community events. A Community Habitat project creates a place where people, flora and fauna can all flourish!
Each year Colchester needs to recertify by earning a minimum of 40 points through Colchester residents, businesses, farms or churches certifying their properties as Wildlife Habitats through the National Wildlife Federation, as well as educational talks, outdoor nature activities and community projects related to the environment. You can help keep Colchester certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat by certifying your property; for more information: www.nwf.org/Garden-For-Wildlife/Certify.aspx
The volunteer team earned the GreenCircle Award from the Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection for completing this initiative
Come Grow With Us - If you’d like to join the Colchester Garden Club or volunteer in other ways to keep Colchester certified as a Community Wildlife Habitat, send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org