Programs for 2023-2024

Most programs for 2023-2024 will meet in person at 6:30 p.m. at the Glastonbury Community Church, 113 Stancliff Road, unless otherwise noted. Masks are optional for those attending. The Executive Board continues to monitor guidelines and requirements for COVID-19.

We will have one Zoom program in January 2024 at 6:30 p.m. Our October business meeting will be on Zoom at 6:30 p.m. See below for more information.

New this year: We will have a brief horticulture demonstration at each meeting to learn how to choose and display horticulture for entry in the Connecticut Flower Show. Each month members are encouraged to bring in a plant or specimen that fits the monthly theme to share with the club.

Welcome Back!
Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
Glastonbury Community Church

Join us in September to share garden bounties. Time to get reacquainted, share stories and renew and make new friendships. Bring items from your garden to display. Share new gardening ideas, tools you love, techniques you’ve tried.
Horticulture Exhibit: Bring one cut specimen of a blooming flower (such as a marigold, daisy, dahlia, mum, etc.) from your garden. Display it in a clear glass bottle.
Guests are welcome.
Let’s share the bounty!

Monday, October 2, 2023 at 6:00 p.m.
Congregational Church of South Glastonbury

Gardening Is Painless!
with Neal Sanders

Neal Sanders is a best-selling author and entertaining speaker most noted for his Garden Club Gang mystery series. From Medfield, Massachusetts, Neal’s books embellish with great humor his wife’s gardening and garden club experiences.

This program will be held jointly with Glastonbury Garden Club and Hill and Dale Garden Club and is open to the public. Neal’s books will be available for purchase.

Wednesday, October 11, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
Members-only Business Meeting on Zoom

We will have our October business meeting this evening on Zoom. Our October program is the Glastonbury Council of Garden Clubs program on Monday, October 2, 2023.
Horticulture Exhibit: Cut a specimen of a blooming flower displayed in a clear bottle.

Business Meeting 5

Wednesday, November 8, 2023 at 6:30 p.m.
Glastonbury Community Church

The Fabulous Federation with Nan Merolla, 1st Vice President, FGCCT
What’s Up with Winter Sowing? with Winnie Zimberlin

Have you ever wondered what The Federation does? Nan Merolla’s entertaining presentation will bring you up to date and pique your interest in the wide variety of Federation activities. From courses in landscaping, the environment and gardening to floral design, judging and even travel, there is a wide variety of interests served.

What is Winter Sowing? It’s an easy way to start plants in winter, outdoors! WInnie will show us that by using the right kind of seeds, milk jug containers and some soil, you can have strong seedlings ready for the spring garden. No elaborate setup required!

Horticulture Exhibit: Cut a branch of holly with berries, not to exceed 24″, displayed in a clear glass bottle.

Wednesday, December 20, 2023 at 5:00 p.m.
Home of Carole and Jay Fromer

Deck the Halls: Our Annual Holiday Party and Auction

We will gather to enjoy the season with appetizers and dessert in Carole and Jay’s festively decorated home. Bring an item for the Holiday Auction. Following dinner, we’ll participate in a fun-filled auction.

Horticulture Exhibit: Cut an evergreen branch, not to exceed 24″, displayed in a clear glass bottle.

** This event is for members only**

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Wednesday, January 10, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
Virtual Meeting on Zoom

Color Your Garden: Exciting Mixtures of Bulbs and Perennials
with Christine Darnell

Get ready for spring and summer with an exciting explosion of color from bulbs and perennials. They are guaranteed to provide enjoyment and color in your garden year after year.

Horticulture Exhibit: Container grown foliage plant such as peace lily, spider plant, pothos, etc.

Wednesday, February 14, 2024 at 12:00 p.m.
Glastonbury Community Church

Lunch Bunch
Floral Design Workshop: Design Your Own Valentine Arrangement
with Trish Manfredi

At noon, bring your sandwich or salad and join the Lunch Bunch. Beverages and dessert will be provided by our host and co-hosts. At 1:00 p.m., Trish will lead us in creating an arrangement for our home. The cost of flowers, mechanics and containers will be $20. Your space must be reserved with Trish by January 22 for ordering. You have your choice of attending both lunch and the workshop or just lunch or just the workshop.

Horticulture Exhibit: Container grown African Violet in bloom.

Snow Date will be Thursday, February 15, 12:00 p.m. with Workshop at 1:00 p.m.

Thursday – Sunday, February 22 – 25, 2024
Connecticut Convention Center, Hartford

Bursting into Spring!

Connecticut Flower & Garden Show

The Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford

Mark your calendar for the popular Connecticut Flower and Garden show. The show will run from Thursday through Sunday. The Federation (FGCCT) sponsors a state flower show as part of this event. Prepare to be wowed by the creativity you’ll see! Check the FGCCT website ( for updates.

Wednesday, March 13, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
Glastonbury Community Church

Love the Earth: Composting and Recycling
with Mike Manfre

Mike Manfre, Superintendent of Sanitation for the Town of Glastonbury, will discuss the current status of recycling in Glastonbury. He will also introduce the town’s organic recycling initiatives. Don’t miss this opportunity to receive a kitchen composting container and/or purchase outdoor composting bins.

Horticulture Exhibit: Early flowering branch, not to exceed 24″, displayed in a clear glass bottle.

Wednesday, April 10, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
Glastonbury Community Church

Growing Fabulous Berries: Strawberries, Blueberries and Raspberries
with Ginny Mita

Have you ever wished you could grow luscious, ripe, sweet berries? It’s easier than you think and possible in a limited amount of space. Ginny will offer us the information we need for a bumper crop this year,

Horticulture Exhibit: Daffodil or Tulip, on stem, displayed in a clear glass bottle.

Wednesday, May 8, 2024 at 6:30 p.m.
Glastonbury Community Church

Care For Our Air: Houseplants Are For Everyone
with Karla Dalley

In keeping with FGCCT President Karin Pyskaty’s theme, find out how houseplants care for our air. Karla will let us know what houseplants are most beneficial and how to grow them. Some recommended species may be available for purchase.

Horticulture Exhibit: A lilac, one stem, in bloom, displayed in a clear glass bottle.

Saturday, May 11, 2024 from 9:00 a.m. – Noon
Chamber of Commerce Lawn

Evergreen Country Gardeners Annual Plant Sale

Mark your calendar for our annual plant sale from 9:00 a.m. – Noon on the grounds of the Chamber of Commerce on Main Street.

Wednesday, June 13, 2024
Location and Time TBD

Garden Tour and Annual Dinner

We conclude our year with a tour of a local garden followed by dinner and installation of officers for 2024-2026. Details will be announced closer to the date.

Horticulture Exhibit: Astilbe in bloom, one stem in a clear glass bottle.