This spring, their allure and versatility will take the spotlight at the Litchfield flower show, which will commemorate not only the beauty of blooms, but the Litchfield Garden Club’s 110th anniversary. By Clementina Verge, The Litchfield Magazine.
Since the earliest times, flowers have lifted the human spirit with their delicate fragrances, infinite color palette, and ability to decorate and sustain life. This spring, their allure and versatility will take the spotlight at the Litchfield flower show, which will commemorate not only the beauty of blooms, but the Litchfield Garden Club’s 110th anniversary.
From striking Delphinium to elegant irises and roses, the show entitled “A Tapestry of Nature” will live up to its name, capturing the forms, colors, textures, and patterns woven to create nature’s tapestry.
Sponsored by The Garden Club of America, it will feature exhibits categorized in three divisions: floral design, horticulture, and photography and conservation. Each will capture passion and expertise, inspiring visitors by displaying standards of artistic and horticulture excellence and broadening knowledge of horticulture.
Using fresh and dried materials, floral designs will reflect inspiration drawn from paintings by artists influenced by nature—such as Georgia O’Keefe and John Singer Sargent—and natural wonders like bird migration, forest bathing, climate zones, and even nature’s “tiny gems”: ladybugs, grasshoppers, and monarch butterflies.
“Gardening brings such pleasure and joy, and the flower show will be both empowering and inspiring, helping visitors see what they can create with plant materials growing in their own gardens,” notes Drew Harlow, a LGC member serving on the flower show committee.
Garden Club carries out a fall tradition
As reported by John McKenna of the LitchfieldBZ - September 30, 2022: The Litchfield Garden Club members planting fall flowers in the center of town September 30th were, from left, Meredith Penfield, Susan Magary, Tierney Moran, Frank Fontana, Drew Harlow, May Bogdanovics and Ellen Oneglia. BZ photo Members of the Litchfield Garden Club gave three planters in the center a town an autumnal look on Friday.
As reported in the in the Republican American by Karen Montini | March 18, 2022 | The Litchfield Garden Club held its membership meeting at the Litchfield Community Center recently where award winning floral artist Claire Won Kang gave a live floral design presentation.
Throughout her career as a floral artist, Claire Won Kang has achieved the highest accolades in her endless pursuit of artistic expression. Her last thirty years are marked by exceptional and lasting contributions to the floral design industry. Claire signed copies of her book, Wonness, stunningly illustrated with breathtaking photographs of her creations that “…reflect a way of approaching our lives as a symphony of colors, textures, shapes and stories that express our infinite sense of wonder, possibilities and oneness.” Clair, who emigrated from Korea, donated her speaker fee and proceeds from her book sales to help the Ukrainian war effort.
As report by by John McKenna | Jun 19, 2021 | The Litchfield Garden Club held its first in-person monthly meeting in 15 months on Thursday.
Club members gathered in the Tapping Reeve Meadow behind the Litchfield Law School for their meeting and for a presentation by writer, photographer and organic farmer Matthew Benson, who operates an organic farm in New York’s Hudson Valley and is the author of “Life in the Garden.”
As reported BY JOHN MCKENNA, LitchfieldBZ April 22, 2021: LITCHFIELD — Cold, wind and snow flurries didn’t stop the Litchfield Garden Club from recognizing Earth Day on Thursday.
The club marked its partnership with the Litchfield Historical Society by dedicating the four crabapple trees it planted in the meadow at the Tapping Reeve House and Law School. The planting effort was led by the club’s conservation committee and its chairman, Grace Yagtug.
The meadow, used as an educational tool by the historical society, has become one of the focal points of the garden club’s town-wide beautification effort.
Historical Society Executive Director Cathy Fields thanked the garden club for its contribution and said the historical society looks forward to a future of collaboration with the club. Read more
Litchfield Garden Club held two years’ worth of Earth Day celebrations Thursday in the meadow at Tapping Reeve House and Litchfield Law School.
Last year’s celebration, designed to be the final event in a year of activities the club sponsored to raise awareness about the importance of being good to the Earth, was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The club, however, remained determined to carry out its plan.
On an unseasonably cold morning with a snow squall passing through, club members gathered in the meadow to dedicate four crabapple trees planted in recognition of Earth Day. One was planted to mark 2020’s canceled event, a second was planted for this year, a third honors garden club supporters who died in the past year and a fourth was planted in tribute to first responders who have served dutifully during the pandemic.
Cathy Fields, executive director of Litchfield Historical Society, which owns and maintains the meadow, thanked the club for its work to beautify the property. “We truly value the work of the garden club and we admire your mission because it aligns with ours,” Fields said. “The meadow is a place we can all come together and I’m thrilled that you have such a strong interest in it.”
The planting project was headed by the club’s conservation committee and its chairwoman, Grace Yagtug. She and other committee members picked up shovels and applied dirt around the bases of the recently planted trees.
As reported by Litchfield.bz, 1/31/21: Sylvia Abbott joined the Litchfield Garden Club 48 years ago to share her interest in gardening and horticulture and be part of an organization that has done so much to enhance the beauty of Litchfield.
Winning awards for pursuing her hobby was about the last thing Abbott was thinking about at the time.
“This is work I’ve loved doing, so I’ve never looked for recognition,” she said Saturday.
Through the nearly five decades of her tenure with the Litchfield Garden Club, however, awards have come Abbott’s way. The latest was the Katharine Thomas Cary Medal from the Garden Club of America. The medal was one of several national medals the GCA has awarded for 2021 to honor GCA members for distinguished achievements. Read the full article
Achiever: Sylvia Abbott
As reported in the Republican American - Jan. 14, 2021:The Garden Club of America (GCA) announced the recipients of the 2021 national medals, the highest honors bestowed upon individuals or institutions by the GCA for distinguished achievements in areas related to its purpose.
Sylvia Abbott, a member of the Litchfield Garden Club (LGC) since 1973, is awarded The Katharine Thomas Cary Medal in recognition of outstanding achievement in the field of floral design education and instilling a love of floral design throughout the GCA. Read more
Matha Tuttle, long time member of the LGC, reports that to protect windswept wetland, tall oaks, and an active herring run, the Tuttle family donated their 7-acre Oak Island Bog to the Harwich Conservation Trust this May after their family stewarded the land for 132 years. LGC is proud to showcase the Tuttle family donation of the estuary and salt marsh, which flows from Skinequit Pond into Nantucket Sound on Cape Cod. It includes an important run and spawning ground for herring each spring as well as being a feeding and nesting site for innumerable shore birds. Read more from the HCT. Learn more about the history of the property and the Tuttle family.
GARDEN CLUB CONTINUES SEASONAL TRADITION
As reported by John McKenna, Litchfield.bz | Jun 19, 2020 | News: For decades, members of The Litchfield Garden Club have placed seasonal plantings in Litchfield’s three over-sized concrete planters.
In late May, the club’s projects and civic beautification committee co-chaired by Lynne Sherman and Dale Ryan began filling the containers. The urn at the intersection of Norfolk Road and North Street boasts an Alberta spruce spiral as its focal point surrounded by hidcote lavender and multi-color trailing nasturtiums. The planter on the corner of Meadow Street and West Street contains a mini Alberta spruce, victory purple vinca and portulacas in sundial white. Read the full article.
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