The objectives of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club in Woodbury, Connecticut, are to promote an interest in gardens, horticulture, floral and landscape design, to cooperate in the protection of wild flowers, trees and birds and to encourage public plantings, beautification and conservation.
We are a working club! Our members are responsible for many local beautification projects, including the installation and maintenance of plantings at many of the town’s parks and greens. Take a drive through town and chances are you will see the handiwork of dedicated garden club members! You may even see club members at work, sporting purple t-shirts, as they dig, plant, mulch, and more. Club members also maintain two award-winning sites at Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust: the Botany Wildflower Trail—established by club members in 1965 and continuously maintained ever since—and the Monarch Waystation, a habitat restoration project installed by the club in 2011 and expanded in 2015, part of a an international effort to save the endangered monarch butterfly. The club also sponsors monthly informational meetings and field trips, on topics from floral design to conservation and environmental issues.
Membership is open to those interested in participating in the implementation of these projects and objectives. Contact our membership chairman for details.
Download a membership application here.
Meetings are held on the second Tuesday of each month, with the exceptions of January and August. All meetings except the September General Meeting and the June garden tour are open to the public; guests are always welcome for a $5 fee.
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Nov 14: “Plants with a Purpose”
Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, Owner, Natureworks
10:00 am Business Meeting / 11 am Program
Woodbury Senior/Community Center
Join us for well-known Connecticut gardener and author Nancy DuBrule-Clemente, owner of Natureworks nursery Northford, who will give a presentation on “Plants with a Purpose” on Tuesday, November 14, 2017, at the Woodbury Senior/Community Center, 265 Main Street South in Woodbury. “Plants with a Purpose (“more than just a pretty face… what is it FOR?”) will explore the various characteristics that plants are valued for — butterfly larval plant food, butterfly nectar flower, beneficial insect flower, pollinator plant, herbs for healing, habitat for birds and wildlife, food for humans, and more.
$5 Guest fee
Nov 28: “Deck the Halls Wreath and Swag Workshop”
9 am (NOTE EARLIER START TIME!)
Quassuk Firehouse, 25 Quassuk Road, Woodbury
Bring your clippers, garden gloves, and of course ... holiday spirit... plus any and all greens you can contribute (to supplement the greens provided by the town's Public Works Department, which are often not sufficient for the [now] TWENTY-SEVEN wreaths and swags we create.
We can use branches from firs, spruces, white pines (but NO hemlock please!), as well as branches from evergreen shrubs and trees such as andromeda, leucothoe, magnolia, and any other decorative evergreens. The latter can make lovely accents to wreaths and swags.
Save the Monarchs!
SO FAR, the news from the Mexican wintering grounds is GOOD! Monarchs are arriving in numbers greater than in the past few years.
Our efforts — YOUR efforts — just may be WORKING!
Above, the PVGC booth at Woodbury's Fall Fest 2017! Huge thanks to Mary Lally, Kathy Prior, Sue Satterlee, Nancy Taylor, Wendy White, Mori Zeltner, and everyone who stopped by to visit us! Thanks, too, to Nan Taylor and Mary Lally for so beautifully packing swamp milkweed seeds (A. incarnata) to give away.
|Above, a trio of beauties went to Fall Fest with us and got ALL kinds of compliments (no surprise with those beautiful colors!) At right, a tagged female, ready for release. S0 exciting to be able to tag this year!
You can help save this magnificent species and their amazing migration -- plant native milkweed and nectar flowers for them!
Track the migration here.
*ALERT: there have been reports in some parts of the country of perennials, including milkweed, that have been treated with neonicinotoids ("neonics") being sold at some of the "big box" stores. Read the labels!
And please... for the sake of ALL the pollinators, DO NOT PURCHASE any plants that have been treated with these deadly pesticides. They must, by law, be identified by a tag inside the pot similar to the one at the left from Home Depot.
Neonicotinoids, such as Bayer's clothianidin, are the most widely used pesticides in the world. They are absorbed by the plant and can be present in its pollen and nectar, making them toxic to bees, the Monarch larva (caterpillars) and other pollinators. In pesticide products for the home, the chemical may appear under the name imidacloprid which is widely available to consumers in products sold under labels from Bayer, Ortho, Bonide, etc.
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