Crabapple - Flanders Botany Trail

General Information

The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club was founded on May 11, 1927, and is a charter member of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

The Pomperaug Valley Garden Club's mission is to

  • promote an interest in gardens, horticulture, floral and landscape design
  • cooperate in the protection of native flora and fauna, and
  • encourage public plantings, beautification, and conservation

Meetings are held monthly on the second Tuesday of each month, with the exceptions of January and August. Membership is $35 a year. Guests and members of the general public may attend any open meeting for a nominal $5 fee, which includes the program and light refreshments. Programs range from floral design to horticulture to environmental and conservation topics.

Garden club members plant and maintain garden areas in Woodbury at Washington Green, the Cannon (South) Green, the Memorial (Post Office) Green, the North Green, and the entrance to Orenaug Park. Every holiday season, they meet to fashion wreaths, swags and other holiday decorations for all Woodbury town buildings. Other club outreach activities include holiday decorations for Osborne House in Derby. Every May, the club holds a plant sale, offering member-grown perennials, shrubs, and herbs, and featuring a treasure-filled White Elephant Table of gardening paraphernalia.

In addition, the garden club has maintained the award-winning Botany Trail at Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust since 1965, when club members rescued and transplated hundreds of wildflowers from sites in the paths of development and infrastructure projects such as Heritage Village and IBM complex in Southbury and Interstate 84. In 2011, club members installed a "Monarch Waystation" near the Sugar House at Flanders. The site, planted with plants that provide nectar and larval sources for monarchs, is certified and registered with MonarchWatch.org, a project initiated at the University of Kansas to "create, conserve and protect monarch habitats."

From the latest trends in floral design to environmental issues to community outreach, the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club has something for everyone!

If you are interested in joining us, please contact Membership Chairs Priscilla Steponaitis (203) 266-4345 or Rita Connelly(203-263-3867).

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