October Newsletter







Hort Workshop, 1:30, Bartlett Arboretum, Sunday, October 6th.
Autumn arrangement with pumpkins and sedum.
Workshop led by Maureen FitzPatrick

Open Board/Member Meeting, 9:30, Bartlett Arboretum, Tuesday, October 8

Hostesses:  Barbara Brodbeck, Candy Cushing
Houseplant challenge to be presented and described.  (See next page)

Bench Show – (Entries in place by 9:15)

Hort – “Season of Mists and Mellow Fruitfulness” (John Keats).  Cut Specimens: one blooming stem, spike or spray from exhibitor’s garden. Not to exceed 24” from cut stem to tip (except for class 6 & 7). To be exhibited in a clear glass container of exhibitor’s choice.  NOTE:  Novice and Non-Novice for each class.

Class 1:  Aster
Class 2:  Chrysanthemum
Class 3:  Dahlia
Class 4:  Rose
Class 5:  Other
Class 6: Berried Branch, not to exceed 30” in total length.
Class 7: Coned Branch, not to exceed 30” in total length.
Par Class: An exhibit of exceptional horticultural merit. Entries in Par Class must have been owned and grown by the exhibitor for a minimum of six months. Please supply saucer.
Class 8: Houseplant grown for flowers
Class 9: Houseplant grown for foliage

Goodbody Workdays:  Thurs 10/10, Sat 10/26, Tues 10/29

Welcome New Members

Edyta Zalewska – Edyta came to Stamford 30 years ago from Poland.  She attended nursing school here in America and now works as the school nurse at the Magnet School.  Edyta loves nature and to be outdoors, and wants to learn more about gardening.   Therefore, she and her husband, Darek, married at the Goodbody Garden this past summer in a lovely ceremony.   She is also very interested in photography.

Natasha Muttukumaru – Natasha and her husband have lived in Stamford for 26 years and raised their two children here.   Natasha is a master gardener, and volunteers at the Tully Healing Garden.   Her main interest is in horticulture, but she loves to travel, cook, paint and listen to opera.  She describes herself as ” Alice in Wonderland” poking her nose into life in general.

Robbin Ashenfelter –  Robbin and her husband, Mark, are neighbors of Stephne, Myra and Rae Ann.   Robbin is a personal trainer at Sportsplex and also does private personal training.  She is very energetic and volunteers at Greenwich Hospital, Meals on Wheels, and a homeless shelter in Stamford.   In her spare time, she loves to cook and attend Broadway plays.    Robbin is interested in learning about all phases of gardening.

Coming Up

Fun with Horticulture! If you haven’t already signed up and would like to participate, please contact Marianne Pollak or Beazie Larned.

Challenge class sign-up.  Grow a cool houseplant!

  1. At our October meeting on October 8th, we’ll hand out interesting houseplants, flowering and non-flowering.
  2. Choose one and grow it at home!
  3. We will communicate together about growing issues.
  4. In May enter your plant for the Bench Show! (we can all share our success)

Please Note.  Newsletter submissions should be sent to SGCNEWS@yahoo.com by the 20th of the (preceding) month. 

 FYI:  Garden gloves in sizes S, M, and L are sold by Irma Paul.  Photo mats are sold by Mary Trehan.