Programs

PLEASE NOTE UNDER CONSTRUCTION! thank you

Education is the Monthly Program Theme for 2017-18
STEP UP to Learning and Participation!

September 2017

  • Board Meeting  Tuesday, September 5
    Location: Home of Marianne Pollak
  • Goodbody Garden Fall Party Sunday, September 10 from 4-6 p.m. For members, significant others, friends and those interested in membership.(Rain Date: September 17th)
  • Member Meeting Tuesday, September 12
    Location: Bartlett Arboretum Silver Education
    Hostesses: Marion Glowka, Lenore DiPalma, Betty Roberts

Our kick-off meeting: Let’s take the mystery out of Bench Shows

The table for the featured ‘show’, Hort, will be in the main room so that we may appreciate the judging process. Our judges will describe in detail what works and what doesn’t.  Floral and Photography benches will be in the foyer.  Encouraging Committee Participation, Committee chairs will share what their committees do and invite new ideas.

Bench Shows

Floral Design:  Simple Pleasures
A welcome home arrangement for a hall table incorporating fresh flowers and seasonal leaves.  Whole (not cut) fruits and vegetables may be included.  Not to exceed 12” in any direction.

Horticulture:

Garden Harvest
Class 1:   Three (3) small specimens (cherry/plum tomatoes, bush or pole beans, radishes, beets, etc) to be displayed on a wicker plate. (provided by committee)
Class 2:  One (1) large specimen (squash, gourd, large tomato, cucumber, etc) to be displayed on an appropriate size plate provided by exhibitor.Garden Collection
Class 3:   Five (5) or more different varieties of flowering annuals, perennials, biennials, bulbs, rhizomes cut from exhibitor’s garden.  Not to exceed 16” in diameter. To be shown in a clear glass container provided by exhibitor.

Herbs
Class 4: A collection of 3 – 5 herbs from exhibitor’s garden, to be shown in a clean glass container. Not to exceed 16” in diameter. Remember scale of container to cut flowers.

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 6 months. Please supply saucer.
Class 5:  Grown for flowers
Class 6:  Grown for foliage

Photography – Summer Memories
A color photograph of your favorite summer moment.  This will be for exhibit only, no judging.  The photograph should include plant material. The common and botanical names should be included if they can be identified.  Photographs must be mounted on mat board and overmatted.  No framing or glass.  Size should be 8×10.  The top should be indicated on the back of the photograph.

Goodbody Workdays: Tuesday 9/5 and Tuesday 9/19

October 2017

      • Board Meeting Tuesday, October 3
        Location: Home of Re Telep
      • Joint Meeting with Shippan Garden Club, Thursday, October 19
      • Luncheon and their in-club show.  Speaker coordinated by Shippan Garden Club
      • Bulb Forcing Workshop at  Beazie’s, Tuesday, October 24
        Workshop for Green Fingers Preview of Spring Flower Show.  Bring bulb pan, tote bag/box to carry container home; soil provided. $1.00 per bulb pan.
      • Zone II Meeting, Monday, October 30
        For committee chairs-CT Ag Station, New Haven

Goodbody Workdays: Thursday 10/5, Tuesday 10/17, Tues 10/31

November 2017

      • Open Board Meeting Tuesday, November 14
        Location: Bartlett Arboretum Silver Education
        (No Speaker)
        Hostesses: Myra Davis, Barbara Brodbeck, Pat Langley

Goodbody Workdays: Tuesday 11/7

December 2017

      • Board Meeting Tuesday, December 5
        Location: Home of Beazie Larned
      • Holiday Party – Home of Marianne Pollak December 12

January 2018

      • Board Meeting Tuesday, January 9
        Location: Home of Candy Cushing
      • Foodies Meeting, 2 p.m. at Beazie’s Tuesday, January 9
        Come for a discussion about growing vegetables.  What crops worked well last summer?  What didn’t?  Share in ordering packets of seeds.
      • Member Meeting  Tuesday, January 16
        Location: Bartlett Arboretum Silver Education
        Speaker:  Dana Worlock – Floral Designer – Hedgerow, Pound Ridge
        Hostesses:  Peggy Erlenkotter, Rae Ann Murphy

Bench Shows

Floral Design:“Brr!! It’s Cold Outside”.
A predominantly white topiary design using fresh and dried material not to exceed 25”.
Topiary: an artistic craft.  An arrangement that resembles a formal or informally trimmed or trained plant, with or without accessories. (GCA Flower Show and Judging Guide, p. 140)

Horticulture:  Houseplants on Parade
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 6 months. Please supply saucer
Class 1:  Grown for flowers
Class 2:  Grown for foliage
Class 3:  Grown from a cutting, division or started from seed.  Propagation method & information must be noted on entry card.  NOVICE ONLY *
Class 4: Grown from a cutting, division or started from seed. Propagation method & information must be noted on entry card.  NON-NOVICE

* A novice has not won a blue ribbon in a GCA flower show. In-club shows do not count!

Photography – A Crisp Winter Day
A photograph featuring frozen or snow-covered foliage at rest for the winter.
The photograph should include plant material. The common and botanical names should be included if they can be identified.  Photographs must be mounted on mat board and overmatted.  No framing or glass.  Size should be 8×10.  The top should be indicated on the back of the photograph.

    • Winter Sowing Workshop at Beazie’s 10 am. Tuesday, Jan 23
      Plant seeds now in mini greenhouse, place outdoors, watch them sprout in the spring.  Bring a plastic gallon milk container or deep salad container and tote bag to take them home. Seeds, soil and supplies will be provided.  (Beazie will have extra containers)
  • Green Fingers Garden Club, Preview of Spring, 2018
    Photography delivery deadline & passing: Friday, Jan. 26
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    • Foodies Meeting 10 am Beazie’s Tuesday, January 30
      A continuation of ordering vegetable/flower seeds to share with others.

      February 2018 – Workshop Month
    • No Board or Member Meetings
    • Cut a branch in anticipation of the March
      In-Club forced branch bench show                               Monday, Feb 5
    • Green Fingers Garden Club, Preview of Spring
      Botanical Arts delivery deadline & passing:             Monday, Feb 12
      Horticulture entries passed on                    Wednesday, Feb 28, 1 pm – 4 pm
      Floral Design installation & assembly;  Wednesday, Feb 28 4:30 p.m. – 6 p.m. also 6 a.m. – 9 a.m. Thursday, March 1
      Entries accepted and passed      7:30 a.m. – 9 a.m.
      Thursday, March 1
    • February workshop:  Under Water Designs                         Date TBD
    • A photography workshop                                                   Date TBD
    • Additional Workshops To Be AnnouncedMarch 2018
    • Green Fingers Garden Club, Preview of Spring, 2018
      “The Color of Light”                   Friday, March 2, 10 am – 7 pm & Saturday,                                              March 3 – 10 am – 4 pm
    • Board Meeting                                              Tuesday, March 6
      Location: Home of Barbara Miller
    • Members Meeting                                         Tuesday, March 13
      Location: Bartlett Arboretum Silver Education
      Speaker:  Curt Johnson, Executive Director – Save the Sound
      Environment/Conservation
      Hostesses: Barbara Brodbeck

      Floral Design:  “Save the Sound”. 
      An underwater design not to exceed 12” wide and 20” high.A contemporary design style where all or part of the design must be under water. GCA Flower Show and Judging Guide page 115.
      Horticulture – Signs of Spring
    • Forced Branch:
      Class 1: A cut forced flowering branch not to exceed 30” from tip to tip.
    • Cut Specimen:
      One  (1) blooming stem, spike or spray from exhibitor’s garden. Length of cut specimen not to exceed 24” tip to tip. To be exhibited in a plain, clear glass container of exhibitor’s choice.
    • Class 2: Eranthus (winter aconite)
    • Class 3: Galanthus (snowdrops)
    • Class 4: Helleborus (hellebore)
    • Class 5: Narcissus (daffodil)
    • Class 6: Other –  An exhibit of exceptional horticultural merit. Entries must have been owned and grown by the exhibitor for a minimum of 6 months. Please supply saucer.
    • Class 7:  Grown for flowers
    • Class 8:  Grown for foliagePhotography – March Madness
      Play and have fun manipulating a photograph with your computer program or on your camera phone.
      The photograph should include plant material. The common and botanical names should be included if they can be identified.  Photographs must be mounted on mat board and overmatted.  No framing or glass.  Size should be 8×10.  The top should be indicated on the back of the photograph.Goodbody Workday:  Tues 3/20April 2018
    • Board Meeting                                                   Tuesday, April 3
      Location: Home of Susanne deMilt with Wendy McCabe
    • Member Meeting                                              Tuesday, April 10
      Location: Bartlett Arboretum Silver Education
      Speaker:  Andrew Cote – Bees without Borders
      Andrew returns to talk the “international” aspect of Bees
      Hostesses:  Elaine Gubbins, Julia SuppleBench Show:Floral Design:
      “Bee Tiny”.  A miniature design.
      Miniature arrangement: a diminutive arrangement that is not more than five inches in height, width and depth with all of its components.  GCA Flower Show and Judging Guide, p 134.Horticulture:
    • Class 1:  Nectar.  Cut specimens: one blooming stem, spike or spray from exhibitor’s garden. Length from tip to tip not to exceed 30”. To be exhibited in a clear glass container of exhibitor’s choice.
    • Class 2:  Bee Knowledgeable: Research project – on a 3”X5” index card, document your favorite bee plant, (tree, shrub, vine, perennial, biennial, or annual). Give botanical name, common name, type of plant, height, month of bloom & color, soil, moisture, light, and zone requirements.  Include a photo (on another piece of paper – b/w is OK, color better!)
    • The Queen
      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 6 months. Please supply saucer
    • Class 4:  Grown for flowers
    • Class 5:  Grown for foliage
      Note:  If you don’t have flowers in bloom, you can purchase Spring flowers.Photography – Countdown to Spring
      A closeup or macro of a part of a flower or leaf.  The photograph should include plant material. The common and botanical names should be included if they can be identified.  Photographs must be mounted on mat board and overmatted.  No framing or glass.  Size should be 8×10.  The top should be indicated on the back of the photograph.Goodbody Workdays:  Thurs 4/5, Tues 4/17
    • Seed Starting for the Goodbody Garden. Details to follow.May 2018
    • Board Meeting                                                  Tuesday, May 1
      Location: Home of Myra Davis
    • Member Meeting                                              Tuesday, May 8
      Location: Bartlett Arboretum Silver Education
      Speaker:  Karen Bussolini – Garden Photographer/GardenerWidely published garden photographer, speaker, writer and eco-friendly garden coach.“There’s nothing like looking through the viewfinder of a camera to tell you whether a garden composition works or not. Photography is a great tool for designing gardens. The process involved in making meaningful photographs is as important in garden-making as it is for photography.”Hostesses:  Meryl Silverstein, Irma PaulBench Show:Floral Design:“Focus on Mom”.  An arrangement suitable for a sit-down Mother’s Day luncheon.  Must be able to see over it or through it.Horticulture:Wide Angle Lens Class 1:  Collection of 3 – 5 cut single stem specimens, all a different variety/cultivar. To be exhibited in a clear glass container. Not to exceed 16” in diameter.Close Up A cut single stem flowering branch, not to exceed 30” tip to tip. To be exhibited in a clear glass container of exhibitor’s choice.Class 2: from a TreeClass 3:  from a ShrubPicture Perfect: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 6 months. Please supply saucerClass 5:  Grown for flowersClass 6:  Grown for foliagePhotography – Picture PerfectA landscape photograph taken in your garden or at the Goodbody Garden.

       

      The photograph should include plant material. The common and botanical names should be included if they can be identified.  Photographs must be mounted on mat board and overmatted.  No framing or glass.  Size should be 8×10.  The top should be indicated on the back of the photograph.

       

      Goodbody Workdays:  Thur 5/3, Tues 5/15, Tues 5/29

       

      June 2018

       

      Board Meeting                                                  Tuesday, June 5

      Location: Home of Susanne Woods

       

      Annual Meeting & Recognition Luncheon      Tuesday, June 19

      Location: Stanwich Country Club

       

      Goodbody Workdays:  Thur 6/14, Tues 6/26

       

      July 2018

       

      Board Meeting                                              Tuesday, July 10

      Location: Home of Maureen FitzPatrick

       

      Field Trip – BYO picnic.  Location TBD       Tuesday, July 17

       

      Goodbody Workdays:  Thur 7/12, Tues 7/24

       

      August 2018

       

      Goodbody Workdays:  Tues 8/7, Tues 8/21