On September 13 the Garden Club of Woodbridge had its first meeting of the 2022-2023 season. At the meeting, members revealed some of their special gardening tools – Fiskars serrated pruner, which was described as the best dead-header; a hand sickle to cut down spent day lilies; and a spear-headed spade.
Plant sale co-chairs, Muffy German and Barbara Hagan-Smith, organized the Garden Club of Woodbridge October 1, 2nd fall plant sale. Members donated perennials from their gardens, and Bell Nursery, Bethany Farms, Connecticut Food and Produce Market, Smithland (Agway), Waterfield Farms and Woodbury Farm Market made contributions. Thank you to all for making this a successful fundraiser.
On October 11 members of the Garden Club of Woodbridge were guests of the Garden Club of Orange. Guest speaker, Lisa Oberholzer-Gee, demonstrated creative autumn floral designs. Lisa has a floral certificate of design from Longwood Garden, PA and a floral business. Her first design included a Styrofoam ball, with dried lemon leaves dyed maroon pinned to the outside of the ball. Miniature orange roses and explosion grasses inside the ball were anchored by Agra wool. The design was put on a round base.
The Garden Club of Woodbridge Civic Beautification chairperson, Nancy La Bianca, and her gardeners wrapped up the 2022 season. Meeting for 1 hour every Thursday morning from April through the first frost, members spruced up, cleaned up and planted at the town library, the Adella Baldwin Stewart Garden at the corner of Center Street and Meetinghouse Lane, and the Darling House.
The November 1 meeting of the Garden Club of Woodbridge, with co-sponsor the Woodbridge Land Trust, had guest speaker Mary Hogue communicate on “The Pollinator Pathway.” Mary is a member of the Pollinator Pathway Steering Committee and spoke about Woodbridge connecting to Canada and 9 U. S. states’ Pollinator Pathway. Integral to the Pollinator Pathway plan: rethinking your lawn, reducing synthetic fertilizers and pesticides, planting native plants, and providing fresh water.
Garden Club of Woodbridge members Mary Ann Tyma, Mary Leigh Sabshin, Maria Kayne, Cindy Marien and Debbie Schlegel participated in designing the Philippines room feast for the Osborne Homestead Museum holiday tour “Holiday Feasts around the World”-November 25 to December 17. Nine area Garden Clubs participated in enhancing the Museum for this event.
On December 6 the Garden Club of Woodbridge had a “warm winter vibes” holiday party hosted by a member in her home. Lunch was followed by a viewing of floral arrangements “depicting warmth” made by designated garden club members. Horticulture participants were challenged to share “aboreal winter interest” specimens containing specific measurements.