MEETINGS, ACTIVITIES & PROGRAMS
Most of our monthly meetings (September through June) are open to the public unless otherwise noted. We usually begin at 11:30 with tea sandwiches, beverages and dessert, followed by a short business meeting and the scheduled program. Please note that events will not be held if the Farmington Public Schools are closed due to inclement weather.
September 11, 2017
999 Farmington Ave.
"Bringing Farm to Table Home"
Kenny Dahill, Marwin Farms
Isabelle & Rodger Phillips, Sub-Edge Farm
Bobbie Emery & Ann Foss, Clatter Ridge Farm
Don’t miss this presentation by three local growers/producers of farm-to-table products: Sub Edge Farm and Clatter Ridge Farm in Farmington, and MarWin Farms in New Hartford. Kenny Dahill will demonstrate three ways to prepare the nutritious and delicious duck breast—his specialty. Lunch will include products from all three farms as well as a presentation of what “farm-to-table” really means.
October 1, 2017
5 - 9 PM
Guest Night: "Sunday Night at the Pub"
Join us at our annual festive dinner of food, friends and fun. Invite a guest (spouse, friend, etc.) and RSVP promptly. Enjoy this classic Sunday Roast menu featuring succulent roast beef and classic Sticky Toffee Pudding! We look forward to seeing you at this special event.
Look for your personal invitation via Paperless Post arriving in mid-August.
November 13, 2017
speaker: Evelyn Lee
Farmington Main Library
Founders Fund - "Floral Runners & Tablescaping"
Evelyn Lee, owner and manager of Butternut Gardens in Southport, will present Floral Runners and Tablescaping. Her tablescapes move beyond the traditional centerpiece creating a tablescape that integrates flowers, greens, linens, accent pieces and more. Evelyn studied floral design in Connecticut and at FlowerSchool New York in Manhattan. She also studied horticulture at New York Botanical Gardens and studied for her Master’s degree from Yale’s School of Forestry and Environmental Studies.
Download her booklet "Grow Your Own Bouquets" by going to the Publications page of FGC website.
December 4, 2017
10 - noon
Come join us for a workshop geared toward a holiday floral craft. Keep your eyes on The Bee Skep and Facebook for sign up and more details. You will return home with confidence to create more of your own craft to decorate your home for the holidays.
November 27, 2017
Holiday Baskets for Elderly
Join the Civic and Community Service Committee to create the annual holiday greens baskets for our elderly citizens. The baskets are distributed by the Wheels on Meals Program. We will also decorate and distribute holiday wreaths to the many non-profits in town.
December 11, 2017
Holiday Auction & Farmington Food Pantry Drive
The Holiday Auction is our major fundraiser and an event we all enjoy. We will auction off creative and beautiful items donated by our members. It is a time to get together with our Garden Club friends before the holidays and enjoy food and drinks prepared by the hospitality team. Members are encouraged to bring guests. Along with the Civic & Community Service Committee we also sponsor a yearly food drive to support the Farmington Food Pantry.
January 8, 2018
Enjoy learning more about your fellow club members as well as gardening! Members of our own gardening community all have creative and unique ways of creating beautiful gardens. Sharing those ideas will be fun! More details will be in The Bee Skep.
March 12, 2018
6:30 pm Social
7:00 pm Program
speaker: Kathryn Aalto
Farmington Main Library
Farmington Garden Club and Farmington Library Presents:
The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh
A Walk through the Forest that Inspired the Hundred Acre Wood
Kathryn Aalto is a landscape designer, historian, lecturer and author. The Natural World of Winnie-the-Pooh is a New York Times Best Seller and highlights Kathryn’s interest in the geography of childhood and literary landscapes. The book is a literary and natural history of one of the most beloved settings in literature, a real landscape with rare flora and fauna in southern England. But it’s about much more than that: the power of gardens and the natural world of children, the changing nature of childhood, the gardens in the life of AA Milne and Christopher Robin Milne, and much more. Copies will be available for sale and signing.
April 19, 2018
speaker: Kathie Sission
Hostas: The Diamond of the Garden
Hostas are one of the top selling perennials in the US today. This 45-60 minute PowerPoint presentation will explore many of characteristics (or 'facets') that make the Hosta such a fantastic addition to any garden. Subtopics include landscape uses and photographs with many companion plants. Come join Kathie Sisson, hosta hybridizer, master judge, garden photographer and self-admitted hosta fanatic for a discussion dedicated to the "Friendship Plant".
May 14, 2018
speaker: Sarah Bailey
The Good, the Bad and the Natural - IPM for the Homeowner
Many gardeners want to find ways reduce or eliminate chemical pesticides. Large-scale growers use a process called Integrated Pest Management (IPM) to manage plant health in a more environmentally friendly and economical manner. Recreational gardeners can easily adapt this practice to their own gardens; learn to see cues in the landscape as well as how to prevent problems instead of reacting to them.
June 11, 2018