Programs & Activities
 

Programs & Activities

Monthly Meetings
Monthly meetings are held from September through May (excluding November and December) at the Redding Community Center. Meetings begin at 11:30 am with a light lunch, followed by a a garden-related speaker and program. Guests are always welcome! Please contact our membership chair if you'd like to come. The guest fee is $5 per person.

In November we host our famous Fall Luncheon and Boutique, conduct a Greens Workshop in December (members only) and conclude with an end-of-year luncheon in June.

Spring Plant Sale
A Redding tradition, the RGC's Spring Plant Sale is the club's major fundraising project. Held the Saturday before Mother's Day on the grounds of the Historical Society at Lonetown Farm, shoppers can find a wide array of annuals, perennials, vegetables and herbs at excellent prices. One of the biggest attractions is the selection of plants donated from our members' gardens, many of which are deer resistant. We also have a popular garden-themed tag sale, raffle prizes, a potting station, and hanging baskets and other garden gifts just in time for Mother's Day!

In 2016, the Redding Garden Club became bigger and better. It's now a Community Event, showcasing Redding's fabulous non-profit groups. Meet members of the Norwalk River Valley Trail Association, Redding Land Trust, RES PTA (look for their Mother's Day card making station), New Pond Farm (ask about their bees and honey), Neighbors and Newcomers, and more! And don't forget to bring your garden questions—Master Gardeners are always on hand.View Our Plant Sale Slide Show

Civic Beautification
The Civic Beautification Committee is one of our most active committees. Members contribute many hours of service maintaining nineteen public garden sites and containers at civic building entrances. Because our CB teams are a mixture of new and more experienced gardeners, this is an excellent way for beginners to learn as they grow. Click here to download a map of our CB sites. View Our Civic Beautification Slide Show

Garden Therapy
Another important service committee, Garden Therapy members meet several times a year to create spirit-lifting tussie mussies (miniature flower arrangements) for area hospice patients. Middle school students, Girl Scouts and seniors have joined us to create these lovely miniatures. View Our Garden Therapy Slide Show

Field Trips & Workshops
One of our most popular activities, the RGC sponsors field trips and workshops throughout the year. Past trips have included The Orchid Show at the New York Botanical Garden, The Culinary Institute of America, and Wildlife in Crisis. At the Club's December "Greens Workshop" members and guests create seasonal arrangements to take home and display.
View Our Field Trips Slide Show, and Workshop Slide Show

Audubon
Local bird identification, bird photography and the proper ways of feeding are just a few of the recent programs sponsored by our Audubon Committee. Audubon is also active in sponsoring field trips, including bird watching at Huntington State Park and the Eagle Watch in Southbury.

Flower Arranging & Horticulture
Throughout the year, members of all skill levels are given the opportunity to learn the basics of flower arranging. Club member designed the flowers for the 100th Annual Meeting of the Mark Twain Library and won a second place ribbon at the The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut Standard Flower Show in Hartford.
View Our Flower Arranging/Horticulture Slide Show

November Luncheon & Boutique
Start the holidays in style! At our November Luncheon and Boutique you can shop, win raffle prizes, enjoy lunch, and learn flower arranging tips from a prominent guest speaker. Open to the public. Get your reservations in early — this event sells out. View Our November Luncheon Slide Show

Community Programs
Recognizing the importance of giving back to our community, the RGC awards $1000 in scholarships each year. We partner with local community groups (read about our Spring Plant Sale), participate in Earth Day, and offer public workshops for gardeners of all ages. We're also proud to partner with the First Selectman's office with our award-winning program,"Saving Natural Redding," which educates the community on the dangers of invasive plants while providing native planting alternatives.

State & National Programs
Increasingly active at the state level, RGC works hard to encourage state and local legislators to protect our environment and health by managing deer overpopulation. We supported The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut program "It's Easy Being Green" with our own programs, including alternative energy education and re-planting wildflowers in disturbed habitat.
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