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Volume 76, Number 9   *  NOVEMBER 2013  

In This Issue
President's Message
NER News
Bee Kind to Pollinators
Plant Native Trees
Create Backyard Habitats
About our Website
Eye on Horticulture
Share Your Garden
Environmental Studies School
NGC Awards Applications
Awards Meeting
Scholarship News
GSS News
Yearbook Contest
Tour of Provence
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October was a big month for the Federation, with a triumphant NER Meeting and Symposium where our own President Jacqueline Connell became the state's first 5-star member! Congratulations to Jacqueline and to all who made this event such a success. Meanwhile, other members enjoyed a tour of gardens in Provence.  We share both events here. And keeping up the momentum, we prepare for Environmental Studies School and our Annual Awards Luncheon at AquaTurf in November.

Still, we aren't neglecting our important projects, with articles on Bees, Native Trees and Backyard Habitats, plus good tips for your November garden and a helpful guide to aspects of our website.

To see the packed calendars of member clubs, click here.


Lynn Hyson, Editor
President's Message

NER - A Golden Success
CT Brings Home the Silver

Greetings Fellow Gardeners:

The New England Regional Meeting and the Symposium at Water's Edge in Westbrook were spectacular!  Meeting Chair Margareta Kotch and Symposium Chair Trish Manfredi and their committees created an unforgettable experience for all participants.  Our own former state president, Maria Nahom, as the NER Director, conducted a well-run business meeting; and we had the pleasure of having National President Linda Nelson attend this very instructive and inspirational event.

Our New England clubs received many national awards-it was so gratifying to hear about the region's outstanding achievements. CT was also the recipient of many of the top New England Awards.  All of these will be presented to individuals and clubs along with our own State Awards at the CT Awards Meeting on November 20 at AquaTurf.  Please come and celebrate our state, regional and national award winners.  

At the Awards Meeting at AquaTurf we will be honoring four CT former State Presidents as they work their design magic in The Battle of the Presidents Flower Arrangement Challenge.  It will be a wonderful opportunity to see four top arrangers in action.  And this would be the perfect time to introduce floral design to new members in your club.  Dean of CT Arrangers, Terry Stoleson, will also chat with us about what makes a successful arrangement.  Come and root for these talented arrangers and cast your vote for the People's Choice Award winner.

The Schedule for the February State Flower Show, "Backyard Paradise," is on our website.  The class consultants in Design and Photography await your call to sign up for your spot in the show. Plan what horticulture you would like to enter.  This is our state's biggest annual event and we need everyone's help to make it a success. All CT club members are encouraged to enter and/or volunteer to work on the various committees.

In late September, Gardening Study School was held to a capacity crowd.  Students were treated to top-notch instructors thanks to the efforts of Gardening Study School Chairs Roberta Egnaczyk and Cheryl Basztura.  An equally impressive Environmental Studies School,
"The Living Earth-Air and Related Issues," has been planned for November 6-8 at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby, CT.  Chair Polly Brooks has lined up a remarkable faculty to teach such subjects as Ecology-Air, Tropical Storms, Hurricanes & Superstorms--and Endangered Plants & Wildlife.  Take a break from your normal routine and join us for this vital and important learning opportunity.

* Jacqueline Connell

REPORTS: The 79th New England Region Meeting
and Symposium

from NER Director, Maria Nahom

For those of you unable to attend the 79th New England Region Annual Meeting, a memorable event was missed.  Remember that each of you receiving this publication is a member of the New England Region.  We enjoyed lovely Autumn weather at beautiful Water's Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook. 

A reception for our National Garden Club President, Linda Nelson, who flew here from Oregon, and New England Region Director, Maria Nahom,  preceded dinner and entertainment.  A designer from each of our New England states was given a poem about nature to interpret.   Polly Brody, noted Biologist and Poet, read her published poems which had inspired the designers. (For photos of each state's design, The business meeting was held the next day.  At that time our six state presidents gave excellent reports on their worthy projects.  Linda Nelson, NGC President, spoke about her national project, Making A World of Difference - Choices Matter. Our Awards Luncheon followed.  You will hear more about the awards won by Connecticut at our Awards Luncheon to be held November 20th at AquaTurf.  

 National Projects by President Linda Nelson  - prepared by Helen Pritchard.

Congratulations to Meeting Chairman, Margareta Kotch, and her committee for a job well done.  Special thanks also to Anne Harrigan,  Vice Chairman and Registrar.  Anne was also responsible for the vendors, who had so many interesting and beautiful things to sell.  Dee Mozzochi and her Westbrook Garden Club provided creative table designs for both days.  Kudos to Trish Manfredi for chairing a fabulous 46th NER Symposium that followed the NER Meeting. Click here for more pictures.
Connecticut State Projects poster prepared by Jacqueline Connell displaying the bees, backyard habitat and native plants projects.

NER Director Maria Nahom, FGCCT State President Jacqueline Connell; National Garden Clubs President Linda Nelson posing with one of the NER awards won by Connecticut.

One of the stunning design arrangements from the Symposium.

A view of the Horticulture display.

From Meeting Chair, Margareta Kotch

The 79th New England Region Annual Meeting held at the Water's Edge Resort & Spa in Westbrook,CT, on October 14th and 15th was a successful event in every way. The weather cooperated fully and showed off a Connecticut shore town at its very best. Ninety-eight registered garden club members and several guests enjoyed the excellent programs, the food and the ambiance of the resort and its gardens.

The centerpieces created by Dee Mozzochi and some of her Westbrook G.C. members enhanced the dining room environment.

In most of the packages handed out was a book mark made of pressed flowers created by Cynthia Hupper. A little "thank-you" for attending.

The "out-of-staters" enjoyed themselves very much, and lots of visiting and sharing was going on.

The NER Annual Committee was so pleased to have 52 members from our own state attending. We thank you all for your support.


J. Connell is Connecticut's First NGC 5-Star Member

FGCCT State President Jacqueline Connell was presented with a 5-Star certificate and pin at the recent New England Region Annual Meeting in Westbrook.  A member of the Garden Club of Madison, she is the first in CT to accomplish the 5-Star designation. 
Through the 4/5 Star Program, National Garden Clubs, Inc. honors those who have attended and passed all exams in its study schools.  4-Star recipients have finished all four schools-gardening, environmental, landscape design and become a flower show judge.  5-star recipients have received their 4-Star and then gone on to become masters in all four disciplines. 
Jacqueline finished all the requirements for 5-Star when she became a master flower show judge last April.  She has long championed the study schools ever since she attended her first one- landscape design-in New Haven in the 1990s.   Before becoming state president she served two terms as an NGC Board Member on the National Schools Committee. She is the New England Regional 4/5 Star Chairman.


Let's Hear it for the Boys!
Bees are in business to make more bees. To do this, a male finds and mates with as many females as possible. A male's sole purpose is to find a mate. We are talking predominantly about solitary bees.  Solitary bee males emerge prior to the females, giving the males a chance to scout the area, locating food and nest sites. Most matings are seconds in duration, but the record is 43 minutes!  A male may live several weeks, depending on the species.  Mate-seeking behaviors fall into three categories: general search, circuits, and territories.

General searches are carried out at foraging or nesting sites.  For this, a sense of the local geography is needed. At a nesting site, there can be a wrestling match, with the male attempting to get the female out of the nest for mating to take place.  Some dig into the nest to get at the female before she has fully emerged.  Talk about robbing the cradle. 

Another approach is the use of trails, or circuits.  The male will "patrol" a "beat," marking at specific spots with a secretion gland, creating a pheromone trap that stops the female.

If this path is linear it is considered a trail.  Food and nest sites are not included along this trail. Flowers are for feeding, circuits are for mating.  If flying a circuit, the males all fly in the same direction. These circuits can be as much as 1.5 miles long. A male going against the pattern is encountering all males, and quickly reverses direction.  Different species of bumble bees can be accommodated with overlapping circuits by several means: scent marking, flying at different heights above the ground, and by flying at different times of day. The dominant clue is scent recognition. 

Territorial strategies usually mean an area defended against other males.  This could be several square yards. Intruding males or other insects will be vigorously repelled.  Usually a face-to-face stare down is enough, but sometimes the two males actually skirmish and may wind up on the ground. The area could include resources, such as nests and/or flowers.  If the area is without resources, the males sit at some vantage spot, waiting for females to come along.  Sort of like a singles bar. 

While females return to nest sites at night, the males call a truce and sleep in aggregations, usually on a flower.  Sometimes males of more than one species can be found in an aggregate.  They hold on to the flower by their jaws to keep from slipping off during the night. Gives a special meaning to the saying, "sleep tight."  

For a male bee, it isn't always just reproduction - some North American bumblebee species work with the queen and workers to provide care for the young. 

* Lois Nichols
State Projects Chair

Meet Lois Nichols

Lois Nichols loves bugs. She majored in zoology with a minor in entomology and worked for a time at the CT Agricultural Experiment Station before pursuing a career in molecular biology.

"I've gardened all my life," says Nichols, but it wasn't till she stopped work around 1999 that she attended a small standard flower show put on by the Madison Garden Club at the town hall. There she met several members and joined the club.

Nichols enrolled in Flower Show School in the spring of 2001 and took the last course first. "It was really difficult, but I passed," she recalls. From then on she attended two courses a year until she took the final exam and became an accredited judge in 2004.

"I gradually became more involved with the state Federation through the Judges Council. I've always been more of a designer than a horticulturist," she says, though she is still an active gardener, growing perennials, shrubs and vegetables. "I've got a bountiful tomato crop this year that I'm still harvesting."

Nichols creates necklaces and earrings in the form of insects using dried plant materials, which she displays in the Artistic Crafts division of the Connecticut State Flower Show. "It's very competitive, " she says, "I'm most proud of the dragonfly which was included in the Vision of Beauty calendar several years ago."

When President Jacqueline Connell approached her about taking on the State Project, "Bee Kind to Pollinators," Nichols said an enthusiastic yes. "I've really enjoyed delving into the subject of pollinators. I've come home!" [See Nichols's article in this issue.]

* Lynn Hyson
News Editor


The Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus)

This wonderful giant of a tree--as I saw it as a young child--became my secret place. I was fortunate enough to have white pines growing in various places on our property. My tree was in the back of our property,  and it gave me the perfect private place in my own world of imagination. This was my castle.

I planted a white pine many years ago at the house where I now live.  It was a favorite of my son and his friends as they used it to watch for pirates, from the top of the tree.
The Eastern White Pine (Pinus strobus) is fast growing, at about a foot a year.  It reaches to 150 feet at full maturity. You will see this majestic tree in zones 4 to 7. This pine also has large pine cones which it sheds in the fall and winter, just in time for the holiday season. It does not mind being pruned if you should want to control its size or use its branches for various decorating projects.

The white pine seems also to be a great friend of the birds during a winter storm or very cold weather, as well as the hot summers. The needles protect and shelter many varieties of birds all year. The Cardinals and Blue Jays seem to enjoy this tree as well as many others during migration to or from the south.

Some of the needles are shed in the fall and early winter. These needles have been used to stuff pillows to capture the scent in the home.  The needles are also great under the tree or in the compost pile.  As I only have one tree, the needles stay under the tree. Another wonderful joy of the white pine: in a wind storm or just a windy day, it sings.

The Pinus strobus, as well as being one of our natives, is easy to grow. It seems to grow just about anywhere within its zone. It does like full sun for the best result. It is so easy, just plant it, give it lots of sun and enjoy.  

* Kathrine Neville



Water Is An Essential

Wild animals and birds have simple needs: food, shelter and water.    So often food and shelter are provided, but many times water is forgotten.  I always thought that animals and birds would be able to find water without my help, but since I've embarked on my "backyard habitat excursion," I realize that is not the case.  In most urban and suburban areas, few such natural water sources exist.  Active winter creatures need water as much in winter as they do in summer because of the stress of coping with the weather and a scarce food and water supply.

Years ago John and I installed a waterfall and a very small pond.  However, in the winter we shut the waterfall down.  Therefore, I decided to add a birdbath to the backyard.  Since the birdbath was installed, I've watched chipmunks, squirrels, butterflies and, of course, birds enjoy the water.  They drink and splash and thoroughly enjoy themselves.  A birdbath is very easy to keep clean and filled, and in the winter we have a small heater that keeps the water from freezing.

Winter birdbaths get dirty faster than summer ones because winter users are apt to outnumber summer users.  Summer bathers usually come one by one; in winter, whole flocks descend on the water supply.  One flock of robins can leave a dirty birdbath behind.  Also, the most frequent winter visitors are fruit-eating birds who have messy droppings.  Therefore it is very important to keep your birdbath clean.

Ideally, birdbaths should be cleaned at least every two weeks.

(1) Empty the bird bath and pour a cup of white vinegar into it.  Add a quart of water to the vinegar and let the mixture sit for approximately 30 minutes.  Empty the birdbath, rinse it thoroughly with a garden hose and scrub.  Then refill it.

(2) After the birdbath is clean and refilled, pour in a natural enzyme cleaner.  The enzyme will keep the water cleaner longer and free of bacterial buildup.  The water can then be dumped after about two weeks and the bath refilled with fresh water.  The enzyme can then be added again, until the next change is needed.

I know it can be a problem to keep the birdbath clean, but as you know, the results are worth it. I know you can do it.

Next month I hope to bring you some ideas on "birdbathing."  In the meantime, please certify your backyard.  Go to for an application.  Even though our contest will run for two years, I would like to hear from you and your experiences in Your Backyard Habitat.  We can share ideas - that's what it's all about.

* Anne Harrigan


Everything you always wanted to know about our website but were afraid to ask...

Part IV of this series will deal with the LogIn page of our FGCCT website, This page is the only one that is password protected, so you will need to enter both the user name and the password.  You may obtain this information directly from your club president or get in touch with our Office Secretary, Barbara Romblad, by calling her at 203-488-5528, and she will be glad to oblige.

On your personal computer, we recommend that after you sign in, you choose to have your computer remember your user name and password, so that you will not have to repeat this step every time you come to this page.
Once you have been able to open this page, you will find much valuable information posted, to wit:
1.  Every issue of the Connecticut Federation News is posted - both in black and white TEXT ONLY format as well as in the digital CC color version.
2.  Come January, when clubs are asked to complete the Annual Reports and return them to The Federation Office so they can be mailed out to the six Awards Committee Chairs, you will learn that you can type directly onto the respective annual report forms in an interactive way, print them out and send them off.
3.  There is important information for club presidents and club treasurers to help you file the required IRS tax documents  each year.
4.  The entire FGCCT Board of Directors List is also posted.
5. The schedule for the 2013 Connecticut Flower Show is posted.
Next month we shall highlight the Flower Show page.

* Inge Venus,
Website Chair


EYE ON HORTICULTURE: The November Garden

Finish planting right away and mulch these new residents of your garden. Mulching is especially important for plants that were planted in fall and may not be fully established before the ground freezes.

Putting the Garden to Bed

When I was a Girl Scout at summer camp, we learned the following jingle:
When it's brown, flush it down.
When it's yellow, let it mellow.

I made a few changes to illustrate when the leaves of perennials can be cut down:
When it's brown, cut it down.
When it's yellow, let it mellow.
When it's green, let it be seen.

However, how much you do in the "putting the garden to bed" category is up to you. You can cut and clean until your garden is pristine. But often I have run out of steam by November, so I just do the basics.

I do like to leave the ornamental grasses up during the winter, as they may provide seeds for the birds and make a beautiful winter picture swaying in the wind with snow all around them.

If you, too, have run out of steam, here are the basics:

* Continue to weed. Do not allow weeds to seed themselves.
* Cut off all diseased foliage (peony, iris, phlox, roses) and put it in the trash.
* Best not to cut down a group of perennials called "sub shrubs" - these are perennials with woody stems that do not die down to the ground in winter. The reason we do not cut them back in winter is because the stems may die back during a very cold winter and we do not want the dieback to kill the roots.
* Remove dead leaves from the ground and put them in the trash. The leaves can shelter overwintering insects and diseases.

Wait until spring to cut back these plants:

Butterfly Bush (Buddleia)
Blue Mist Shrub (Caryopteris)
Artemesia 'Powis Castle'
Russian Sage (Perovskia)
Montauk Daisy
Rock Rose (Helianthemum)
Semi-evergreen perennials (Helleborus, Bergenia and Liriope)
Red Hot Poker (Kniphofia)
Candytuft (Iberis sempervirens)
Basket-of-gold (Aurinia saxatilis)

In December we'll discuss applying anti-dessicant spray to evergreen plants. It is often too warm in November to apply anti-dessicants such as Wilt-Pruf.

Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle

(photo and text from the Insect Diagnostic Laboratory, Cornell University)

Many species of lady beetles help control agricultural and other pests in the United States. One species, the Multicolored Asian Lady Beetle (Harmonia axyridis), can become a pest by invading houses and buildings in large numbers in the fall.

The beetles seem to prefer light-colored (particularly white) houses located in open fields. This behavior relates to their natural tendency to fly to rock outcroppings in Asia while searching for overwintering sites.

Despite its annoyance value, H. axyridis preys upon many species of injurious soft-bodied insects such as aphids, scales, and psyllids and is thus considered beneficial to growers and agriculturalists.

If you find them inside your house, you can remove and dispose of them using a broom and dustpan, or vacuum cleaner, and release them outdoors. When using a broom and dustpan, gently collect the beetles to avoid alarming them. If alarmed, they may discharge a yellow fluid that can stain walls, paint, and fabrics.

* Pam Weil
Horticulture Chair


  Share Your Garden!

For a new feature of CFNews, we are asking members to submit a favorite photograph of their gardens to share with our readers. A special spot, an unusual design, any image from your garden that you think is distinctive is welcome. We will publish them in the color Constant Contact version of the newsletter as space permits. Simply email a .jpg file to Lynn  Hyson by the 10th of the month at [email protected]. Thank you!

My front garden is drenched in sun--a perfect place for conifers, grasses, roses and lots of other sun-loving plants.  Since I live on a village street with lots of passers-by, it elicits many questions and pleasant conversations. From Rose Riley, Crabtree Cottage, Wethersfield Garden Club.

I have been gardening since 1984 and could not imagine living in a home that is not surrounded by beautiful flowers and attractive foliage. My garden offers four seasons of interest and I like to combine native plants and ornamental "imports" in my large country garden. It is an organic garden which is safe for the numerous birds, butterflies, bees, dragonflies, and small animals that call my garden home. This photo shows the ornamental grasses the morning after a frost. From Cheryl Pedemonti, Tolland Garden Paths Garden Club in Tolland, CT.
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Work your way toward being an Environmental Consultant. Environmental Studies School, Course III, Series 2, will be held from Wednesday, November 6 through Friday, November 8, 2013 at the Kellogg Environmental Center in Derby, CT. Go to the website for the the Registration form.


National Garden Clubs Awards Applications Due

If any club currently has a project whose completion date went beyond the FGCCT deadline of May 31, 2013, but will be completed by November of this year, they may complete the NGC Awards Application and submit it directly to Awards Chair, Janet Spaulding, before the December 15th deadline. 

For an application form, go to our website at or go directly to the NGC website at and click on "Awards."
* Janet Spaulding
Awards Chair




FGCCT 2013 Awards Meeting 
November 20, 2013 at AquaTurf

"Battle of the Presidents Design Challenge"

This year's Awards meeting will showcase our four former presidents, Dee Mozzochi, Maria Nahom, Donna Nowak, and Ronnie Schoelzel.  These top designers will create seasonal arrangements from containers and plant material supplied to them. And you may participate by voting for the
People's Choice Award.  Click here for the Registration form.


FGCCT Scholarship

Christopher Lorentson earned one of FGCCT's 2013 scholarships. He is a senior at Eastern Connecticut State University, where he studies Environmental Earth Science with a concentration in Sustainable Energy Science and a minor in Economics. As a member of the University Honors Program, he is working on his Senior Honors Thesis examining physical and thermal properties of glacial sediments in Connecticut.

Lorentson has also been working as a student intern at his school's Institute for Sustainable Energy since 2010. His goal is to attend graduate school for energy technology and policy.

Next month we will profile another FGCCT scholarship winner.

* Judy Joly
Scholarship Chair

The Gardening Study School, Course IV, was co-chaired this year by Cheryl Basztura and Roberta Egnaczyk.  In addition to co-chairing the school, Cheryl and Roberta also completed their fourth course and have become full members of the Gardening Consultants Council!  Thank you to both for all the hard work in arranging this year's program while still being students. 

Also obtaining full membership were Karen Hayes, Theresa Waltz, Mary Williamson and John Williamson.  Two students have become provisional members of the Gardening Consultants Council after the completion of two courses:  Christine Griffin and Anne Edwards. Congratulations to everyone!

The Gardening Consultants Council presented the Penny Jarvis Scholarship to Mary Williamson.  Mary's name was drawn by last year's winner, her husband, John!  John wrote a wonderful article about attending the Gardening Study School, and what it meant to him, for the Connecticut Federation News  September issue.  It is great to see our former and present scholarship winners (Cheryl, Mary and John) complete the course.

* Mary Sullivan, Chair
Gardening Consultants Council


If your club is interested in participating in the FGCCT Yearbook Contest, please submit three copies of your 2013-2014 Club Yearbook to our Yearbook Manager:
 David Pritchard,
16 Ashlar Village,
Wallingford, CT 06492,
as soon as they become available.

Clubs with a 2014 Yearbook may submit three copies at the beginning of the year but no later than April 1, 2014.

Award winners will be announced next year at the October 29, 2014 Awards Luncheon.
Flower Show Schedule for 2014

The CT Flower Show Schedules for 2014 are out! Copies will be available at our Awards Luncheon at Aqua Turf on November 20th. The Schedule is also posted on our website,
FGCCT Garden Tour of Provence

For all of us who know To Catch a Thief with Cary Grant and Grace Kelly, the dream of going to the French Riviera became as real as it could be when we saw places like the harbor at Monaco, or the Flower Market in Nice. 

We traveled in a group of 22 congenial folks, not all of whom belong to garden clubs in CT, but who all shared a love of beauty and gardening.  Our French tour guide, Stephanie, was charming , spoke English beautifully and  spoke so lovingly of the history of Provence, the flowers and gardens, the wine and the food that you could not help but fall in love with this part of the world.

On average we saw about two to three gardens a day, many of which were terraced and required some climbing.  We were taken to ancient cities on mountaintops, fabulous gardens in the countryside and in Avignon, the former residence of the Popes for centuries, the Palais du Pape. The food was fantastic, the weather was perfection and the gardens were beautiful.  

I must say that my favorite was the Villa Ephrussi De Rothschild along the coastal road in Cap Ferrat.  Beautiful beyond anything I have ever seen before.  (There is an app for it on iphones and ipads for free.) We met a husband and wife team in Grasse who tended the Villa Fort France, a charming terraced garden.  We saw a tree called the wedding tree, so named because it is a graft of two separate species.

We visited a beautiful villa in the mountains where Coco Chanel came after she lost a dear loved one.  The perfume Chanel No. 5 was created from plants that grow in those hills.  We also visited the museum of Fragonard which methodically catalogued the history of scent.  A fascinating place.  

The Milford Garden Club will be presenting a program that covers our seven day trip in depth. Please look for it in the Federation NewsClick here for more pictures of this wonderful trip.

* Kathy Kobishyn
Tours Chair

Street Garden Recognition Program in Old Saybrook

Jean Hester, a member of the Old Saybrook Garden Club, launched the "Street Garden Recognition Program" in 2010. Since that time, the program has grown from 15 participants to 51 businesses this year.

A "street garden" can consist of a variety of designs: hanging baskets of flowers, arrangements around the many trees that grow along the sidewalks, window boxes, or a perennial landscape along the sides of buildings. A poster displaying photographs of each participating business is presently on display at the Acton Library in Old Saybrook.

A special award for ongoing excellence was awarded to Esty's, LLC, located at 292 Main Street, for outstanding achievement for the past four years in a row. Susan Esty, along with her brother Richard Esty, planted a beautiful perennial garden in constant bloom alongside her building and the driveway that separates it from the Katharine Hepburn Cultural Arts Center.  It is a perfect spot for all to see who come to visit the Arts center.

The highest scores were awarded to the following:  Liberty Bank; Sweet Luna; Lighthouse Home Care; Old Saybrook Family Dental Care, LLC; and Seaside Wine and Spirits.

*Sylvia Engelman
Publicity Chair, Old Saybrook GC
Canton Is Ready for Spring

On these beautiful autumn days, the Cherry Brook Garden Club is busy thinking about spring! The club has been planting 1,000 daffodil bulbs along the rails to trails path in Collinsville. In the fall of 2011, the Cherry Brook Garden club planted 800 daffodil bulbs around the Canton Library and in front of the Canton Police Station. In the fall of 2012, the garden club planted 500 daffodil bulbs of three different types and 150 other small bulbs such as grape hyacinth along the rails to trails path. As the days grow colder, consider in anticipation the beautiful daffodils the Cherry Brook Garden Club has planted around town.

* Linda Lareau
Cherry Brook GC








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