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The Durham Garden Club

Federated in 1944
P.O. Box 105 Durham, Connecticut 06422

Come Celebrate the Garden Club's 80th Anniversary

The Durham Garden Club 
2014-2015 Officers

President:  Rose Dunlap
(860) 349-8545
Rdunlap98@comcast.net
                                
Vice President:  Flo Flynn
(860) 349-0504
Flynn.flo@gmail.com

Secretary:  Ona McLaughlin                                                  
(860) 349-8415
jacobus13@comcast.net

Treasurer:  Renee Kelley
(860) 349-3267
reneehoward2323@yahoo.com
 
Mission Statement:
To promote interest and activity in all forms of gardening, to encourage education that will lead to keener appreciation of the advantages of garden development, and when possible, to use this knowledge for the betterment of our homes and our community.

The Durham Garden Club History
By Florence C. Flynn, Historian, Revised 2009

    On March 23, 1933, twelve ladies interested in gardening gathered at the Durham Library with Mrs. Stanley Pardee of the Meriden Garden Club to organize a similar club in Durham. They were Mary Asman, Gertrude Atwell, Blanche Coe, Josephine H. Francis, Daisy Hall, Annie Page, Gertrude Page, Hattie Page, May Roberts, Mary Stone, Alice Strong, and Carrie Wilcox.
     An organizational meeting took place on April 14th electing Blanche Coe as president; Gertrude Atwell, treasurer; and Daisy Hall as secretary. The objectives of the club were stated as: “To promote interest and activity in all forms of gardening, to encourage education that will lead to keener appreciation of the advantages of garden development, and when possible to use this knowledge for the betterment of our homes and our community.”
    The first club project focused on the removal and elimination of the Mill Bridge dump. Since that time, the club’s main focus has been Civic Beautification.
    The Durham Garden Club has maintained a high level of activity and visibility throughout the years. Some of the most recent award winning projects includes The Triangle landscaping at the junction of Routes 79 & 17, Project 2000, The Greening of Main Street, The Hillside Project, Blue Star Marker and Gardens at the Town Hall, and their efforts to eliminate visual pollution by participating in Adopt-A-Road and eliminating unsightly billboards. 
    It provides all the floral decorations displayed at Strong School Step-Up Day, District 13 Graduation and Memorial Day parade. The Artistic Design Committee participates in various floral competitions throughout the year including Festival of Trees and Fine Art and Flowers at the Wadsworth Athenaeum in Hartford.
     The Durham Garden Club raises revenue for all its projects from various events including Standard Flower Shows, Silver Teas, plant sales, as well as annual wreath sales. It gives it back to the community by providing quality programs involving lectures, school programs, and workshops about floral design, landscaping, horticulture, birding, and conservation. It donates books and media to the Durham Library and has been involved with their landscaping as well. A generous scholarship is also given to a local graduating high school senior who can further the aims and interest of The Durham Garden Club and The Federated Garden Clubs of CT. 
    The Durham Garden Club promotes and encourages “green gardening” whenever possible by reusing, recycling, and using earth friendly products.
    The Durham Garden Club is a member of National Garden Clubs, Inc., The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., and The New England Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc. It meets on the second Thursday of every month except for July and August.
Sources: 974.6 DUR. Century of Change 1866-1980; The Durham Historical Society, Durham, CT., Edited by Barbara Ryan

List of Events

2014-15 The Durham Garden Club Program
Theme: Bee Kind to Pollinators. Plant Natives. Create Backyard Habitats
For more information on programs or speakers, contact Flo Flynn email: flynn.flo@gmail.com, 860.349.0504
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September 11, 2014 Time: 10:00 am
Location:Durham Library, 7 Maple Ave, Durham, CT
Speaker: No speaker
Title of Program: Business Meeting.
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October 9, 2014 Time: 10:00 am
Location: Durham Library, 7 Maple Ave, Durham, CT
Speaker: Matt Opel
Title of Program: “Cacti & Succulents for the Home Gardener” A live demonstration.
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November 13, 2014 Time: 10:00 am
Location: Durham Library, 7 Maple Ave, Durham, CT
Speaker: Adam Wheeler
Title of Program: “Cutting Propagation for the Home Gardener”
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January 8, 2015 Time: 10:00 am
Location: Durham Town Hall, 30 Town House Rd., Durham, CT
Business Meeting
Speaker: Sally & Walter Brockett
Title of Program: “Bluebirds” .
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February 12, 2015 Time: 10:00 am
Location: Durham Library, 7 Maple Ave, Durham, CT
Speaker: Nancy Dubrule-Clemente
Title of Program: “Blended Gardens: Mixing Edibles & Ornamentals
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March 12, 2015 Time: 10:00 am Location: 929 Boston Post Road, Guilford, CT.
Speaker: Lori Gregan
Title of Program: “Roses for Autism”
Meet at United Churches to carpool at 9:15 am.
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April 9, 2015 Time: 10:00 am
Location: Durham Library, 7 Maple Ave, Durham, CT
Speaker: Jeff Feldman
Title of Program: “Views of Nature from a Kayak”
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June 11, 2015 Time: 9:30 am Location: Woodstock, CT
A day excursion to:
Roseland Cottage-www.historicnewengland.org. A field trip to one of CT’s favorite Historic Gardens located in Woodstock
Carpool from United Churches in Durham

Member of :
National Garden Clubs, Inc.
The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc.
The New England Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc.
The National Audubon Society
Connecticut Horticulture Society
New England Wildflower Society
CT Forrest & Park Association

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