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Projects Underway For Garden Club Of Newtown



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UPDATE (Monday, June 17, 2024): This press release has been updated to reflect the correct amount of soil donated by Shannon Landscape & Garden Center.

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Garden Club of Newtown (GCN) gardening projects are well underway at multiple locations in town this season.

Club members are tending gardens at The Blue Star Memorial, C.H. Booth Library, The Matthew Curtiss House, and Barb’s Trail Memorial.

At the Victory Garden in Fairfield Hills, initial spring planting has begun in recently installed raised beds. Shannon Landscape & Garden Center of Stratford delivered 14 cubic yards of rich, pH-adjusted garden soil.

Funding for the project included months-long efforts by club members, donations, an herb sale, plant sales, a generous grant from The Jeniam Foundation, and an Espoma Organic Plant American grant.

Vegetables and herbs grown and harvested by club members will be donated to neighbors in need through FAITH Food Pantry, Nunnawauk Meadows retirement community, Newtown Senior Center, and Hospitality Hall at Newtown Congregational Church.

During the 2023 growing season, GCN donated more than 400 pounds of produce to FAITH Food Pantry, Nunnawauk Meadows retirement community, and Newtown Senior Center.

The Garden Club of Newtown was established in 1955 and currently has members from Newtown and surrounding communities. It is a nonprofit club and contributes to various organizations in Newtown.

Its mission is to inspire interest in horticulture and artistic design, to support conservation of natural resources, and to promote civic beauty.

GCN meets on the fourth Tuesday of each month at C.H. Booth Library. Meetings offer diverse programs to promote member knowledge of horticulture, artistic design, conservation, and civic responsibility. New members and guests are always welcome at club meetings.

The club maintains multiple gardens within the town, enhancing its beauty. In addition, the club maintains several rows at the municipal Victory Garden, offering members the opportunity to learn about horticulture while producing crops to be donated to local food pantries.

The Garden Club of Newtown is a member of the National Garden Club, Inc and The Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Inc.

For additional information send email to info@gardenclubofnewtownct.org or visit gardenclubnewtownct.org.

Spring planting and tending to seedlings has begun within the rows tended by The Garden Club of Newtown at The Victory Garden in Fairfield Hills. The club has multiple gardens across town this season. —Louise Zierzow photo
At Benedict’s Home and Garden Center, business owner Bruce Benedict (left) and employee Rob Slater (second from left) join Newtown Garden Club members, Louise Zierzow, Peggy Townsend, Jeannette DelVento and Espoma Sales Manager Charles Shields. The Garden Club used an Espoma Organic Plant American grant to purchase some of this season’s supplies at the garden center in Monroe. —photo courtesy Louise Zierzow
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