It’s time to plant the City Flower in gardens throughout Shelton. The Shelton Board of Alderman designated the Orange Coneflower (rudbeckia fulgida) the City Flower in 2016. The Olde Ripton Garden Club is encouraging residents and businesses to grow this flower in their gardens around the City this coming spring just as they did last year when it was introduced.

Rudbeckia fulgida “Goldsturm’ is a large, daisy-like flower named for it orange tinged petals in keeping with Shelton School’s colors. It is easy to grow and can be grown in containers or naturalized in meadows and planted freely around homes. The Orange Coneflower is a native plant that will grow readily in our area and it is a perennial assuring that it will return to our gardens year after year. It is attractive to birds, bees and many pollinators that are needed for our gardens to thrive; it blooms from midsummer through the fall; and provides a long season of color.    

For more information about the City Flower, please visit or visit a nursery in our area.

The Olde Ripton Garden Club will be selling the flower at their annual plant sale on May 20 at St. Paul’s Church from 9 am – 12 noon.

2017 Flower & Garden Show – ORGC Wins Photography Awards

Over the weekend of February 23 through February 26, The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut hosted the 2017 Connecticut Flower and Garden Show, “Woodland Enchantment,” at the Connecticut Convention Center in Hartford.  We’re proud to announce that ORGC members Renee Marsh and Kimberly Wehger were awarded First, Second, and Third Place across two Photography classes. Continue reading


CT Flower & Garden Show – “Woodland Enchantment” Feb 23-26, CT Convention Center, Hartford. Federated Garden Club Members pay $12.00 per ticket in advance ($16.00 at the door). Renee Marsh and Kimberly Wehger will be participating in the Photograpy Competition. This is a major fundraiser for Federated so let’s get a good turn-out and cheer Renee and Kimberly on!

Ticket orders must be received by Feb. 1. Send checks made out to: Olde Ripton Garden Club to Diane Moran, 56 Cloverdale Avenue, Shelton.

Announcing the City Flower Contest Winners

Rudbeckia fulgidaOn October 3rd, the club voted for the winners of the City Flower Contest.  All submissions were beautiful, and each presented our Shelton city flower, Rudbeckia fulgia, as a key plant in its garden.  After careful consideration, we are delighted to share the top three photos of the contest:

1st Place
$25 Gift Certificate to Common Bond Market
Tom Samorajczyk

2016 Shelton City Flower Contest - Tom Samorajczyk, 1st place

2nd Place
$15 Gift Certificate to Common Bond Market
Jeaneen Buchanan

3rd Place
$10 Gift Certificate to Common Bond Market
Joe Pereira

2016 Shelton City Flower Contest - Joe Pereira, 3rd place

Thank you to everyone who submitted photos to the contest.  We are grateful to our community and to the Shelton Herald for its support in this effort.

Play Garden Jeopardy – Test Your Knowledge of Plants on Sept. 12

The Olde Ripton Garden Club will test plant skills in a game of “Garden Jeopardy” at their Sept. 12 meeting. The game will challenge players to identify flowers, natives and invasive plants, pollinators, and offer a special category for the State of CT flora and fauna.

This fun event is hands-on and enjoyable for gardeners one and all.  A “Plant Mystery” segment will help identify plants that even seasoned gardeners may be baffled by.  If there is an unknown plant in your collection, bring it along and we’ll see if we can identify it.

Also featured at this meeting is a Plant Swap.  If you have any tired, old or unwanted plants that you’d like to swap out for something new, bring them along.  Also, a great time to thin out the beds and share the bounty of your perennials and plants with other gardeners.

The meeting will be held at 10 am at the Plumb Memorial Library.  The public is welcome to attend and new members are encouraged.  There is a visitor fee of $5.00 for non-members who come to the meeting. A special Chinese Food buffet will be served and all those attending are asked to pay an additional $5.00. Annual member dues are $25 for any who would like to join the Club.

No mastery garden experience required. You just need to love plants and nature and want to learn more.