With garden beds fertilized and put to rest for the winter, only care of tender perennial bulbs remains. Once these are either mulched or removed and bagged, we turn our attention to what may be long-neglected friends — our house plants! For the November meeting, we focused on indoor plants and bulb preparation. Continue reading
October has arrived, and fall is in full swing! With pumpkins, gourds, cabbage, mums, and asters, options abound for garden-inspired decorating. This month’s meeting was a fall container workshop, presented by ORGC President, Renee Protomastro. Continue reading
September marks the end of vacations and start of school, the shortening of days, and cooler weather. It’s an important month for gardeners, as we begin the last harvest of vegetables and herbs and start preparing beds for winter. This month, we were joined by horticulturalist Cathy Beauregard for her program, “The Autumn Lullaby.” Continue reading
As August rolls around, the fine cultivars in our gardens are reaching and finishing the peak of their bloom. For native wildflowers, however, late summer is still an active time, as meadows and roadsides are ablaze with their colors. At our August 7, 2017 meeting, we welcomed Jude Hsiang, Master Gardener and member of the Bethany Garden Club. She shared with us her slide presentation of Summer Wildflowers of Connecticut. Continue reading
At our July 20, 2017 meeting, the featured speaker was Dr. Yonghao Li of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station in New Haven, Connecticut. Dr. Li presented a slide show featuring Spring and Summer Gardening Tips. Continue reading
On Monday, June 19, 2017, the Olde Ripton Garden Club went on a field trip to Gilbertie’s Herbs & Garden Center in Westport, Connecticut. Continue reading
Over the weekend of June 10th, students from the Gardening Enrichment Program at Shelton Intermediate School undertook a significant project to install a new pollinator garden at the back entrance of the school. Members of the community, ORGC, and local Boy Scouts turned out to help. Continue reading
Each year in June, we take a break from regular business duties and gardening work to gather as friends for good food and conversation. For the 2017 annual luncheon, we met at Vazzy’s Cucina in Shelton. Continue reading
On Saturday, May 20th, we hosted our annual Perennial & Garden Plant Sale at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church on the Huntington Green in Shelton. It’s a highlight of our year, when members donate cultivars from their own gardens for sale. This year’s event once again featured some of our favorite features. Continue reading
May marks the full swing of gardening season, and what better way to kick it off than to present a brand new, hand-built birdhouse for a feathered friend! At this month’s meeting, we constructed birdhouses from simple pine kits, using only a screwdriver — a surprisingly simple and quick project. Continue reading
We’re thrilled to announce our upcoming, annual Perennial & Garden Plant Sale on Saturday, May 20th from 9:00 am to 12:00 noon.
Most plants are grown from ORGC members’ gardens — each specimen has been lovingly cultivated and cared for. Also available will be Shelton City Flower Plants (Rudbeckia fulgida) and a wide variety of homemade baked goods. Proceeds will benefit garden and scholarship activities.
The Perennial & Garden Plant Sale will be held at the St. Paul’s Episcopal Church Parking Lot at 25 Church Street on the Huntington Green in Shelton.
We hope to see you there!
April is an exciting month for gardeners. It is that middle month of spring hinting at bright, hot summer days ahead — while reminding that the gray chill of winter may still have a visit or two left. Here in Connecticut, we’ll be met one day with soaking rains and warming soil, and another day with a blustery blast from the newly-departed cold. Continue reading