September 2017 Meeting: Reaping the Harvest

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

August 2017 Meeting: The Maturing Summer Garden

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

Announcing the ORGC Perennial & Garden Plant Sale

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!


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.