Osborne Homestead Museum: ORGC Attends “Holiday at the Opera” Volunteer Appreciation Party

Originally a farmhouse built around 1840, the Osborne Homestead Museum is now one of fifteen distinctive historic sites in Connecticut.  Frances Eliza Osborne (1876-1956) was the last of the Osborne family children and deeded the 350-acre property to Connecticut to preserve it as a state park for future generations.

A white opera mask at the Osborne Homestead Museum.

Every December for more than 30 years, local garden clubs have prepared lavish holiday decorations following an annually chosen theme.  The 2017 scheme, “Holiday at the Opera,” had participants leveraging thematic elements from well-known operas, such as Faust, Aida, and The Magic Flute.  The Olde Ripton Garden Club (ORGC) decorated the dining room in the spirit of La Traviata. Continue reading

ORGC Decorates Plumb Memorial Library 2017 Christmas Tree

The Shelton Plumb Memorial Library, a picturesque 1895 brownstone and outstanding example of Romanesque architecture, features a beautiful atrium in its historic section.  This vestibule has a brick fireplace and cathedral ceiling.  ORGC and Plumb Memorial staff took advantage of this ideal setting to feature a Christmas tree. Continue reading

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