Kensington Garden Club
On Going Community Projects
Donna, Molly, Vivian, Kathy, Barbara, Jane, Elva, Carolyn, Kathy, Nina
2017 Volunteer Park Gardeners
Take field trips to Connecticut nurseries and garden centers
Dottie Fox, former KGC Director, explains what to do.
Kensington Garden Club - April 2, 2014
Berlin Economic Development Beautification Award
Garden Therapy State Chair, our own Dottie Fox, who began the program at the local level as well, receives a president's award for her years of service at the FGCCT April 2017 meeting. She will be replaced as chair by our own Peggy Lajoie.
Projects around Berlin,
for the good of the community - and us
Terry and Rose, co-chairs of the annual Scarecrow Contest for the town
Maintain flowers at
Kensington and East Berlin Post Offices
Provide decorations and arrangements for
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library and Town Hall
2017 Scholarship of $1000 goes to Alex Glabau, shown with chairperson Anita Fitzsimmons, who will be attending University of Maine, majoring in Forestry.
Wadsworth Museum - Hartford
Annual Festival of Flowers - May 2016
Untitled, Ettore Tito, 1987, Amistad Center
Janet, Peggy, Debbi, Donna C.
Planned and executed a live floral interpretation.
Learn from each other - wreath demo by our own retired florist, Dottie
Peggy receives certificate
from FGCCT for her work
in Garden Therapy in 2014.
Volunteer Park on Farmington Avenue
displays by Bert and Janet
The Gazebo - Fall 2015
Thanks to Jane, Nancy and Dottie F.
All other photos by Bonnie
KGC Plant Sale
May 20, 2017
on Massirio Drive
Thank you once again to the VFW for use of their pavilion, to all who worked to make it happen, and to all who came to support us!
Marjorie Moore Bird Sanctuary Named a
Certified Wildlife Habitat by the
National Wildlife Federation.
The requirements for certification are providing food, water, cover and a place for wildlife to raise their young. In addition to native trees and shrubs which supply berries, seeds and nuts as well as shelter and nesting places, the sanctuary has birdhouses and a feeding station for birds and other wildlife.
The Kensington Garden Club has been involved with restoring the area since August, 2004. Over the years the Berlin High School Upbeat students, along with two Eagle scouts helped to clean up the area.
The Bird Sanctuary, a true treasure in our town, is located on Peck Street across the street from the former home of Marjorie Moore.”
Top to bottom: Elva, Molly, Debbi, Connie, Carol, Kathy, Mayor Rachel Rochette
Connie and Molly (on right) spearheaded this project, later aided by
master gardener Kathy.
2016-17 Town Hall
displays by Lori and Paula
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library - November 2015
Demonstrations and suggestions for holiday decorations
Janet, Marcia, Kathy, Bert, Donna, Evie, Jean, Mary Ellen
Fairy Gardens and how to make them
Federated Garden Clubs of CT
Aqua Turf, October 2016
photos: by Debbi, Donna D.
Garden Therapy projects created with residents at Ledgecrest Nursing Home - Spring 2016
Garden Therapy Team:
Kathy, Donna, Mary Ellen
Jane, Dottie/FGCCT Garden Therapy Chairperson
Bonnie, Nancy, Elva,
Mary Ann, Elaine, Connie
Federation Environment/Conservation Award for the Bird Sanctuary
Civil War Monument
Amber's award-winning arrangement
Molly's storyboard about the Marjorie Moore Bird Sanctuary
L to R: Carol W, Donna D, Kathy S, Peggy, Elva, Molly, Amber, Evelyn, Dottie F
Seated: Kathy G, Bert, Marcia
Our club won an Environmental Award for the Marjorie Moore Bird Sanctuary (See below)
Decorating wreaths for placement around town. Thank you, Sandi, for making all the bows!
Sandi, Elva, Peggy, Dottie, Kathy, Debbi
The Ridge and wreath projects were new for 2016.
Wreaths for the Senior Center
by Lori and Paula
Gardening for Life
Plant three rows of peas:
1. Peace of mind
2. Peace of heart
3. Peace of soul
Plant four rows of squash:
1. Squash gossip
2. Squash indifference
3. Squash grumbling
4. Squash selfishness
Plant four rows of lettuce:
1. Lettuce be faithful
2. Lettuce be kind
3. Lettuce be patient
4. Lettuce really love one another
Plant three rows of turnips:
1. Turnip for meetings
2. Turnip for service
3. Turnip to help one another
Plant three rows of thyme:
1. Thyme for each other
2. Thyme for family
3. Thyme for friends
Sow your seeds at the proper time, water with patience, cultivate with love, and you will reap abundantly. -anonymous
KGC is well-represented at the FGCCT!
Spring Meeting at Aqua Turf - April 2017
Dottie Fox is now chair of the youth program; Peggy Lajoie takes over the garden therapy chair; and Donna DeSimone is in charge of bringing us the fabulous trips to faraway places.
Congratulations to all and thank you for your contributions!
Ingeborg Venus, FGCCT President 2017-2019
President's Theme and Project
Plant Connecticut - Be A Conservation Champion