Our Club members volunteer in many activities to promote beautiful gardens and displays in and around our civic offices. These may include our ongoing list of commitments as follows:
Berlin Town Hall
The lobby window display is decorated with a new composition every season.
Berlin-Peck Memorial Library
A seasonal arrangement is placed on the front desk of the library. In addition, we volunteer to decorate two holiday trees, a large tree in the adult section and a smaller tree in the Children’s area. New in 2017 was our first annual dedication of our Veteran’s tree which honors our soldiers past and present.
Kensington and East Berlin Post Offices
In each of these locations, our members plant and maintain garden spaces along the front entrance. These include annuals and perennials.
Senior Citizen Center
A seasonal wreath is displayed throughout the year.
This park is central to the most traveled section of our downtown area. It is visible to all who pass by on foot or in vehicles. Our club volunteers to maintain its beauty and charm with plantings and decorations year-round. Special displays are added for the Fourth of July and the Winter Holiday.
Marjorie Moore Bird Sanctuary
Our members volunteer to maintain this beautiful and secluded park area for others to enjoy. It is a parcel of land donated by Ms. Moore that has been preserved to encourage bird habitation and quiet strolls. Our volunteers provide regular maintenance and planting as needed. We are sometimes assisted by youth from the Berlin High School.
A small garden is planted each spring at this, the oldest Civil War monument in the country. Grounds are kept weeded and clean by the Horticulture Chairwoman.
A memorial wreath is displayed at this monument, dedicated to local soldiers of all wars, made by a committee of volunteers.
In 2016, we took over from another club decorating and placing seventeen Christmas wreaths in prominent locations around town, including the fire and police stations, town hall and war memorials.
Beyond our Civic and Conservation Activities, our club is continuously considering projects, events and fundraisers to support our community and to promote civic beauty, encourage improvement of public spaces, raise awareness of environmental concerns and advance the art of floral design and horticulture. This past year our club volunteers participated in, or led many activities, some of which are listed below. Others, for this year and beyond, are under consideration and planning so stay engaged to hear more about them or to help us plan for them!
Garden Therapy (Ongoing)
A group of members share their love of gardening and design with the residents of the Ledgecrest Health Care Center in Kensington. This is accomplished through hands on workshops with the residents who enjoy the time spent with others while feeling creative and reconnecting with nature.
Scarecrow Contest (Ongoing)
Formed in 2009, Raising Berlin is a non-profit organization of Berlin moms whose goal is to teach and exemplify to our children what being part of a community means while building lasting memories for our families and the town of Berlin. One of our own members, Rose Wollman, was a part of the organization’s development. As part of the Fall Foliage Festival, the KGC
participates in the Scarecrow Contest with a related garden themed scarecrow to show our community spirit.
CT Flower and Garden Show (Ongoing)
The FGCCT sponsored flower show is held every year in Hartford and is attended by hundreds of fellow gardeners and designers of all talent and interest level. Our members actively participate by volunteering their time to hostess every year. In addition, many of our club members submit entries for the various competitions.
Annual Fine Art and Flowers Show at the Wadsworth Museum of Art (Past and Possibly Ongoing)
On May 2015 and again in 2016, our members created and displayed a floral arrangement inspired by paintings assigned from the museum’s collection. We enjoyed this so much we hope to participate in this ongoing event in years to come.
Native Oak Tree Project (June 2016)
Initiated and supported by the FGCCT, the KGC worked with the Town of Berlin to choose a site, and selected a tree from a local nursery for planting. A Red Oak was planted at the entry of a new open space project purchased by the town. It is being dutifully watered and cared for by a small committee of members.