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Garden Club of Orange Scholarship
The Garden Club of Orange offers a $1000 college scholarship to a high-school student residing in Orange who is planning to study plant science. Click here to download the application form.


Member of:
National Garden Clubs, Inc.
The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc.
New England Region of National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Connecticut River Watershed Council
Connecticut Forest and Parks Association
Orange Conservation Commission
Orange Land Trust
The Connecticut Horticultural Society

Our Purpose:
The purpose of the Club is to promote and encourage garden skills and knowledge, both individual and civic, and to further an understanding of horticulture, flower arranging, bird life, conservation and environmental awareness

Why Join the Club:
The Club offers members numerous opportunities to learn and grow including:

  • Classes in floral design
  • Classes in Holiday decorating with florals
  • Participation in flower shows
  • Judging Floral and Horticulture Exhibits at the Orange Country Fair
  • Educational field trips
  • Participation in Connecticut Flower and Garden Show

The opportunity to meet and get to know other residents with an interest in gardening!

Some Ways that We Serve Our Community:

  • Decoration of Town Public buildings for the Holiday Season
  • Plant and maintain the Town Green and Wright’s Pond and other public sites
  • Provide Garden Club activities for residents of the Orange health Care Center

Some of our Activities Include:

  • Annual May Market (plant and bake sale)
  • Semi-Annual Holiday House Tour
  • Semi-Annual Standard Flower Show

Our Meetings Include:

  • Monthly Guest Lecturer on pertinent topics related to floral design, gardening, and horticulture
  • Monthly floral exhibits by our members
  • Monthly petite luncheons
  • Annual Silver Tea

As a member, you will receive a workbook, membership booklet and a very warm welcome.

Download membership application

Programs 2011 - 2012

at The Case Memorial Library, second floor, unless indicated otherwise.
11:30-12:15 Petite Luncheon; 12:15 Business Meeting; 1:00 Program

September 13: Judging and Floral Designing with Orange Garden Club member and National Garden Club Accredited Judge Marilynn Blaisdell 

October 4: Joint meeting with Woodbridge at First Church of Christ, 5 Meetinghouse Lane, Woodbridge. Michael Derouin, an award-winning floral designer from McArdle's Florist and Garden Center in Greenwich, presents simple to extravagant designs for holiday tables.

November 8: Manipulating Leaves and Mastering Mechanics With Lana Ho, garden club member and award-winning designer.   

December 13: Silver Tea (Members only.)

January 10: Sogetsu Ikebana - The Japanese Art of Flower Arrangement - will be presented by Shizue Pleasanton, a teacher from the Silvermine School of ArtHoly Infant Guild Hall, 450 Racebrook Road.

February 14: State of CT toxicologist, author, and radio talk show host, Gary Ginsberg, will inform us about how to decrease our carbon waste and toxics footprint.

March 13: New members Sandy Horling and Diane Geary, with assistance from their spouses Steve Horling and Don Geary, will give a powerpoint presentation on their visit to the Philadelphia International Flower Show in 2011 "Paris in the Spring."

April 10: Potluck luncheon at The Church of the Good Shepherd, 680 Racebrook Road followed by a program featuring raptors. Mary-Beth Kaeser is the presenter and owner of  Horizon Wings,  a rehabilitation and education facility in Ashford.
May 8: Field Trip to Natureworks, 518 Forest Road, Northford. Nancy DuBrule-Clemente owner, educator, and gardening expert will take us on a Garden Walk. Lunch is from Good To Go.

June 13: (Wednesday) Annual Luncheon  at Racebrook Country Club, 246 Derby Avenue.


Garden Club of Orange Elects New Officers

The Garden Club of Orange held its Annual Meeting on June 8 at Racebrook Country Club at which time new Board members assumed their duties. Pictured above from left to right standing are Marion Rizzo, President, Maryellen Bespuda, Vice President, and Julia Strawhince, Recording Secretary. Seated are Raye Riccitelli, Corresponding Secretary and Paula Harkins, Treasurer. The Garden Club is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc and its purpose is to promote and encourage garden skills and knowledge, both individual and civic, and to further an understanding of horticulture, flower arranging, bird-life, conservation and environmental awareness. If you are interested in learning more about the Garden Club, contact Membership Chairperson Nettie Bartocelli at 203-795-3692.

new life members

Garden Club of Orange Honors Members

At the Garden Club of Orange Annual Meeting on June 8 club members Dot Zolla, Lana Ho and Nettie Bartocetti were recognized for their outstanding contributions in supporting the mission of the Club by being made Life Members of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut. The mission of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut is to coordinate, stimulate, and encourage higher standards in all Garden Club work and to protect and conserve our natural resources, preserve our heritage and promote civic beauty.
Pictured from left to right are Dot Zolla, Lana Ho, and Nettie Bartocetti.