Trumbull Early Childhood Education Center - 2013 to Present.
Members present 15 weeks of programs for three year olds in
classes at the Trumbull Early Education Center. The hands-on sessions follow the science curriculum and introduce children to gardening and the world of nature.
Frightened Frog Program - 2016 to present
Members offer a program to third grade classes in Trumbull Schools. The program follows the science curriculum and teaches about the environment threats to frogs. The lesson includes reading the book, “The Frightened Frog,” and a craft activity.
For the fourth year, an enthusiastic and dedicated group of volunteers is participating in the Holiday Showcase at the historic Osborne Homestead Museum. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Osborne is decked out for the Holidays every year. Rooms are randomly assigned to civic groups that decorate each one according to a selected seasonal theme
Book Donations to Schools and Libraries
Each year the LHGC donates books to the six elementary schools and also to the two libraries in Trumbull. The selected books are based upon many topics such as gardening, flowers, plants, the environment, and insects or animals. Many times the selected books follow the club’s theme for the year.
Indoor Plants ~ Trumbull Library - 1985 to Present
All of the indoor plants at the Trumbull Library are donated and maintained by the club. The plants enhance the library for patrons and staff alike.
Garden Therapy –Stern Village
Garden Therapy is the application of garden related activities as an aid to the recovery and rehabilitation of challenged individuals. During our club year we meet monthly with 12 Stern Village residents to conduct various horticulture and floral-related activities
Garden Therapy – ELITE
The Garden Therapy “ELITE” program works with students in the Trumbull school system “Educating Learners in Transitional Environments” about gardening. ELITE is a vocation experience with an average of 12 students ages 18-21.
It fosters function academics and independent, community access, leisure, employability and socialization skills. Students have specific disabilities including: autism spectrum disorder, intellectual or learning disabilities or traumatic brain injury.
Nature Nook at the Library - 2017 to present
A corner in the children’s room of the library has been turned into the “ Nook” – an area designed to interest and instruct children in gardening and the natural world, An educational display is created each month with related activity sheets. The general topic changes quarterly. Special projects in the Nook have included raising Monarch Butterflies and Leopard frog tadpoles.
Horticulture – 2017 to present
Horticulture refers to the cultivation of all manner of plants. Members are encouraged to provide Horticulture exhibits to be displayed at general meetings; plus the organization of demonstrations, workshops and field trips. Members are encouraged to attend schools offered by the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut and to submit horticulture exhibits at the Connecticut Flower Show in Hartford
Each year the Long Hill Garden Club purchases passes to the Discovery Museum and the Beardsley Zoological Gardens. These passes are donated to the Trumbull Library and may be checked out by town residents like books.
Two Monarch butterfly waystations were established in Trumbull. One is located at the Trumbull Nature and Arts Center and another at Old Mine Park, with the hope of expanding them to other areas in the future. The objective is to restore butterfly habitats that are disappearing due to development and pesticide use,
Random Acts of Kindness
Random Acts of Kindness is an altruistic project based on a global imitative with the goal of making strangers happy with flowers. Club members create small bouquets, wrap in cellophane, tie with colorful ribbons and attach a tag reading “A small bouquet to brighten your day! Compliments of the Long Hill Garden Club.” The bouquets are then distributed throughout Trumbull and the surrounding communities to unsuspecting individuals.
Programs for the Public
Seven educational programs are planned for our monthly meetings which are open to the public.
Hall Neighborhood House
The Long Hill Garden Club has partnered with the Trumbull Rotary Club to establish the Children's Vegetable Garden at Hall Neighborhood House in Bridgeport (HNH). HNC is a diverse and safe community center that provides programs and services for all ages in their neighborhood. Six 4' x 8' raised bed gardens have been built and planted. LHGC members helped with construction and design and installed an underground watering system. During the growing season, members do a weekly garden check. Children in the after school programs start the vegetable seeds in the classrooms and assist with planting the gardens. Children in the summer camp help tend the gardens. Pre-school students plant seeds for the sunflower garden and marigolds for the vegetable garden. LHGC shares lesson plans and outdoor program ideas for the pre-school classes and we provide seasonal plants for each of the pre-school classrooms, as well as book donations.