2021 - 2022 President's Message
A new year is beginning for the Long Hill Garden Club, and we look forward to an exciting period of time. As vaccinations for COVID increase and the number of cases are diminishing, restrictions are being modified and/or lifted. The possibility of a return to a more normal life seems evident. Thus said, we expect a great year for our club while continuing to stay safe.
Hopefully we will be able to resume working on our various community service projects: Garden Therapy, TECEC, Osborne Homestead, and Random Acts of Kindness to name a few. Make sure to sign up to help on a least one of them.
“Growing Gardens of Natives” will be our theme for this year. We will attempt to educate you as well as ourselves about some of the native plants found in Connecticut with the hope that you will add some of these to your own gardens. Native plants are extremely important to the local butterflies, birds and bees. They are suited to our climate and conditions making them easy to grow and maintain.
Cheryl’s favorite saying is on a plaque near her garden which reads:
“The kiss of the sun for pardon.
The songs of the birds for mirth.
One is nearer God’s heart in a garden
than anywhere else on earth.”
Let’s grow “gardens of natives” !
Cheryl Basztura and Kathy Feller
The club owes the success of its many garden related community services to the talented members who actively participate on various committees. We encourage each member to serve on a committee; exhibit at a general meeting during the Club year with a floral design or horticulture entry; and contribute to the plant sale by providing plants from your garden, assisting at a potting party or helping in some way at the annual plant sale. Funding for these projects is derived from the annual plant sale and periodic grants.