There are over 90 members in the Danbury Garden Club at the present time. Dues are $35.00 per year.
Membership Responsibilities – Attend a minimum of 3 meetings a year and work actively on a committee in addition to the Hospitality Committee. Also, members are encouraged to make flower designs or horticulture exhibits, learn about horticulture or conservation, or be actively involved in the Cub’s other activities.
Danbury Garden Club Committees
The purpose of Artistic Design is to use plant materials to express our creative concepts. This year the choice of design is up to the designer, any NGC design type. The Theme this year is: “”Places in our World.” The design should give members the feeling of this place. The three or four monthly designs will be critiqued according to the NGC principles of design – balance, rhythm, dominance, contrast, proportion and scale.
The Books Committee will share information with members about gardening, the environment, and related subjects. It serves, also, as a bookstore and/or media center for our members by selling National Garden Club’s “Vision of Beauty” calendars and Handbook for Flower Shows. The Committee has its own small tape/DVD library. The Committee also recommends books or DVDs to the Danbury Public Library to purchase with our yearly donation to the Library. In 2010, a group called “The Bookworms” was formed. The Bookworms read books pertaining to gardening, nature, the environment, etc. and meets once a month at a committee member’s home to discuss the book.
The purpose of the Civic Committee is to improve the environment in the City of Danbury by the conservation of natural resources and wildlife and promoting public interest in horticulture through gardening and civic projects. The Committee maintains the gardens at the Old Jail (WIC), The Danbury Museum and Historical Society, and the Blue Star Memorial. The Committee arranges for the Arbor Day planting at a local school and the memorial tree planting at Kenosia Park. Also, the Committee selects a Danbury Business that shows an interest in beautifying their property and gives that business a Civic Award at the October meeting.
Since August of 1999, Gleanings has been the Danbury Garden Club newsletter. It has been published to keep open the lines of communication with our members regarding recent activities, future events and to serve as an educational tool. Gleanings is published three times a year in January, April and August. Committee members will participate by preparing articles of interest to be published in Gleanings.
Conservation and Nature
The Committee is working toward a cleaner, healthier world for our progeny. The Committee also maintains the Butterfly Garden at the King Street School in Danbury.
Since its inception in 1984, the Daily Bread Food Pantry at St. James Church has increased its donation of food from a total of 90 bags of food a week to its current distribution of 140 bags of food per week. Each family gets one large bag of food staples (dairy, meat, chicken) plus supplies, with proof of address and ID. There is a special donation during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons. Committee members assist the Chair in collecting the donations and delivering to St. James.
This committee conducts flower arranging workshops with residents at various convalescent and assisted living facilities as well as Broadview Junior High School on the second Tuesday of the month.
Horticulture and Landscape Design
Through day trips and workshops, this committee strives to increase awareness and appreciation of the beauty in horticulture and landscape design. We also visit Danbury Garden Club member's gardens. The trips and workshops are designed by the Committee.
Also, the Horticulture Committee has a mini horticulture exhibit (similar to a flower show) during each monthly meeting.
St. James Juniors
The St. James Juniors Committee has been in existence for at least 47 years, working with youth ages 5 to 18, in artistic design, conservation, community service, horticulture, garden therapy, and civic projects. The students are often grandchildren of members and come from Danbury area towns. The group also participates in DGC flower shows and has participated in the CT Flower Show. Regular meetings of the DGC St. James Juniors are the second Saturday of the month at 10:30 at St. James Episcopal Church, West Street, Danbury. There can be special trips during the year.
Pembroke Elementary School Juniors
The Pembroke Elementary School Juniors is in its fourth year and meets the second Wednesday of each month from October to May. It is an after school program that meets in a designated classroom. The Principal selects the students, pairing two students, one with special needs, with another student. The school’s staff assists with the program. Each month a seasonal gardening related project is chosen by the Committee. The mission of the committee is to introduce students to concepts of gardening, conservation and wildlife to foster an appreciation of nature and the environment. The theme for this year is “Connecting Kids with Nature.”
Meeting Places and Hospitality
To fulfill the requirements of membership, every member in our Club is expected to team with other members to provide refreshments for lunch on a specific meeting date during the year.
The Needlework Committee consists of members with different skills: some knit, others crochet, some do needlework, jewelry or crafts, and others simply come up with ideas. Their purpose is to provide a “boutique table” for our Holiday Luncheon in November where they sell the products of their work to raise funds for the Club and the community. For the last several years they have provided blankets to the Danbury Hospital. They also knit/crochet an afghan and make a Christmas wreath to raffle at the Holiday Luncheon. The Committee meets the second Monday of each month at the home of one of the members.
The Program Committee plans the monthly programs and activities for the Club year and confirms monthly speakers and their requirements. They also assist the Chairs of the Day as needed in greeting and assisting the speaker.
This Committee works closely with the Membership and other Committee Chairmen to identify opportunities for publicizing Danbury Garden Club activities as well as other opportunities to attract new members.
The Scholarship Committee selects two students for our annual award of $2,000 each. To qualify, the student must be a resident of Connecticut attending full time at Western Connecticut State University or Naugatuck Community College, in good standing, in need of financial aid, and majoring in plant biology, ecology, conservation or a related field. The Scholarship Committee also selects from time-to-time, a current or former student member of our Juniors group who has been an enthusiastic participant in that group for at least three years, including at least one year of middle school, and who is or will be attending a two or four year college program and who is recommended for the award by a current or former Chair of the Juniors Committee. This one-time-per-person award may be up to $1,000.
Other special Committees include Awards, Finance, Historian, Interclub, Nominating, Membership, and Yearbook.
For Additional Information about the Danbury Garden Club please contact:
Mrs. Jan Cernoch
9 Hillcrest Drive
New Fairfield, CT 06812