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. At each regular meeting there are several monthly designs by committee members that are critiqued according to 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 NGC’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.
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 pubic interest in horticulture through gardening and civic projects. The Committee maintains the gardens at the Old Jail, 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, they select a Danbury business that shows an interest in beautifying their property and gives them a Civic Award at the October meeting.
Gleanings, the Danbury Garden Club newsletter, is published to keep open the lines of communication with our members regarding recent activities, future event, and to serve as an educational tool. The newsletter is published three times a year in January, April and August. Ongoing communication with members is also through the internet. Committee members participate by preparing articles of interest to be published in the newsletter.
Conservation and Nature
This committee’s focus is on education, using newspapers and other media sources and working on one conservation project each year. The committee also maintains the Butterfly Garden at the King Street Primary School in Danbury.
Thanks to the collection of non-perishable food and very generous donations from the Club members, the Daily Bread Food Pantry (at St. James Episcopal Church in Danbury) is able to distribute over 100 bags of food weekly. There is a special donation during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday seasons, for distributing over 300 food baskets for each occasion. Committee members assist the chairman in collecting the donations and delivering them.
This committee conducts flower arranging workshops with residents at various convalescent and assisted living facilities 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. They also arrange visits to Danbury Garden Club member’s gardens.
St. James Juniors
The St. James Juniors Committee has been in existence for at least 46 years, working with youth ages 5-18, 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 the CT Flower Show. Regular meetings of this committee are the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10:30 a.m. at St. James Episcopal Church, West Street, Danbury.
Pembroke Elementary School Juniors
The Juniors Pembroke School Garden Club was started in 2013, and meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month (October-May) at Pembroke School as an after school program. The school principal selects the students, pairing two students, one with special needs. The school’s staff assists with the program. Each month a seasonal gardening related project is chosen by the Committee.
Meeting Places and Hospitality
To fulfill the requirements of membership, every member in the Club is expected to provide some of the refreshments for lunch on a specific meeting date – usually there are 6-8 members per month. In addition to providing lunch refreshments for one month, members may also be given responsibility to be the Chair of the Day for the luncheon for a different month.
The Needlework Committee consists of members with different skills: some knit, others crochet, and some do needlework, jewelry or crafts. Their purpose is to provide a “boutique table” for our Holiday Luncheon in November where we sell the products of our 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.
Photography and Publicity
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. Committee members are also needed to take pictures at meetings and committee activities to be given to the Committee Chairs for inclusion in their reports.
The Scholarship Committee selects the student for our annual award of at least $1,500. To qualify, the student must be a resident of Connecticut attending full time at Western Connecticut State University, in good standing and in need of financial aid, majoring in plant biology, ecology 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. The student must be attending a two or four year college program and must be recommended for the award by a current or former Chair of the Juniors Committee. This one-time-per-person award is for at least $500.
Other special Committees include Awards, Finance, Historian, Interclub, Nominating, Interclub, Membership and Yearbook.
For additional information please contact:
Ms. Joan Stapleton
17 Carriage House Drive
Danbury, CT 06810
Danbury Garden Club Application form (download pdf by clicking here)