N.H. Daytime Gardeners’ various efforts recognized

The Daytime Gardeners of North Haven were recognized by the National Garden Clubs, Inc. and the Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Inc. for many of the projects we completed in the past year.

At the national level, the Daytime Gardeners received a Certificate of Appreciation for our environmental activity and youth garden club. The Daytime Gardeners worked with Girl Scout troops on several environmental projects, including planting chestnuts from experimental chestnut trees being cultured for resistance to blight, and continuing to expand the daffodil bulbs along the hedge at the cemetery on the Town Green. Collaborating with the Girl Scouts helps the youngsters learn about the environment, conservation and gardening, while earning credits toward their badges.

At the state level, the Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Inc. awarded the Daytime Gardeners the Award of Excellence in the small club category. The renovation of the garden at the intersection of Route 22 and Washington Avenue was recognized as a high-level achievement.

Another award, the Certificate of Achievement for Conservation, recognized the Daytime Gardeners’ Make & Take Project, which featured a “Birdhouse with a View.” Participants in this activity assembled wren birdhouses with a plastic panel on the back that mounts on the window with suction cups to allow a peek inside. This was quite popular, and families enjoyed the educational value of the project.

Also, the Daytime Gardeners received the CT Arboreal Award for a small club for our Chestnut Tree project. The chestnuts for the first experimental trees were planted in 2015 at Peter’s Rock Park and produced a tree which developed its first nuts last year. As stated above, these chestnuts were planted as a project with the Girl Scouts last spring. The scouts cared for the chestnuts and were excited to see new seedlings grow. The seedlings will be planted this fall. This is an on-going project, as it requires time and patience to grow a tree.

The Daytime Gardeners’ other honors included an Award of Excellence for a small club for the creation of centerpieces for the FGCCT Annual Meeting luncheon, and the Luckner Youth Award for a small club for our work with young people.

The Daytime Gardeners appreciate the support of the community and recognize that our activities are made possible through the joint effort of many people and organizations in town.


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