NORTH HAVEN — Bird seed, karo syrup, gelatin, flour and water. Together, these make a great treat for birds and a great fundraiser for the North Haven Garden Club.
Five years ago, club secretary Gerri Giordano, who was then on the bird life committee, “thought it would be a great fundraiser to make bird seed wreaths.”
“I made maybe 50 by myself,” she said. “That was the first year.”
With a little more publicity, that number grew to 75 then 100. Club treasurer Cindy Golia said last year, the club sold “well over 150 wreaths.”
“There’s this one woman who buys 10 of them for her parents to put out all winter long because they love to sit at their window and watch the birds eat the wreaths,” Golia said. “Everything we do is geared towards raising money for our civic activities...We do all the barrels and pots, we do memorial gardens, we planted the cherry trees...We’re a working club that works hard 12 months a year.”
The Garden Club will be selling wreaths until Nov. 30. Anyone interested in purchasing one can contact Golia at 203-314-5807 or her email at email@example.com.
The club makes large wreaths for $15, small wreaths for $5, and ornaments for $2. A basket with a large wreath, two small wreaths and two ornaments sells for $25.
The popularity of the wreaths has extended outside of North Haven, with orders coming from customers in Hamden and Wallingford, Golia said. The club even shipped a wreath to Florida.