The purpose of the Horticulture Committee is to stimulate interest and increase knowledge of members in order to maintain the highest standards in horticulture.

Committee Chairs 2015-16: Anne Getz, Libby Welch

Annual Report of the Horticulture Committee (June 2016)

September started out with an in house show “Perennial of your choice.” Many members participated by entering dahlias, roses and other cut specimens.

Allison Bourke held a Dahlia workshop at her home on September 14 for members of the New Canaan Garden Club. Our club was invited to attend as well, and we all enjoyed a day in Allison’s garden learning about putting Dahlia’s to bed until next spring.

On October 14 we held a Bulb Workshop at Allison’s home. Tulips, Daffodils and Amaryllis, pots and soil were distributed. We showed participants how to plant and care for the bulbs.

IMG_0419Allison and Anne attended the Zone II meeting in New Haven on October 26. Several of our members entered the Rye Garden Club show, “100 Years and Blooming.”

Six members were recruited to grow Allium Schubertiis for entry in Zone II annual meeting on June 13, 2016. The best one will represent our club.

GGC members created 2 gorgeous flower arrangements for display at the local “Dazzling Dahlia” show held at the Garden Education Center on October 2-3. The dahlias were grown and generously donated by Jane Dunn and Allison Bourke.

In November, Buckeyes were distributed to some of our growers for entry in the May 11, 2016 Little Garden Club of Rye Show.

Allison gave recommendations on some of her favorite horticulture books. One of which is “Bulb Forcing” by Art Wolk.

At the February meeting, Geranium cuttings were given out for members to grow. The best pelargonium will be awarded the Mary Harrison Award at the Annual Meeting in June.

Wheat Grass was distributed. It is an easy plant to grow. Just put it in a 3-inch pot with a layer of soil below and above the seeds.

A Horticulture committee meeting was held on February 11th at the home of Anne Getz. Several excellent ideas were generated and will be put in place for next year’s Horticulture program.

Allison Bourke held a Seed workshop on April 14 at her home. Many of our members enjoyed learning how to grow seeds.

Allium and Buckeye growers were updated with instructions and tips.

Members were reminded to enter daffodils from the fall Bulb Workshop in the CT Annual Daffodil show.

In May, 12 containers of Milk Wood were offered to our members and new members for their growing pleasure.

At the annual meeting, we gave out 5 Horticulture Awards to very deserving members!

Jane Dunn and Susan Shieffelin won 1st place and Best In Show for their entry in Verdant Symphony at the Fantasia show put on by Hortulus. The beautiful succulent table was a masterpiece!

It is very exciting for our membership to learn of show results at our monthly meetings. Exhibitors are encouraged to let the Horticulture chairs know of any entries and results. We do go to the shows to collect this information but sometimes it’s difficult to identify the winners, especially in the cut specimen categories.

Libby Welch will be joining Anne Getz next year to co-chair Horticulture.