Awards:   2019

 89th Annual /Awards Meeting and Luncheon of the
Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut
Town and Country Garden Club Honored

Attending the 2018 FGCC Awards Luncheon:  l-r
Jane Vouros, Peg Townsend,Margareta Kotch, Sandy Motyka,Rachel Pederson, Marianne Muskus, Barbara O'Connor, Josie Schmidt, Chris Lincoln and Diana Johnson

"MUM'S THE WORD" -- but no longer!

We have much to celebrate following the FGCC Awards luncheon held on Thursday 24th October, 2018. All of our award nominations were recognized with the following accolades

  • The Tommy Donnan Certificate of Merit – presented for the Membership Brochure. This is a National Award.

  • Certificate of Appreciation – presented for Membership/Promotion website.

  • PR and Communications:

           1st for Press Book

           1st  for the Newsletter

           1st for Club Annual Photo Book

           1st for Membership Brochure

           1st for Electronic Media (website)          

  • Tribute Award for All Around Excellence – presented to our very own Josie Schmidt. This award was in recognition of Josie’s dedication, wide-ranging skills and commitment across all areas of Garden Club life. Congratulations, Josie and thank you for all that you do.

  • Award of Excellence in the form of a silver tray – for civic projects which includes the Pumpkin Race.

  • The Tapestry of Design Award – a travelling pewter vase awarded in recognition of the Sydney Edison project. This celebrated the flower arrangements based on the poems of Sydney Edison, the formal tea and photo book presentation to Sydney and the public display which was held at the Booth library.

  • Yearbook Award of Excellence – the Club was presented with a 1st in this category.

 I would like to extend a HUGE  thanks to everyone involved in ANY way that has helped us to  achieve these awards:  your attendance and contributions at monthly meetings; innovative ideas and the writing of the award proposals. We are a small club but what we might lack in size, we more than make up for with talent. We should all be extremely proud of these achievements.

Rachel Pederson

Awards Committee Chairperson







"MUM'S THE WORD"  was the theme of the Awards Luncheon decor; our TCGC table decorations were unique and simply exquisite! Thanks to all who helped us stand out.

Peg Townsend earned a Blue Ribbon
tall entry titled Butterflies Drunken Dance. The calla lilies
abstracted to suggest butterflies. The structure was made by
inserting wire through green equisetum stems, wired together,
forming a platform to hold the dish and oasis for the upper structure.

​Peg's planter which contained three different kinds of draceana received The Grower's Choice division award and a blue ribbon.

Her round silver entry called March Winds
which received a 09+ and third place
award was made using Gerber daisies
and orchids.


Margareta Kotch entered the foliage design category titled Velvet Green Hills. No  flowers could be used in the design. She used a succulent and wrapped an old little ball with moss from the forest to create a focal point and texture. She braided some narrow leaves for the “handle”. The design was surrounded by some Sansevieria, Aspidistra, Cordyline Dracaena leaves. She received a score of 90 plus and earned a second place




Thanks to Peggy Townsend for ‘planting the seed’!


Subject: Plant America Grant Awards

January 27, 2019


Dear Town & Country Garden Club, CT Members,


Congratulations! We are pleased to inform you that your garden club has been awarded a $1000 National Garden Clubs PLANT AMERICA Community Project Grant.

The checks will be mailed on January 31 to the contact person named on your application.


Please take photos as your project progresses so we can use them in NGC publicity articles.


Good luck with your project!  


PLANT AMERICA Community Project Grants Committee

Betty Cookendorfer, Chairman

Town and Country Garden Club:

Several Club members attended the
annual Connecticut Federated Garden Club Awards Luncheon ~ Oct. 25, 2017

TCGC Was recognized for the caliber and length of service its club members give to the community.  For more than two decades club members have taken part in many activities
that benefit the Town of Newtown.

In addition: 

Ann Astarita: Recieved the Pauline B. Tyler Award for conservation 

Public Relations: 

Barbara McCann: 1st Award for Club Membership Book

Jane Sharp: 1st Award for Club Newsletter.


Members L-R

Ann Astarita, Barbara McCann,

Arline Shanley, Sandy Motyka,

Jane Sharpe, Judy Beers,

Josie Schmidt, Chris Lincoln,

Jan Gardner and Margaret Koch

attended the annual

Connecticut Federated Garden Club

Awards Luncheon

Oct. 25, 2017


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