Founded in 1964, our club has set out with these objectives in mind:

  • To promote interest in horticulture.

  • To increase knowledge of artistic use of plant material.

  • To further the conservation of natural resources.

  • To encourage and assist in civic projects.

General Meetings:

Are scheduled for the second Wednesday of the months of September, October, November, February, March, April and May. Business meetings begin at 6:00 pm.

Monthly meetings are held at the Newtown Community Center, on the Fairfield Hills Campus at 8 Simpson Street, Newtown.

Meeting programs, which begin at 7:00 pm are open to the public at no charge. 


Design and Horticulture Exhibit  contributions are reserved for Members only.

DESIGN ELEMENTS and Horticulture Exhibits 

FOR 2019 -2020

Scroll to the bottom for previous Meeting Information

Exhibits team: Margareta Kotch and Arline Shanley.

Our theme for exhibits this year is "Inspirations from Books written by Sidney Eddison"Exhibitors should regard the title and cover photos of the selected books by Sydney Eddison and use their own interpretations to create their own designs

September 2019

Artistic Design of Your Choice, using a domestic tool. Inspiration The Gardener's Palette


Horticulture  Late flowering perennial

October 2019

Artistic Design  Underwater Design Inspiration The Self-Taught Gardner

Horticulture  Shrub or tree branch

November 2019

Artistic Design Mass Design Inspiration The Unsung Season

Horticulture   House plant grown for bloom

February 2020 

no exhibits

March 2020

Artistic Design Reflective Creative Design Inspiration Where We Walk.

Horticulture    Flowering bulbs


April 2020

Artistic Design Creative Line Mass Inspiration Gardens To Go

Horticulture    Flowering Plant


May 2020

Artistic Design Petite Design Inspiration Gardening For a Lifetime

Horticulture  Branch from flowering shrub


Prior Exhibit Topics of 2017 - 2018


February 2018 Design Workshop

Special Presentation in UNDERWATER FLORAL DESIGN:

Peggy Townsend and Deb Osborne presented the program “Underwater Floral Design” where some or all plant material and components are submerged in water. They gave tips and suggestions on how to create the designs. Several underwater designs were created in advance and raffled off after the presentation. Hopefully members will use this information for our April exhibits.

March 14, 2018 Design:

Theme:  Mount Desert Island, Acadia National Park, Maine

Your inspiration: This coastal landscape is known for its rugged woodlands, rocky beaches, and glacier-scoured peaks such as Cadillac Mountain.


Exhibits  SMALL DESIGN – In the past, Small Designs had to measure no more than 8 inches in height, width and depth. The 2017 revised handbook no longer includes small designs, instead there is a Petite Category ranging from 3 to 12 inches. For consistency, let’s keep our designs for this month under 12 inches in height, width or depth.


Why the stress on size? Creating within strict parameters teaches us a lot:

1.   Proportion: how will the design fit within the given space and not look too big or too small? Is there a nice “breathing space” within the 12” frame?

2.   Scale: how will the selection of container, plant and line material work together so no element appears overly dominant or insignificant.

3.   The Nitty Gritty: working small helps us weed out extraneous elements and keep the design simple, unfussy, and impactful – less is more!


Also: March weather is notoriously changeable, so transporting a smaller design is a lot easier. So give it a whirl!

April 11, 2018  6:30 PM

Theme:  Under Water Design
Draw your inspiration from the exotic beauty of Everglades National Park, Florida, the largest subtropical wilderness in the U.S. This unparalleled landscape is
home to exotic flora and endangered manatees, crocodiles, and panthers.

Remember some of the tips Peg Townsend and Deb Osborne demonstrated at our February workshop:

  • Start with a clean and finger print-free container (easier said than done).

  • A few drops of bleach or vinegar will help keep the water clean.

  • Choose flowers and foliage that are tough and waxy: tulips and croton leaves.

  • Use metal nuts and fishing sinkers to keep plant material in place.

  • Colored glass beads help disguise the pin holder.

  • More plant material should be below the surface than above.

  • Accessories are ok, but no live fish, please!

There are two classes:
1. Open Class - Use a regular round goldfish bowl as a container
2. Challenge Class - Use a glass container of your choice

1. Flowering bulbs, corms, or tubers
2. Flowering shrub or tree branch
If you have lilies of the valley, they are not bulbs, but pips; bring them anyway and we will

make a class for them.

Change For May:Exhibits: Designer’s Choice.Inspiration is Shenandoah National Park

November 2017 Design:

Theme:    Bridal Veil Falls - Yosemite National Park, California

*Make an arrangement just for fun!*

Since the cascade design is a totally new concept and we’d like to encourage you to give it a try; only to be enjoyed and NOT JUDGED just show and tell.

We hope you will take this opportunity to go wild and create your very own vision of Bridal Veil Falls at the heart of Yosemite National Park.

Exhibits: CASCADE DESIGN --  Here is suggestion to use for a pasta container Fill the container or grayish rocks, which would give White carnations the waterfall carnations can then be added mixed with ferns, other things to cover up the Oasis.

Definition: movement that can be curved, straight, or zigzag. A minimum amount of components extend upward; the majority of material cascades downward.

The design is supported by a container or other device.

A few tips:

1.Container: A weighty candleholder or tall container (14” or more) offers the necessary height and stability.

2. Mechanics: An O-Daptor with Oasis or a trimmed piece of Oasis fastened securely with tape or
chicken wire is needed to support the weight of downward    facing plant material.

3. Material: Lightweight, curving materials such as ivy, grasses, callas, rolled leaves (gladiola leaves work) or whatever suits your fancy.


So give it a whirl and bring your creation to our November  meeting!



October 2017 DESIGN:

Theme:  Zion National Park, Utah from above, the canyon offers breathtaking vistas of verdant valleys and vermilion cliffs.
From below, it’s majestic
sandstone, emerald pools, and weeping rocks.


LINE MASS is a design in which additional materials enhance
and strengthen the dominant line at the focal area whilemaintaining an open silhouette. May be right- or left-handtriangle, oval, or any type of line design.

for more information on the Design specifications check your Member Booklet

Theme:    Grand Teton National Park The celebration of the 100th anniversary of the National Park Service system is winding down.

Exhibits: MASS ARRANGEMENT  Characterized by the use of a large quantity of plant material.  The design has a closed silhouette, but plant material is not crowded.  Groupings of forms and colors to create a focal area center of interest.

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