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.

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Information provided by Margareta Kotch


This past month of October you have probably seen NEW ENGLAND ASTERS growing in fields, meadows and along roadsides. The most common colors are pale blue, white and purple. They belong to the Asteraceae family and the GENUS is SYMPHOTRICUM. The Autobahn’s Bent in the River in Southbury, CT is a great place to find these beautiful wildflowers (and others as well) and that’s where I took the photos.

The Purple Aster is quite a showy plant because of its colorful ray florets, the disc florets are yellow, becoming brownish purple with age. They can grow as tall as 4-5 feet. The New England Aster has a long blooming season, starting in August and blooming until first frost.


The Aster plants are very popular for bees collecting nectar and Monarch butterflies are
attracted to the flower of this plant as it provides an important source of late season nectar.
Interestingly, the flower was used in a LOVE medicine by the IROQUOIS! Early Viagra ???

Also the root has been used for centuries in Chinese medicines.
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Information provided by Margareta Kotch

The Truth about Goldenrod! Before you pooh-pooh golden rod as just a common roadside weed here are a few facts; first, it gets a bad rap as the cause of allergies in the fall. That’s an old wives’ tale! Goldenrod doesn’t cause allergies but Ragweed does. It’s a less conspicuous weed that blooms at the same time. The graceful yellow flower blooming now, starting in the middle of
August and through September is a Native perennial Wildflower.

It was once used medicinally and to make a wine by Native Americans and Europeans. The leaves were even used by colonists to make tea after they threw all the British tea overboard at the Boston Tea Party !      

There are more than 100 species; SOLIODAGO is the scientific name for Goldenrod. It’s in the Aster family. They do spread vigorously, making them difficult to control in the garden but are wonderful wildflowers. Some species have been bred to be more uniform and less aggressive in a garden. Look for varieties such as Fireworks, Baby Sun and Goldkind in Garden Centers. It’s a
tough plant that grows in just about any soil. It provides the garden or wildflower meadow with
fall color, food for bees and butterflies. You can create a lovely bouquet with goldenrod mixed with some Asters, Sedum and other fall
bloomers for your enjoyment and brighten up your home.   and

Contributions by Mary Ellen Weiner  
2017 Conservation Chairman


October, 2017

Rockaway, Queens, is a small peninsula wholly contained within New
York City. Due to a key decision put into place by fisheries managers in
2012, this area, just twelve miles as the crow flies from Manhattan, is
seeing resurgence in humpback whales. Thanks to this resurgence you
can now go on whale watching tours launched from one of the largest
cities in the world. As large, beautiful and mysterious creatures it is easy
to see why humpback whales attract our attention, but their increased
presence in the New York metro area is due in a large part to the recovery
of one of their favorite food sources, the Atlantic menhaden.
Menhaden is a small, oily, energy rich fish that attracts the attention of all
kinds of wildlife including bluefish, striped bass, eagles, osprey, and
dolphins.. From Florida to Maine menhaden once blanketed our coasts.
Because they are oily, and therefore energy rich, they are also harvested
by commercial fishermen.

In 2012, the Atlantic States Marine Fisheries Commission (ASMFC)
acknowledged that menhaden were greatly depleted due to commercial
fishing and put into place a coast-wide catch limits for the first time.
Thanks to this action menhaden population are on the increase, as well as,
menhaden predators.

September, 2017


In the last decade, a string of jaguar sightings in the American South West has electrified residents of Arizona & New Mexico. Normally, efforts to recover threatened species require a great deal of time, money & human effort. Think of the reintroduction of the gray wolf to Yellowstone National Park or the California condor, nursed in a captive breeding program until its numbers were large enough to return to the mountains of Big Sur. The jaguar hasn't needed any of this. Moving northward from the mountains of Mexico's Sierra Madre, the species is reestablishing itself in some of the territory it once called home.

The return of the American jaguar, thrilling as it may be, is precarious. Roads and ranches interrupt migration routes. A pair of proposed mines, a copper mine in the Santa Rita Mountains & a silver mine in the Patagonia Mountains would obliterate prime habitat. Then there is the proposed boarder wall. If it was ever completed it would eliminate any future chance of jaguars migrating from Mexico.

Restoring the jaguars to the southwest has the potential to be the conservation success story of the 21st century. Will mankind allow it to continue?

For additional information and great photographs go to

Contributions by Mary Ellen Weiner  
2017 Conservation Chairman

Aug. 2017


In Connecticut, medians which are 60 feet or wider will be cut only fifteen feet along the roadside and will be only cut once or twice per season.  Treatment of herbicides will be used for invasives only as needed.


Plant replacement plots are being developed to create additional pollinator habitat areas.  Each of the four DOT districts will have two plots, one naturalized and one planted.  In district four there is one naturalized plot (over an acre at exit 10 west bound shoulder, Newtown) & one planted plot (route 8 Torrington, exit 46).


Already you can see visible changes with the emergence of crown vetch, flea bane, & daisy.  With 10,000 miles of state highways these linear corridors of improved habitat could make a significant difference for our bees, insects, birds and wild life.

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