Long Hill Garden Club of Trumbull, Connecticut

Club Projects 2015 -2016


The purpose of the Long Hill Garden Club is to encourage interest in all phases of gardening and promote better horticultural practices, civic beauty and conservation of natural resources. Funding for these projects is derived from the annual plant sale and periodic grants from the Carstensen Memorial Foundation.

The Youth Committee
Trumbull Early Childhood Education Classes
First Grade Tree Planting
Third Grade Frightened Frog Programs
Madison Middle School Courtyard Project
Stern Village Gardens High School Project


Book Donations to Schools and Libraries
   Each year the LHGC donates books to the six elementary schools and to the two libraries in Trumbull. The selected books are always based on gardening, the club’s theme for the year, or other related issues the club stress for that particular year.  Books are given to the schools in April or May.
   
Indoor Plants ~ Trumbull Library 1985 to Present
All of the indoor plants at the Trumbull Library are donated and maintained by the club. The plants enhance the library for patrons and staff alike.

School Grants
Each year we solicit grant applications from the elementary school teachers. We award $500.00 to an elementary school teacher who has a winning project relating to gardening or the environment

Scholarship
A $1,000 scholarship is presented each year to a high school senior who is a Trumbull resident and plans to major in conservation, ecology, environmental science, horticulture or a related field.

Museum Passes
Each year the Long Hill Garden Club purchases passes to the Discovery Museum and the Beardsley Zoo and Gardens. These passes are donated to the Trumbull Library and may be checked out by town residents like books, giving them free admission to the museum and zoo.

Programs for the Public
Seven educational programs are planned for our monthly meetings which are open to the public.
   
Garden Therapy 
Garden therapy is the use of garden related activities as an aid to the recovery and rehabilitation of challenged individuals. This fall we will be meeting with residents at Stern Village, assisting with various horticulture and floral-related activities. 
   
Osborne Homestead Museum
For the second year, an enthusiastic and dedicated group of volunteers is participating in the Holiday Showcase at the historic Osborne Homestead Museum. Listed in the National Register of Historic Places, the Osborne is decked out for the holidays every year. Rooms are randomly assigned to civic groups that decorate each one according to a selected seasonal theme.

Farm and Garden Expo
This free community event, sponsored by the Trumbull Public Library, is held in the Spring at the Trumbull Agriscience & Biotechnology Center at 536 Daniels Farm Road. Students, businesses, and garden clubs provide displays, presentations and tours. In 2015, 6 members of LHGC were available to answer gardening questions. Going forward, suggestions for our participation include demos on garden therapy, floral design with raffle, butterfly gardens, invasive plants and a houseplant sale.

Every year just before Mother's Day the Long Hill Garden Club holds it annual plant sale in front of the Quality Street Trumbull Library, from 8:30 to noon. The plants are mainly from member's gardens and a few vendors that are invited to join us. We have a raffle. There are always Master Gardeners available to answer questions. It is an opportunity for all members to participate in a number of ways. It is our only club fundraiser to finance our monthly lecture programs which are open to the public and to finance our community service projects.

Random Acts of Kindness

Members will create small bouquets to distribute to unsuspecting members of the community. A tag will be attached stating  "A small bouquet to brighten your day! Compliments of the LHGC."  Directions to maintain the bouquet will be listed on the tag.