HAMDEN, CT: August 8, 2018 – A ceremony to dedicate a memorial to Katherine Patrick, a long-time Board Member of The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. (FGCCT), was held in the Bird and Butterfly Garden at Lockwood Farms shortly before the opening of the 108th Plant Science Day held by The Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station at its location in Hamden. Engraved plaques, donated to The Federation by Barker Specialty Company, were mounted by groundskeeper, Rick Cecarelli, on two benches near the south entrance to the garden.
Katherine served as the Chair of the Gardening Consultants Council and the Gardening School for many years and was treasured by many as a dear gardening friend and leader. The ceremony was attended by representatives from The Federation, including its Gardening Consultants Council, and Jerry Patrick who shared pictures of his wife Katherine’s beautiful gardens in Connecticut and New York.
Photos left to right:
Rick Cecarelli accepting the plaques from Inge Venus, FGCCT President.
Attendees at the ribbon cutting from left to right – Dorothy Johnson, President of the Spring Glen Garden Club; Arlene Field, FGCCT First Vice President; Polly Brooks, FGCCT Second Vice President and Membership Chair; Cheryl Cappiali, Gardening School Co-Chair; Jerry Patrick; Ellie Tessmer, Gardening Consultants Council Chair; and Martha Shea, Gardening School Co-Chair.
Jerry Patrick showing photos of Katherine’s gardens to Arlene Field, FGCCT First Vice President, and Cheryl Cappiali, Gardening School Co-Chair.