The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. conducted our 92nd Annual Meeting by a Zoom webinar on April 14, 2021. Over 400 members of garden clubs and affiliate organizations from across the state tuned in the webinar, which began with a fascinating and extremely enjoyable presentation by Julie Moir Messervy, world renowned and award winning landscape designer and acclaimed author. She presented, “The Designer’s Way: Creating Gardens (and Lives) of Beauty and Meaning.” Presenting beautiful images of her many projects, Julie shared the principles and processes she lives by for visioning, designing, and building public and private gardens and landscapes. More on the spectacular projects and books by Julie Moir Messervy can be found at www.jmmds.com.
The Annual Meeting continued with remarks by Arlene Field about the accomplishments and challenges of her outstanding term as our Federation President, stressing the importance of “staying together and growing stronger.” She also urged us to continue our environmental efforts, supporting her President’s theme, “Out with Invasives, In with Natives.” Arlene then presented nineteen FGCCT Presidential Citations for exceptional work by Board Members.
The election and installation of The Federation’s officers for 2021 – 2023 followed. We were honored to welcome Gay Austin, National Garden Clubs President, to conduct the individual installations, which included: President, Polly Brooks, of Litchfield Garden Club; First Vice-President, Karin Pyskaty, of Wallingford Garden Club; Second Vice-President, Nan Merolla, of Wilton Garden Club and Treasurer, Shirley Hall, of Wallingford Garden Club. Polly Brooks closed the meeting, introducing her inspiring President’s theme, “We Grow Gardens and Gardeners.” Meet our Officers
Many thanks to all who donated to our Federation’s Scholarship Fund during the Annual Meeting and registration. The proud tradition of awarding scholarships to qualifying college and university students was begun in 1982 and continues, thanks to the generous donations of our Connecticut member clubs and other individuals and organizations. Annual Scholarships