The Federation’s 91st Annual Awards Virtual Meeting was held on October 28, 2020.
The National Garden Club Awards were presented by Rene Marsh of The Federation. The New England Garden Club Awards were presented by New England Garden Clubs Director Suzanne Bushnell. The Connecticut Federation Awards were then presented by Awards Chair Vonice Carr and the members of her committee. Special Certificates recognized clubs and their members and the significant work that they do.
The Federated Gardens Clubs of Connecticut announced that Jane von Trapp, Chief Executive Officer of the Bartlett Arboretum & Gardens, received the Bronze Medal, the organization’s highest award. It is given annually to an individual for outstanding accomplishments in upholding the aims and purposes of The Federation.
Jane von Trapp has led the Bartlett Arboretum for the past seven years. She brings over 40 years of horticulture experience, clearly displayed in the 93-acres of the arboretum property. Her innovative and creative leadership has increased the value of this gem within the City of Stamford with new gardens and community activities.
Thirty nine designs from 28 different clubs entered Pumpkins on Parade, a virtual design challenge sponsored by Judges Council, for a chance to be featured during the virtual 2020 Federation Awards meeting. Incredible designs using pumpkins in many creative and unusual ways showcased the talent of garden club members.
Garden club members throughout the state, including Beyond Beginning participants, judges and those interested in floral design, were invited to create a fall design using seasonal flowers and a pumpkin. Rules were simple: Along with a photo of the design, e-mailed by October 15th, include a list of the common names of the plant material used. Dried material, real fruits and vegetables, etc. were OK. However, no faux/artificial flowers, foliage, fruits, vegetables, etc. were permitted and no invasive or endangered plant material could be used.
All entries were judged by a panel of three judges representing Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut. Six designs were chosen for the Parade of Pumpkins Contest.
Designer: Jerry Hesse
Garden Club of New Haven
Pumpkin, my own white dahlia, two hydrangea stems
Designer: Carol Ferraro
Guilford Garden Club
Pumpkin, Dried palm eaves, dried spider gum claw, protea, Billy Balls, Hydrangea, Calla lilies, Kangaroo paw, Russian Sage, coral bell leaves
Designer: Larry Huzi
Garden Club of Orange
Anemone, Beautyberry, Christmas Fern, Cox Comb, Dahlia, Daisy Mum, Dusty Miller, Eryngium, Gomphocarpus physocarpus, Liatris, Spray Rose, Jarrahadale pumpkin, yarn wrapped midollino