The 92nd Annual FGCCT Awards Virtual Meeting was held on October 27, 2021, at which 171 awards were presented to 43 clubs for the exceptional work members have done during the past year.
The National Garden Clubs Awards were presented by Mary Warshauer, NGC President. The New England Garden Clubs was represented by Director Suzanne McCance. The Connecticut Federation Awards were then presented by Awards Chair Vonice Carr and members of her committee. Special Certificates recognized clubs and their members and the significant work that they do.
The Federated Gardens Clubs of Connecticut awarded the Bronze Medal to Lynn Werner, Executive Director, Housatonic Valley Association. The Federations highest award is given annually to an individual for outstanding accomplishments in upholding its aims and purposes.
The Housatonic Valley Association, established 80 years ago, works continually to remediate the Housatonic River from its source in Massachusetts to the Long Island Sound and partners to protect its extensive watershed, whether in Connecticut, New York or Massachusetts.
Pumpkins on Parade 2, a virtual design challenge sponsored again in 2021 by Judges Council, offered another chance to be featured during the virtual 2021 Federation Awards Meeting. Incredible designs using pumpkins in many creative and unusual ways showcased the talent of garden club members. The top six designs are highlighted below, followed by all 40 entries.
Garden club members throughout the state, 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 a published deadline), 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.