Connecticut Symposium

Join us at the Fabulous Water’s Edge Resort and Spa

Visit Westbrook, Connecticut at the peak of the 2018 fall season for the
2018 Connecticut Symposium, October 16th – 18th
Come a day early for the New England Garden Clubs, Inc.  Annual Meeting and Awards Ceremony, October 15th – 16th

Any garden club member may attend the Symposium; it is not for Judges only!

Both events are being held at the Water’s Edge Resort and Spa, located beach-side on Long Island Sound, with beautifully landscaped grounds, amazing amenities and a warm ambiance. Nearby are garden centers, lovely Colonial towns, outlet malls and much more. Water’s Edge is easily accessible via I-95 and Route 1. Hotel reservations for both events are made directly with the Water’s Edge Resort. Scroll down to find registration for the Symposium and Meeting.

2018 Connecticut Symposium Speakers

Jamal Ansari

Ko Klover

Penny Decker

Dorthy Yard

Jamal Ansara, President and Owner of East Coast Flowers, a premier floral wholesaler in Norwalk, Connecticut, with 25 years experience in all facets of the floral business, will start off the program late Tuesday afternoon, October 16th, with the the first of two Allied Subjects: “The 21st Century Global Flower Market.”

Ko Klover of Delaware, will follow with the second Allied Subject: “Certified American Grown Flowers.”  Ko is a board member, Certified American Grown Council, CEO of Botanical Trading Co. LLC and a partner at Pioneer Gardens, Inc. in Delaware.

Our Design Instructor on October 17th will be Penny Decker from Florida discussing “Grouped Mass” and “Featured Plant Material,” two of the new designs debuted in the 2017 Handbook.  Penny teaches Symposia and Flower Show Schools around the country and is known for her color-filled creative designs.

Dorthy Yard of Pennsylvania is the National Garden Club Flower Show Chair and a five-star member of the NGC.  As a NGC Instructor, she has taught horticulture in 38 states.  Dorthy will teach Horticulture on October 18th, featuring “Going Green: Broad Leaf Evergreens and Container Begonias”.  Both are New England flower show favorites.

2018 Connecticut Symposium Registration


You may attend the Symposium for the entire time or attend selected parts.   The Symposium will provide credit for those judges refreshing or just wishing to be current.  The Symposium Schedule provides detailed information on events, hotel reservations and specific requirements for credit options. Registration is available on-line or by mail.  No telephone reservations will be accepted.  The registration deadline is September 30, 2018.

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NEGC Annual Meeting Activities

Come meet New England Director Susan Hinkel and New England State Presidents.  Attend Monday evening’s reception and dinner, followed by a presentation by Connecticut’s own Leslie Martino. Attend Tuesday’s business meeting and learn about the exciting activities of our fellow New England States. At the lunch and following ceremony, learn what awards have been presented to Connecticut!

Sue Hinkel
Director, NEGC, Inc.

Suzanne Bushnell
NEGC Awards Chair

NEGC Annual Meeting Registration


Registration deadline is September 17, 3018.

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