Held on the second Monday of the month, the Club’s meetings include a lecture featuring a well-known personality from the horticultural world followed by Club business announcements and a delicious luncheon prepared by member volunteers.  

Please note that monthly programs are for members only.  If you are interested in joining the club and/or attending one of our meetings, more information is available on the Join Us page or please contact our membership chairs:  Erica Buse, Kathy Rosenbaum or Lana Taubin

We are happy to announce that all meetings for the 2022/23 year will be in person and held at the Wilton Congregational Church (Pilgrim Hall), 70 Ridgefield Rd, Wilton!  Stay tuned for our complete 2022/23 program schedule.   While we eagerly await our new schedule, please see below for a complete list of the programs that we scheduled for the 2021/22 calendar year. 

DATE: September 13, 2021

SPEAKER: Barbara Deysson

TOPIC: Flower Show Designs

Barbara Deysson, an experienced designer and judge, will explain the differences between 3 of the designs from our upcoming show “A Century of Flowers in Fashion” on Sept. 24 & 25, 2021, at Old Town Hall. They are in the Design Section of the Schedule: Class 1. A Creative Mass Design, Class 3. A Parallel Design, and Class 4. A Creative Line Design. All are explained in the Handbook for Flower Shows on pages 74-75. She will demonstrate some of these designs & answer questions to demystify differences between these designs, using some of the same components.

DATE: October 18, 2021

SPEAKER: Renee Marsh

TOPIC: Garden Jeopardy

Renee has a degree in horticulture and teaches at the NY Botanical Gardens in the Bronx. Test your horticulture, insect, and gardening knowledge in a game of “Garden Jeopardy.” The game is structured like the Jeopardy TV game show including double jeopardy and final jeopardy questions. The club will be broken into teams so as many members can play if they wish. The questions challenge the teams on their knowledge of flowers, native and invasive plants, pollinators, as well as facts about Connecticut flora and fauna. This fast paced program is fun, entertaining and educational.

DATE: November 8, 2021

SPEAKER: Timothy Tilghman

TOPIC: The Untermyer Gardens

Timothy is the Head Gardener at the Untermyer Gardens in Yonkers, NY.  He is in charge of restoring the gardens at this historic site that was begun in 1862.  Some of the fascinating features in the garden have Islamic, Persian, Greek and Roman influences. We hope to make an in person visit to the garden.
Timothy possesses more than 25 years of horticulture experience. He holds a BS in Plant Science/Ornamental Horticulture from the University of Missouri.

DATE: December 13, 2021


DATE: January 10, 2022

SPEAKER: Frances Palmer

TOPIC: Frances is known for her ceramics and the photographs she takes of her garden flower arrangements in her beautiful ceramic creations. She works from her studio in Weston CT and there was a trip to her studio through the Garden Conservancy’s Open Days last September. She has also published a related book.

DATE: February 14, 2022

SPEAKER: Tim Abbott

TOPIC: In 2006 Tim was recruited to direct the Litchfield Hills Greenprint and a joint project with the Trust for Public Land and the Housatonic Valley Association. Tim has been a conservation leader in our region for over 20 years, working with the Nature Conservancy and Trust for Public Land before joining the Housatonic Valley Assoc. in 2008. He is a strong advocate for regional conservation policies at the at state and national levels and the many benefits that land protection provides to our communities. When not saving the land, he is involved with research and interpreting the American Revolutionary Period and is the president of a Revolutionary War Reenacting nonprofit program.

DATE: March 14, 2022

SPEAKER: Karen Perkins

TOPIC: Epimediums

While a great diversity exists among Epimediums, the jewels of the shade garden! Most Epimediums are not readily available to the public. Karen has gathered many of these rarities, determined their identities and propagated them for distribution. She owns a small retail mail-order nursery located in rural Mass. called Garden Vision Epimediums.

DATE: April 11, 2022

SPEAKER: No Speaker


DATE: May 16, 2022

SPEAKER: Renee Marsh

TOPIC: Container Gardening & Beyond

Growing in containers provides dazzling plant and design options, but keeping plants healthy (and alive) can be a challenge.  Renee will discuss the horticulture aspects of container gardening from selecting the appropriate plant and soil mix,  to fertilizing, watering and  overwatering.  Various types of plants including trees, conifers, shrubs and perennials with a nod to annual and vegetables will also be discussed.  Finally, she will explain the creative and design guidelines in garden settings.  Renee Marsh is a garden designer, advanced master gardener and horticulturalist (aka “plant nut”!).  Renee teaches gardening classes at the NY Botanical Gardens as well as community based adult education classes.  Come and explore how to enhance your garden with containers!