Manchester Garden Club News

The 2022 scholarship recipient is Hillary Terk of Wethersfield.  While working full-time, Hillary is finishing her associate's degree in Environmental Science at MCC, and plans to pursue her bachelor's degree in Environmental Science at Central or UConn. Hillary currently works at SavAtree and previously for the town of Glastonbury in the Parks Department while working on getting both her applicator's and operator’s licenses for fertilization and tree work. By attaining a degree in addition to the licenses she will have more opportunity for employment within the environmental industry. Hillary enjoys school and continuing her education, and shows it with wonderful grades.

Members of the Beautification Committee traveled the town looking for business and civic buildings where gardens were created and maintained to enhance Manchester's "Village Charm". We awarded five recognition awards this year. On each citation we identified what we felt were the striking features of the garden. Our winners are:

Bayt Ul-Mamur Mosque (Creating a vibrant urban garden)
The Green Scene (Continued development of pollinator plantings)
John Hambrook, DDS (Enchanting urban flower garden)
The Main Pub (Maintaining a patio that is an urban floral oasis)
Woodland Gardens (Creating an eye catching street border)

Members of the Manchester Garden Club are working with the town and other civic organizations to connect Manchester to the Pollinator Pathway. This is a national movement that is dedicated to helping to restore bees and other beneficial insect populations.

The Manchester Garden Club would like to inform our members and neighbors of the need to act in our own yards to protect the future of this planet. We can stop using pesticides and chemicals in our yards.  We can add native plants to our gardens and include them in our garden design. Native plants are suited to the environment, they give your garden diversity, and they are generally low maintenance if planted with the correct light and moisture requirements. Native plants don't make your garden look messy.

The Manchester Garden Club plans to include native plants in the four civic gardens we maintain in town. The club has planted and maintains a Pollinator garden in Center Park at the Bigelow Street entrance.

The Club will be selling pollinator-friendly native plants at this year's plant sale at the Community Baptist Church, 585 East Center Street. The sale starts at 8:30 am, rain or shine. Information about how your garden can become part of the Pollinator Pathway will be available.
View local Pollinator Pathway Website

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