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Amherst Orchid Society 2014 Show

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on February 2, 2014 at 4:05 PM Comments comments (0)

You're invited to attend this spectacular show of orchids sponsored by the Amherst Orchid Society on Saturday, February 22nd 9am - 5pm and Sunday, Feb 23, 10am - 4pm at Smith Voactional High School Northampton, MA  Admission: $5  Children under 12 Free

See additional information by clicking on their website.

You can see photos from the show by clicking on Photo Gallery tab to the right.



Photo from the 60s

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on December 10, 2013 at 10:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Who are the people in this picture? A friend found this photo in the attic of her mother-in-law (Rita Wacker) with some other garden club members. Check out the size of those zucchinis. If you know who they are, send the names to [email protected].

Pressed Flowers

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on November 8, 2013 at 10:20 PM Comments comments (0)

Many years ago, when I came to Vermont on the weekends, I started to press flowers the old fashioned way with a wooden press and paper. It was great fun and I really got into it, buying frames and mats, glue and fancy mounting paper. I pressed everything I could find in the garden and along roadsides. If it was growing, I pressed it. Like Ellie I experimented with different flowers and a few insect along the way. It look a long time for the flowers to dry in the wooden press and I wasn' really good at the flower arranging. My "artwork" looked a lot like a kindergarten project. So after a while I gave up and moved on to another craft.  Now I meet Ellie Roden at the last Club meeting. She has a fast and easy way of pressing flowers using a microwave. Wow!!  I was very inspired by Ellie's presentation. She gave us number of tips for selecting the right flowers, storing the pressed flowers and what tools and products to use. She demonstrated a new microwave press that I can't wait to try. She showed us how she uses pressed flowers to make artwork, note cards, bookmarks and a variety of other ideas. I bought a press and next summer I'll try pressing flowers again. You can learn about Ellie and her technique by going to her website:

Take a look in the Photo Gallery for the few pictures I took of the presentation. 

See you next month at the Holiday Luncheon... can't wait, it will be delicious. Bring a dish and remember that the luncheon starts at 12:00 - lunch time at the church.

Afternoon Tea Party August 19, 2013

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on August 22, 2013 at 12:30 AM Comments comments (0)

Members of the Newfane Garden Club and GROW, the Wardsboro Garden Club, co-hosted an afternoon tea at the home of Carol Fay in Wardsboro, Monday, August 19. The tea was attended by 36 club members and guests. Afternoon tea is traditionally held at 4:00 - 5:00 to tie one over until dinner is served at 8 or 9 PM. This tea party, prepared by Carol Fay and Joyce Orgera, provided a time to socialize and enjoy an English tradition earlier in the afternoon. Carol and Joyce played the part of the Countesses, the butler, Mr. Carson, was played by Carol's husband, Dick, and the maid was played by a good friend , Karen Wacker of Wardsboro. Walt Orgera played Lord Grantham and took all the photographs of guests. Tea sandwiches included cucumber, smoked salmon, egg salad and ham, all without crusts and cut into strips and triangle shapes were served on platters by the butler and maid. The next course was homemade scones with jam and clotted cream, which delighted many guests who had never eaten clotted cream. Lastly, tea cakes were served, including cheese and date tarts, jelly rolls, filled mini cupcakes, shortbread and other fancy cakes. And of course, hot and iced tea. The tables were set with fine English china, linen table cloths and napkins, crystal glasses, silver tea sets and flatware. Many Wardsboro club members donated tea pots, sugar bowls and creamers for the event. Guests wore Edwardian style hats, pearls, gloves, or long dresses and many wore it all. The hillside gardens, perfect sunny weather and the ambiance made this tea party a delightful afternoon. Look at the photos in the photo gallery.

Many thanks to all who helped make this event authentically Bristish. Ken and Karen Davis, Walt and Joyce Orgera, Karen Wacker, Dee Dee Garofalo, Joyce Caillor, Liz Reilly, Linda Gifkins, Helen Eddy. And most of all thanks to Dick Fay, who was the butler, scullery maid, gardener, set up and clean up person, pick up and delivery person and much more. Walt's and Dick's patience in following the whims and demands of all the women who obsessed over the details goes beyond description. It's amazing we are all still talking to each other. It was quite a production!

If you attended, please add your comments.

Cider Hill Farm Garden Tour

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on June 30, 2013 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

On Thursday, June 27, 2013, the Club met at the Cider Hill Farm in Windsor, CT, for an inspiring tour of perennial gardens and an art gallery. Sarah and Gary Milek, farm owners, showed us the most wonderful and unique peonies, hostas and other perennial plants. All of which could be purchased and planted in your own garden. Sarah graciously shared her knowledge of her plants and answered all the questions we had about her gardens, specific plants, and gardening techniques. Below is a link to Cider Hill Farm website if you would like to learn more about the farm and what plants they have to offer. And take a look at the pictures taken during the tour. Click on Photo Gallery. If you have your own pictures and would like to share them with the us, then please add them to the album.

The garden tour was followed by lunch at the Harpoon Brewery, where members "let down their hair" and tried some deliciously flavored beers ..... and the sandwiches were tasty too.

2013 Annual Meeting

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on June 30, 2013 at 11:05 AM Comments comments (0)

The 2013 Annual Meeting and luncheon was held on June 6 at the Grafton Inn in Grafton, VT. Rita Langlais, FGCV President swore in the appointed Newfane Garden Club officers. They are as follows:

President - Lenore Salzbrunn

Vice President - Joyce Orgera

Recording Secretary - Carol Fay

Corresponding Secretary - Janice Guminak

Treasurer - Janis Pereira

Programs - Alice Freeman and Lois Barnard

Projects - Sally Topitzer

From left to right: Janice Guminak, Sally Topitzer, Carol Fay, Alice Freeman, Joyce Orgera, Janis Pereira. Absent from the photo: Lenore Salzbrunn and Lois Barnard.

2013 Scholarship Awarded to Michael Bergeron

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on June 29, 2013 at 9:20 AM Comments comments (0)

Lenore Salzbrunn, Club President, recently awarded the 2013 NGC Scholarship to Michael Bergeron, from Jamaica. Michael graduated from Leland and Gray Middle School and high school. Michael is quite an athlete. He played varsity soccer, basketball, and golf for Leland and Gray. He also was on the Frisbee team in Brattleboro. In the fall, he will attend Caselton College for his freshman year, then transfer to the University of Brandenburg Institute of Technology in Cottbus, Germany to major in Environmental and Renewable Energy Management. He speaks German. Amazingly, over the summer he is working three jobs: one at Stratton Mountain Club, the second at Green Mountain Tent, and the third at theTennis Club, working on the courts. When he graduates from the university he would like to find a position in sales/management and promotion of renewable energy technology. Some of you might know his mother, Traci, who is a physical therapist at Grace Cottage Hospital. We wish him success in his academic studies and future career.


Smokey Bear/ Woodsey Owl Poster Contest

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on June 21, 2013 at 10:50 AM Comments comments (0)

The participants for the New England Region 2013 Smokey Bear/ Woodsey Owl Poster Contest are from Pat Brandley's second grade class at the Newbrook Elementary School in Newfane, VT. Pictured, is the class with their posters. In the back row (left to right) are Kathy Dowd, paraprofessional, Joyce Orgera, program coordinator from the Newfane Garden Club, and Pat Brandley, classroom teacher.

This year, posters created by Abigail Towle, Annika Crego, and Julia Jones were submitted for final judging by the National Garden Club. The winner this year for Grade 2 is Zoe Blake from South Burlington, VT representing the Burlington Garden Club. The poster will advance to the national competition.

Congratulations to all who participated and a special thank you to Mrs. Brandley and her second grade class for their participation.


November Meeting

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on November 5, 2012 at 11:10 AM Comments comments (0)

Alva Jean Unwin from Taylor for Flowers gave a wonderful presentation on creating flower arrangements that can be used for both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays. She showed us some excellent examples of her work, ideas that can be easily used by all and materials to buy. You can view some photos in the Photo Galllery. I was so inspired that I drove to Michael's Craft store in Keene to take advantage of the 80% discount on all fall decorating materials. I got a great bargain... and who doesn't like saving money?

Is this Spring or Fall

Posted by Janis Pereira on September 16, 2012 at 4:30 PM Comments comments (0)

Last week I had a foxglove bloomimg and today I noticed a bright patch of yellow primrose.

Anyone else have a mystery garden?  Janis