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Emma Bourne recipient of 2017 scholarship

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on June 30, 2017 at 2:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Emma Bourne was given the NGC 2017 scholarship by Lenore Salzbrunn, past president. Here are some photos of the event and a short biography written by Emma.

My name is Emma Bourne and I am a recent alum of Leland and Gray and eighteen year occupant of the town of Brookline. Throughout my time in school my interests have spread beyond the classroom. I love to be outdoors, from time spent in the garden with my mom to running and trotting around the soccer field. My interests based in the outdoors, exercise and time spent in the garden and translated into learning about both nutrition and cooking. I love making food that tastes good and is good for you! I am also passionate about seeing the world. During my four years of high school I have travelled to three different countries. In 2014 I travelled to China for a month with the Journey East program, to Spain for fifteen days in February of 2016 and to Costa Rica in April 2016 to a sea turtle conservation where I volunteered for fifteen days. Lastly, I inherited a love for crafts from both my grandmother and my mother. I have long been doing pottery, sewing and knitting and have recently gotten into embroidery. My life so far has provided me with a variety of thing that continuously bring me happiness.

I'm not sure what my future holds but that excites me. After twelve years in the education system, I am thrilled to have that freedom before entering into higher education. For the next year I am hoping to do a couple of trips abroad and maybe within the US. I hope to take a trip to Greece to participate in World Wide Opportunities on Organic Farms (WWOOF) where I would work on a farm in return for room and board. I am also hoping to travel back to Montezuma, Costa Rica to do a teaching program in a rural school in the same town of the conservation I worked on. Between my travels, I am excited to be able to work and take some classes at the community college.

Click on Photo Gallery to see photos of Emma.


Trip to Magic Wings

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on September 2, 2016 at 9:05 AM Comments comments (0)
This trip was truly magical. The butterflies were spectacular in color, shape and variety. The butterflies welcomed us into their home by giving us a show beyond our expectations, flittering here and there, even landing on a few of us. Although the butterflies were friendly, some were very illusive, shy and hard to photograph (click on the photo gallery to see a few of them). All of butterflies came from countries located in tropical climates, such as Costa Rica, Mexico, S. America and other places. The visit seemed like an exotic tour into a land of butterfly fantasy. The tour guide had an infectious laugh and was a delight to listen to. He shared his vast knowledge of butterflies and the plants and flowers they love. He told us a secret about two butterflies that will bring hope to all who are searching for the fountain of youth.... and this is real research and within the realm of possibility. If you would like to be in on the secret, ask one of the people who were there. Although, she may want to keep the secret for herself.

2106 Garden Tour

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on July 15, 2016 at 1:15 PM Comments comments (0)

This year, the Newfane Garden Club's garden tour was held at the home of Bob Forte in Wilmington. We had the privilege of enjoying a spectacular garden that contained classic parterres, interesting folly, statuaries of Greek goddesses and arbors juxtaposed with East Asian koi ponds, waterfalls and an elaborate bridge. The garden is aptly named Top of the Hill because it is an enchanting garden located on top of a hill. The garden is expansive and open. The center of the garden has a stream whose headwater starts under a beautiful wood and wrought iron bridge. The stream swiftly cascades down to a parterre overlooking a distant mountain view. The garden is filled with a variety of perennials, shrubs and annuals that add color and texture. Throughout the garden, unique ceramic pots and urns provide focal points that compliment the colors and mixes of the plants.

The right side of the garden is flanked by a shade garden of mixed perennials, trees and animal statues snuggled among the foliage. They appear as if they have come out of their hiding places to explore who has come to visit the garden. Deep within the garden there is another waterfall that cascades over moss covered boulders and flows into a koi pond. A serene sitting area provides space for reflection and contemplation and perhaps planning the next garden project.

In the center of the garden beyond a large pergola for entertaining, a space with Greek statues gives the garden a classic look and provides a stark contrast with the rest of the more contemporary aspects of the property. The garden is filled with arbors, ornaments and other unique items giving us so much to feast one's eyes. Most interesting , a garden train with scaled buildings modeled from existing buildings located in Wilmington runs over a portion of the back lawn.

The entire garden was designed over a period of 12 years and is lovingly cared for by Bob, the property owner. The tour ended with a lovely " bring your own" lunch served with wine on the patio overlooking the garden. And just when you thought it couldn't be better, a harpist played during lunch. It was an elegant morning. I'm truly grateful for the opportunity to see the garden and I wish I had more time to look more closely at the fine details and creative aspects of the garden.

Take a look at the photo gallery to see some garden highlights.

Carol Fay


Saving the Monarch Butterflies

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on September 13, 2015 at 2:05 PM Comments comments (0)

A wonderful article, "Iconic Insect," was written in the Brattleboro Reformer on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2015 on the front page!

The article highlights the work of Janice Pereira, one our members. She says,"Everyone can help save monarch butterflies". There is a great photo of Janice with her husband, Tom, and their grandsons, Riley and Tye, observing a monarch butterfly emerging from its cocoon. There are additional photos related to the monarch butterfly.

The article explains that in June, Janice and her neighbors met at the back deck of Vermont Woods studios and shared milkweed seeds and plants. It goes on to explain the relationship between milkweed plants and monarch butterfiies. It is an excellent article and I hope you find the time to read it.

I think it is a great project for the garden club to pursue.

Norma Shakun

2015/16 Yearbook

Posted by Carol on September 4, 2015 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)

The current 2105/16 club yearbook is being distributed to all members during the monthly meetings. If you haven't already received yours come to a meeting and you can have one.

Website to Learn About Bees

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on November 9, 2014 at 2:55 PM Comments comments (0)

Joyce Orgera has provided the link to a website where you can learn more about bees, but not about the birds and bees.... we already know all about that. :)

Hope you get a chance to check it out and let us know whether you enjoyed what you found.


2014 Annual Meeting and Luncheon

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on June 13, 2014 at 4:45 PM Comments comments (0)

Lenore Salzbrunn warmly welcomed all members and guests to the 78th Annual Luncheon and Meeting of the Newfane Garden Club..

Sadly, Irene Wenker's husband Bud died recently. The Club will send a donation in memorial to Grace Cottage Hospital. Cards of sympathy and best wishes sent to Irene will be greatly appreciate during her time of grief.

This year's scholarship winner is Zoe Soule from Leland and Gray High School. Zoe will attend UVM and major in Environmental Studies. She enjoys sport and the theater. By a unanimous vote, the scholarship amount increased from $500 to $750 because there is extra money in this year's budget.

Alice Freeman updated us on the garden tours schedule July 10. The day will start at 10:00 am at the home of Rosalind Fritz in Newfane. Two gardens in Brookline have been selected but not confirmed. The last garden is at the home of Maggie Bills in Townshend. Please bring a picnic lunch. Dessert and beverages will be provided. Additional information will be sent as soon as it is available. Check the website for garden and location information.

Sally Topitzer reported a profit of $1050.25 from this year's plant sale. The bake sale sold $233.75 and plants were 826.50. It was a great day for those who helped and Sall

y appreciated the large number of volunteers who helped before the plant sale pricing, labeling and organizing the plants and during the sale convincing buyers to indulge in the joy of gardening. We had a wonderful variety of plants to sell, so many thanks to those who donated plants. The bake sale was equally successful with many delicious cakes, cookies, bars, etc.

Janis reminded everyone to submit Club dues of $18 and if interested a donation of $2 to the scholarship fund for next year. Please send checks directed to her before the next meeting.

The meeting was adjourned and we all enjoyed a wonderful lunch at the Grafton Inn, Grafton, VT.

See the Photo Album for photos of some attendees.

Looking for Interesting Gardening Blogs/Websites

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on April 3, 2014 at 8:55 PM Comments comments (0)

If you have a favorite website or blog that you follow, send the link to Carol Fay in an email [email protected]. She will put your link in the Resources tab next to the links to the National Garden Clubs and the Federated Garden Clubs of Vermont. Check out the FGCV's new and improved website by Clicking on the Resources tab in the menu on the right.

Looking for Gardens to Tour July10

Posted by Newfane Garden Club on April 3, 2014 at 8:50 PM Comments comments (0)

The Garden Club is looking for two people who are willing to share their garden for a tour on July 10, 2014. Your garden does not need to be perfect, whose garden is? No one, not even the master gardeners. That's what the joy of gardening is all about. If you're interested, contact Alice Freeman.

Please become a member of our garden club

Posted by Carol on March 19, 2014 at 6:05 PM Comments comments (0)

When you become a member, you will have the joy of meeting new friends who love gardening as much as you do. You will learn gardening techniques from many expert gardeners. You may also share your knowledge with others in the group. We meet once a month.