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Garden Club Invites You To Its May Market Plant Sale

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Apr 152019
 

The Garden Club of Orange announces its annual May Market Plant Sale will take place on the Town Green on Saturday, May 11 from 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon.  In case of inclement weather, the sale will take place at the High Plains Pavilion.

Once again plants and perennials from members’ garden will be available for purchase along with assorted annuals.  Making her second appearance at the sale will be Flora the Purple Cow, a special member of the club. She will be available for a photo op.

The Garden Club of orange is a member of the FGCT, NEGC, and NEC.  For membership information contact Joanne Friedrichs at 203-795-4266.

A Look Inside One Of The Garden Club’s Holiday Houses

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Dec 282018
 

The Garden Club of Orange hosted its biennial Holiday House Tour, “Deck The Halls” on Sunday, December 9.

Five charming and unique Orange homes were beautifully decorated by members of The Garden Club of Orange and available for paying guests to view from Noon to 3:30 p.m.

The Garden Club keeps the locations a secret until the tour begins, and the homeowners are sworn to secrecy as well.

This year, one of the homes chosen for the tour was that of Selectman Mitch Goldblatt and his wife, Abby.

They told us that the process was intense, with members of the Garden Club visiting the house long before the event and taking notes on the color scheme, existing artwork, and decor.

A team of about 5 Garden Club members is assigned to each home, and they work with the homeowner on the preferred colors of flowers that they’ll use and which, if any of the existing bowls, dishes and vases they can use.

Unlike many of the homes that are decorated with greens and holly for Christmas, the Goldblatt’s home was a little different, since they are Jewish and celebrate Hanukkah. Blue and Silver replaced the Red and Green at Christian homes.

The Goldblatt’s could not have been happier with the end result, their entranceway, living room and fireplace, den, and kitchen all were adorned with beautifully crafted fresh flower arrangements that complimented their home perfectly. 

Mitch said the women who decorated his house really paid attention to every detail, they even baked Star of David Sugar Cookies with blue icing. 

Abby loved the way they made arrangements to “go with” the family’s artwork and utilized some of her decorative bowls.

This was not the first Hanukkah house the Garden Club has done, they featured one late year, too, but no one could give us an exact number since the tours began. 

Get Your Tickets For Sunday’s Holiday House Tour Now!

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Dec 072018
 

Holiday House Chairmen Pat Nizen and Lisa Stackpole (Photo by Linda Bradford)

The Garden Club of Orange will host its biennial Holiday House Tour, “Deck The Halls” on Sunday, December 9, 2018, from !2:00 Noon to 3:30 p.m.

Co-Chairs Pat Nizen and Lisa Stackpole announced that five charming and unique Orange homes beautifully decorated by members of The Garden Club of Orange will be available for viewing.

House chairs include Pat Dray, Sally Denny, Lana Ho, Larry Huzi, Sandy Horling, Marianne Bauer and Nancy Bartle.

Limited tickets are available for purchase at $25 each, by contacting Nancy Becque at 203-795-9425.

The Garden Club of Orange is a member of the FGCCT, NEG, and NEC.

For membership information contact Joanne Friedrichs at 203-795-4266.

Stone-Otis Garden Tour and Open House Rain or Shine on Thursday

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Aug 292018
 

A photo from August 2017

The Garden Club of Orange and the Orange Historical Society will host a tour of the Stone Otis House Herb Garden and the Victorian Era home on Thursday, August 30 from 4 to 6 p.m. (Rain or Shine)

Since the last tour, the gardens have filled out and become even more colorful and beautiful.

 Maryellen Holden has been working tirelessly maintaining the flower gardens, and her expertise really shows.
The herb garden behind the Victorian Era home includes 26 different varieties of fragrant and useful plants. Garden Club members will be available to answer all of your questions.
See the current Orange Life Magazine (you know you have it in your home somewhere) for bit of background and a glimpse of just how beautiful it can be.

Admission is free.

Come Out For The Stone Otis Herb Garden and House Tour

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Jun 112018
 

The Garden Club of Orange and the Orange Historical Society will host a Summer Solstice tour of the Stone Otis House Herb Garden and the Victorian Era home on Thursday, June 21 from 4 to 7 p.m.

Come and enjoy the redesigned herb and flower gardens, in their early season glory. Then come back in the fall and tour it again to see how it’s changed.

See the current Orange Life Magazine for bit of background and a glimpse of just how beautiful it can be.

Admission is free.

 

Dozens Come Out To See A Lovely Garden

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Aug 252017
 

Since April, members of the Garden Club of Orange have been working tirelessly in the herb garden at the Stone-Otis House across from Town Hall.

Maryellen Holden redesigned, planted and maintained the gardens around the rest of the property, making it a butterfly paradise, full of color and a splendid variety of flowers of all shapes and sizes. When she first took over, she cut back the coveted hops plant that had been donated to the Historical Society by the folks at the Warde-Heitmann House in West Haven almost to the ground, much to the dismay of at least one society member who lamented that it had been killed. But now the hops plant is a perfect showpiece, covering the new well and getting a lot of attention from anyone who happens to see it.

The herb garden is so beautiful, now that it’s been brought back to its former magnificence from when the Orange Historical Society won the Federated Garden Club of CT award for the Best Herb Garden in the State.

On Thursday, Aug. 24, the Garden Club partnered with the Historical Society to host an open house/garden tour from 5 to 7 p.m. Well, “if you build it, they will come,” the event was well attended with a steady stream of visitors, both men and women strolling around, admiring this town treasure.

To demonstrate what anyone can do with herbs and plants from the garden, Rachel and Katherine Holden served up some very special lemonade, offering guests a choice of natural mint, lavender or basil flavoring to add to the lemonade.

Katherine explained that a homemade simple syrup was infused with the leaves from the plants and how just a tablespoon of the flavoring was needed per cup. Which one was most popular, you may ask? The lavender went over amazingly well.

In our previous story, we teased that there were many uses for herbs and other plants of which you may not be aware, but we didn’t share because that would have ruined the surprise for visitors at the open house.

Here is the list: (Some may surprise you)

 

Here is a diagram of the Herb Garden layout

 

Come To The Stone-Otis House Herb Garden and House Tour Today

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Aug 242017
 

Have you ever traveled a long distance to visit an incredible botanical garden? Well, this week you can stay right here in Orange and marvel in a magnificent display of color, delightful scents and spectacular beauty — and, it’s FREE!

More than a decade ago, the Orange Historical Society won the Federated Garden Club of CT award for the Best Herb Garden in the State at the historic Stone-Otis House across from the Town Hall.

The women of the Historical Society tried to keep up with the gardens, but with the work being done at the Nathan Bryan House and added hours at the Academy Museum, the landscaping at the 18th century home all but fell by the wayside. That’s when Maryellen Bespuda asked if the society would mind if the Garden Club of Orange lent a hand at bringing the gardens back to their former glory.

In April several garden club members began weeding out the dead and weak plants from the herb garden and replanted and redesigned it.

Maryellen Holden redesigned and planted the flowers that grace the new white picket fence that Mr. Ewen built and installed last year, the front and sides of the home and the far backyard areas too.

The well was rebuilt and is adorned with a lovely Hops plant, which was donated to the Orange Historical Society by the folks at the Warde-Heitmann House in West Haven.

With all that said, the Garden Club of Orange and the Orange Historical Society invite you to the Stone-Otis House Herb Garden and House Tour, this Thursday, August 24 from 5-7 p.m. 

Do you know what flower you would use to relieve the pain from bee and wasp stings? What plants can you use for beverages? What flower can be used as an astringent? How well do you know which herbs to use for cooking certain dishes? You will find all of these answers at the Tour!

Come and enjoy the redesigned herb and flower gardens! Free Admission. You may park at the Library or at Town Hall. 

Bring your children and fall in love with this precious, beautifully preserved piece of town history again.

Oh, and bring your camera!