November Meeting 2015

by MysticGardenClub ~ February 4, 2016

The Mystic Garden Club Members were pleased to welcome Marna Ringel to our November meeting. She gave an excellent flower demonstration & presentation on her new Christmas designs. While some may call her designs a “think out of the box” style she really based her approach on incorporating unusual flowers with a strong color palette. She has a European flare, but her style is fresh and daring. We, at the Mystic Garden Club, loved her innovative approach to flower design. You will too; check out her web site called Flowers by Marna, by clicking on this link.  She has many beautiful and original designs to view on her website.


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October Meeting 2015

by MysticGardenClub ~ October 29, 2015

Deborah Trickett presented her program, “The Captured Garden: Winter Boxes and Other Containers” at our October meeting and was very well received by the members. Deborah demonstrated a number of clever and creative ways to design a window box or container with live plants for the fall and then use the same basic plants but adding in some winter decorations for the holidays. She made some very compelling and pretty designs.  You can visit her website for more information and sign up for a quarterly blog on garden design at:  The Captured Garden

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September Meeting 2015

by MysticGardenClub ~ October 5, 2015

Our September meeting began with a wonderful fall luncheon and a fabulous speaker.

Mr Peter Cummin, of Stonington, gave a wonderful lecture regarding some of the large estates he has been involved with in and outside of Connecticut.  His amazing work can be viewed on his own website at

In 2014 and 2015, The Mystic Garden Club gave grants totaling $2000.00 for the purchase of plant material for the Mystic Seaport’s historic gardens.  A member submitted pictures of the gardens at the end of this summer.  Very pretty and colorful!



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April 2015 Meeting – Daffodils Are Blooming!

by MysticGardenClub ~ May 5, 2015

Our April meeting was filled with the bright yellow blossoms of daffodils in full bloom. Many members were able to properly classify their daffs and this created a stunning display at our April meeting.

We also welcomed 15 Guests to this meeting and it was a pleasure to see some new faces.

Finally, we listened to a very dynamic speak, Kerry Ann Mendez, from Maine speak about “right-sizing” your garden using drought-tolerant and disease-resistant new plants. Kerry has a fabulous web site and monthly newsletter which one can subscribe to which gives current new plant information and easy gardening techniques. You can visit her website Perenially Yours

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March 2015 Meeting – Members’ Designs

by MysticGardenClub ~ April 7, 2015

The Mystic Garden Club debuted a new program format in March which was well-received by the membership. Member, Barbara Ginsberg,
gave an informative presentation on the basics of a line and mass flower arrangement.
She then provided containers, plant and flower material and other design elements for members, who made arrangements in groups of three. It was a beautiful sight to see so many blooming blue flowers on a dreary March day. Hats off to Barbara for a wonderful presentation.

February 2015 Meeting – Bonsai: Illusion vs Reality

by MysticGardenClub ~ March 11, 2015

Todd Hanson and Linda Cruz from Sanctuary Bonsai in East Hartford, Connecticut were the Guest Speakers in February. A lively conversation ensured with Mr. Hanson explaining his life’s work with Bonsai and he gave an informative lecture about the care and feeding of Bonsai trees and plants. The Floral Arranger for the meeting was Judy Nickerson.

Here is a link to Mr. Hanson’s website:
Sanctuary Bonsai

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January 2015 Meeting Cancelled for Extreme Snow!

by MysticGardenClub ~ March 11, 2015

Whoops! No meeting this month due to a very large snowstorm! Can’t remember the last time we had to cancel a meeting. Thinking about Spring!


November 2014 Meeting

by MysticGardenClub ~ November 4, 2014

Many MGC members turned out for a warm and witty lecture about the use of herbs, canning preserves and saving seeds by Linda Fleming of Madison, Connecticut in November.

Linda is a hands on, lifetime gardener. Her garden is her delight. T. S. Eliot once wrote that “Home is where we start from”, and Linda holds this quote close to her heart. In her lectures, she weaves her stories of Oklahoma and her passion for all things gardening.

Linda is a Connecticut Master Gardener, a contributor to Connecticut Gardener magazine and a member of the Westport Garden Club. She has lectured in Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Oklahoma, Vermont, and Utah.

She treated us to many stories of her childhood in Oklahoma; how to make our own seed packages and a beautiful slide show of her own garden flowers to explain the fibonacci spiral.

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Annual Meeting June 2014

by MysticGardenClub ~ October 2, 2014


The Mystic Garden Club turned 90 years young on June 17th, 2014. As stated in the Mystic River Press,

” The Garden Club is anything but your average ordinary garden club….it is a valued organization that has worked for the good of Mystic.”

Since the founding of the Mystic Garden Club in 1924, over $400,000.00 has been raised by Garden Club members which has been given back to the Community in many forms, some of which includes beautifying downtown Mystic and high school scholarships. Judy Salerno, Club President, accepted a citation from the Connecticut State Legislature honoring the Club’s service.

We are proud to be members of the Mystic Garden Club!

For the full article with pictures click on Mystic River Press Article.


March 2014 Meeting with Colleen Plimpton

by MysticGardenClub ~ March 28, 2014

Braving the gusting winds this March, our Club was inspired by Colleen Plimpton as she gave an amusing and informative talk entitled “O is for Ornamentation” with a good deal of gardening advice. Colleen shared plenty of useful information about punching up your garden spaces with colorful and decorative garden ornaments of all types.
See Collen’s website at
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Colleen Plimpton, Speaker

Colleen Plimpton, Speaker