March 2016 Meeting

by MysticGardenClub ~ April 25, 2016

Our March meeting was held with the environment in mind and what we as gardeners should be doing to promote a healthy environment and healthy eating. Our speaker, Mr. Bill Duesing, gave a wonderful, wide-ranging talk about many earth-sourced issues, with his talk entitled, “Think Globally, Eat Locally”. Mr Duesing is currently Executive Director of the Community Garden of Simsbury and Past President of CT NOFA, and a prior Board member of the Connecticut Farmland Trust.

For 40 years, Bill has been an organic farmer, author, and environmental activist actively working to promote organic agriculture and greater local food sufficiency in Connecticut and the Northeast. The former Executive Director of CT NOFA, Bill was awarded the first Bill Duesing NOFA Lifetime Achievement Award at the 2015 NOFA Summer Conference.


In honor of Bill’s presentation at the Mystic Garden Club, a fabulous arrangement was done by Phyllis Ball.  Very clever!


February 2016 Meeting

by MysticGardenClub ~ March 19, 2016

Kathy Connolly, landscape designer and writer, gave an informative presentation in February entitled, “Grow the Value of Your Greatest Asset” to the membership.She is a regular columnist for The Day community newspapers in southeastern Connecticut, and speaks at many garden clubs and garden shows.  She writes on horticulture and ecology for several other newsletters, magazines and web sites as well.  You can visit her website and subscribe to her blog Speaking of Landscapes by clicking on this highlighted link.kathy_connolly_0


January Meeting 2016

by MysticGardenClub ~ February 10, 2016

After the most successful Greens Sale in the Mystic Garden Club’s history, our Club enjoyed a well-deserved rest over the holidays.

We were back together in January to hear an informative presentation by Mr. Ian Cooke whose topic was ” Tips for reworking Your Garden” which was well-received by the membership.

Mr. Cooke gave a power point presentation on his experiences and the techniques he has used over many years in the landscape design business. He spoke at length about Mycorrhiza.

“Studies have shown Mycorrhiza to positively influence 90% of all plant material. The translation from Greek means “fungus-root”. Mycorrhiza and plants have a symbiotic association, where each benefits from coexistence with the other. The fungus absorbs the by-products of organic matter found in the soil profile and the plant absorbs nutrients from the fungus. Mycorrhiza is the critical link between the plant root and soil.”

A complete description of Mr. Cooke’s work and professional experience can be found at his website:



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:
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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!