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					                          Garden Variety
Wilton Garden Club, Inc.                NOVEMBER 2006                   www.wiltongardenclub.org
President, Jannice Williams                                              edited by Nancy Merolla

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
        The rush of the holidays is upon us. As I am writing today, both my children’s
Halloween costumes have arrived and are being wear-tested for durability and comfort.
Once the leaves have shown us their color and Halloween has come and gone, I realize that
we are in the middle of a wonderful season “Fall”.
        November brings us to a holiday we love, Thanksgiving, because it is the perfect time
to be thankful for family and friends. I often think of our club as a big (really big) family
where we work together, play together, and reach out to one another when the need arises. I
was so shocked a few weeks ago after learning one of our long-time members, Betty Yoder,
had passed away. It seemed hard to grasp after so many of us had visited with her that
morning during our meeting. Later, I became thankful that she had been surrounded by so
many of her good friends, enjoying the day and having a few laughs. Betty was a wonderful
member who always participated and I know we will all miss her contributions.
        As a member of our WGC family, I hope you will make the time to contribute at the
Greenhouse, attend a Flower Arranging Workshop, help plan the Kitchen/Garden Tour, or
join the activities of an individual committee. Jumping right in is the best way to get to know
and enjoy our club (family).
                                                                                   Jannice

MONTHLY MEETING: Monday, November 13th
9:15 a.m.       Board Meeting, Old Town Hall
10:00 a.m.      Arrive and Sign-in and enjoy Brunch, Pilgrim Hall
10:45 p.m.      General Meeting & Announcements
11:00 a.m.      Program Commences

PROGRAM OVERVIEW
        Back by popular demand, Michael Ruggiero of Matterhorn Nursery will once again regale
us with colorful garden stories and amusing anecdotes. This time around he‟ll discuss the hottest new
annuals and perennials. You won‟t want to miss it!
                                                                                 Suzanne Knutson
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT…
                            During Kent Russell‟s spirited presentation at October‟s meeting, he
                    mentioned several products to combat all sorts of critters. His personal favorites
                    are “Deer Out”, a deer repellent made from peppermint oil, and “Mole Max”, a
                    granular repellent made from castor oil that‟s effective for moles, voles, rabbits,
                    gophers, skunks and even armadillos. You can order them online at the
                    following websites: www.deerout.com and www.onestopshopcatalog.com.

                                                                                   Suzanne Knutson
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                                     ANNOUNCEMENTS
         Betty Yoder's memorial service will be held on Saturday, November 11, 11:00 am at
          the Wilton Congregational Church.
         Please welcome Carol Steiner and Fran Munro to the WGC Board as co-chairs for the
          OTH Grounds. We will be offering some great opportunities for members to help us
          restore and maintain the gardens around one of Wilton's treasures....Old Town Hall.


                                      CALENDAR
NOVEMBER
Fri. Nov. 3    Fall Holiday Luncheon & Boutique sponsored by the Redding Garden
11:00 am       Club. The event will be held at the Redding Country Club. Boutique opens
               at 10:15 am. The program begins at 11:00 am followed by lunch at noon.

Tues. Nov. 7   Garden Therapy
11:00 a.m.     Comstock Center in the Senior Center, Please contact Maureen Thresher for further
               information at mbt033@hotmail.com.
Wed. Nov. 8 Town Hall Garden clean-up for the winter. (Nov. 9th rain date.) For more
8:30 –10:30 am information, contact Nancy Gorkin: ngorkin@aol.com
Thurs. Nov. 9 The Westport Garden Club has invited us to an open meeting, where their speaker
Noon-2:00pm will be Sherry Sanelly, our Federated President, who will present "Designs for the
              Holidays." The meeting is at the Westport Woman's Club, 44 Imperial Ave. Please
              RSVP 454-3462 by November 6th.
Sun. Nov. 12   A showing of Al Gore‟s film, “An Inconvenient Truth”, will be sponsored by and
4:00 pm        take place at St. Matthew‟s Episcopal Church and the Wilton Presbyterian Church at
               the complex on New Canaan Road. A discussion and “wine and Cheese” will follow
               the film showing. There is no charge. Please make reservations at 762-7400.
               (Contact Amy Quigley at wiltonquig@optonline.net if you have further questions.)

Mon. Nov. 20 Fruits, Feathers & Fungus with Melinda Wolcott &Terry Chapin (Session I)
9:30-11:30am                     Create a Thanksgiving design in your own container.
                                       Registration required. Meet at Old Town Hall. (Fee)



Wed. Nov. 22 Fruits, Feathers & Fungus with Melinda Wolcott &Terry Chapin (Session II)
12:00-2:00p.m. Create a Thanksgiving design in your own container. Registration required. Meet at
               Old Town Hall (Fee)
Wed. Nov. 22 Deadline for December „06/January‟07 Newsletter: E-mail all information to
             Nan Merolla, ncmerolla@aol.com.

Mon. Nov. 27 Wreath Making Workshop
9:15 a.m.    Join us for a wonderful Garden Club tradition! Meet at Old
             Town Hall to get in the spirit of the season while we make
             beautiful wreaths to adorn the buildings around town. Please
             bring clippers, gloves and of course boxwood/evergreen
             clippings as well as specialty greens with berries.
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DECEMBER
Sat. Dec 4      Deadline for Holiday Luncheon Reservation
                Please send in reservation form (on page 3) and check for $12 to Marybeth Nisco, 237
                Ridgefield Road. All members must make a reservation including Board members.

Mon. Dec. 11 Wilton Garden Club Annual Holiday Luncheon, Pilgrim Hall. Reservations
11:00 am     required. See attached invitation.


CIVICS
        I have just taken over the Civics Committee for the Garden Club. The biggest priority right
now is to put the Town Hall Garden to rest for the winter. If you would like to join me, please come
on Wednesday, November 8th from anytime between 8:30-10:30 am (November 9th is the rain date.)
Horseshoe Park has been weeded and decorated with mums, pumpkins, cabbage and scarecrows from
Ambler Farm Day. Plans are in the works to completely refurbish this garden in the Spring of 2007.
            As it is the entryway to Wilton Center, it should be very eye-catching. My priority as
                chair of Civics is to reevaluate our focus of the gardens that we currently maintain, to
                  delete some gardens, to add others and to discover where we can best serve our
                   wonderful town. If you would like to be part of the advisory group, please email
                   me. I will convene a meeting in January, 2007 and I would like as much input as
                     possible. If we all work together, and have fun, we can beautify Wilton in very
                    simple ways. Contact me at ngorkin@aol.com
                                                                                      Nancy Gorkin
GREENHOUSE: Open 8:30 - 11:30 a.m. Monday – Friday
        ALL ARE WELCOME - no experience necessary.
        Scheduling and Resources: Leslie Frear (834-0501 or
        lesliefrear@aol.com)
        Greenhouse Assistant: Patty Angione (762-2052)

THE WILTON LIBRARY
        A Documentary Work-in-Progress … a Screening and Fundraiser. In an upcoming
documentary, “Open Eye Pictures” reveals the shocking truth about Lyme disease, a silent epidemic
destroying countless lives. Come see a 35-minute work-in-progress sample clip, and be part of this
groundbreaking effort. Wine & cheese and hors d‟oeuvres will be served and there will be raffle
prizes! The date is Thursday, November 30th, from 7:00 – 8:30 pm at the Wilton Library, 137 Old
Ridgefield Road, Wilton. Donations are tax-deductible. Please RSVP: Dburn14@hotmail.com For
more information visit: www.LymeDiseaseFilm.com

FLOWER SHOW/KITCHER TOUR
        Save the Date! September 27 and 28, 2007: Wilton Garden
Club will host a Kitchen Tour and Flower Show, “A BOUNTIFUL FARE.”
Sept. 27 – Staging and Judging of Flower Show; Sept. 28 – Public Tour.
Work has begun and we need committee chairs and lots of helpers. If you
are interested in signing up to help, please contact one of the co-chairs:
Melinda Wolcott or Debbie Fink.




                      HAPPY THANKSGIVING!
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                    You are invited to attend the
                   Wilton Garden Club
Annual Holiday Luncheon
               Date: Monday, December 11th
                     Time: 11:00 a.m.
    Place: Pilgrim Hall -- Wilton Congregational Church
                           Cost: $12
This very popular event combines our December meeting
with a festive Holiday Luncheon. All members (including
Board) must make a reservation. Seating is limited so
please reserve early. To reserve your place, please return
your check (made out to the WGC) for $12 along with the
form below ASAP to:
                Marybeth Nisco, 237 Ridgefield Road,
If for any reason you are unable to attend after making your reservation,
please call Marybeth at 762-9082 so that the next person on the waiting list
can attend.
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    2006 Wilton Garden Club Holiday Luncheon

Yes, reserve my place at the Holiday Luncheon on Monday,
December 11th.
Name _____________________________________               Phone __________________

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      Please return your reservation form and check on or before December 4 to
      Marybeth Nisco, 237 Ridgefield Road, Wilton, CT 06897

				
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