A newcomer dispels some myths about Weston Garden Club

Myth: You have to be a retired expert gardener who knits tea cozies in her spare time to be a member of Weston’s Garden Club.

Fact: Weston Garden Club members are all ages and skill levels with a variety of professional backgrounds. The one thing that binds them is their desire to spend some time outside helping to beautify the town and reconnect with each other.

I know this first hand, since I am one of its newest members.

I joined the Garden Club last spring. My mother had just died and I needed an activity that took my mind and body away from illness, paperwork, meetings and computer screens. I started looking into the Garden Club.

“My mom had a very green thumb but I know almost nothing about gardening,” I explained to Shirley Schneider, one of the club’s leaders.

“That’s just fine — there is something for everyone to do and you can learn as you go,” she explained.

“I am also working most days and may not be able to make many of the monthly meetings,” I added.

“That’s OK. Come to the meetings you can.”

I decided to give the club a try and I am so grateful.

The first project I worked on was at the Benjamin Wildflower Preserve. I was in such awe of the natural beauty there that I volunteered more time to the preserve with the Aspetuck Land Trust a month later.

The next project was some weeding and planting at the Weston Historical Society gardens. The day was gorgeous and the earth smelled amazing. Weeding, talking and laughing in the sunshine was just what I needed — then and now.

I believe reconnecting with the outdoors is something we all need; the childhood joys of digging in the earth are even sweeter in adulthood. The club invites everyone to give it a try, too.

And right now, the Weston Garden Club is gearing up for its annual spring plant sale. Spectacular and affordable herbs and perennials will be available at the club’s Memorial Day Fair booth (May 26-28, Hurlbutt Elementary School Campus).

“We feature fabulous fresh herbs and bright perennials all potted in lovely planters,” said Pat Glass club president.

For more information call Ms. Glass at 203-454-2839 or visit westongardenclub.com.

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