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Our Mission and Values

Mission:

The Garden Club of Windham brings together people who find meaning and joy in

gardening and enjoy sharing that bond with others. Through thoughtful,

environmentally aware gardening, the Garden Club aims to beautify the Town of

Windham, increase civic pride, and present a welcoming face to our community and

visitors alike.
 

Values:

The Garden Club of Windham

  • supports environmentally sound, natural approaches to gardening that protect our environment and the quality of our air, water, and land.

  • promotes appreciation of our local ecosystem and its indigenous web of life.

  • educates members and the regional community, including young people and the under-served, so we all increase our knowledge of the natural world.

  • maintains attractive, well-tended public gardens.

  • partners with Town government as well as local and regional groups to create inviting public spaces for an array of community activities — educational, cultural, and recreational.

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Who We Are

Misson Statement
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Barbara Wright

Co-President

I've been attracted to plants and gardening for as long as I can remember, from my grandmother's vegetable gardens to her mint patch and fuzzy hollyhocks, I remember pulling Japanese beetles off the roses that grew at a corner of the garage, and harvesting parsley. Being in a garden today brings me peace -- and the desire to share that pleasure with others.

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Jay Osborne

Co-President, Membership Chair, Garden on the Bridge Chair

Quotes/thoughts on gardening

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Ursula Roskoski

Secretary

I love to witness the yearly cycle of the seasons, from the autumnal dying to the vernal rebirth. And I love also to learn about the amazing plant life that so delightfully highlights this cycle, from the riotous bursting of crocus in spring to the autumn majesty of October foliage. Two favorite sayings are "weeds are just plants out of place," and "Whatever you have to say, leave the roots on, let them dangle, and the dirt, just to make clear where they came from." Charles Olson.

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Patty Spruance

Treasurer

Quotes/thoughts on gardening

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Dan Phipps

Public Spaces Chair, Holiday Lights Co-Chair

Quotes/thoughts on gardening

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Pam Wright

Wildlife Habitat Co-Chair

Pam has been a passionate home gardener since moving to Willimantic in 1974. As a state-certified Master Gardener (Adv.) and Master Naturalist, she docents at the Connecticut College Arboretum and the Key West Botanical Garden (in winter). She is a past president of the GCoW and also belongs to the Key West Garden Club. Her volunteer work with the National Wildlife Federation has inspired her love of native plants and their importance to our ecosystem. "If you have a garden and a library, you have everything you need" (Cicero).   

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Jean de Smet

Wildlife Habitat Co-Chair

As a Windham community activist, I love the Garden Club’s mission to improve public spaces. Working with the town, Eastern CT State University and High School students and meeting other community members, we’ve beautified spaces and improved wildlife and pollinator habitat, and our work is greatly appreciated.

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Faith Kenton

High Street Hillside Chair

Why do I garden? Working alone, it’s a time to be outdoors, to talk to myself working through life questions/challenges, to immerse myself in the Earth. Working with a group provides company, learning from others, sharing news/plans/gossip. In both of these circumstances, my goal is to provide color and beauty, healthier surroundings, and boost pride and ownership living here in this old needy town.

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Carole Williamson

Holiday Lights Co-Chair

My gardens are my sanctuary.

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Debbie Stoloff

Board Member at Large

 I love flowers and the Garden Club has enhanced our town so much with  beautiful flowers. I am currently helping out at the High Street Hillside. It is amazing how a piece of grass and weeds has turned into a beautiful pollinator-friendly garden.

Bylaws

Bylaws

The Garden Club of Windham, CT, revised its bylaws in 2020. For the current bylaws, please go to the Bulletin Board or use this link: https://www.gardenclubofwindhamct.org/post/bylaws-garden-club-of-windham.

Our History

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