LITCHFIELD — The Litchfield Garden Club’s latest show, “Town Crier to Twitter,” a celebration of Litchfield’s 300-year anniversary, took a year to put together, and began with a gala kick-off at the White Memorial Conservation Center in the carriage house on Sept. 20, where winning floral arrangements, dioramas of historical Litchfield sites, and photography were unveiled.
There were four divisions in the show: floral design; horticulture; photography, and conservation. The floral designs interpreted people, places and events throughout the three centuries of Litchfield’s history, including “Colonial Quilt” and “A Picnic by Bantam River.” The conservation exhibit in a separate building, known as the shed, displayed 25 years of the Litchfield Garden Club’s project “Treescape for Litchfield.”
Also, in the shed were cut flowers and other specimens, such as trained plants, including two topiary in the shape of bunnies, and photos of tall trees that had been planted on South Street in Litchfield by club members, including Meredith Penfield. She described the experience of nurturing a twig with one leaf into a soaring tree. A children’s activity table featured assorted small succulent plants, pots and soil for visitors to transplant and take home.
The Litchfield Garden Club’s motto is to educate members and the public in scientific and artistic methods of gardening, stimulate interest in horticulture, encourage and assist in civic beautification, raise environmental awareness and protect and conserve our natural and historic heritage. The group’s efforts include many examples of beautiful plants and floral plantings around the Litchfield green.
For additional information, visit www.litchfieldgardenclub.org.