Each year Tolland Garden Paths (TGP) kicks off the new year with a Gala Opening in February that features a presentation by a well-known garden specialist. We host a gardening related workshop for Tolland's Senior Citizens. TGP sponsors a popular plant sale for the community in May where we can be found at the Tolland Jail Museum selling plants that have been dug and divided from club member's gardens. In September, we join the town wide "Celebrate Tolland" event. Our garden year ends with a traditional Harvest Gathering in October where we meet at Crandall's Lodge for a potluck dinner and speaker presentation. Throughout the year, we enjoy informal business meetings, plant swaps, demonstrations, trips to nurseries, and a variety of fun events. Take a look at the calendar for upcoming events.
Every three years, we sponsor athat provides an opportunity for the public to visit private Tolland gardens. This well-attended event is an important fund raiser that allows TGP to continue our civic endeavors. Proceeds have been used for renovating the garden at Benton Homestead; providing benches at various hiking trails in town; a donation to the Federated Garden Clubs of CT for the rooftop children's garden at the CT Science Museum in Hartford; a monetary donation to Tolland Library for the purchase of garden related books and videos; and funds for the Tolland Conservation Committee to maintain hiking trails and control the invasive species in these locations. In 2012, TGP created a yearly scholarship award to benefit a Tolland High School senior that pursues a college education in the horticultural/environmental field.
Garden club members donate their time and talents to maintain three civic gardens in Tolland which beautify our community at the Winding River Village, Old Post Village, and the historic Tolland Jail Museum on the Green. Our Photo Gallery page includes before and after photos of these community gardens. The gardens are in a constant state of growth and re-design. Plantings near the entrance to the Old Post Village were rejuvenated in 2014. The garden club is currently working on a renovation plant for the Jail Museum garden beds and our goal is to implement the plans in 2017 once funding is available.
Tolland Garden Paths is very proud of our Youth Garden program (YG) which works closely with the Tolland Rec Department to offer a summer program for students. Sandie Benjamin and a group of dedicated garden club members work with the community to teach young students the joy of gardening. The youth garden is located next to the Lion's Field on Cider Mill Road - look for the bright green smiley "sprout" directing you to the parking lot. The brightly colored fence posts that surround the garden can be seen from the road. The youth garden is a popular place for both young and old alike. In 2015, a new Herb Garden and Turtle Circle were added in addition to the Meadow Walk which was dedicated to the memory of Lois Barlow Cox Query. For more information check out our Youth Garden News
Tolland Garden Path members enjoy visiting both public and private gardens. We like to investigate new or interesting garden centers. Our favorite time is spent with each other, sharing our own gardens with each other during the peak season, or socializing after our monthly business meeting. We have speakers that present various talks at our meetings or teach us gardening related topics such as floral arranging, plant propagation, and pressing flowers. Examples of past presentations include: knowledge and control of invasive species, integrated pest management, growing and using herbs, four-season gardens, wild flowers, and many other gardening related topics.
Tolland Garden Path members enjoyed a visit to Naumkeag Garden in Stockbridge, MA.