Do you enjoy gardening and spending time outdoors? Are you looking for a way to give back to your community? If yes, then you could be the next member of Tolland Garden Paths Garden Club. Our members come from all walks of life and approach gardening from different directions, but we all share the same love for gardening and the desire to beautify our community. We enjoy learning about new gardening techniques and we enjoy sharing our gardens (and extra plants) with other members. Membership perks include speaker presentations, exploring private or public gardens and unusual garden centers, or taking part in a creative activity with a hands-on approach to learn something new. Please join us as our guest at our next club meeting to learn what Tolland Garden Paths is all about.
Members enjoy a relaxed, informal club attitude because we are a social group but we are also a working club. Tolland Garden Paths is the steward of three Tolland community gardens. Members tend the gardens during the growing season or they are involved with other civic activities during the year. We also have our Tolland Youth Garden program which is dedicated to teaching Tolland's youth the joy of gardening and to become future stewards of the land.
We invite you to explore our website to learn more about Tolland Garden Paths. You will find information about the garden club history, our civic activities, and photos from club events. You can complete the membership/contact form if you would like to join our garden club or if you would like more information.
Tolland Garden Paths honored the memory of long-time Tolland resident, Lois Barlow Cox Query, in a dedication ceremony at the Wildflower Meadow at Crandall Park on October 25. "Lois BCQ", as she was affectionately known by friends and neighbors, was a member of Tolland Garden Paths for many years and her garden was featured in one of the club's Backyard Garden Tours. Lois was also a
member and Vice-Chair of Tolland's Conservation Commission for fifteen years, where she worked tirelessly to preserve the sanctity of nature. She loved nature, inspired others to love and protect the environment and was an ardent supporter of native plants and the eradication of invasive species. At the informal outdoor ceremony, the club dedicated a sign in her memory and shared memories of Lois with each other. In attendance were members of Tolland Garden Paths, the Conservation Commission and many of Lois' family members. Tolland Garden Paths is a non-profit garden club serving Tolland and neighboring towns.
Included in the photo are two of Lois's sisters, members of the Conservation Commission, and Peggy Webbe who is President of Tolland Garden Paths.
Tolland Garden Paths (TGP) is pleased to announce that it has awarded its fourth annual student scholarship to Nick Feury. In addition to receiving this scholarship, Nick's extensive work with the club's youth garden fulfilled his Eagle Scout project requirements, earning him Eagle Scout status, the highest advancement rank in the Boy Scouts of America. Nick's project was to implement a restoration process of Tolland's meadow near the Youth Garden to its native environment. He obtained the needed permits from the Wetlands Commission and organized, provided oversight, and participated in hands-on labor with a crew of fellow scouts from Troop 119 to remove the invasive plants and replace them with native plants donated by TGP members. These native species in the 15' x 70' garden area will attract beneficial wildlife to the area and help to restore the natural balance of the meadow. Club members were impressed with Nick's leadership abilities and inquisitive mind. Nick will be attending Clarkson University this fall.
The TGP scholarship is valued at $500 and was originally established with funds raised through the July 2012 TGP Backyard Garden Tour. To be eligible for the scholarship, applicants should be in their senior year at Tolland High School and planning to pursue higher education in the Natural Sciences, Environmental Sciences or Agriculture. Applications can be obtained through the Tolland High School Guidance Department.