Smith Middle School Weeding URGENT NEED – 6/21/2019 @ 9a

Calling all Members & Volunteers – Smith Middle School Courtyard Weeding

When: Friday 6/21
Time: 9:00 a.m. til ???
Location: SMS is located at 216 Addison Road. Please meet at the main entrance to the school.

This is an urgent need due to unexpected school closing.

We just found out that Smith Middle School will be closed, starting Monday, for the next 3 weeks for fire system updates. This means that we will have limited or no access to the courtyard.

We need as many hands as we can get to weed in preparation for all courtyard beds to be mulched. Whatever time you can give to this project will be greatly appreciated. Please bring your weeding tools and personal water.

Please contact Rusti @ 860-633-7752 if you can make it or just show up!!!
Thank you so much.

“Many Hands Make Light Work”

Rt 17 Median Maintenance 6/25/2019 Tues @ 7p

Date: June 25th, Tuesday
Time: 7:00 pm (let’s try summer evening gardening!)
Location: Rt 17 & Main Street, South Median Garden. Please park in the drive to the Shipman Nursery off Buttonball. Grab an orange safety vest on your way across the street.
Chores: Pruning, deadheading, weeding.
Tools: gloves, hand clippers, weed digger, tarp or bucket, personal water.

This wonderful photo was taken June 8th. There’s much change in the gardens since then. By next week we will need to deadhead the roses, weed a bit, and prune the forsythia. We will plan to rotate the volunteers around the tasks so everyone has a chance to experience something new if they like. I actually like weeding.  You may know that forsythia blooms on the previous year’s growth. We need to prune those bushes down to a manageable size so that they can produce a lovely, compact bloom next spring. Gary and I will show you how.

My heartfelt thanks go out to everyone; none of this happens without a terrific team of volunteers. Be proud of our lovely gardens. This is how we keep Glastonbury beautiful!

Please RSVP to Andra:

Grange Pool – Wed 6/12 @ 9a & Thurs 6/13 @ 6p

GPIP is again partnering with the Town of Glastonbury to add 7 small trees and 100 shrubs/perennials to the grounds of the newly renovated Grange Pool. We need many members & volunteers for this effort. The area is sloped so wear shoes with good traction. Bring shovels, gloves and whatever gardening tools you think you will need. Make sure to bring water for yourselves. No experience necessary. All are welcome.  Location:  Grange Pool, 500 Hopewell Rd., Glastonbury CT (near Matson Hill Rd by Cotton Hollow Nature Preserve)

If we cannot complete the job on Wed (6/12), we will finish up on Thursday, June 13th @ 6:00 pm.

Please let Bob Shipman (860.633.5523) know if you plan on attending or email Pam  or just show up.

Welles-Shipman-Ward Colonial Garden – 5/8/2019 @ 3pm & 5/19/2019 @ 9am

Wednesday –  May 8th @  3pm
Sunday –  May 19th @  9am
Welles-Shipman-Ward House (on Main St.)

It’s time to plant the Garden! The Colonial Kitchen Garden is a wonderful way to learn how to grow a vegetable garden. Come out to help plant the seeds for various types of veggies that are great for storing. These vegetables are used by the Historical Society for cooking demonstrations as they did in Colonial times. We start the planting on Wednesday, May 8th, and will finish up on Sunday, May 19th. The May 19th planting will include planting flowers that are good for drying.  This is a wonderful educational event.

For all events please
 bring your favorite trowel, if you have one, gloves if you don’t like to get your hands dirty, and personal drinking water.   If you don’t have these items, let us know and we will supply extras for your use.

This Saturday Plant 20 Trees – 4/6/2019 @ 7a

Location:  Putnam Blvd. in front of Home Depot

We are planting 20 trees in a cooperative effort with the Town of Glastonbury Parks & Rec and the Teen Center. We need help digging holes and placing bare root trees. If you want to learn how to plant a tree, this is the event to get a good education. Or, if you just like to dig in the dirt, please come join the fun. These 20 trees will be replacing the 20 dead trees killed by the invasive species – the Emerald Ash Borer. The Emerald Ash Borer is responsible for killing many Ash Trees in the country.  Park at Home Depot on Putnam Blvd. One lane of the road will be blocked off by the police for us to work. Look for the GPIP signs.

Winter Planters – 11/10/2019 @ 10a

Winter planters will be filled with greens and decorative items to help brighten Town Center and S. Glastonbury Center during the winter. Instructions on how to make a beautiful winter planter will be provided. Bring clippers, pruners, and water bottles for staying hydrated. If you have greenery such as Holly, Blue Spruce, variegated winter greenery, Birch branches, dry hydrangea blossoms or anything that provides winter interest, please bring it too. Spray paint, ribbon, wire and some greenery will be provided.  This is a very fun NON-GARDENING activity. Come join the FUN!
Rain Date: 11/17/2019

Location: in front of the Chamber of Commerce building on Main St. Park in their parking lot.

Medians Planting – 5/18/2019 @ 9a

We’re installing 120 perennial plants in the North Island. Bring small shovels, trowels, gloves and your water bottles. No experience necessary.
“Many hands make light work” John Heywood   This is how we Keep Glastonbury Beautiful!  Location:  Intersection of Rt 17 & Main St.   (park at Shipman Nursery up the hill off Buttonball)