2017 Spring Planting Dates
Saturday May 6, 2017 9AM
Contact: Cheryl Hanley 633-8742,
Nancy Janchill 633-8449
Wednesday May 24, 10:00;
Contact: Karen Rottner 690-5817
Town Planters for Main St.:
Wednesday May 17, 10:00 at WT Library
Contact: Nancy Shipman 633-5523
South Glastonbury Planters:
Thursday May 18, 2017 3PM
Meet at Dr. Chiffer’s office
Contact: Dale Chiffer h: 657-3961; w: 633-6167
Town Planters for Hebron Ave.:
Saturday May 20, 9:00 at Shipman Nursery
Buttonball Ln. at Main St. Raindate May 21
Contact Nancy Shipman 633-5523
Salmon Brook Bridge, N. Main St.
Shrubs Tuesday May 23 6:30PM
Planting Tuesday May 30 6PM
Center Village Senior Housing
Center Village is closed for construction
Contact: Deborah Kent 657-3943
Future dates to be determined
Glastonbury Partners in Planting has worked with the The Historical Society of Glastonbury on many occasions. The first was a walking tour in South Glastonbury to visit historic homes and some of our member’s gardens. The funds generated supported the Society.
There have been three joint projects specifically at the Welles-Shipman-Ward House on Main Street in South Glastonbury which is run by the Society.
The first GPIP project in 2012 established a border of trees and shrubs to screen the closest neighbor from the newly reconstructed tobacco shed. Native plants were chosen for the planting, many of which would have been used by the early occupants of the house. These include witch hazel, an astringent; bayberry for candles; and blueberries and shadblow for drying and cooking.
Since 2013 GPIP has planted a small demonstration plot of tobacco plants near the new tobacco shed. The plants, donated by Ken and Howard Horton, show children and adults what tobacco farming is all about. These are tended through the summer and harvested on Farm Day in September. The plants are cut, left in the sun awhile to wilt so that the leaves don’t tear when they are strung, six-to-a-lath, and are hung to dry in the recently-opened tobacco shed
In 2015 GPIP enlarged the growing area to include a selection of heirloom vegetables. Varieties chosen show examples of what the early Welles and Shipman families may have had for dinner. Project chair Karen Rottner planted the corn, squash, potatoes, beets, carrots and onions. The plan is to involve children in the planting each spring and for young members of the Glastonbury Historical Society to tend the garden.
– Chairperson: Karen Rottner
26 large pin oaks, pears, tupelos, maples and other trees now grace Glastonbury streets thanks to a grant from the Norma and Natale Sestero Fund at the Hartford Foundation for Public Giving at was awarded to GPIP, late in 2014.
Most of the grant money was used to dig the 26 trees from our tree nursery and to hire two local landscape companies to plant them along the New London Turnpike, in South Glastonbury and other selected locations around town.
The remaining grant funds will be used to purchase new trees for the nursery and for more planting next spring. GPIP is very thankful to the Sestero Fund at the Hartford Foundation of Public Giving for helping to make Glastonbury a more attractive and environmentally-friendly Town.
A few of the dedicated Median Gardens volunteers learned the best way to plant roses from GPIP member Bruce Lester, a master gardener. Bruce also volunteers at Elizabeth Park’s famous rose garden. GPIP is always looking for ways to educate our members about the care of plants and to promote an understanding of the value of biodiversity among flora.
Renovation of the older Village Green apartments was finally completed in 2013. GPIP Board members Bob Shipman and Deborah Kent volunteered their design services creating new foundation plantings. The following spring, GPIP volunteers, in partnership with students from the Regional AgriScience and Technology Program at Glastonbury High School, planted shade trees and shrubs at the Village Green Community Center. Then, later in the summer students and volunteers partnering with American Landscaping and Irrigation, LLC, added a paved patio for the residents’ use. Now the Village Green residents are thoroughly enjoying their new outside living space.
– Chairperson: Jeff Hill