‘The Great Botanic Gardens of the World’


The Olde Ripton Garden Club stands with volunteers from Gexpro who are part of a Community Outreach Program while cleaning up the Huntington Green. – Aaron Berkowitz photo


Dr. Richard W. Benfield, will give a presentation at the next meeting of the Olde Ripton Garden Club on Monday, Nov. 2. Dr. Benfield is a Professor of Geography at Central Connecticut State University.  He has travelled in over 115 countries and seen the botanic gardens and other private gardens in just about all of them.  He is a much sought after speaker and author.


His presentation will focus specifically on “The Great Botanic Gardens of the World”.  Dr. Benfield just returned from Siberia and Mongolia to undertake Snow Leopard Research.  He has traveled to South Africa, the Middle East, China and the Valley of Flowers in India as well as New Zealand, South Korea and beyond.


Club members will also be displaying table arrangements made from flowers, fruit and nuts as well as Horticulture displays depicting harvest time with stems with berries and dried seedpods.

The meeting is open to the public and lunch is provided after the presentations.  The program will be held on Monday, Nov. 2 at 10 a.m. at the Plumb Memorial Library, Community Room (downstairs), 65 Wooster Street downtown Shelton.

The club is 46 members strong and still growing/looking for more members. Renee Marsh, the club’s President, said no prior experience is needed and their meetings take place the first Monday of every month.

Memberships are $25 annually, but anyone interested can come to a meeting for free, the club asks that you make a $5 donation upon entry.

“It’s a great way to get to know Shelton while helping to beautify the community,” said Renee Protomastro who is the club’s Vice President. “People appreciate what we do and that’s part of what makes our work worth it.”




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