Garden club awarded for outstanding achievements


“Yearbook Award of Excellence” given by The Federated Garden Clubs of CT, Jane Waugh, CT State President, center, Joyce Donnelly, Vice President Olde Ripton Garden Club and on the right Helen Pritchard , Federated Awards Committee Chairman.

At a sold-out awards luncheon held Oct. 26 the Olde Ripton Garden Club received a number of recognitions for outstanding achievement.

The club received a first place certificate of commendation from the National Garden Clubs and another First Place Prize from the New England Regional Garden Clubs for the Olde Ripton Garden Club 2015 Yearbook. The club also received an Award of Excellence in the form of a Pewter Bowl from the Federated Garden Clubs of CT for the 2015 Yearbook.

In addition, the Club was recognized with a First Place Certificate of Merit for their website and brochure by the Federated Garden Clubs of CT.

Claire Norris, a 40-year Charter member of the Club was given a Certificate of Individual Achievement from the Federated Garden Clubs of CT for her long-time contributions to the Olde Ripton Garden Club.  Claire continues as an active member and is known for her work in floral arrangements, the Club’s annual plant sale and gardening of all types.

The Olde Ripton Garden Club of Shelton was founded in 1976.  The member organization works to provide knowledge of horticulture, further education in artistic design, landscaping, conservation, nature study and garden planning. It also promotes protection of the environment and assists in beautifying the streets, highways and grounds around public buildings in Shelton. Those interested in gardening and nature are welcomed to join.  Meetings are held the first Monday of each month (except January and February) at the Plumb Memorial Library at 10 a.m.  For more information, visit

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