40th anniversary garden tour July 9

The Olde Ripton Garden Club of Shelton has announced it will host a garden tour on July 9 from 10 am until 3 pm. The tour will feature 5 member gardens in the Trumbull, Huntington, White Hills and downtown Shelton area. The gardens will be open to the public and tickets are available for $25 per person at Common Bond Market in Huntington Center or by calling 203 775-6645 in advance. The tour should take approximately 2 hours.

The Club is celebrating its 40th Anniversary of continued service to the Shelton community in 2016 with the theme “Growing Together”. They organized a number of new projects this year in the City.

One of these came in the form of an announcement and proclamation by the City Board of Alderman to designate the “Orange Coneflower” (Rudbeckia fulgida ‘Goldsturm”) as the City of Shelton’s Official Flower. The Club is encouraging residents and businesses to grow this flower in their gardens where the focus this summer will be on developing pollinator gardens in our community.

The plant will be on sale at Garden Tour homes on July 9 as well as Common Bond Market while available. A contest is also being held for those who plant the City Flower. People are asked to take of photo of their Rudbeckia and submit it to CityFlower@OldeRiptonGardenClub.org. Selected photos will be printed in the Shelton Herald.

The Olde Ripton Garden Club was organized and federated in 1976 by a handful of enthusiastic gardeners to encourage the betterment of the community through projects that beautify our neighborhoods and protect our natural resources.