The Olde Ripton Garden Club is looking for new members who enjoy horticulture and working in nature. Anyone interested in gardening is encouraged to join and volunteers who want to assist in refurbishing and updating gardens at community locations throughout Shelton are welcome. The garden club seeks to provide knowledge in the horticulture of plants, artistic design, landscaping, conservation and garden planning. Their purpose is to promote protection of the environment and to assist in beautifying streets, highways and grounds around public buildings. There is an annual scholarship given to a Shelton High School student and a garden therapy program at Crosby Commons Assisted Living Center among other fun and valuable programs. The Olde Ripton Garden Club meetings are normally held the first Monday of each month at 10 a.m. and volunteer projects and demonstrations occur on a scheduled basis as needed. The next meeting will be Monday, July 7, at 6:30 p.m., at Plumb Memorial Library, 65 Wooster Street. The public is invited to attend. Displays of both artistic and horticulture arrangements that include roses, lilies and irises will be on hand. A featured guest speaker, Jeffrey Ward of the Connecticut Agricultural Experiment Station will also present a five step program for preventing deer damage to plants. Meetings are open to the public and refreshments are provided. For more information call Renee at 203-775-6645 or visit olderiptongardenclub.org.