Woodbury: Garden Club Receives Award for Cookbook

Members of the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club’s Cookbook Committee display the National Garden Clubs, Inc., award on a staircase at Aqua Turf in Southington, where the awards were presented. Committee members include (from left) Marty Sherman, Rosemary Paul, Mori Zeltner and Michele P. Finn.

WOODBURY — The National Garden Clubs, Inc., recently honored the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club with a Certificate of Merit for its publication of a cookbook celebrating the club’s 90th anniversary. The cookbook, entitled “The Garden of Eating,” also received an award from the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. The publication celebrates the club’s activities through the years with recipes and photos.

Club members are represented with 200 tried and true recipes. Also included are gardening sayings, including one by Gertrude Jekyll: “A garden is a great teacher. It teaches patience, industry and thrift. Above all it teaches entire trust.”

Gardening tips include: “Repel insects: Grow garlic, onions, chives and chrysanthemums around the garden” as well as ideas on the use of herbs in cooking.

The cookbook title was selected through a naming contest and club member Joan Anthony was the winner.

A limited number of the award-winning cookbooks remain and are available for sale at the front desk at the Woodbury Public Library.

The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut also presented two Certificates of Achievement to the club.

One certificate was for working with the town of Woodbury to plant two native hawthorns on the George Washington Green, replacing diseased sugar maples. Club members Nancy L. Taylor and Mary Sheehan-Lally were co-chairs of the project.

The second certificate was for the installation and maintenance of two monarch way-stations and a nectar garden at Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust and at the Woodbury Library.

Club members Nancy Bailey, Kathy Prior and Marty Sherman spearheaded these ongoing projects with the help of a small army of enthusiastic volunteers.

More information about the club and a printable brochure can be found at pomperaugvalleygc.org.

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