Garden Club provides centerpieces for Thanksgiving meals

By Kevin Hotary - Staff Writer
East Haddam - posted Mon., Nov. 28, 2011
Nancy Borge (left), Garden Club Co-President Bonnie Zwerneman, Connie Anderson and Food Bank Manager Sophie Soja with some of the club-made centerpieces.
Nancy Borge (left), Garden Club Co-President Bonnie Zwerneman, Connie Anderson and Food Bank Manager Sophie Soja with some of the club-made centerpieces.

“It’s one of our favorite projects,” said Bonnie Zwernemann, co-president of the East Haddam Garden Club, as she and a handful of Garden Club volunteers put the finishing touch – a unique, handmade centerpiece - into Thanksgiving food boxes at the East Haddam Food Bank.

Each centerpiece was handmade by a club member, with the assistance of some Chesthelm Health Care and Rehabilitation Center residents, and contained a variety of flowers and vegetation from the club's members - “All of the things we raised all summer in our gardens,” said Zwerneman.

“They [the centerpieces] are just beautiful,” said Sophie Soja, the manager of the East Haddam Food Bank.

The creation of the centerpieces is a yearly project of the Garden Club, which was founded about 75 years ago, said Zwerneman.

Currently, the club has about 35 members, including three certified Master Gardeners. In addition to the centerpieces, the club hosts a number of talks and programs, all open to the public, said Zwerneman, as well as doing the plantings at the Goodspeed Green, the Shagbark triangle, and the summer plantings at Gillette Castle, among others around East Haddam.

“It beautifies our town,” said Zwerneman of the club's work, adding that it’s a good feeling for her and other members when people show their appreciation for the work they’ve done. “There is a lot of work, but we love it,” she said. “And it’s healthy, outdoor work.”


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