Garden club’s annual sale benefits community projects and programs
It is early fall, and the sound of laughter bubbles up from the lower level of the Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center in Stonington. The Mystic Garden Club has taken over the space to prepare for their annual Greens Sale, and the spirits of Christmas and friendship are in the air.
Each year the members spend months preparing freshly cut greens and joyful and elegant decorations for their major fundraiser.
“People know they can get boxwood trees and wreaths [from us], but every year we come up with new ideas,” said Janie Bogdan, publicity chairwoman. The sale is held the weekend after Thanksgiving at the Mystic Arts Center, 9 Water St. The items offered reflect the area’s coastal and country heritage, and range from door swags to wreaths made of nautical rope to driftwood fashioned into holiday trees.
And the ornaments they make are rich with the element of surprise. On close examination, brilliantly colored koi fish are fashioned from pine cones and baubles; white seashells are turned into billowing sails on a tall-masted ship; and the lapel of a festive, tophatted figure is festooned with a tiny rose.
Everything that the garden club creates starts with