Gar­den club’s an­nual sale ben­e­fits com­mu­nity projects and pro­grams

The Day - Sound & Country - - FRONT PAGE - By FAYE TRAF­FORD

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

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