Haddam Garden Club Meetings


The Haddam Garden Club typically meets at 10:00 a.m. on the Second Wednesday of the month from September through June at the Haddam Community Center.  Exceptions to this are in November for our annual meeting which begins at 11:00 a.m., December when we meet on the first Wednesday to make holiday arrangements, and for field trips which sometimes can't be scheduled on our regular meeting day.  Some meetings may be open to the public.  A small donation is greatly appreciated.  We do not meet in July and August.


2022 Meeting Program

Please note that we are proceeding with our program schedule with post-pandemic socializing cautions in mind and we are not opening our meetings to the general public at this time.  We are also requiring that participants in all indoor activities must be fully vaccinated against Covid-19. 

We've made this printable copy of the 2022 program available for your files.


January 2022 Program/Topic:  Sustainability Committee & Food Residuals Recycling


January 12, 2022

10:00 am


Haddam Community Center


7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum

Guest Speaker:  Linda Talbott, Haddam Sustainability Committee

As Haddam rolls-out their new food scrap recycling program, Linda will discuss the latest ideas on recycling food waste, including the use of an Anaerobic Digester which can take food residuals and turn them into energy.  She will discuss Haddam's role in this new program and how it can help reduce the cost of managing the town's solid waste.



Hostesses: Marijean Conrad, Rogene Gillmor, Lynne Cooper,

                Celeste Benoit

February 2022 Program/Topic:  Development of an Artist


February 9, 2022

10:00 am

Haddam Community Center

7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum

Guest Speaker and Garden Club Member: Dodie Ruimerman


Dodie will discuss her personal history and development as an artist as well as illustrate techniques she uses to produce her much admired work.


Hostesses: Sister Doretta, Barbara Smith, Lori Munson, Donna Vaccaro

March 2022 Program/Topic:  Weather Myths & Mysteries



March 9, 2022

10:00 am

Haddam Community Center

7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum

Guest Speaker:  Art Horn, Meteorologist


Art Horn has worked as a meteorologist for television stations in Maine, Boston, Florida and most recently Connecticut.  He teaches meteorology at Tunxis Community College and serves as an expert witness in weather related litigation.  He received an Emmy nomination in 2007 for a PBS documentary” Hurricane Direct Hit”.

Hostesses: Linda Rigano, Cindy Tillson, Lynne Cooper, Dodi Ruimerman

April 2022 Program/Topic:  Bonsai Plantings – Ballek’s Garden Center


April 13, 2022

10:00 am

Ballek's Garden Center

90 Maple Ave. in East Haddam

Guest Speaker: Nancy Ballek McKinnon, Ballek's Garden Center


Nancy Ballek will discuss the art of Bonsai at a meeting to be held at Ballek’s Garden Center.  She will provide plants and containers and show us how to begin our own bonsai garden.  A small fee will be charged to cover materials for those who want to participate.

Hostesses: Gail Christie, Donna Brinkerhoff, Marge DeBold

May 2022 Program/Topic:  Civic Project Day


May 11, 2022


Time TBD by Team Captains

Haddam Community Center

This is our major work-day dedicated to the maintenance and enhancement of our town’s welcome signs and civic gardens.  Members should be in contact with their team captains for start time and assignments.  Lunch will be provided at the Community Center after gardening.

Hostesses: Pat Gill, Terry Twigg, Lori Chadwick

June 2022 Program/Topic:  Annual Pot-Luck Lunch and Plant Auction


June 8, 2022

10:00 am

Sacred Heart on the Lake

529 Brainard Hill Rd.

Higganum, CT


This meeting is our annual pot-luck lunch and plant auction where members are asked to divide their garden plants or start seedlings which will be auctioned-off as a fund raiser. 




Hostesses: Kate Hull, Trish Jarrell

August 2022 Program/Topic:  Tour of Haddam Historical Society Gardens and

                                           Thankful Arnold House


August 10, 2022

10:00 am

14 Hayden Hill Rd, Haddam, CT



Thankful Arnold House has a beautiful and well documented historic garden.  One of the volunteer gardeners will discuss the various plants and their historic uses.  A tour of the house will follow for those interested.


Hostesses: No hostesses will be required for this meeting.

September 2022 Program/Topic:  Tour of St. Edmund's Retreat on Enders Island


September 14, 2022

10:00 am

St. Edmund's Retreat

1 Enders Island,

Mystic, CT 06355

St. Edmund's Retreat sits on an 11 acre island in Mystic, CT.  It has breathtaking ocean views and beautiful gardens.  It is well known for the spectacular dahlia beds with over 200 types of dahlias.  We will tour the gardens followed by lunch at a local restaurant (optional).


Hostesses: Since this is a field trip, no hostesses will be required for this meeting.

October 2022 Program/Topic:  Putting Gardens to Bed


October 12, 2022

10:00 am

Haddam Community Center

7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum

Guest Speaker: TBD


Specialists from Town and Country Nursery will give insight into the most recent thinking on how to best prepare our flower beds for winter.  They will welcome questions on specific concerns.


Hostesses: Myra Aronow, Lorraine Riess, Marge Supple, Rogene Gillmor

November 2022 Program/Topic:  Annual Meeting and Luncheon


November 9, 2022

11:00 am

Marker 37

This is our annual meeting and luncheon. Typically, this meeting celebrates our achievements throughout the year.  We take time to recognize special members and elect new officers for the following year as we enjoy lunch among members at a local restaurant. 



Hostesses:  Since we are dining off-site, no hostesses will be required for this meeting.

December 2022 Program/Topic:  Making Civic Holiday Arrangements


December 7, 2022

10:00 am

Haddam Community Center

7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum

At this meeting we will be making holiday arrangements for municipal buildings throughout town. Members are asked to bring any holiday decorations, ribbons, and containers that are suitable for using in arrangements, as well as any fresh-cut greens from their yards.  They will all be shared among us as we make our creations.

Hostesses: Kate Renwick, Lynda Birch, KC Alexander, Margaret Adams.

Directions & Map to the Haddam Community Center


Street Address:  7 Candlewood Hill Road, Higganum, CT 06441


Link to Google Map (or click on the map below)

















Take the Interstate Highways to CT Route 9. From I-95, Route 9 North is Exit #69 in Old Saybrook. From I-91, Route 9 South is Exit #22 in Cromwell.

From Route 9 North, take Exit #9 (Rt. 81/Killingworth Road). Make a left at the end of the ramp onto Route 81 North. Go 1.9 miles to the first traffic light and turn left onto Rt. 154 North.  Take an immediate left onto Candlewood Hill Road.  The Community Center will be the 4th building on your left set-back off the road. It is red with a cupola.


From Route 9 South, take Exit #10 (Aircraft Road).  Make a right at the end of the ramp onto Route 154 South.  Go 3.5 miles.  Just BEFORE the traffic light, make a hairpin right-turn onto Candlewood Hill Road.  The Community Center will be the 4th building on your left set-back off the road.  It is red and white with a cupola.