The Southbury Garden Club meets on the first Friday* of the month from March through December in the Kingsbury II Room at the Southbury Public Library.


*When the first Friday is a holiday, check for the new date.

Friday, May 3rd
"Boot Camp for Your Senses"
Tova Martin
1:0)p.m. - 2:00p.m.
Southbury Public Library

The Southbury Garden Club will present a program called “Boot Camp for Your Senses,” by Nationally renowned gardener, writer and lecturer, Tovah Martin, will present a program based on her latest book, "The Garden in Every Sense and Season”. Her lecture will explore the garden on all levels by attuning your nose to the scents and training your ears to listen. Learn to garden with eyes wide open, ears to the ground, and hands outstretched. Tailored to the current season to make each presentation dynamic, this lecture will lead the audience through an odyssey of exploration to awaken the senses and arouse your abilities of perception on all levels.

This fun and practical program will share advice and ideas to deeply enhance the gardening experience while also incorporating a “smellathon” to help get nostrils in gear. Tovah says: “After this presentation, your garden will be more savory, you will know its touch, smell its aromas, hear its voice, and see it anew.”

Tovah, who lives in Roxbury Connecticut, is nationally recognized for many gardening books, including: “The Indestructible Houseplant”, “The Unexpected Houseplant”, “The New Terrarium” among others.

Her articles have appeared in magazines including: “Country Gardens”; “Martha Stewart Living”; “Yankee”; “Connecticut Cottages and Gardens” and “Gardens Illustrated”.

Tovah lectures nationally and has appeared on the Martha Stewart Show, the CBS Sunday Early Show, and PBS. She has also lectured aboard the QE2.  

She is a NOFA-accredited Organic Land Care Professional, and an honorary member of the Garden Club of America, which awarded her their medal for outstanding literary achievement. She also received the Gustav Mehlquist Award, the highest honor bestowed by the Connecticut Horticultural Society.

The hour-long program at 1:00 p.m. is free and open to interested local residents.

Schedule of 2019
Membership Programs

Programs are held on Fridays at
The Southbury Public Library
100 Poverty Road
Kingsley Room
Unless otherwise specified.

Business Meetings begin at 11:30a.m.

Programs begin at 1:00 p.m.





March 1


 Dr. Richard Benfield, Geography Dept. CCSU


Weird and Wonderful Gardens of the World

April 5


Renee Marsh



Container Gardening - Beyond Annuals

May 3

Tovah Martin



Boot Camp for your Senses



June 7


Bellamy Ferriday House




Offsite Gardens and House Tour at Bellamy Ferriday House

(Members and Invited Guests )


July 12


Holly Kocet



We Need our Pollinators



August 2


Lisa Turoczi from Earthtones

in Woodbury





September 6

Kim Elerman


Dealing with Climate Change in your Landscape


October 4


Adam Wheeler from Broken Arrow in Hamden




Brighten Up Those Winter Blues - A Look at Great Plants for Winter Use

November 1


Trish Manfredi


Creative Floral Designs for the Holidays

 and Bright Winter Days



December  6 2019


SGC Members and Invited Guests



Christmas Lunch and Socializing