Our Accomplishments
Annual Reports

 

2018

Grants & Scholarships

  • Master Gardener class scholarships –$6000

  • Master Gardener grants to coordinators –$6750 ($750 to each coordinator)

  • Master Gardener outreach grants ‐ $8425 to 26 projects

Events & Activities

  • 25th Anniversary Annual Symposium – 360+ attendees, $2,000+ raised

  • July 11 Summer Garden Safari and Semi‐annual Meeting to 3 private gardens in Litchfield County, 89 attended

  • Hometown Habitat film screening at 3 locations (Litchfield, Fairfield and New Haven counties)

  • Nursery Day at McCue Gardens in Wethersfield on June 13 raised $683.25

  • Annual Meeting in Hartford County at the University of St. Joseph in West Hartford with speaker Kirsten Martin

  • Sale of Spearhead Spades raised $432.00

  • Commemorative Daylily sale raised $716

  • Book sales at the 2018 Symposium raised $682.50

  • Sold discount tickets to the CT Flower & Garden show as a service to our members

Organizational & Communications

  • Changed the CMGA newsletter, The Laurel, to an online format to decrease costs

  • Increased membership dues from $20 to $30 effective in 2019

  • Website redesign project began

  • Transitioning to Google GSuite

2017

Grants & Scholarships

  • Awarded 12 scholarships

  • MG Scholarships budget increased from $3500 to $6000

  • Awarded over $6400 to 24 outreach projects

  • Extension Center Grants budget increased from $500 to $750

Events & Activities

  • Annual Symposium - 336 attendees, $6700 raised

  • May 4 bus trip to Garden in the Woods in Framingham MA and the Variegated Foliage Nursery in Ashford CT

  • Summer Safari and Semi-Annual Meeting on August 24, to Ender’s Island and Kentford Farms in Mystic, CT.  100 people attended

  • Hometown Habitat documentary film screening at 4 locations (Tolland, Windham, New Haven, Middlesex)

  • Nursery Day at McCue Gardens in Wethersfield on May 27 raised $408.26

  • Annual Meeting held in Litchfield County with speaker Lars Demander

  • Commemorative Daylily sale raised $424

  • Sales of Spearhead Spades raised $916.80

2016

Grants & Scholarships

  • Master Gardener class scholarship –$3500

  • Master Gardener grants to coordinators –$4500 ($500 to each coordinator)

  • Master Gardener outreach grants ‐ $6000 budgeted; increased to $8,000

Events & Activities

  • March 19 Annual Symposium –350+ attendees, $6,000+ raised

  • July 23 Summer Garden Safari and Semi‐annual Meeting held in Windham County

  • August 2 CMGA board meeting at Colchester Town Hall, followed by tour of Cohen Woodlands Butterfly Garden

  • Joined the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut as an affiliate

  • Connecticut College Arboretum member rate for all CMGA members for Smaller American Lawns Today (SALT) Conference

Organizational & Communications

  • CMGA volunteers donated 35,643 hours of community service to towns and cities across the state

  • No increase in membership dues, Symposium fee, or Summer Safari fee for 13th straight year

  • CMGA online merchandise store implemented

2015

Grants and Scholarships

  • Provided almost $8000 in grants for over two dozen projects across our state

  • Enhanced our grant application process for better service

Events and Activities

  • Hosted the Annual Symposium March 21 with over 350 attendees

  • Held our August Board meeting at Buck Lodge in the Connecticut College Arboretum’s Native Plant Collection

  • Co-Sponsored the Smaller American Lawns Today (SALT) Conference at Connecticut College

  • Hosted an ice cream social for MG classes 2014/15 at the UConn Farm Tour

  • Organized the July Summer Garden Safari to two wonderful gardens in Fairfield County

  • Hosted the Annual Meeting at the Tolland Agricultural Center with featured speaker Judith Dreyer

Communications

  • Expanded the CMGA website to include more information and resources

  • Watched our Facebook participation grow: - over 500 photos added - over 2000 postings – over 81,000 views of posts - over 2000 post feedbacks

Organizational/Administrative

  • Seven new members joined our Board

  • Awarded Billy Baxter and Marge Bingham lifetime memberships

 

2014

Grants & Scholarships

over $13,000 was given out in 2014

  • Grants – over $5000 was budgeted for MG Intern and MG projects across CT

  • MG Intern Scholarships – $3500

  • MG Coordinator grants – $500 ($4500 total) to each MG Coordinator

  • NO INCREASE in dues, Symposium fee, and Semi Annual Meeting fee

  • The Laurel
    Autumn edition featured a new letterhead designed by Editor Alicia Cornelio. 60% of CMGA members now receive The Laurel online only. Expanded Summer and Fall editions

Events and Activities

  • March 15 Annual Symposium – Over 300 attendees, raised over $6,000

  • June 7 Private Tour of the Connecticut College Arboretum

  • July 26 Summer Garden Safari – appearance on WLIS (CT Outdoors with Suzanne Thompson)

  • November 2 FREE Annual Meeting Featured Speaker: Glenn Dreyer "CT Notable Trees"

  • 31 CMGA Retail Partners

  • Fourth MG Coordinator/CMGA Board Potluck Lunch

  • Lifetime Membership for John Carlson (we now have 6 Lifetime Members). All Lifetime Members receive free CMGA memberships, free admission to the Annual Symposium and the Summer Garden Safari

  • CMGA Giveaways at the Annual Meeting and all MG graduations

  • CMGA Board Meetings held in Bethel and CAES Research Farm in Griswold

  • CMGA Facebook Page Over 2500 postings

2013

Grants & Scholarships

Over $12,000 was given out in 2013

  • Grants – over $6000 was budgeted for MG Intern and MG projects across CT

  • MG Intern Scholarships – $3500

  • MG Coordinator grants – $300 ($2700 total) to each MG Coordinator

  • NO INCREASE in dues, Symposium fee, and Semi-Annual Meeting fee

  • More than half our members have opted to receive The Laurel online instead of mailed hardcopy

Events and Activities

  • March 23 Annual Symposium – Almost 370 attendees, raised over $10,000

  • July 20 Summer Garden Safari – close to 60 attendees

  • November 9 FREE Annual Meeting Featured Speaker: Pam Cooper "A Wild Safari into the CT Landscape"

  • 31 CMGA Retail Partners

  • Third MG Coordinator/CMGA Board Potluck Lunch

  • Lifetime Membership for Paul Grimmeisen (we now have 5 Lifetime Members). All Lifetime Members receive free CMGA memberships, free admission to the Annual Symposium and the Summer Garden Safari

  • CMGA Giveaways at the Annual Meeting and all MG graduations

  • CMGA Board Meetings held at Goodwin Forest and Waxman

  • CMGA Facebook Page Over 2000 postings

  • Joined TechSoup and Restaurant Depot (free) to reduce technology and event costs

  • Began transitioning accounting to Quickbooks

 

2012

Grants & Scholarships

over $12,000 was given out in 2012 (Over 25% more than 2011)

  • Grants – over $6000 was given for MG Intern and MG projects across CT

  • MG Intern Scholarships – $3500

  • Grants - over $6000 was given for MG Intern and MG projects across CT

  • MG Intern Scholarships - $3500

  • MG Coordinator grants – $300 ($2700 total) to each MG Coordinator

Events and Activities

  • March 24 Annual Symposium – Over 370 attendees, raised over $9000

  • June 19 FREE Evening of Wine and Roses, Elizabeth Park

  • Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with UConn signed

  • July 21 Summer Garden Safari – over 80 attendees

  • August 23 Flash Mob Planting, Hebron Fairgrounds

  • November 3 FREE Annual Meeting 25th Anniversary Celebration. Featured Speaker: Kevin Wilcox, Silver Spring Nursery

  • 25 CMGA Retail Partners

  • Second MG Coordinator/CMGA Board Potluck Lunch

  • Partnership with CAES Associates, co-sponsor CIPWG Invasive Plant Symposium

  • Lifetime Memberships for Ellen Morse, Enid Sherman and Bob Sherman. All Lifetime Members receive free CMGA memberships, free admission to the Annual Symposium and the Summer Garden Safari

  • Presenting 101 – FREE classes for Master Gardeners and Master Composters

  • CMGA Giveaways at the Annual Meeting and all MG graduations

Communications

  • 25 years of CMGA newsletters (1987 – 2012) collected, logged and posted on the CMGA website

  • CMGA Board Meetings held at the Bartlett Arboretum, New Haven County Extension Center and the New London County Extension Center

  • Appearance on WLIS/WMRD’s CT Outdoors with Suzanne Thompson

  • CMGA Facebook Page – Photos from all CMGA events Photos from 2012 MG and Master Composter graduations

2011

Grants and Scholarships

  • Grants – almost $4000 in grants for over two dozen MG Intern and MG projects across CT

  • MG Intern Scholarships – gave out $3000

Events and Activities

  • March 26 Annual Symposium – Over 300 attendees, raised over $1000

  • Lifetime Memberships for John Neff and Marie Dube – a new annual effort to recognize significant contributors to CMGA

  • June 15 FREE Elizabeth Park Rose Garden Tour

  • Presenting 101 – FREE classes conducted in 4 counties, over 100 attendees

  • FREE Connecticut College Arboretum Tours

  • June 25 Tour attended by both CT and RI MGs

  • July 7 FREE Ice Cream Social for 2010/2011 MG Intern UConn Farm Tour

  • First MG Coordinator/Board Potluck Lunch

  • July 23 Summer Safari – over 70 attendees, raised over $600

  • Oct 16 FREE Victorian Naturalist Walk, Goodwin Forest

  • CMGA Jacket Giveaway at all MG graduations across CT

  • Nov 5 FREE Annual Meeting – Featured speaker Rob Durgy, door prizes and more!

  • Nov 19 Elizabeth Park Close the Rose Garden Volunteer Opportunity

Communications

  • Expanded CMGA website (over 60 pages) includes MG events in Ext Offices; online Registration/payment for all events/membership; downloadable membership card; CMGA financial info available

  • The Laurel – members can now opt out of receiving a mailed copy

  • CMGA Facebook Page – articles, photos, upcoming events

  • Photos from all 2011 MG graduations and CMGA events

Organizational/Administrative

  • Monthly CMGA Board Meetings held around the state:

  • 2011: Bartlett Arboretum (Fairfield County), Goodwin Forest (Windham County), Tolland County Extension Center

  • Liaison program enhancing partnership with Extension Centers

  • CMGA Partner Discounts – 3 new retailers added this year

  • Bylaws/Board Manual – streamlined and standardized the bylaws, developed a board manual; formalized audit review process