A Florida-Style Winter Retreat

You can make a winter retreat in your mind, a place that is not New England in February, buried under piles of snow, if you think of  bright, sunny Florida, and its many varieties of flora.
Penny H. sends these photos so that you may absorb these splashes of color at this time of year.  She took them while walking in St. Pete Beach. They are orange and crimson hibiscus blossoms,   a purple bougainvillea, and a spikey succulent.
After you finish clearing the snow, come in, sit down, look at these pictures and pretend that you are in a tropical climate; a place where it never snows.
Submitted by Penny H.

Orchids in Bloom

If you miss the fragrance and colorful blooms of your garden, visiting an orchid show can provide a mid-winter boost. Exotic blooms include the large and dramatic,  almost microscopically small, brightly colored and subdued.


Dendrobium speciosum ‘Kathy’s Ritz’ JC/ AOS

Phragmipedium schlimii

Phragmipedium schlimii



Dendrochilum wenzelii









Miltoniopsis Lennart Karl Gottling ‘Red Rim’


These pictures were taken at the Cape & Islands Orchid Society Show in Hyannis, on January 28, 2017. This show is also open on Sunday, January 29.  Other societies also hold shows during the winter months. The New Hampshire Orchid Society Show will be February 10-12 in Nashua, New Hampshire, and the Amherst Orchid Society Show is February 25-26 in Northampton. If you are looking for other orchid shows, they are listed on the website of the American Orchid Society at http://www.aos.org/


Holiday Remembrance


Lee B, Celia S, Penny H and Lynne K

Four of our Groton Garden Club members placed wreaths at the 10 Memorial Stones at Sawyer Common.  We touched each stone, thanked those memorialized on the stones for their service and then placed the wreath. The stones commemorate those from Groton who served in wars ranging from the Revolutionary War to present day. —Submitted by Penny H


Autumn Glow at Boutwell House

On November 18th, Garden Club members added autumn decorations to Groton’s historic Boutwell House. The Boutwell House had been newly renovated with wallpaper, paint, carpeting, and exterior paint.  GGC members brought collected dried florals, greenery, and festive autumn items to enhance the rooms and outside areas.


mantel & hearth decorations


pumpkins and greenery










The following day, the Boutwell House was part of a house tour for the Groton Community School’s annual fund raiser. Hundreds of visitors enjoyed the autumnal decor as they toured the house and learned some of Groton’s history. During the house tour, Penny, Lynne, and Laura hosted a table with information about the club and the award winning gardens.


2016-11-18 Boutwell group decorators

Clockwise from left: Linda L, Cindy S, Barbara SW, Laura S, Lynne K, Penny H, Linda A


Dining room & mantel decorations