Field Trip to Logee’s Greenhouse

Calathea lancifolia & Viola dissecta

Fourteen Garden Club members piled into three cars and drove 70 miles to Danielson CT to visit Logee’s Greenhouses.  With great appreciation to Camilla B, Horticulture Chair we thoroughly enjoyed an amazing family owned greenhouse that has been in business since 1982.  After our visit, during which many of us bought unique plants, Camilla led us to a nearby Thai restaurant, where they set out tables that took up half of the  bar area for our gathering of happy gardeners.

Greenhouse path & lemon tree


Logee’s  unique old greenhouses are a wonder where tropical and unusual plants have been growing since as early as 1900. One of the earliest is the “American WonderLemon”, a Ponderosa lemon tree that produces many lemons of up  to 5 pounds each.  Hundreds of thousands of propagations have been harvested from this single sprawling 117 year old tree.

Peg considers some purchases

Another large specimen is now called a citrus tree.  It was planted in 1953 as a California navel orange tree but over the years 10 varieties of citrus fruits have been grafted on it, including tangerines, blood oranges, and grapefruit.  It now serves as a source of cuttings.  Probably the oldest tree is the kumquat, which was given to the family in the 1950’s by a woman in her 80’s who had the tree in her conservatory for most of her life.  It started out in a pot, but broke through that; was given a box and broke through that to send its roots directly into the ground along with many other large trees in the largest, jungle like greenhouse.

Chains of Glory (Clerodendrum smithianum)

Some of our members were lucky to happen upon a Logee’s employee airlayering a plant. They enjoyed an impromptu lesson in this method of propagation, while the rest of us wandered the greenhouses, enjoying many varieties of orchids, begonias, clerodendrum,  jasmine, abutilon, anthurium, many kinds of fruit trees (figs, bananas, passion fruit, to name a few), herbs and other spectacular plants.

New member, Asha, enjoying a Rosemary plant


Thank you to Camilla who continues to organize horticultural events that inspire and educate us all.


Submitted by Donna Nowak

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


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