Manchester Garden Club News

Manchester Garden Club congratulates Madison resident Jacob Gardner, the winner of its 2016 $1500 college scholarship. Jacob, accompanied by his parents, received the award at the club’s June dinner meeting on June 13th at Wickham Park.

Jacob is a junior at the University of Connecticut majoring in Horticulture and planning post-graduate study involving invasive plants and our native alternatives, and would eventually like to teach at the college level.  Jacob is assistant manager at UConn Blooms (UConn’s Plant and Flower Shop), was a resident assistant, and is active in Sigma Phi Epsilon fraternity and Storrs Congregational Christian Outreach. He enjoys running, swimming, hiking, and gardening.

The annual Beautification Award recognizes Manchester organizations and is based on the premise that beauty is contagious. This year the committee has divided the award into two separate categories; Contained Garden Award and Landscaped Garden Award.  After much deliberation, Gail Secchiaroli, President of MGC, and Donald Kelsey, chairperson of the Manchester Garden Club’s Beautification Committee, are very pleased to announce that the winners of the Manchester Garden Club’s Beautification Awards for 2016 are Economy Oil (315 Broad Street), and St. Bartholomew’s Church (736 Middle Turnpike). Congratulations to our winners, and all the recipients of an Honorable Mention Award.

There were many colorful and creative gardens. Honorable mention also goes to the following Manchester businesses and locations:

  • Advance Molding                                                     
  •  Manchester Memorial Hospital
  • Azure Hair & Day Spa                                                           
  • McDonald’s (on Tolland Tpke.)             
  • Blanchard & Rossetto Realtors                               
  •  Memorial Corner Store        
  • Cavey’s                                                                      
  • Merrill & Brousseau PC
  •  Enchantments  LLC                                                    
  •  Mulberry Street Pizza                                  
  •  Family Barber Hair Salon                                         
  • Pediatric Dental Assoc., PC              
  • Frank’s Auto Credit                                                  
  • St. Bridget’s Church
  • Hartford Road Pizza                                                 
  • South United Methodist Church
  • Highland Park Market                                              
  • The Andrew Ansaldi Co.
  • Hollywood Service, Inc.                                           
  • The Green Scene                               
  • J & L Machine Co.                                                      
  • Watkins Funeral Home
  • John F. Tierney Funeral Home                                 
  • Wendy’s
  • MACC Charities Community Food Pantry                        
  • Wilson Oil Co