The Long Hill Garden Club received recognition at the recently held awards luncheon of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut.

“Growing a Generation of Gardeners,” which is the club’s youth program, received the Luckner Youth Award. Club members worked with children from pre-school to high school. This program teaches and guides children of all ages in the value of gardening and the love of nature and the environment. Volunteers teach 3-year-olds during 15 weeks of gardening and nature classes, read to and lead discussions at the elementary level, and provide an exploration display which is changed monthly at the Nature Nook at the library. Gardening guidance and tools are provided for both middle school students in an after-school club and high school volunteers at Stern Village. Gardening experiences are given to special needs students in the ELITE Program. Books are given to each elementary school and the town library and a scholarship is awarded annually to a high school senior.

The Civic Activity Award was given for the club’s Random Acts of Kindness initiative with the goal of making strangers happy with flowers. Members create small bouquets and attach colorful ribbons and attach a tag reading, “A small bouquet to brighten your day.” The bouquets are then distributed throughout Trumbull and surrounding communities to unsuspecting individuals.

An Award of Excellence was given to Cathy Ritch from both the National Garden Clubs and the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut for her Beyond Beginning workshops. She conceived, created and perpetuated successful and continuously sold out floral design workshops which have increased the skills of a significant number of Connecticut designers in a welcoming and inspiring atmosphere.