The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut recently presented its highest award, The Bronze Medal to Terry Stoleson of Trumbull for her outstanding life-time contributions. Stoleson is a Nationally Accredited Master Flower Show Judge Emeritus and a Life Member of The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut.

For decades she’s been an active member of the Long Hill Garden Club, including serving as President. She is actively involved with Creative Arrangers of Connecticut, the Judges Council and the Connecticut Valley Mycological Society. In 2008, Stoleson was recognized and honored for her work and extensive achievements through the establishment of a major flower show award named in her honor — The Terry Stoleson Design Award.

She has frequently lectured and instructed throughout the state and on a national level on many different subjects. She’s been the recipient of numerous design awards at the Connecticut Flower and Garden Show. Her work has been featured at both the New Britain Museum of American Art and the Wadsworth Atheneum. Many times her signature designs have appeared in the Vision of Beauty calendars.

A talented floral designer, Stoleson generously shares her knowledge of floral design in creative and entertaining ways. She serves as a mentor to many designers and offers constructive and helpful critiques on design and artistic endeavors to anyone who asks.

Long-time Trumbull residents, Terry and her husband Harley will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary in January 2015.