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Pomperaug Valley Garden Club Wins National and State Awards

Pomperaug Valley Cookbook Committee members display their National Garden Clubs, Inc award on a staircase at Aqua Turf, where the awards were presented. Left to right: Marty Sherman, Rosemary Paul, Mori Zeltner, and Michele P. Finn. (Contributed photo)

The National Garden Clubs, Inc. recently honored the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club with a Certificate of Merit for its publication of a cookbook celebrating the club’s 90th anniversary.

The cookbook, entitled “The Garden of Eating,” also received an award from The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc.

The publication celebrated the club’s activities through the years with recipes and photos.

Club members are represented with 200 delicious tried and true recipes. Also included are gardening sayings, including one by Gertrude Jekyll: “A garden is a great teacher. It teaches patience, industry and thrift. Above all it teaches entire trust”. Gardening tips include: Repel insects: Grow garlic, onions, chives and chrysanthemums around the garden” as well as ideas on use of herbs in cooking. The cookbook title was selected through a naming contest by club members and Joan Anthony was the creative winner.

The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc. also presented additional awards to the club:

  • A Certificate of Achievement: For working with the Town of Woodbury to plant two native Hawthorns on the George Washington Green, replacing diseased Sugar Maples. Club members Nancy L. Taylor and Mary Sheehan-Lally were co-chairs of this project.


  • A Certificate of Achievement: For the installation and maintenance of two Monarch Way-stations and a Nectar Garden at Flanders Nature Center and Land Trust and at the Woodbury Library. Club members Nancy Bailey, Kathy Prior and Marty Sherman have spearheaded these ongoing projects with the help of a small army of enthusiastic volunteers.

For more information about the club and a printable brochure go to

A limited number of our award winning cookbooks remain and are available for sale at the front desk at the Woodbury Library.

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