Meetings 2023 – 2024


Bennington Garden Club Program Schedule – 2023 – 2024 

Winter Business Meeting

11:00 Tuesday February 20, 2024

Meeting and Lunch

Members Only

Member’s Home

Sunderland, VT

The Art of Photography – Postponed Due to Winter Storm – New Date TBA

 “Photographer Jim Westphalen has always had an affinity for the built landscape; those features and patterns reflecting human occupation within the natural surroundings.  His current body of work, entitled Vanish, is an ongoing narrative that speaks to the decay of iconic structures in rural America.  Inspired by such painters as Andrew Wyeth, A. Hale Johnson and Edward Hopper, Jim’s photographs open like windows to a world that is rapidly disappearing before our eyes.  Originally starting this journey in his home state of Vermont, Jim now travels the country “visually preserving” as many of these American treasures as possible before they entirely disappear.”

Photographer:  Jim Westphalen

2:00 Saturday March 23, 2024

Public Welcome

Manchester Community Library

138 Cemetery Ave.

Manchester Ctr., VT

Spring Ephemeral Walks

With Christy Nevius and Erin Labovitz

Every Tuesday in April and May

8:00am sharp, rain or shine

Meet on the Porch of Park McCullough House

Public Welcome, (dogs must be leashed)

Park McCullough Mile Around Trail

N. Bennington, VT

Growing for the Gardener

Presenter:  Helen O’Donnell

““I grow for the intrepid gardener,” says garden designer and plantsperson extraordinaire Helen O’Donnell. She’s the co-owner of The Bunker Farm in Dummerston, Vermont, which sells a wide range of rare, unusual, and tried-and-true plants. “I don’t focus on what I think I can sell, but rather what I am most excited to plant,” she says.” Garden Visit: ‘The Thrill of Letting Things Happen’ in Helen O’Donnell’s Vermont Garden
Melissa Ozawa May 30, 2023

1:00 Thursday April 11, 2024

Public Welcome

Manchester Community Library

138 Cemetery Ave.

Manchester Ctr., VT


The Garden Club of America member club The Bennington Garden Club is pleased to announce the signing of a proclamation by Governor Scott on May 1, 2024, officially designating May 2024 “Vermont Native Plant Month”.  The GCA has led this effort across all 50 states and Washington, DC to increase awareness of the critical role native plants play in supporting a healthy environment, thriving wildlife and pollinator populations, reducing use of pesticides and fertilizers, cleaning air and water and so much more.

To access the proclamation and learn more about the initiative, visit

To read the GCA’s Position Paper on native plants, visit


Annual Meeting

10:00 Tuesday May 21, 2024

Business Meeting Followed by Potluck Lunch

Members Only

Private Residence

Sandgate, VT