Garden club honors Brennan

At its annual luncheon, The Wilton Garden Club awarded many honors, but it paid special tribute to former First Selectman Bill Brennan for his “keen interest in civic beautification.”

Outgoing club President Nan Merolla commended Brennan for “so many changes in the town … to make it more beautiful” including the flower baskets that hang from the lampposts in Wilton Center to the sculpture on display and the new sidewalks and crosswalks among many other efforts.

For his part, Brennan thanked the garden club “for the fabulous job you’ve done over the years.” He said whenever he called for help with a project, such as landscaping the Veterans Memorial Green “the garden club never turned me down.”

As a lasting tribute, the club has created the W.F. Brennan Award for Civic Beautification, which is to be given each year for outstanding efforts in beautification to the town of Wilton. This year’s recipients were Suzanne Knutson and Linda Schmidt, who chair the club’s civic committee.

Among the other awards, Sharon Frost and Kathy Mitchell received the President’s Award for their efforts in bringing in a record number of provisional members, and the Wolcott Bowl, named in honor of former member Melinda Wolcott, was given to Jerre Dawson for her educational efforts.

As she completes her final year as club president, Merolla reviewed the club’s accomplishments over the past three years that included renegotiating the lease on Old Town Hall, which the club manages, updating the website, revising the bylaws, mounting an award-winning flower show, presenting scholarships, putting on successful plant sales, renovating the greenhouse at Comstock Community Center, and undertaking more civic projects. The club also sponsors Green Teens, a youth gardening initiative at Trackside Teen Center.

Incoming president will be Suzanne Knutson and Allison Sanders will serve as vice president, Kara Golden as secretary, Yolanda Bonomo as club treasurer, and Marla Sinchak as Old Town Hall treasurer.