East Hampton Garden Club's Gift to Seniors

Workshop participants chose from evergreens of all varieties as they began to assemble holiday centerpieces under the tutelage of the Garden Club of East Hampton on Monday. Durell Godfrey Photos

A holiday centerpiece workshop at the East Hampton Town Senior Citizens Center on Monday was the culmination of months of work by the Garden Club of East Hampton, which started gathering and assembling materials for the popular program in late October. 

On Nov. 4, club members met at St. Luke’s Episcopal Church to spray-paint dried flowers, seedpods, and decorative branches collected from their own gardens. Yarrow, hydrangeas, dried ferns, and milkweed pods were painted silver and gold, and poppy pods and branches were painted red.

The group gathered again on Nov. 18 at Katy and Tiger Graham’s house to sort their materials and continue their preparations.

Finally, on Monday, they took it all to the senior center on Springs-Fireplace Road, where they offered help and suggestions to participants while spreading good cheer.
 

At St. Luke’s Episcopal Church on Nov. 4, Rosemary Killen, the club’s project chairwoman, stood among some of the raw materials. Durell Godfrey
Club members spray-painted dried flowers, seedpods, and decorative branches on Nov. 4.Durell Godfrey
Wendy Phillips, Rosemary Killen, Jake Markum, and Cathy Santamarina worked together on Nov. 18.Durell Godfrey
Olivia and Debbie Druker sorted through Santas, snowmen, and other ornaments that will be added to the finished centerpieces. Durell Godfrey
The materials included some that were store-bought, but many that were collected and prepared by garden club members.Durell Godfrey
The "experts" from the Garden Club were on hand at the senior citizens center on Monday to offer suggestions and help.Durell Godfrey
Workshop participants hard at work on MondayDurell Godfrey
At left, Pat Mercer of the Garden Club of East Hampton was in fine holiday spirits on Monday. On the right, Raphael Rojas showed off his finished centerpiece.Durell Godfrey
Martina Sandy, left, and Mike Geller had pieces to be proud of by the end of the workshop.Durell Godfrey