WOODBRIDGE >> First Selectman Ellen Scalettar recognized the Garden Club of Woodbridge as the September Woodbridge Person of the Month.

“The Garden Club of Woodbridge does so much to promote the natural beauty and quality of life in Woodbridge through their beautification efforts, educational work and horticultural therapy,” said First Selectman Ellen Scalettar.

Scalettar initiated the program to spotlight residents, volunteers and employees who go above and beyond the expected in their dedication and commitment to Woodbridge and its residents.

The Garden Club is celebrating its 81st year of service to Woodbridge. Its focus is civic improvement through landscaping and beautifying the center of town.

Garden Club members design, plant and manage public gardens, including the Butterfly Garden at the library, the 9/11 Memorial at the firehouse, the Darling House Herb Garden, the Massaro Community Farm house garden, and the garden at Meetinghouse Lane and Center Road.

At the Garden Club’s monthly meetings, the club invites the public (for a $5 fee) to lunchtime lectures on a variety of topics such as flower arranging and how to best support pollinators.

The Garden Club also provides “horticultural therapy” to residents of Coachman Square’s Alzheimer’s unit. At these therapy sessions, residents garden and learn to make flower arrangements.

Also, the Garden Club provides an annual college scholarship to a graduate of Amity Regional High School who plans to study horticulture or environmental studies.

Recently, the Garden Club has begun holding annual plant sales to raise money for the club. In May, club members bring perennials from their own yards for sale.

For more information on the Garden Club of Woodbridge, visit gardenclubofwoodbridge.org.

To nominate a Woodbridge employee, resident or volunteer who’s gone above and beyond expectations, contact Betsy Yagla at byagla@woodbridgect.org.