Other Ways to Give

Help contribute to our success: There are a number of ways to help support our mission to encourage the enjoyment, appreciation and understanding of plants, the environment, and the art and science of gardening.

Interested in volunteering, working on a committee, or a leadership role? Email Mary Anna at office@cthort.org.

The Connecticut Horticultural Society, founded in 1887, is an educational organization dedicated to encouraging and improving the practice of gardening and the dissemination of horticultural information to its members and the public.   

Please click here to make an online donation. We use Paypal to process donations – you don’t need a Paypal account to donate, just a debit or credit card. You’ll be able to indicate where you would like your donation to be directed: 

  • Scholarship Fund
  • Speaker Fund
  • General Expenses

Thank you for your support!

The Connecticut Horticultural Society is a tax-exempt organization under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code.

Your contribution may result in additional support for CT Hort, as many companies match gifts made by their employees. Please contact your employer to obtain the necessary forms and submit them along with your contribution, and we’ll take care of the rest!

2021-2022 SCHOLARSHIP RECIPIENTS The UCONN Students who received scholarships are Lillian Borbas, Julie Turner, and Annabelle Caswell.
Scholarship funds raised in the 2021-22 season
Lillian Borbas from Morris, Connecticut received this year’s CT Horticultural Society’s award that honors the memory of Dr. Edwin “Pat” Carpenter a Professor of Horticulture.  Lillian is a senior majoring in Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems with a concentration in Environmental Horticulture.  She is a Dean’s List student with a cumulative grade point average of 3.95.  Julie Turner from Shelton, Connecticut received this year’s CT Horticultural Society’s award that is given in memory of Ludwig Hoffman, a well-known Nurseryman.  Julie is a senior majoring in Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems with a concentration in Environmental Horticulture.  She is a New England Scholar with a cumulative grade point average of 3.64. Annabelle Caswell from Norwich, Connecticut is the recipient of this year’s CT Horticultural Society’s award in memory of David J.A. Smith, an Emeritus Society Member.  She is a transfer student from the University of Maine, and a senior majoring in Sustainable Plant and Soil Systems with a cumulative grade point average of 3.6.  Annabelle will be graduating in May of 2022. Our Naugatuck Valley Community College winners are Aiden Usher and Elizabeth Grimaldi. Aiden Usher is majoring in Horticulture and received her Associate Degree in Science, with a 4.0 GPA. She is finishing her education at UConn Storrs, also planning to major in horticulture. In her personal statement, she wrote: “I am so proud of myself for being able to continue my education in a field of my passion. I am a strong believer in the saying ‘Love what you do; do what you love.’ That is exactly what I am trying to do, taking classes such as ‘Woody Plants’ and ‘Soil Systems’ may not compare with ‘Accounting 101,’ but to me, it is exactly what I have always wanted to do. Learning about plant physiology, growing procedures, the different layers within soil, sustainability, and being able to identify every other plant I see is extremely gratifying. I dedicate the time and effort to my studies because I love what I do, and I have a passion within the subject, which is something that not everyone can say. “This scholarship will grant me the ability to enhance my current education and give me the means to continue it. Although community college is seen to be the ‘cheap’ way to get an education, it is just as important and can be equally as costly. Textbooks, gas, and extra materials put a financial strain on many young people, including myself. For one of my classes, I was required to purchase a “Landscaping Tools” kit for $130, which was out of pocket because financial aid did not cover it. This extra, unexpected cost put me back that amount of money which jeopardized my education due to the fact I had to put in extra work hours that week to pay off the bill. These costs add up and having a scholarship that would be able to help compensate these costs would allow me to better my education in a significant way.” Elizabeth Grimaldi studies horticulture at Naugatuck Valley Community College. There, Elizabeth is enrolled in NVCC’s two-year horticulture program. After this, Elizabeth plans to attend UConn to continue studying horticulture and the environment. Please click here to donate. Be sure to indicate that you’d like your donation to be directed to the Scholarship Fund. 

Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Connecticut Horticultural Society. With only two part-time employees, we rely heavily on the hands of dozens of helping volunteers to be able to offer a season of professional speakers, educational workshops, Spring Plant Sale & Auction, trips, biennial Symposium, and more.

Please consider adding your talents and time to the mix, whether on a one-time or ongoing basis. Your board of directors and fellow CT Hort members welcome your efforts and thank you in advance.

Please contact Office Administrator Mary Anna Martell at 860-529-8713 or office@cthort.org.

Continued vitality and excellence in the years ahead will depend in large part on the size of the Connecticut Horticultural Society’s endowment. Building a strong endowment requires a flow of funds from people who care about CT Hort’s future and wish to help ensure its well being. Planned gifts during life or bequests upon death will help continue the work of CT Hort.

Bequests need not be large, for it is the cumulative effect of many gifts that will ensure the Society’s future. There are many ways to make a planned gift. The best choice depends on individual circumstances. Some options to consider are lifetime donations, memorial gifts, gifts of appreciated securities or life insurance, gifts by will (bequests), and charitable remainder trusts.

To discuss making a gift, please contact Dick Kaminski, Treasurer.

A gift or bequest to the Connecticut Horticultural Society is deductible for income and estate tax purposes to the extent allowed by law. Anyone considering such a gift should consult with a lawyer, financial adviser, or accountant who is knowledgeable in the area of charitable giving.

Connecticut Horticultural Society accepts gifts of appreciated securities, which are sold upon receipt to support the Society’s mission.

A gift of stock provides significant benefits to the donor, including charitable tax deduction and savings on capital gains taxes.

To make a gift of appreciated stock, please contact Dick Kaminski, Treasurer. 

A gift or bequest to the Connecticut Horticultural Society is deductible for income and estate tax purposes to the extent allowed by law. Anyone considering such a gift should consult with a lawyer, financial adviser, or accountant who is knowledgeable in the area of charitable giving.

Did you know that every time you shop on AmazonSmile, a percentage of your purchase can be donated back to the Connecticut Horticultural Society (CT Hort)? At no cost to you, the AmazonSmile Foundation will donate 0.5% of every eligible purchase to CT Hort when you make us your charitable organization of choice.

Visit smile.amazon.com, login with your regular Amazon account information, select the “Connecticut Horticultural Society” as your charitable organization, and start shopping!

We’ll only receive donations from purchases made through Smile.Amazon.com directly, rather than through Amazon.com, so be sure to bookmark smile.amazon.com!

Your support is truly appreciated!

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