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Frequently Asked Questions

Who are we?
Glastonbury Partners in Planting Inc. is a 501.3(c) non-profit organization. We are made up of Glastonbury residents working to make our town a more beautiful place to live.

Why are we doing this?
We are raising funds and working on planting projects in town because the Town doesn't have the  manpower or budget to expand these things.  We are also interested in making Glastonbury a more beautiful place to live -- a community of green places in touch with its history and growing for the future.

What is the significance of the Glastonbury Thorn symbol?
The thorn symbol is taken from the Town of Glastonbury seal. The 'Glastonbury Thorn' (Monogyna Praecox) is a type of Hawthorn popular in Glastonbury, England. Beacuse there are no trees of this type in Glastonbury, USA, GPIP began project to propagate a hardier version for the Town's use.  Adam Wheeler of Broken Arrow Nursery in Hamden, CT, was able to graft hardy root stock to scions (young branches) originally from a Hawthorn grown the National Cathedral in Washington, D.C.  We now have a healthy 6-7’ tree that is planted on the south side of the Historical Society Museum.


Why are Elms important?
A special interest of Glastonbury Partners in Planting is the restoration of American Elms to our streets and public places. Some of the trees in the Town Tree Nursery are Valley Forge Elms, a disease-resistant cultivar of American Elm. Historically, many towns and cities in the Eastern United States had lined their streets with American Elms. In the early 20th century Dutch Elm disease wiped out most of the Elms in the Eastern U.S., radically altering streetscapes in almost every Eastern town. Restoring Elms, and bringing back their beauty and grandeur, is part of GPIP’s mission.

How can you help?
You can help by donating your time or money.

It is our mission to provide both labor and funds to support planting projects. See our Volunteer page to sign up, or email for more information.

What are the membership dues?
Membership dues are collected annually and are treated as a family/household membership.

There are three types of membership, shown below.

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What are the plants in the Median?
The Median Gardens are designed for full sun and drought tolerance. All are low maintenance plants with few disease problems:

‘Knockout’ Roses, ‘Homerun’ Roses, ‘Gold Tide’ Forsythia, Ilex  glabra ‘Shamrock’ (inkberry), Ilex verticillata ‘Red Sprite (Winterberry),Microbiota (Russian cypress)

Echinacea tennenensis ‘Rocky Top’(Purple Coneflower), Nepeta ‘Walker’s Low’(Catmint) , Coreopsis ‘Moonbeam’, Hemerocallis ‘Happy  Returns’(daylily), Phlox subulata (Creeping Phlox), Perovskia (Russian Sage), Rudbeckia ‘Goldsturm’ (Black-eyed Susan) and Sedum ‘Autumn Joy’

Pennisetum ‘Hamelyn’, Pennisetum ‘Karley Rose’, Panicum  ‘Heavy Metal’ and Panicum ‘Shenandoah’

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