• Deb Key

Meet Martha

Martha Fanelli has enjoyed bringing her creativity to eight “Set 2 Celebrate” events, designing exuberant tables and flowers and the entry to the Town and County Club - always with a strong theme in mind. This year Martha’s table will be “Une soirée’ dans les Jardins des Tuileries”. As Martha explained "Inspiration for the table began with the pattern of the table linens. They are a French landscape plan and it made me think of the lovely and famous Tuilleries Garden, designed by Andre’ LeNotre’ - the designer of Versailles".

Often partnering with the exquisite collections of antique china procured by Kevin McNamara, Martha brings a fresh and updated aesthetic to compliment the elegant antique settings. Martha is shown with their 2016 setting which told the story of the Rothschilds and the "stolen" necklace. She is well known to many people in the Farmington Valley as The Gilded Garden and Home for her custom fresh and dried floral designs. Additionally, Martha is known for creating flowers over the years for the Hill-Stead Museum dinner auction (where her husband, Jim, is a Trustee) and other not-for-profits.

Inspired at an early age, she developed a lifelong love of gardening and science and completed a BS in Environmental Horticulture at UConn. As a result, she has a varied career as a horticulturist working in many capacities - managing a store for Lexington Gardens, starting her own interior plantscaping company in Fairfield County and, after relocating to the Avon, started her floral and landscape design consultation business, working with individuals and corporations. A passionate lifelong learner, she enjoyed an intensive 6 week summer program at Harvard in Landscape Architecture 5 years ago. Martha became a member of CVGC in Sept 2001 where she regularly shares her floral design and horticulture knowledge in popular workshops. Martha may be contacted at 860-463-8929 or gildedgarden1@gmail.com


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