“Holiday in Bloom” planned at Osborne Homestead Museum

DERBY — “Holiday in Bloom,” an event at the Osborne Homestead Museum, will showcase, in each room of the home, a seasonal plant that is connected to holiday folklore and tradition, according to a press release Monday.

The featured plants will include poinsettia, pine, Christmas rose, laurel, rosemary/herbs, holly, ivy, mistletoe and pomegranate.

 The museum was the home of conservationist, businesswoman and philanthropist, Frances Osborne Kellogg, who lived in the house her entire life, from 1876 to 1956. 

 As they have done for more than 20 years, volunteers create the holiday decorations.  The volunteers represent the Ansonia Garden Club, Olde Ripton Garden Club, the Garden Club of Orange, Naugatuck Garden Club, Roxbury/Bridgewater Garden Club, Derby Garden Society, the Pomperaug Valley Garden Club, the Oxford Garden Club and Ye Olde Kellogg Garden Society.

 The exhibit will be open from Nov. 23 through Dec. 16, Thursday to Sunday, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for guided tours of the homestead. 

On Friday evenings, Nov. 30 and Dec. 7 and 14, the museum will present “twilight tours,” highlighting the special glow of the decorations from 4 to 6:30 p.m. 

Group tours for adults and youth programs are also available. Contact (203) 734-2513 if you wish to schedule a group of eight or more visitors. 

 The Osborne Homestead Museum exhibits the fine art and antiques of Frances Osborne Kellogg.  There is no admission fee but donations are accepted. The Connecticut Department of Energy and Environmental Protection’s Osborne Homestead Museum is located at 500 Hawthorne Ave.

Anne Amato