There will be "A Celebration of Trees" Friday from 4 to 6 p.m. at Gunn Memorial Library in Washington.

The party, hosted by the Washington Garden Club, will commemorate the centennial of the Garden Club of America, of which the Washington Garden Club has been a member since 1917.

It will be the culmination of a variety of the local club's activities focused on trees this past year, and will honor Washington's scion (biological descendant) of Connecticut's legendary Charter Oak tree.

The scion was planted in 1933 by the Washington chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution, near Bryan Memorial Town Hall, where it thrives today.

Since 2008, the Washington Garden Club has designed programs to encourage the growing of oaks, as well as a program to educate Washington Primary School students about the state's Charter Oak.

In addition, the club has worked with Bill Pollack, of Arbor Services of Connecticut, who twice has donated his time and expertise to have his crew trim and feed Washington's scion.

Some of the wood trimmed from the tree was provided to local artist Tony Bedini, who crafted it into two bowls to be presented to the town at the party.

The party will feature a community photography exhibit with photographs of any aspect or vista of trees, submitted by area professional and amateur photographers.

Craft beer tastings will be provided by the Charter Oak Brewing Co.

A raffle will be offered with prizes in keeping with the Charter Oak theme.

First prize will be a handmade Charter Oak, king-sized quilt designed and handmade by club member Jane Boyer; second prize will be a ceramic pot donated by the potter Guy Wolff, and a live sapling that is also a scion of the legendary Charter Oak; and third prize will be a pressed glass platter incorporating leaves from Washington's Charter Oak scion created by artist Linda Banks, as well as an original 1883 booklet about the history of the Charter Oak.

Raffle tickets may be purchased at the reception or by contacting the club at