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Garden club earns statewide award

Published: November 23, 2015 | Last Modified: November 23, 2015 09:02AM
By MICHAEL SOUZA Sun Staff Writer, 11/23/2015

N. STONINGTON — Due to their work in helping to beautify the center of the village after the historic and disastrous 2010 flood, the North Stonington Garden Club has been honored by the state Federated Garden Club with a Silver Award of Excellence for Civic Development.

The club received the award for their two year project in rebuilding and replanting the gardens in the center of North Stonington Village which was destroyed by the rising Shanuck River. The five foot surge essentially demolished the bridge and roads which had to be replaced before work could be started.

“Mary Cooper, co-chair of the club’s Civic Planting Committee, led a two year effort to design the layout and plant the beds in front of the two North Stonington Town Hall buildings, as well as around the Clock Garden across the street,” said Nita Kincaid, club membership chairwoman.

Working with town employees and club members over a period of months, the gardens were rebuilt. New garden edges and walls were installed. Dwarf crabapple trees, small ornamental shrubs and hundreds of daffodil bulbs were planted. The clock garden was replanted and all the planting on the Village Green was replaced.

“Input from Town Hall employees, garden club members and Master Gardeners helped in the development of a welcoming, colorful display of annual and perennial flowers, dwarf trees and shrubs that work well in our New England weather,” Kincaid said.

The final garden in the complex was planted in May 2014, as all the plants were set and mulched for Memorial Day.

The Club agreed to fund the project with profits from their annual May Plant Sale. The project began in September 2013 with the Town Hall complex where the club developed a new floral design to replace what had been destroyed.

In addition, the Garden Club Civic Planting Committee currently maintains the gardens in the same manner as it did prior to the flood and all members participate in civic planting.

The Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut is comprised of 128 clubs and receipt of the award was a significant achievement for the local club.