Members of The Litchfield Garden Club celebrated the newly renovated Municipal Parking Lot on West Street in September of 2005 to commemorate the planted trees and shrubs funded by the club. Joining the members were First Selectman Leo Paul, Jim Koser, Superintendent of Public Works, Diane Blick, Chair, Economic Development Commission, and Rod Cameron, Landscape Architect for the planting project. Four years ago the Projects Committee, then co-chaired by Jane Hinkel and Seton O’Reilly, began work with the town on the Parking Lot Project. New co-chairs Em Cleminshaw and Jeannie FitzGerald have spurred the project to near-completion. Eleven European Hornbeams (Carpinus betulus ‘Fastigiata’) have been planted in the granite-bordered parking islands, as well as eight Green vase Zelkova (Zelkova serrata ‘Green Vase’), 35 Japanese spirea (Spirea japonica ‘Shibon’), and 31 Compact cranberrybush viburnam (Viburnam opulus ‘Compactum’). LGC contracted Professional Outdoor Services to plant and maintain the trees and shrubs. The landscape service will also prune existing crabapple trees bordering the parking lot. The Projects Committee hopes to acquire permission to have the propane tanks painted a neutral color to blend with the attractive landscaping. The West Street Parking Lot has transformed from an eyesore to green islands amid lined parking spaces, rest rooms, and lighting.
The Litchfield Green Parking Lot Project - Before (left) and After (right)
Over the years, the Litchfield Garden Club has donated dozens of books to Litchfield's Oliver Wolcott Library in memory of past club members. These books about gardens, floral design, conservation, men's gardening, horticulture, trees, shrubs, and flowers as well as children's books about plants and conservation can be checked out from the library.
Check back soon for a complete list of books donated to the
Oliver Wolcott Library by the Litchfield Garden Club.
Field Book of American Trees & Shrubs—given in memory of Alice Bruckner Hall, in 1956
Other Projects We Support
Mr. Salvestrini's 5th grade class at Litchfield Middle School, with guest teacher Jeff Greenwood (on the right), the Education Director at the White Memorial Foundation. LGC funds all the 5th grade classes yearly on environmental/ecology topics....
A Litchfield Garden Club Civic Fund project
The Litchfield Garden Club has long been actively involved in many civic projects in and around the town of Litchfield. The following is a list of recent Civic Fund and Community Service Projects:
Continuous funding for the Litchfield Action Plan for the Town Green
Benches and Period Light Fixtures for the Litchfield Green
Funding of lectures and field day at White Memorial Conservation Center for sixth graders
Planting seeds and bulbs with fourth graders
Planting and maintenance of town watering troughs spring, summer and fall
Bulb plantings at Litchfield Middle School, High School, Firehouse, Connecticut Junior Republic, Tannery Brook, Wells Run, McAuliff Manor, Community Center, and Oliver Wolcott Library
Tree Planting at Bantam Borough Hall, Litchfield Center School, the Litchfield Green, and Community Field