88-year-old garden club is at a crossroads

Eighty-eight years ago, on March 23, 1933, 12 ladies interested in gardening, gathered at the Durham library to organize the first Garden Club in town.

With a mission to promote interest and activity in all forms of gardening, the club moved forward to encourage education and an appreciation of the advantages of gardening.

Over the years, club activities and actions have continued to focus on civic beautification, education, and sharing the joy of nature and gardening in many forms.

Each year club members maintain seasonal decorations for the Town Hall, care for the triangle garden, the Blue Star Memorial and the Town Hall garden. Members also assist with the floral decorations for the CRHS graduation ceremony, awards night and Memorial Day celebrations.

Over the years, the club has worked with the town and funded the planting of many beautiful trees on Main Street and the Town Green, and has organized and funded workshops and speaker presentations for the community.

Also, each year the club has a wreath-making fundraiser that provides the money for its annual scholarship, which is awarded to a graduating senior at CRHS who is pursuing an education in gardening and nature related studies.

In our 88th year, and after struggling with life in a pandemic for almost two years, we are faced with a dwindling membership. Our hope is to bring life back into our club and continue to enjoy the work we do serving our community.

We need new members and new ideas to shape our club for the future. We invite all those who love gardening and nature to join our club and help us make good things happen.

All are welcome. Membership is free for 2021-2022. Contact Karen Patterson at tashmoo4me@aol.com or 860-349-3506.

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