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The Stonington Garden Club, P.O. Box 385, Stonington, CT 06378-0385


Executive Board:

President: Kathy Conger
Vice Presidents: Alejandra Welch and Kathryn Burchenal
Recording Secretary: Carole Nossek
Corresponding Secretary: Deborah Dodds
Treasurer: Allegra Griffiths

Standing Committee Chairs:
(are members of the governing board)

Archives/Historian: Candy Sanford
Communication: Deborah Dodds
Conservation: Kirby Williams
Horticulture: Michelle Kutz
Flower Show & Arranging: Margot Marston
Garden History & Design: Linda Visscher
Membership/Admission: Alejandra Welch
Programs: Kathryn Burchenal
Public Relations: Deb Kotchen
Visiting Gardens: Judy Martin

Community Project Chairs:

Children’s Garden: Deborah Dodds
Deck the Walls: Joyce Pandolfi
Holiday Arrangements: Provisionals and New Actives
Library Flowers: Joyce Pandolfi
Lighthouse Garden: Candy Sanford
Post Office Garden: Linda Dorhmann
Village Fair: Carrie Powers
NAL Delegate: Joanne Caldera

Administrative Chairs:

Website: Karin Whiting Burgess
Grants: Carole Nossek
Head Hostess: Carol Bernard
Medal Awards: Carrie Powers
Memorial Books: Liz Wood

Our History

The origins of an informal Stonington Garden Club date back to the early 1900’s, but the first recorded account was July 6, 1926, when “Mrs. Frank L. Henderson won first prize in a rose contest,” according to The Stonington Chronology 1649-1976. In 1929, this casual group became one of the charter members of the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut. During World War II, however, it disbanded to put energies into knitting for troops abroad and planting personal Victory Gardens.

Reorganized in 1958 with 30 members, its charter was “to stimulate interest in gardening, to encourage civic planting and to promote measures for the protection of wild flowers, native plants, birds and wildlife.”

In 1996, with the active membership limited to 48 people and an unlimited number of Friends, the membership voted to change the Club’s objectives: “to educate and encourage interest in the environment, conservation, civic beautification and to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening.”

In 2000, the Stonington Garden Club joined the Garden Club of America, increasing membership to 55 and expanding committees.

The Club’s archives stored at the Woolworth Library total more than three dozen volumes. The earliest periodical clippings date from 1934. Committee reports have been gathered since the 1960’s. Photographs document current activities. The volumes tell of the Club’s help with the beautification of both Town and Borough. Through the years, funds to support many projects in the community have been raised by the tri-annual Gardens by the Sea tour. Educational projects include NatureScapes with all of Stonington’s 3rd grade classes, student workshops, and the creation of the Children’s Community Garden. To increase awareness of preserving the environment, the club has published “What’s Up Outside” and “Earth Friendly Alternatives.”


Stonington Garden Club
P.O. Box 385
Stonington, CT, 06378
The Stonington Garden Club's objective is to educate and encourage interest in the environment, conservation, community projects and to stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening.