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


Inquiries about the Club, events, etc.: stoningtongardenclub@gmail.com

Membership inquiries: admissionstoningtongardenclub@gmail.com

President: stoningtongardenclubpresident@gmail.com

Public Relations: newslettereditorsgc@gmail.com

Grants: treasurerstoningtongc@gmail.com

For more information, additional assistance, or special needs, please contact us.

2022-2023 Executive Board:
President: Kirby Williams
First Vice President: Laura Metzger
Second Vice President: Vivie von Walstrom
Treasurer: Susan Alston-Millette
Communications Secretary: Dodie Bump
Recording Secretary: Jill Corr
Assistant Treasurer: Michelle Kutz

Standing Committee Chairs: (members of the Governing Board)
Conservation: Terri Brennan
Horticulture: Pam Wright
Finance: Susan Alston-Millette
Floral Design: Mary Lynn McRee & Shonah Drakos
Garden History & Design: Tom Taylor
Membership/Admissions: Laura Metzger
Photography: Laura Frommer Hall
Programs: Vivie von Walstrom
Public Relations: Dodie Bump
Visiting Gardens: Linda Thacher Visscher

Administrative Chairs:
Awards: Deborah Dodds
Federated Garden Club Liaison: Kirby Williams
Garden Club of America Liaison: Dodie Bump
Grants: Susan Alston-Millette
Hospitality: Helen DePersia
SGC Scholarship: Terri Brennan
Website: Dodie Bump, Anna Bell McLanahan
Memorial Books: Laura Metzger
Founders Fund: Kirby Williams

Community Project Chairs:
Children’s Garden: Wanda Sullivan
Deck the Walls: Mary Suter
Holiday Greens & Community Wreaths: Laura Metzger
Library Flowers: Carol Nossek 
Community Gardens (Lighthouse Garden, Post Office Garden, Wayland’s Wharf Rain Garden): TBA
Village Fair: Susan Alston-Millette & Shonah Drakos

Nominations Committee:
Chair: Deborah Dodds
Ex Officio Member: Kirby Williams
Adjunct: TBA
Adjunct: TBA

Finance Committee:
Treasurer: Susan Alston-Millette
Assistant Treasurer: Michelle Kutz
President: Kirby Williams
Past Treasurer: Laura Metzger
Adjunct: TBA

Garden Club of America Zone II Representatives:
Awards Representative: Jill Corr
Communications Representative: Kathy Conger

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 wildflowers, 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 1960s. 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.”

The Stonington Garden Club is a proud member of The Garden Club of America, National Garden Clubs, Inc., Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc., the Mystic Chamber of Commerce, the Stonington Borough Merchants Association, and the Ocean Community Chamber of Commerce.

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.