Duck River Garden Club of Old Lyme
Duck River Garden Club
of Old Lyme, Connecticut
The club’s main project is the creation and maintenance of plantings at eight sites around Old Lyme. They vary in size from individual planters to large in-ground plantings. A design team chooses the plants to coordinate the efforts throughout the town. A site leader oversees staffing and maintenance of each site. All members sign up to work at a specific site each year. Plants are chosen for spring, summer, fall & winter. Presently the sites are at: Town entrance at Exit 70, I 95N; McCurdy Road Island; Fire House (Lyme St.); Town Hall (Lyme St.); Post Office (Halls Rd.); Town Green (Lyme St. & Sill Lane); Police Station (Rte 156) and Lyme's Senior Center.
100% member participation
Every week throughout the year, members create a display for the reception area at the Old Lyme Phoebe Griffin Noyes Library, incorporating plants and/or fresh or dried flowers. They are encouraged to include related items in their designs.
100% membership participation
Since 1991 members have gathered to do a clean up at a prominent town location. In recent years this effort has been concentrated at the Post Office and the Lyme's Senior Center which serve both Lyme and Old Lyme.
20% member participation
Members assist residents of Bride Brook Health Center in Niantic to make seasonal flower arrangements to enjoy in their own room or share. Club funds provide plant material and mechanics; a small group of members provide assistance & encouragement for up to 14 residents. In 2012-2013 visits were made in October, December, March, April and May.
10% member participation
Eighteen 30“ wreaths are created for all public buildings, schools, library, senior, youth and day-care centers in Old Lyme. Club members gather fresh greens, create the wreaths & large bows & personally deliver them to their designated locations. In addition, some of the greens are used to make tussie mussies to decorate trays delivered by Meals On Wheels to Old Saybrook and Lyme/Old Lyme residents.
100% membership participation
The newsletter is sent to all members electronically from September through June. Each issue includes: the President’s letter; Minutes of the previous meeting; Program details; Host Committee and Library Exhibit assignments; news of upcoming Events; and timely information regarding Horticulture and Conservation/Environmental and Legislation issues. In past years the newsletter has won Federated Garden Clubs of CT recognition for its quality in its printed format.
In the spring of 2012 the Duck River Garden Club website was launched. It will gradually grow as more members become familiar with it and its possibilities. Click here to view pictures of club projects.
One of Duck River Garden Club’s missions is to instill a love for gardening in residents of all ages in our community. That includes encouraging young gardeners to get their hands in the soil. Since 2008, Lyme-Old Lyme Girl Scouts have assisted with the Kids Corner at the annual DRGC Plant Sale in May, helping young gardeners pot up a plant for a special woman for Mother’s Day weekend. This year, members of LOL GS Seniors Troop 63204 organized the free Kids Corner. LOL Girl Scouts also have helped at the annual December wreath-making for town buildings and making tussie-mussies for Meals on Wheels deliveries for the holidays.