Club Projects


Civic Beautification

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.

Chairperson: Lesley Chick
100% membership participation

Civic Flower Arrangements

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.

Chairperson: Janice Crandall
100% membership participation


Garden Therapy

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 and encouragement for interested residents. Usually we make 5 visits per year.

Chairperson: Kathy Sheridan
10% membership participation


Holiday Wreath Making

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.

Chairperson: Karen Hedberg
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 quality in its printed format.

Chairperson: Bev Lewis



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.

Webmaster: Barbara Rayel

Youth Outreach

DRGC’s Youth Outreach efforts continue to instill a love for gardening in residents of all ages in our community, while adding to the horticultural beauty in the town.  We are always looking for opportunities to partner with the schools and other organizations in our community. Our volunteers helped future gardeners pot up pansies at the April 2018 re-opening of Cross Lane Playground. We are recommending native pollinator-friendly plants and educational signs to be installed around the playground perimeter starting in fall 2018. This is a collaboration with Lyme-Old Lyme Junior Women’s Club. We teamed up with Connecticut Audubon Society’s Roger Tory Peterson Estuary Center in Old Lyme and Lyme-Old Lyme Girl Scouts to organize and host the annual Mile Creek Elementary School spring flowerbeds clean-up, making it the local GS service unit’s Earth Day community service project. Our plans for 2018-19 include partnering with Lyme-Old Lyme Middle School science, industrial arts teachers and students as they develop horticultural projects and activities in their newly restored green house. We continue to maintain perennial beds around Mile Creek School, with scheduled plantings, weeding and watering of flowerpots and beds during the school year. Contact Suzanne Thompson or Karen Hedberg to arrange for outreach projects with town schools and youth clubs.

Chairperson: Suzanne Thompson and Karen Hedberg

Site Renovation

The Police Station project that began last year is entering its second phase.  The removal of the two large spruces has been completed.  In the fall, members of the Duck River Garden Club will design and plant new gardens including a raised bed garden. This project is being done over a couple of years with additional design phases.