Community Support

Anna Coit Memorial Scholarship

This scholarship is awarded annually to a student pursuing further education in the fields of agriculture, horticulture, or related areas. More details are available on our Scholarship page.

Civic Planting

The club maintains gardens and plantings at the Village Green, the Town Hall,  the Clock Garden opposite, and at the Grange.

Conservation

The club actively supports conservation efforts and conservation organizations within the region.

The Club is a dues-paying member of Avalonia Land Conservancy, the Connecticut College Arboretum, the Denison-Pequotsepos Nature Center, the Friends of Harkness,  the Groton Open Space Association (GOSA),  and Wilcox Park.

Discretionary Funds Grants

The club awards grants to other non-profit organizations for community and civic improvement projects relating to gardening and conservation as well as projects that educate the public about gardening, horticulture, and conservation.

Examples of projects that were awarded funding support in recent years:

  • Ashaway Free Library (to create an educational vegetable garden on its grounds)
  • North Stonington’s Hewitt Farm (grants for signage, fencing, and a composting toilet).
  • Wheeler Library (for their building fund)
  • Avery Farm property in Groton (contribution to acquisition for permanent conservation by GOSA.)
  • Babcock Ridge Preserve in North Stonington (contribution to acquisition for  permanent conservation by Avalonia Land Conservancy.)
  • Coogan Farm (contribution to acquisition by Denison Pequotspos Nature Center).
  • Riverside Children’s Center (for a tree planting program)
  • West Vine Street School (for garden journals)

Grant recipients in 2018 were:

  • Avalonia Land Conservancy, for interpretive signage at their Tri-town Ridgeline Preserve
  • Friends of Chikumbuso, to purchase seeds and other gardening supplies for their ongoing project to educate students on sustainable gardening in Lukasa, Zambia
  • GOSA, for installation of a pollinator habitat at their Avery Farm Preserve
  • New London Homeless Hospitality Center, for supplies to install durable, disability-friendly, raised garden beds where their clients can raise vegetables to support the Center’s goals of feeding and supporting the homeless.

Grant applications must be made through, and sponsored by, a club member. Grants are awarded in years when finances permit. This infographic illustrates how our funding was disbursed in 2018:

Community Education

Volunteers from the club offer award-winning programs on gardening, horticulture and related topics in our local schools. The club also funds a Scholarship.

Hewitt Farm Discovery Trail

The club has installed a “learning through letterboxing” trail at the town-owned Hewitt Farm. Aimed at elementary-aged children, an instruction page and map lead children to find a series of six hidden letterboxes, each of which contains an informational card about some aspect of the environment, as well as a unique rubber stamp to use to mark their form.

Winter wreaths

The club purchases and members decorate evergreen wreaths to enhance public buildings and locations in North Stonington each year.  You will see them at Town Hall, Wheeler Library, and many other special places in town.