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.
The club maintains gardens and plantings at the Village Green, the Town Hall, the Clock Garden opposite, and at the Grange.
Every winter, the club purchases, and members decorate, evergreen wreaths to enhance public buildings and locations in North Stonington. You will see them at Town Hall, Wheeler Library, and many other special places in town.
The club actively supports conservation efforts and conservation organizations within the region.
The Club is a dues-paying member of Avalonia Land Conservancy, Connecticut College Arboretum, Denison-Pequotsepos Nature Center, Friends of Harkness, Groton Open Space Association (GOSA), and Wilcox Park.
in 2019, we initiated a 3-year program to establish and expand habitat for monarch butterflies within North Stonington and surrounding communities. Follow us on Facebook or contact us for more information about these programs.
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)
- Avalonia Land Conservancy (toward acquisition of Babcock Ridge Preserve, and for interpretive signage at Tri-Town Preserve)
- Coogan Farm (contribution to acquisition by Denison Pequotspos Nature Center).
- Friends of Chikumbuso (for seeds and supplies for their educational garden in Lukasa, Zambia)
- GOSA (toward aquisition of Avery Farm Preserve in Groton, and subsequently for uinstallation of a pollinator garden)
- New London Homeless Hospitality Center (to install raised beds for clients to raise vegetables for the Center’s meals programs)
- North Stonington’s Hewitt Farm (grants for signage, fencing, and a composting toilet).
- Wheeler Library (for their building fund)
- Riverside Children’s Center (for a tree planting program)
- West Vine Street School (for garden journals)
Grant recipients in 2019 were:
- UConn’s Avery Point campus (toward installation of a children’s cognitive garden)
- Eastern Connecticut Community Gardens Association (to support their ongoing efforts to encourage community gardens)
- Moriarty Magnet School (to install a monarch waystation)
- Pawcatuck Neighborhood Center (to install a community garden)
- United War Veterans Grand Army of the Republic (to install landscaping at Buckingham House historic home and museum)
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:
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.