For 89 years: Old Greenwich Garden Club a town staple

Who keeps so many of the public spaces of Old Greenwich in bloom every year?

Whether it’s the window boxes of downtown Old Greenwich, the butterfly garden at Greenwich Point or the Gateway Garden on Sound Beach Avenue — to name a few— the answer is the Garden Club of Old Greenwich (GCOG). For 89 years, the GCOG has been nurturing interest in the cultivation of plants and promoting the improvement of gardens and community spaces.

It all started in 1924, when club members improved the landscape around the Old Greenwich railroad station.

They went on to restore Mrs. Tod’s “secret garden” at Tod’s point and began a tradition of installing decorative plant displays three times a year for the window boxes of the merchants in Old Greenwich.

Over the years, the club has been involved with projects as diverse as the secret garden at Old Greenwich School, spring bulb displays at Binney Park and plantings at the Tomac and Adam’s cemeteries.

The club has also entertained the public with standard flower shows that won several awards from the Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, including A Ballet Garden Fantasy in 2006 and On Location: Lights, Camera, Action in 2009.

This year, the club is coming full circle. In April, the Garden Club of Old Greenwich will hold a petite small standard flower show, It’s a Shore Thing, in the newly restored Innis Arden Cottage, which was Mr. Tod’s guest house.

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