2014 Project for SCGC and Grant Recipients We are very pleased to report that our HOLIDAY HOUSE TOUR on 6-December, 2014, showcasing magnificent private coastal homes beautifully decorated for Christmas was a complete success, earning over $8,000. Our HOLIDAY EVENING's silent auction earned over $1,000 toward future civic projects. Many thanks to Kate V. at the Towers in Narragansett, Tom's Catering, Rich Clarke from Clarke Farms and our generous homeowners and talented decorators. Proceeds of these events are to be awarded to Friends of Canonchet Farm, the Gilbert Stuart Birthplace and the Willett Free Library for garden projects proposed by those worthy organizations.
CURRENT & ONGOING PROJECTS The American Chestnut Foundation. The Garden Club of America called all of its member clubs to participate is a multi-year project focusing on trees. The South County Garden Club chose to support The American Chestnut Foundation in partnership with the University of Rhode Island Master Gardeners and The South Kingstown Land Trust. The Club donated an irrigation system for the fields testing the vigor and disease resistance of chestnut seedlings. The project is ongoing.
Hale House; Pettaquamscutt Historical Society & the South Kingstown Land Trust.
HALE HOUSE was a summer retreat for the Hale Family from Brookline, Massachusetts in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. They were guests of the Weedens, owners of the house and the surrounding farmland. The Hale's were artists, writers, botanists, and altogether very interesting. The recognition of their artistic output has inspired the current interest in Matunuck landscape painting. The Garden Club worked with a local master craftsman to rebuild the trellises that were a prominent feature of Hale House at the time of their residence. They were completed in June 2012. Also in 2012, SCGC sponsored "CELEBRATE MATUNUCK", held on June 29 & 30 2012 to benefit both Hale House and The South Kingstown Land Trust. The events consisted of a Preview Party, auction, and Art in Bloom exhibit at Hale house on Friday and a tour of 6 member gardens and a local craft fair held at The South Kingstown Land Trust Barn on Saturday. The weather was perfect and the events enabled the Club to give substantial contributions to each institution.
Restoration of Walkways at historic Smith's Castle, Wickford (North Kingstown). SCGC made a leadership gift to the Cocumscussoc Association for the restoration of walkways in the historic garden at Smith's Castle in Wickford, RI. The Club installed an 18th century garden at Smith's Castle in the 1950's that was promptly destroyed by Hurricane Carol. The members reinstalled the garden after the devastation and our commitment to this site continues.
Annual Gifts of Christmas Greens. For over 20 years, the Club has held 'Greens' Workshops in early December. Club members gather a range of broad-leaf and needled evergreens from their own gardens to create holiday decorations, and then all of the many swags, wreaths, tabletop arrangements and small decorated topiary trees are then donated to area nursing homes and hospitals.
In addition to holding an Annual Lecture, our generous endowment from past member, Susan B. Wilson enables SCGC to award annual financial supportto a student of horticulture, landscape design, landscape architecture or related fields.
TRI-POND PARK, South Kingstown, 2007. With the help of a $1,000 grant from Principal Financial Group, South County Garden Club collaborated with the South Kingstown Parks & Recreation Department to create a Butterfly and Native Plant Garden at The Tri-Pond Environmental Center on Asa Pond for use in their educational program.