About the Garden Club of Windham
To share our interest in gardening with others in the Windham
community and to provide service to the town through
beautification efforts in collaboration with the town of Windham.
To stimulate the knowledge and love of gardening; to aid in the
protection of trees, plants and birds; to encourage civic
beautification and to instill a respect for the
To operate exclusively on a non-profit basis and solely for
charitable and educational purposes conducive to the well-being of
the community and useful to the public.
The Garden Club of Windham began on October 23, 2002 when a large
number of interested residents accepted an invitation to the
organizational meeting held at the Windham Town Hall. Club founder
and first president, Virginia Darrow, had a vision that included
enhancing the beauty of the Windham community with gardens and well
cared for public spaces. She saw the potential for creating a garden
on the abandoned Jillson Hill Bridge and saw the Garden Club of
Windham as a group who might share in that vision and help push it
When Virginia Darrow passed away in August of
2004, the seeds she planted had taken root and grown strong. By the
end of 2005 there were nine public spaces, we had our logo, Dahlia,
(donated by artist Andrea Wisnewski),
funding was secured and plans for the Garden on the Bridge submitted
(thanks to Kim Kelly and Ruth Cutler from UCONN Cooperative Extension Office, and Mark Paquette,
Joe Gardner and Brad Wojick, Town of Windham staff). 2006
saw more efforts focused on the Garden on the Bridge.
A groundbreaking ceremony was help in April and the hardscape
was completed in time for a dedication ceremony in October. Club
members worked with Kim Kelley and Ruth Cutler on bed designs and
plant lists. The gardens, planted in May, were in full bloom for
the dedication of the Windham Garden on the Bridge to Virginia Darrow on June
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The Garden Club of Windham has several committees including Budget/Finance, Fundraising, Hospitality, Membership,
Programs, Public Relations and Public Spaces. They give our members an opportunity to work together
and be successful.
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The Garden on the Bridge Brochure - click
The Garden Club of Windham Annual Booklet - click here.
Emilyn Visiting the Garden on the Bridge (A Child's View) - click here.