Essex Garden Club's Civic Committee works on many tasks in an effort to beautify our lovely and bucolic villages, including clean up and planting at the Town Park, Dickinson Park, and the various traffic islands around the town. Our projects are many and, at times, challenging, we would not be successful without the help and commitment of all our Civic Committee members.
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Villages of Essex and Centerbrook
- Decorate to Celebrate 2020
In Action at the Town Park
and the Traffic Islands
In Action at Dickinson Park
Civic Pride in Action
Planting Annuals around the Town
The Pratt House Pollinator Garden was installed in the Spring of 2020 as part of the National Pollinator Pathway initiative and specifically to help create another pollinator pocket in the pollinator corridor of the lower eight CT River towns. Through collaboration with the Essex Historical Society, the Essex Land Trust, and local community members, the Club designed, selected, and installed approximately 180 native plants of 35 plus types known to be the nectar and larval host choice of local pollinators.
Planting a Memorial Garden at the Essex Veterans' Memorial Hall in Centerbrook
The Pratt House Kitchen Garden continues to be refreshed each year with period plantings of herbs and plants commonly used in the 1700s and 1800s for culinary and medicinal purposes. The kitchen garden has been maintained by members of the Club for many years.
Pictured: Wendy MaWhinney, Lumie Han and Judy Taylor
A merry band of Garden Club members carving pumpkins for the Essex Fire Department's Community Jack-O-Lantern Display