Garden Angels

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Garden Angels at work

Volunteer to be a Garden Angel

Do you love to work in the garden?  Would you like to learn more about plants and gardening techniques? If so, consider joining the Museum’s Garden Angels.   This group of volunteers, established in 2002, maintains the Museum’s colonial revival garden located behind the 1752 Joseph Webb House.

Gardeners in the Colonial Revival Garden

The Colonial Revival Garden was ten years old in 2010.  It is based on a plan created by Amy Cogswell in 1921 and reflects what was grown in old-fashioned flower gardens during the early 20th century.  In May, the irises and peonies bloom. In June, the yellow climbing roses highlight the arched trellises. In July and August, the hollyhocks, daisies, veronica, delphiniums, phlox, and oriental lilies all show their faces. In September and October, the sedum, ageratum, and chrysanthemums appear. And that is just a sampling of what blooms in our garden.

A garden in the 18th century would have included mostly vegetables and herbs. The Herb Garden outside the kitchen door of the 1788 Isaac Stevens House is an accurate recreation of a garden of the colonial period that features plants for healing and eating—such as mint, chamomile, lavender, lemon balm, sage, mallow, and thyme.

Rose Riley

Rose Riley

Master Gardener Rose Riley, who leads the Garden Angels, has been overseeing both gardens, as well as the front courtyard of Webb House, since 2003. Among Rose’s volunteers are three other master gardeners trained in horticulture, as well as enthusiasts, experienced and new to the garden.  Everyone is welcome to join the group.

The Garden Angels meet one Saturday morning per month during the season. Their goal is to keep the Museum’s gardens planted, weeded and groomed so that visitors to the Museum can stop a moment to enjoy both the beauty and historic significance of this delightful spot.

The Saturday morning workshops begin at 9:00 a.m., with coffee, tea, water and snacks provided for the volunteers. Tools are provided or bring your own.

If you would like to be a Garden Angel, contact Ann Foley, Coordinator of Garden Angels, at anndfoley@aol.com or call the Museum at 860-529-0612 and leave a message for her to get back to you.

Garden Angels Schedule, 2019

  • March 24: Garden Angels Reception: Thank you, volunteers and supporters, of volunteers. We are holding the reception will be held in the Barn this year.
  • April 13: Open the Garden, divide perennials (hostas will most probably be available for adoption)
  • May 18: Cleanup, weeding, possibly planting hardy annuals depending on weather
  • June 1: Planting Annuals
  • June 22: Primping for CHG Day
  • June 23: Connecticut Historic Gardens Day and 20th Anniversary of the Garden
  • July 13: Weeding
  • August 17: Weeding
  • September 21: Weeding
  • October 26: Close the Garden (November 1 being alternative if the weather does not cooperate)