President’s Message



Our theme this year is Past and Present. In     1975, twelve women from Little Compton decided to start a second garden club in Town. One would not think that 40 years later we would be putting our next program book together with many of the same programs and projects. It was a “women only” club. In 2013, we became co-ed. One male club member and one male honorary

member were inducted into the club. We will be welcoming another male honorary member this year.

The first program book was handwritten. Then, it was typed on a typewriter. Today, it is created on a computer with scanned pictures, inserts and changes suggested by many of the members. In 1979, the garden club added a Conservation Committee. In 1980, the club voted to create our Beautification Committee, which resulted in the restoration of the gardens at the Brownell House. We continue to maintain these beautiful gardens where many varieties of the historic Brownell Roses grow. The Blossoms and Sweets Sale began in 1983; it is our largest fundraiser each year.

One of the featured speakers for 2015 will be Sean Conway, a national landscape designer. He first spoke to our club in 1987, twenty-eight years ago. Also, Martin VanHof of Island Garden Shop in Portsmouth spoke to our club eighteen years ago. Martin has been asked to return this coming year to speak about Shrubs for Winter Interest.  We regularly invite educators from the Lloyd Center for the Environment of Dartmouth, MA, to speak to students at the Wilbur & McMahon Schools on various topics. Lloyd Center naturalists first spoke to us in 1997 and will be invited again in 2015.

I have been a member for only 12 years. I have learned about gardening and flower shows, I’ve visited beautiful arboretums, breathtaking gardens, and the Johnston landfill. I’ve taken floral design and master gardening classes. The list is long and continues to grow.  Belonging to the Sogkonate Garden Club has been, and remains, an informative and pleasurable

experience for me.

Deb Ort


August 28th, 2014

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