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Tree Spree December 3
The Sogkonate Garden Club participates in the Annual Fundraiser for the Scholarship Little Compton Fund. The tree decorations reflect this year’s theme: the Living Landscape for All Creatures.

  

 

 

Wreaths and Holiday Balls Making at the Wilbur and McMahon Schools

Club members help students make wreaths and holiday balls. The wreaths are made by members of both the Sogkonate Garden Club and the Little Compton Garden Club, and are used to decorate various town buildings.

  

 

 

Cutting Greens for Wreath Making
Members from both the Little Compton and Sogkonate Garden Clubs meet to cut and prepare greens for wreath making on the chilly morning of November 27.

  

 

 

 

Demonstration Native Grass and Wildflower Meadow
Following the “Living Landscape” program presented on June 24th by Doug Tallamy and Rick Darke, the Sogkonate Garden Club decided to use the surplus funds generously contributed by donors to create a “demonstration native grass and wildflower” meadow bed beside the walking path at the new Recreation Center near the entrance to the Dundery Brook Trail at the northeast end of the walking path, near the tennis courts.  Mid-October, a 10 x 30 foot area was plowed under and covered with black silt cloth to overwinter and solarize the vegetation. We hope it will be an informative inspiration for passersby.   The plan for Spring 2018 is to fill the area with 450 plant plugs that will require little or no maintenance as they mature. 

Guided walk of the John C. Whitehead Preserve
On the beautiful sunny morning of October 11th, John Berg who manages the Nature Conservancy of Rhode Island’s community-based land conservation efforts offered a tour of the Dundery Brook trail system. John shared his vast knowledge of the history of the fields, woods and wetlands of this area which stretches from West Main Road to the oak forests by Veteran’s Field over the Bumblebee Farm.

Memorials and Remembrances in Little Compton
The Sogkonate Garden Club has produced “An Archive of Memorials & Remembrances in Little Compton”. Over 148 individuals and 35 memorial sites are listed as well as the poem, “Our Town” written by Ian M. Walker, father of Coll Walker. The project started when someone suggested a tree be removed at Wilbur & McMahon School. Fortunately, another person remembered it was a memorial planting. Thus, the quest for information began. Researchers were Mary Marra, Carolyn Montgomery, Barbara Passmore, and Caroline Wilkie, design assistant was Joyce Dunagan.
To view the booklet, click on the links below:
Cover of Archive of Memorials & Remembrances
Archive of Memorials & Remembrances in Little Compton, RI
No project is completely accurate despite hours of research. There will be omissions and errors. For additions, corrections, or comments email the club at Sogkonate@Cox.net.  Copies can be obtained at the Brownell Library and Little Compton Town Hall. There is no charge.
2017 Awards
On April 27, 2017, The Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc. presented the Sogkonate Garden Club with the following awards: The Bird Award – Sogkonate Garden Club won this award for overall excellent annual school programs and free public speakers. The Jo Macintosh Award for Conservation – Sogkonate Garden Club won this award for their fantastic program, focus on hosting public symposiums and garden tours. This program is a role model (Meadows). The Portsmouth Garden Club Memorial Award for Litter Control – This award was given to Sogkonate Garden Club for their 20+ year commitment to litter control and Earth Day projects with resident participation. Frances M. Poitier Membership Award – given to Sogkonate Garden Club for the greatest increase in dues-paying members. Horticulture Program Award – This award was presented to Sogkonate Garden Club for their informative horticulture program that furthers the goals and objectives of the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs and The National Garden Club, Inc. (Mushroom Hunters). Junior Achievement Award – Sogkonate Garden Club won this award for their year round extensive and diverse annual programs for youth in their community. RI Federation Project of Merit Award – For their Stonewall education public program Sogkonate Garden Club was presented this award. Publicity Press Book Award – First prize was presented to Sogkonate Garden Club for their book in the large club category. Certificate of Recognition – for the 40th Anniversary Book Publication

Special Recognition
For their Blue Star Memorial The Little Compton Garden Club presented a Commendation Award from the Garden Club of America to Sogkonate Garden Club for their valuable contribution to our community in promoting garden education, conservation awareness, and town beautification. On October 30, 2017 The National Garden Clubs, Inc., New England Region presented to Sogkonate Garden Club a second place award for their publicity press book. The National Garden Clubs, Inc. Youth Activities Programs presented a certificate of commendation to Little Compton 4th grader Riley Lussier in the Youth Sculpture Contest. The National Garden Clubs, Inc, Youth Activities Programs published the poems written by Little Compton Grade 2 student Alaina Moniz and kindergarten student Jordan Ibbotson in their book “Bees, Butterflies & Me”. The Rhode Island Federation of Garden Club’s, Inc. awarded certificates to the Little Compton Community Center’s After School Club children for their contributions in the Woodsy Owl and Smokey the Bear Poster Contest.

40th Anniversary
In 2015, the Sogkonate Garden Club celebrated its 40th Anniversary.  The photograph shows the founding members who attended the anniversary party.

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40th Anniversary Bench
 
SGC was approached by the Town last Fall for advice on several proposed landscaping projects at the Wilbur McMahon School.
The Civic Beautification Committee elected to take on the triangular garden that abuts the new playground – where two original playground structures still stand.
With help from the Town, we cleared the site, pinned down weed barrier, applied a layer of mulch, and planted several native, drought-resistant shrubs donated by Marty and Dick Fisher. Individual garden club members also donated several perennial plants and CBC installed a small stone bench commemorating SGC’s 40th anniversary. Two smaller garden beds within this area will continue to be cultivated by Wilbur McMahon students as part of SGC’s Grade School Program. We hope you will visit the site, have a seat and enjoy a tranquil moment amidst the joyful hubbub of the school grounds.

Scholarships – RIFGC Life Member Group
Founded in 1956, the Life Member Group’s mission is to develop scholarship funds for students enrolled in accredited collegiate programs in horticulture, landscape design, environmental science and related subjects.  Scholars must live within the areas served by the Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc., and be in good standing as students in their junior, senior or post graduate years. The first scholarship was awarded in 1957.
The Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs is a Member of the National Garden Clubs which also awards scholarships. All applicants for the Life Member Group Scholarship are strongly encouraged to also complete the application/information forms for the National Garden Club $3,500 Scholarship. One Rhode Island applicant will be selected from this year’s Life Member Group application pool to compete for a National Garden Club Scholarship.

Scholarships are restricted to legal residents of R.I. and nearby Massachusetts. Please note that the student may attend any accredited college/university in the United States. College sophomores through graduate students are eligible to apply. Scholarships, based on need and academic standing, will be given to outstanding students majoring in horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, conservation, botany, plant pathology, forestry, agronomy, environmental concerns, city planning, land management and/or allied subjects.  A 3.0 GPA or higher is required.

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