Senior Citizens May Basket and Christmas Holiday Baskets Program.
It is a semi-annual tradition to create sunshine baskets of arranged fresh greens from member gardens and fresh cut flowers for delivery to Meals on Wheels recipients and to decorate the tables and spaces in the East Lyme Senior Center.
The Thomas Lee House Garden
The Irma Carstens and Helen Gilbert Memorial Herb Garden is traditional Bird Foot garden typical of the period of the Thomas Lee house. Paths are maintained with crushed shells and the beds are edged with plantings. It features a simple arbor with bench for visitors to enjoy the surrounding woodlands. This garden is maintained and nurtured by East Lyme Garden Club.
Town Hall Pavilion Garden
The landscaping around the pavilion behind the Town Hall was very overgrown and dark, thick with brush and weeds. The club funded a major excavation of overgrown plants, bushes, and brush. Several large bushes were removed from the lawn side of the pavilion, opening up a view in and out of the facility. Beds were cleared of overgrown daylilies and weeds and a fresh layer of mulch was placed, showcasing the beautiful established Hosta plantings, specimen bushes, and Kousa Dogwood tree. Some daylilies were planted on the pond side of the pavilion and others were distributed free of charge to shoppers at our annual May Mart sale.
The improvements have made the Pavilion a much safer and inviting site for public use. It has since been used for community concerts in the summer as well as family and group gatherings, in addition to its use for town festivals.
Community Center Garden
This garden was established and designed by Shelia Wertheiner to be a deer-proof garden planted for the enjoyment of the entire community of East Lyme. While hidden behind the Senior Center, it can be viewed through the tall glass door wall near the inside library entrance, and is a source of beauty and relaxation for all who view or stop to visit or read in it. The East Lyme Garden Club has maintained the garden and added plants and bulbs over the years to increase its overall appearance and interest. The seniors have also contributed with the addition of hummingbird feeders and bluebird houses. Take a walk behind the Senior Center, sit a while and enjoy. The Garden Club has also planted hundreds of naturalized daffodils throughout the woods around the Community Center over the years as well as about 500 mixed bulbs in the Children’s Memorial Garden, at the front of the libarary.
Cameron Gebhard, ELHS Courtyard Garden
The East Lyme Garden Club in keeping with their objectives, looks for and welcomes opportunities to support the service projects of young people and other groups that further these objectives. In 2009, the Boy Scout Eagle Project of Cameron Gebhard, East Lyme High School Junior, was a redesigned maintenance-free courtyard garden and patio at the East Lyme High School. Cameron had propagated a lot of small plants on his own and the club provided funding for his purchase of perennial plants and shrubs.
Funding the Town Hall Pavilion garden restoration.
Funding the Eagle project – remodeling the East Lyme High School courtyard.
Memorial trees, plantings, or appropriate monuments will be placed in a public setting in honor of deceased members.