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Partnership Helps Southbury Bloom

Updated: Jan 14

Grant recipients at Earth Tones Native Plant Nursery
SLT, SGC and Sustainable Southbury members research plant choices

(Southbury, CT) The Southbury Garden Club, Southbury Land Trust, and Sustainable Southbury were the recent recipients of a grant from the Connecticut Community Foundation. The grant of $1,907  was awarded for the group’s collaborative project, “Pollinator Pathway Garden and Outdoor Classroom.”  The garden will be located at the rear entrance of Southbury Town Hall. The project will include the spring installation of a native plant garden along with an educational component created especially for elementary school students that is scheduled for fall 2024.


Southbury Garden Club’s Master Gardener Kerstin Andersson designed the layout of the garden and chose the appropriate plants for the site. SGC Co-President Helana Hoover-Litty, along with SGC’s Conservation and Environment Committee Chair Susan Rosendahl, also a Master Gardener, designed the curriculum for the educational aspect of the program. “Children are the primary focus of the educational materials,” said Hoover-Litty, “but the garden will be available to all residents of Southbury.”  This project will also provide a beautiful garden in this very public setting with educational signage and it will build on Southbury’s Bronze Certification as a Sustainable town, said Hoover-Litty.


“We are excited to bring awareness of the importance of native plants to our ecosystem and the health of our watershed,” said Joy VanderLek, Southbury Land Trust’s project lead. We look forward, as well, to an ongoing relationship with our environmental partners in Southbury Garden Club and Sustainable Southbury.


Community members interested in volunteering or learning more about the native plant garden at town hall can contact the Southbury Land Trust office at 203-264-4441, or SGC’s Susan Rosendahl



The Southbury Land Trust is a private, nonprofit conservation organization dedicated to the preservation of farmland, open spaces, and natural resources for the benefit of present and future residents of Southbury.


The Southbury Garden Club was founded in 1959 and has been actively maintaining gardens in the community ever since. SGC is a member of the National Garden Clubs, Inc., New England Region of Garden Clubs, Inc., and Federated Garden Clubs of Connecticut, Inc.


Sustainable Southbury is an environmental conservation group working to transform Southbury into a green sustainable community by driving local action.


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