In remembrance of the attack of September 11, 2001, the Hanson memorial garden was created and dedicated to the Hanson family in October 2001. The Groton Garden Club has maintained it as a tribute to the Hansons, to those thousands of Americans who lost their lives, and to their loved ones who will never forget the event.
The Hanson Family Memorial Garden is located next to the Smith Social Pavilion on Playground Road near the playground where little Christine Hanson liked to play. The Garden is a memorial to Peter, Sue, and 2 1/2-year-old Christine Hanson, who lost their lives in the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001.
A committee of the Groton Garden Club is dedicated to the care and upkeep of the Memorial Garden, and ensures that it is a pleasant and serene location for the visitors and children who use the playground. The garden was replanted in 2011. It features Miss Kim lilacs, Black-Eyed Susans, Autumn Joy sedum, a low-growing sedum, geraniums, Lamb’s Ears, and wild strawberry.
The club also maintains a separate memorial to Christine Hanson, located near the entrance to the playground. Another plaque memorializes this small garden.