The Carol Wheeler Park, next to the Squannacook River in West Groton Village, was created 20 years ago, in large part with a substantial donation from a local business owner who had a dream of a West Groton Park. Some Groton Garden Club members were a part of the original town committee that developed it.
Here’s some more West Groton history:
West Groton lies within a “V” formed by the Nashua and the Squannacook rivers. The old red brick Groton Leatherboard factory still stands on the Squannacook River as an example of the late industrial period of a New England mill village.
The outdoor gardening season in the Groton area came to an abrupt end with three snow storms in the last two weeks. We’ve had assorted rain, wind, and wintry mix thrown in too. The transition from fall to winter was a quick one. The plants left behind that should have been cut down now become objects of winter interest. I have several such items in my yard.
As the year 2019 draws to a close, many people reflect on what they did this past year or make plans for projects in the new year. Those of us who like gardening may wonder if that new shrub we planted will make it through the winter. Or we may be thinking about a design for a new perennial bed in the corner of our yard.
For me, I was very lucky to visit a wide variety of gardens, both public and private, during the year. I was amazed at the variety of plants I saw. Some neatly arranged in patterns within the garden.
Others in a natural setting blending existing landscape with new plantings and colors.
Many gardens had statuary, bird feeders, memorial markers, or pathways leading you through the landscape. All the gardens I saw gave me encouragement to try new projects and new plants in my own yard.
May you enjoy the holiday season and have time to think about your garden – past, present and future, and spend time with family and friends. I would like to leave you with the following quote from the Groton Garden Club Book Group selection Dancing with Bees – a journey back to nature by Brigit Strawbridge Howard. It reminds us to slow down and gives us inspiration for the new year ahead.
“Plants also lie dormant beneath us, waiting in their dark invisible underground beds for the return of the light – bluebells, bracken, wild garlic, and more. Spring blossoms seem a long way away, but we are approaching the winter solstice, the shortest day, so the days are soon to lengthen. Still, the dark winter months are important in their own right, as they give us all time to rest and rejuvenate, to hunker down; for us humans, to drink soup and hot chocolate, and reflect on the year that has just gone by. This is the time to make plans and resolutions for the coming year. Spring, and new life, will be here soon enough.”
Until next time,