The Little Compton Garden Club is located in Rhode Island and was founded in 1924. It has been a member of The Garden Club of America since 1950. There are approximately 45 Active Members and 12 Affiliated Members.
The object of this club shall be to unite its members to take an active personal interest in the cultivation of plants and flowers, and to encourage and maintain the highest standards of excellence in conservation, civic projects and all branches of horticulture by exhibits, lectures and discussions which inform and educate the community.
President’s Letter —Zone I Report 2013
Looking Forward ~ Looking Back
The Little Compton Garden Club was founded in June of 1924 by a group of women including my paternal great-grandmother and other ancestors of current members. The original group drew in best friends and relatives to join the club ~~ they were such a large club that the GCA declined them membership! Imagine having such a problem today. It wasn’t until 1952 that the Little Compton Garden Club was allowed to join the GCA!! Our first activities were beautification projects around town, having flower shows, and teaching children about horticulture.
The Club also opened its own garden center where classes were held for children as well as educating both farmers and gardeners about good gardening practices. In 1930 the LCGC was honored by being given the Best Garden Center in the Country Award!! During the War, activities were limited due to the restrictions on gasoline but the Garden Center activities concentrated on home canning. My maternal grandmother was was instrumental in running the Garden Center! During the 1950′s, they sold 50 pound bags of buckwheat hulls to raise money.
During the 1960′s and 1970′s the Club continued to hold house and garden tours, maintain gardens around town, enter flower shows and to beautify the town. I can remember Mrs. Haffenreffer paying me for picking up litter around town as a young teenager!
The Little Compton Garden Club continues the work our founding members started in 1924. We look forward to our 90th anniversary next year (June, 2014) and hosting the Zone I meeting in 2017.
President, Little Compton Garden Club
February 2, 2013