HISTORY

Annabelle Hydrangea1914 – 1924
Founded August, 1914
Joined Garden Club of America, June 1915
Held first Flower Show open to public at the East Hampton Library
Improved the appearance of the Railroad Station
Distributed leaflets on “Duties of Women in War Time” during WW I

1925 – 1934
Undertook civic planting at the Library, Mulford Farm and the town schools
Made efforts to save historic willow and pepperidge trees
Fought billboards in the Village of East Hampton
Mrs. Ruger Donoho donated eight acres to begin the Village’s Nature Trail
Mrs. Lorenzo Woodhouse loaned 10 additional acres contiguous to the Nature
Trail

damask1321935 – 1944
Contributed to GCA’s “Gardens on Parade” at the 1938 World’s Fair
Organized Victory Gardens during WW II and worked with the Red Cross
Ran house tours for war relief and decorated servicemen’s clubs
Led Village vote to use tax money to replant trees lost in 1938 hurricane
Fought the establishment of gas stations on Main Street
Mrs. Woodhouse loaned more land:  the Nature Trail was opened to the public

steffan51945 – 1954
Joined with other local Garden Clubs to landscape a Veterans Hospital
Won 1st prize for “Horticultural Interest” at the International Flower Show
Became concerned with ragweed elimination and topsoil conservation
Mrs. Woodhouse donated 13 acres and gave the Nature Trail to Village
Decorated many historic sites for 300th Anniversary of East Hampton Town

1955 – 1964
Sponsored Children’s Flower Show with Eastern Gate Garden Club
Planted shrubs around the new Children’s Wing of the Library
Held an open conservation meeting for Village officials and others

1965 – 1974
Worked with the LVIS to save the Reutershan Parking Lot trees
Added oxygenating plants and improved drainage at the Nature Trail
Amended our Constitution and became a tax exempt organization
damask7Held first spring Garden Mart to benefit the East Hampton Library
Promoted awareness of environmental problems:  pollution, land sub-division,
offshore drilling and depleted ozone in the atmosphere

1975 – 1984
Celebrated our 60th anniversary in 1975
Established May Garden Mart as our annual fundraising activity
Renovated the Mulford Farm Garden for nation’s Bicentennial
Participated in the Village’s Parade for the Bicentennial
GraceLeeRobertsDeveloped consciousness of acid rain, real estate over-development, pollution
from toxic sprays and fertilizers, wetlands destruction and Dutch Elm disease
Protected wildflowers along village roads with Do Not Mow signage
Adopted the endangered wild Northern Pitcher Plant as our “native plant”

1985 – 1994
Designed and dedicated the Grace Lee Roberts Garden at the Library
Started an annual Boys Harbor program on horticulture and conservation
MimiMeehanDesigned and planted a Native Plant Garden at Clinton Academy
Researched and planted historic Rachel’s Garden at Mulford Farm
Worked with The Nature Conservancy to protect Piping Plovers and Least Terns
Established annual East Hampton High School environmental scholarship
Held a public forum on acid rain at the East Hampton High School
Co-sponsored public seminar on “Protecting Long Island Wild Flowers and
Habitats”
Relandscaped the the East Hampton Railroad Station

EHRailroadStation1995 – 2000
Designed and planted a Courtyard Garden at newly expanded Library
Collaborated with East Hampton Department of Natural Resources on the
Hook Creek Watershed analysis project
Donated funds for purchase of Accabonac Harbor wetlands to South Fork
Nature Conservancy for GCA Project 2000
Participated in the Town’s 350th Anniversary Parade