2013 marked the 75th year that the Garden Club has been serving the community. Rose Master and Lottie Haskins met with other charter member on June 27, 1938 to form this club; their common thread was a deep interest in horticulture and gardening. In 1940, the Club affiliated with Garden Clubs of New York State. Through these years of service, this interest has paid off. Despite changing membership it has continually added projects and traditions to the village that has made a difference to the people of Richfield Springs and to those who pass along Route 20 to other destinations. 2018 marks the 80th year that the Garden Club has been serving the community and the 70th year that it has been affiliated with the Federated Garden Clubs of NYS. In 1938, Rose Masters and Lottie Haskins met with the other charter members that became this club; their common thread was a deep interest in horticulture and gardening. Through these years of service, this interest has paid off. Despite changing membership, it has continually added projects and traditions to the village that has made a difference to the people of Richfield Springs and to those who pass along Rt. 20 to other destinations.
As you approach the village from the west, you see two crabapple trees planted in the Memorial Park. One was planted by the Garden Club as part of a National Project to give thanks to our military service people. The Patriotic Tree was planted in 2007 as part of this project and as an addition to an ongoing planting of crabapple trees throughout the community.
As you approach the school, you see a flagpole garden full of bulbs, annuals and hostas in the traditional RSCS colors of purple and gold. Also, the Garden Club provides the planting of and seasonal displays of the urns in front of the school and the planter under the sign. During the Christmas season, a large wreath adorns the front of the school thanks to a project taken on by the club and the generous financial assistance from Jim Jordan. It is in memory of his mom. She was an active member of the Garden Club for many years. Behind the school in the courtyard, a new perennial bed was provided by the Garden Club in 2007. The plants were donated by a long-time Richfield resident. The students use this garden for learning experiences in several different classes.
A quick head-turn to the right and you see the library plantings and the NYS award-winning Colonial Herb Garden started in 1967. The herb garden is totally maintained by the Garden Club with several different beds and plants. Seasonal plantings are provided in the urns at the entrance to the library. Beds have been established around the library to grow plants for sale at the Annual Plant Sale. A statue was recently added to the display.
The library serves as our Garden Club’s home base as meetings are often held in the Memorial Room and members provid. The club provides special displays during certain times of the year: themed displays on the shelf above the door leading from the library to the Memorial Room and a Christmas show at least every other year in the Memorial room.
When you come to the four corners, there on the left sits the restored town clock. The Garden Club has maintained the plantings around it for many years, as well as around the bandstand in the center of the part. Due to recent regulations and village decisions, the plantings around the bandstand were curtailed. In 2006-7, a massive planting of spring bulbs and lovely rose bushes and shrubs were planted around the clock. The cost was taken on by the village and club. A generous donation of bulbs was provided by Kinney Drugs. The Garden Club maintains the area.