Wildflower garden monument in public view again
Victoria Sansing of the Litchfield Garden Club reads lettering on a stone monument the club had removed from woods at the corner of Old South Road and Gallows Lane last week and installed on a grassy section of town-owned land at the intersection. BZ photos
A stone monument that was all but forgotten in the woods at the corner of Old South Road and Gallows Lane has been rescued by the Litchfield Garden Club with the help of Towne and Aurell Excavating.
The monument marked the entrance to a 150-acre wildflower garden extending downhill to Little Pond and across the Bantam River to what is now land owned by the White Memorial Foundation. The garden club leased the property from Alain and May White beginning in the 1920s and maintained the garden until the early 1950s, when lack of funding led the club to give up the task.
Current garden club members knew of the history of the garden and were aware of the monument's presence. The club decided to move the monument out of the woods and display it on a patch of town land at the corner of Old South Road and Gallows Lane.
Wording on the face of the monument.
Kyle Towne, left, and David MacKenzie of Towne and Aurell Excavating watch as the monument is lowered into a hole by machinery operated by Nate Charter.
Victoria Sansing, left, and fellow garden club member Sara Gault join David MacKenzie in admiring the monument.