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Local Gang Takes Out Thugs

Improved CFPA courtyard with benches, containers, and plantings

Garden weed thugs that is. In 2013, Connecticut Forest & Park Association (CFPA) board members Ruth Cutler and Caroline Driscoll saw the overgrown, unruly grounds located at the CFPA headquarters in Rockfall as a perfect opportunity to create beautiful gardens and increase awareness of the importance of utilizing native plants in the landscape. With the help of a dedicated group of volunteers nicknamed the “Garden Gang,” Ruth and Caroline have hit the ground running, developing an inviting and educational space located in the front entrance of our office building. The courtyard area located outside of the lower-level meeting room has been transformed into a visually stunning and peaceful location that features ferns and wildflowers.

During the growing season, the Garden Gang works to remove invasive species and weeds from the property to make way for mountain laurel, viburnum, and lowbush blueberry. So much of the work CFPA is able to accomplish is due in part to our volunteers. This is just one of the many, many examples of the support we receive. To learn more about volunteering with CFPA, select here.

Artist rendition of the garden located near the entrance to CFPA’s office looking down the walkway towards the parking lot.

Artist rendition of the garden located near the entrance to CFPA’s office looking down the walkway towards the parking lot.