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Stonington Garden Club Decks the Walls


December 14, 2022

Holiday event supports local historical society

On December 1-3, the Stonington Garden Club collaborated with the Stonington Historical Society (SHS) on the Society’s annual “Deck the Walls” fundraiser at the historic Stone Acres Farm, a sixty-three-acre working farm in Stonington, Connecticut, dating back to 1765. Each year, club members gather for a hands-on workshop at the SHS headquarters, where an assortment of holiday decorations–such as baubles, beads, and bows–are used to transform evergreen wreaths and boxwood cuttings into one-of-a-kind creations.

Sales of these handmade wreaths and boxwood trees raise funds to underwrite the care of the extensive grounds and gardens at the SHS properties, which are open to the public. These include the Captain Nathaniel Palmer House, a National Historic Landmark, and the Stonington Lighthouse Museum, America’s first lighthouse museum. Initially, this event raised just a few thousand dollars, but it has grown substantially, and this year’s event has raised about $10,000.

The club was initially approached in 2007 by SHS about working together. Now celebrating its 15th anniversary, Deck the Walls has evolved into an important – and fun – collaboration between these two key community organizations.

“Deck the Walls continues to be a highlight of the holiday season for both organizations,” said Kirby Williams, president, Stonington Garden Club. “We are pleased that the event’s proceeds help preserve the gardens and open spaces that are so iconic in our community.”


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