Dedication of Guilford Pocket Park

To commemorate the 375th Anniversary of Guilford and the 75th Anniversary of the Guilford Garden Club, The Club will dedicate Rollwood Park, at the corner of Stonehouse Lane and Old Whitfield Street, to the Town of Guilford on June 7 at 1 pm.

In 2009, the Guilford Garden Club Tree Program planted three Japanese Lilac trees on the town-owned Rollwood property as part of the Club’s “Greening of Guilford” Tree Planting Program initiated two years earlier.  Since the inception of the program, 58 trees have been planted.

Rollwood Park was once the site of the home of Governor Rollin Woodruff, 62nd Governor of Connecticut, who held the office from 1907 to 1909.  “When we planted the trees I felt the site seemed ‘park-like’ and that it had the potential to be a small pocket park,” said Lillian Comstock, Rollwood Park Development Chair, Guilford Garden Club.

“The idea was supported by the Board of the Club, and in July of 2011 we received permission from Mr. Joseph Mazza, First Selectman, to develop that end of the property,” continued Comstock.

Thick vines and poison ivy were removed from the stone columns, the grass was reseeded and seventeen trees were planted on the site:  five Rutgers Hybrid Dogwoods, four Red Oaks, five White Spruce and three Japanese Lilacs.  In addition, 260 yellow daffodils were planted around the perimeter of the foundation.  Two granite benches, walkways and additional plantings will be installed before the dedication.

In addition to the Guilford Garden Club, the project involved John Cunningham of TEC Landscape Design, who donated his services, and Rick Maynard, Park and Rec Director, who arranged the removal of dead plantings.

“We hope this charming space will be enjoyed by the many walkers who pass by – the visitors to the Henry Whitfield Museum, the children in the adjacent day care, and all in Guilford who know that the quality of our lives is greatly enhanced by park space,” concluded Comstock.

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