Hanging Baskets

hanging basketsOne of the first programs launched by the founders of GG&C was the summer hanging flower baskets in central Greenwich.  The Town Horticulturist, Michael Kinghorn, grew all the plants in the greenhouses at the Montgomery Pinetum.  The baskets were the idea of Isabel Malkin and Larry Cooper, Superintendent of Parks & Trees/Tree Warden.  Both were serious creative forces of the organization.

More recently, our generous friends at Sam Bridge Nursery & Greenhouses now create the summer baskets on our behalf and GG&C funds also support the necessary nightly care and watering by a local contractor.

Many volunteers worked for several days preparing the baskets at the Sam Bridge greenhouse. Photo by Leslie Yager

The winter baskets, packed with greenery and holiday themed decorations, are carefully assembled by a large volunteer group of Japanese women in November.

GG&C owes huge thanks to Sam Bridge Nurseries for the use of several greenhouses, many supplies and for their hanging and then taking down over 100 baskets in both summer and winter.  Gifts of volunteer time and talent make the Town beautiful and make the participants gratified.

The summer and winter baskets have become an important part of our Greenwich streetscape and now extend along the Post Road and into Cos Cob.  They have been emulated in many communities.

Volunteers from Sam Bridge Nursery who hang our baskets