The Rutland Garden Club
The Rutland Garden Club, established in 1914, initially began beautifying Rutland with flower shows and floral programs. The club planted their first garden in Main Street Park and members of the club provided landscape design and plantings for a new local elementary school in Rutland — the Northeast Primary School — in the 1950s.
Later on the club started work for the Rutland Regional Medical Center, a local community center, and a city park as they focused their efforts on beautifying the Rutland community. These projects brought the club to life here in Downtown Rutland and the Garden Club now plays an important part in the development and place-making of the community.
The club volunteers to improve the face of many downtown shops and works with different organizations in Rutland to make the city a desirable location not only for its visitors but for its residents, too. Members today continue to beautify Rutland, just as their predecessors have been doing for 105 years. For more information about the Rutland Garden Club or volunteer opportunities, please visit their Facebook Page.
The Rutland Garden Club volunteers in many areas of Downtown Rutland, including the planting of flower boxes and hanging baskets. The Garden Club maintains gardens for The City Police Department, The Chaffee Art Center, The Rutland Free Library, and The Main Street Park Veteran’s Memorial. They received the “ Downtown Hero” award for beautifying Rutland and gained recognition from the National Garden Club for their efforts.
Depot Park Garden
Depot Park got its name when it was part of a 20-acre area that included a railroad station and large parking garage.
Brenda Isaacs, a member of the garden club, wanted to create a park with “head turning, traffic stopping” beauty. The garden club developed three gardens in this location with the help of The Boys and Girls Club , 4-H, and the Rotary Club.
Rutland Police Department Garden
Residents designed and planted the garden in 2002 with donations of plants from downtown vendors and private gardens.
1000 yellow tulips were originally planted in one section to honor men and women in the services. In more recent years the Garden club has planted and maintained the garden.
Boxes, Planters, & Hanging Baskets
The Garden Club selects plants for and organizes several seasonal planter pots, permanent flower boxes and seasonal hanging baskets throughout Downtown Rutland.
The club carefully selects drought resistant plants each year to keep the streets beautiful throughout the Summer.
Other Notable Rutland City Gardens
Godnick Adult Center
The Rutland Garden Club manages four different garden projects at the Godnick Adult Center. Originally designed and landscaped in 1976, the Godnick Adult Center gardens debuted in 1979 with several areas dedicated as memorials to members — including crocuses on the center’s side bank for Julia Granger, a charter member of the 1914 club, and the Lorilee Foley garden, full of shrubs and perennials near the gazebo.
The memorial garden is part of lovely and serene area where picnics, weddings, and even exercise classes are enjoyed. The Godnick Adult Center is a very busy place and attendees are always grateful to see the flowers and shrubs in bloom.
Vietnam Veterans Memorial Garden
Located on the Westside of Route 7 South next to the Main Street Park is the Vietnam Veterans Memorial Garden. The memorial was carved by a Vietnam Veteran and the marble was donated by a Rutland businessman. After interviewing many of the veterans, a landscaping design was created around the memorial to provide the “peace, reflection, and solitude” that the veterans had requested.
Valerie Cleary and Becky Rizzi from the Rutland Garden Club designed the garden and it was installed in May of 2000. Valerie, the veterans, and members of the Rutland Garden Club continue to maintain the garden today.