Open House for Nathaniel Witherell’s New Friendship Garden a Blooming Success!

More than 100 guests attended this past Saturday’s Open House for the new Nathaniel Witherell Friendship Garden, enjoying the beautiful views, light refreshments, and music by the Maria Tiscia Trio. Located in the heart of Nathaniel Witherell’s campus, the Friendship Garden was specifically designed to enhance residents’ sensory perception by including over 600 trees, shrubs, and plants that change with the seasons and stimulate the senses. Dogwoods, laurels, azaleas, and rhododendrons are all currently in bloom. The garden also features benches, wandering paths, and a fountain, plus a new outdoor deck and furnishings have been installed. A special thanks to our major garden contributors: Hortulus, The Woman’s Club of Greenwich, Cummin Associates, Summer Rain Sprinkler Systems, and the Greenwich Tree Conservancy.

Below are some great photos from the event:

Left to right: Friends of Nathaniel Witherell board members Laura Cunningham and Karen Sadik-Khan; and Louise Puschel, Nathaniel Witherell board member.

 

Peter Cummin (right), landscape architect and Principal of Cummin Associates in Stonington CT, who generously contributed his firm’s services in designing Witherell’s Friendship Garden, and his wife Audrey.

 

Friends board members David O. Brownwood and Bea Crumbine.

 

Left to right: Witherell’s Executive Director Allen Brown, Friends board member Ginny Gray, and Hortulus member Rinda Bishop.

 

Witherell board member Suzanne Hogan with her husband, Richard.

 

Left to right: Friends board member Laura Cunningham, Lindsay Ormsby, and Friends board member Debby Lash.

 

Town of Greenwich First Selectman Peter J. Tesei (center) presents a town proclamation proclaiming May 20, 2017 as The Nathaniel Witherell Friendship Garden Day to Friends President Karen Sadik-Khan (left) and Larry Simon, Witherell Board Chairman.

 

Left to right: Connecticut State Representative Livvy Floren, Town of Greenwich Selectman John Toner, and Friends President Karen Sadik-Khan.

 

Left to right: Witherell volunteer Louise Aaronson; Mary Bruce, Witherell’s Therapeutic Recreation Director; and Susan Taylor.

 

Hortulus member Jane Ghazarossian (right) and her husband Antreas.

 

Friends board member Robert McDonald with his mother, Anna Beley, a Witherell resident.

 

Left to right: Witherell Executive Director Allen Brown, and Friends board members Clifford Storms and David Ormsby.

 

Left to right: Friends board members Karen Sadik-Khan and David Ormsby, Town of Greenwich First Selectman Peter J. Tesei, Witherell Board Chairman Larry Simon, and Witherell Executive Director Allen Brown partake in the official ribbon cutting for the Friendship Garden.

 

Left to right: Witherell board member Lloyd Bankson, III with Susan and Gary Krause.

 

Witherell resident Christine Webster with her daughter Donna Webster.

 

Witherell residents George Rosa and Nola Larkin.

 

Friends board member Fred Lee (left) and Michel Baptiste, Witherell’s Housekeeping Supervisor.

 

View of the new Friendship Garden and deck.

Photos by Lynda Shenkman Curtis, Oxygen House Photography.

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