Edgerton Park Volunteer Day May 11
Welcome Summer and Help Spruce up the Park!
Join us on Saturday, May 11 between 10 am–1 pm for a Volunteer Day to spruce up the park. Enjoy time outside and help make our public space more beautiful for everyone to enjoy. Bring your friends and get to know your neighbors.
Tools and snacks will be provided. Bring hats, sunscreen, water bottles, gloves, and hand tools.
Thank you for Contributing to the Great Give
Many thanks to all who gave to Edgerton Park Conservancy during this year's Great Give on May 1-2. We had more donors than ever before, and look forward to improving the grounds and outreach programs with these much needed funds. As the old adage reminds us, “We drink from wells we never dug.” The same is true of Edgerton! We now enjoy the shade of stately trees, grown from saplings we never planted. And just as the Brewsters provided for future generations, with your help, we can continue these transformations.
Great Turnout for April Garden Lecture
“To Bee or not to Bee”
On April 25 we welcomed an experienced group of panelist to discuss all things related to bees. Michael O'Malley, author of The Wisdom of Bees; Sean Duffy, Beekeeper & Edgerton Park Conservancy Board Member; Savannah Lee, graduate of the Huneebee Project at the New Haven Land Trust; and Mark Creighton, Apiary Inspector for the State of Connecticut. We learned how bee hives and their social structure have been written about since the time of Aristotle, and how modern beekeepers work with bees to keep the colony healthy. We are connected to bees in so many ways. Thanks to our panelists for sharing their fascinating stories!
Curious about the plants, like the one shown above, in Edgerton Park? Ariana Buckley, who works in the greenhouse for G.R.O.W.E.R.S., has taken photos and supplied some fun detail. Click here to view.
Our Park is Beautiful – and Historic
A green space jewel on the Hamden/ New Haven border, Edgerton Park has been a part of the New Haven Parks system since 1965.
Click the link to learn about the history of the Park.
And visit a Flickr site to see photos of the mansion in the Park. Benefactor Frederick Brewster's will required this to be razed before the park could be opened to the public. The Carriage House, pictured below, still exists, and is the center of our activities.
How We Evolved
In 1972, the Edgerton Park Conservancy was formed to encourage and give support to local gardeners and park users. The Conservancy works collaboratively with the city and other groups to ensure a vibrant park.
Over the years, the Park's mission has expanded to include:
• Encouraging and promoting horticultural programs and education and to organize, coordinate and support all efforts and activities concerned with the preservation, restoration and enhancement of Edgerton Park.
• Organizing, coordinating and supporting supporting environmental awareness
• Providing education programs for elementary school children to enhance connections with nature and the arts.
Garden Plot Rental Program lets members of the Edgerton Park Conservancy with a range of gardening experience enjoy raising vegetables and flowers in the Edgerton Community Gardens. MORE
Greenhouse Rental Program
This option gives area residents winter gardening opportunities from October to June. DETAILS
PHOTOS ABOVE ARE OF THE ANNUAL SUNDAY IN THE PARK, HELD EACH SEPTEMBER.
BE PART OF OUR SUCCESS
The Park – listed on the National Register of Historic Places – encompasses 25 acres and is a valued community resource. It is the scene of many musical and dramatic events, and well as several fairs. Keep Edgerton Park a vibrant place for the community. Click the link below to give online to Edgerton Park Conservatory.
You may also become a member or renew your annual dues on line. Go to the Give or Join Online page and click on Memberships.