Andover Townsman, Andover, MA

November 28, 2013

Stevens-Coolidge Garden volunteers reap honors


The Andover Townsman

---- — The Stevens-Coolidge Place Perennial Garden Restoration Group was singled out with the Volunteers of the Year Award at The Trustees of Reservations’ Annual Meeting earlier this month at the Taj Boston Hotel.

Several of the group’s volunteers were recognized for their tireless dedication and hard work in lovingly bringing the perennial garden at the North Andover conservation property back to its historic roots.

They include Laura Bibler, a landscape designer and member of the Andover Garden Club; Jane Demers, Nancy Muldoon and Martha Owen, all of Andover; Norma Lochman, a member of the North Andover Garden Club; Sorena Pansovoy, former president of the North Andover Garden Club; and Barbara Siegel, of North Andover; Nancy Woolford of Boxford, a master gardener and member of the Boxford Village Garden Club; Lynnfield residents Stan and Barbara Schantz; and Judi Lafferty of Groveland, a master gardener and member of the Groveland Garden Club.

In addition, several other Andover residents also made valuable contributions to the project, including Susan Johnston, former president of the Andover Garden Club, and Virginia Begg, a landscape historian and Andover Garden Club member.

With a project that began not in the garden but in the library, this core group of volunteers delved into the history of the perennial garden to learn more about its original design. After completing its research, the group began the restoration work in earnest, creating a spreadsheet cataloguing 780 plant entries that were used in the garden at some point over the past 100 years.

Over this past summer and through the fall, the final stage of the project was completed with the replanting — bringing the garden back to its full and original glory.

The Trustees of Reservations is the nation’s oldest and one of Massachusetts’ largest statewide land conservation organizations. It holds in trust and cares for properties, or reservations, of scenic, cultural and natural significance for the general public to enjoy. The Trustees own and manage 111 reservations totaling more than 26,000 acres. Visit www.thetrustees.org for more.