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New Canaan's secret garden to be explored

Published 3:03 pm, Thursday, December 20, 2012
  • At the New Canaan Beautification League's meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, Faith Kerchoff, a longtime residen, will present a history of the history of the George Lee Memorial Garden. Photo: Contributed
    At the New Canaan Beautification League's meeting on Wednesday, Jan. 9, Faith Kerchoff, a longtime residen, will present a history of the history of the George Lee Memorial Garden. Photo: Contributed

 

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Faith Kerchoff, a longtime resident and member of the New Canaan Beautification League, will present a program on George Lee and the history of the George Lee Memorial Garden on Wednesday, Jan. 9.

The program will be presented at the New Canaan Library from 9 to 11 a.m. and will be taped by Channel 79.

The Lee Memorial Garden is on Chichester Road. The garden is tucked away in a woodland setting with narrow, meandering paths edged with spring blooming bulbs, early blooming ephemerals, wildflowers and an extensive collection of specimen azaleas and rhododendrons.

Upon his death in 1978, Lee bequeathed his house and three-acre garden to the Garden Center of New Canaan, which is now the New Canaan Beautification League, whose volunteers have maintained the spot for more than 25 years.

It is open to the public year round but is at its best during May and June when the display of azaleas and rhododendrons come into flower.

Kerchoff will take attendees on a historical trip down memory lane and relate how the garden came to be, and will show newly discovered slides from Lee's archives.

For information, visit newcanaanbeautification.org.