History

1914 – 1924

  • – Founded August, 1914
  • – Joined Garden Club of America, June 1915
  • – Held first Flower Show open to public at the East Hampton Library
  • – Improved the appearance of the Railroad Station
  • – Distributed leaflets on “Duties of Women in War Time” during WW I

1925 – 1934

  • Undertook civic planting at the Library, Mulford Farm and local schools
  • Made efforts to save historic willow and pepperidge trees
  • Fought billboards in the Village of East Hampton
  • Mrs. Ruger Donoho donated eight acres to begin the Village’s Nature Trail in 1934.
  • Mrs. Lorenzo Woodhouse loaned an 10 additional acres contiguous to the Nature Trail.

1935 – 1944

  • Mrs. Woodhouse loaned more land to GCEH for the Nature Trail.
  • For 8 years starting in 1934, Club members worked, laying out paths, planting wildflowers, clearing debris and labeling trees and shrubs. Finally, in 1942, we opened the Nature Trail to the public.
  • Contributed to GCA’s “Gardens on Parade” at the 1938 World’s Fair.
  • Organized Victory Gardens during WW II and worked with the Red Cross.
  • Ran house tours for war relief and decorated servicemen’s clubs.
  • Led Village vote to use tax money to replant trees lost in 1938 hurricane.
  • Fought the establishment of gas stations on Main Street.

1945 – 1954

  • Joined with other local Garden Clubs to landscape a Veterans Hospital.
  • Won 1st prize for “Horticultural Interest” at the International Flower Show.
  • Became concerned with ragweed elimination and topsoil conservation.
  • GCEH owned and managed the Nature Trail from its opening in 1942 until 1951, when the Village assumed ownership of the property with GCEH acting as a consultant to the Village Board in its management. In subsequent years a joint committee was formed to oversee the Nature Trail that included the LVIS, the Eastern Gate Garden Club and a Parks Commission.
  • Decorated many historic sites for 300th Anniversary of East Hampton Town.

1955 – 1964

  • Sponsored Children’s Flower Show with Eastern Gate Garden Club
  • Planted shrubs around the new Children’s Wing of the Library
  • Held an open conservation meeting for Village officials and others

1965 – 1974

  • Worked with the LVIS to save the Reutershan Parking Lot trees
  • Added oxygenating plants and improved drainage at the Nature Trail
  • Amended our Constitution and became a tax exempt organization
  • Held first spring Garden Mart to benefit the East Hampton Library by raising money to support lawn and landscape care on the Library grounds
  • Promoted awareness of environmental problems:  pollution, land sub-division, offshore drilling and
    depleted ozone in the atmosphere