Mystic Garden Club Makes Sizeable Donation to the Mystic & Noank Library

Lois Hiller, Director of the Mystic & Noank Library, Candy Briggs, President of the Mystic Garden Club, and Judy Nickerson, Landscape Designer

The Mystic & Noank Library is pleased to announce that it has received a $5,500 grant from the Mystic Garden Club. The grant will be used to pay for a retaining wall and small patio along the walkway from the parking lot to the main entrance. Mystic Garden Club member and Library volunteer, Judy Nickerson, created a landscape design plan which calls for a small retaining wall using bricks that mimic the color of the historic building.

“This area has always been problematic,” Nickerson said. “It is hard to mow, and full of weeds. With the new design, it will enhance the entranceway while solving a landscaping problem.”

Lois Hiller, Director of the Library, added, “The Mystic Garden Club has been generous to the Library for many, many years. After the addition to the original structure in 1992, the Club donated its time and finances to create the beautiful landscape surrounding the Library. We cannot thank the Club enough for all they do for us and for the entire Mystic community.”

“We at the Mystic Garden Club are happy to support this project, and appreciate having such an active and attractive Library in our own much-loved community,” said Candy Briggs, President of the Mystic Garden Club.

The Mystic Garden Club was organized in 1924. It is a non-profit organization that encourages the love of gardening among amateurs and the sharing of knowledge about native plants. With the promotion and execution of civic beautification, the Mystic Garden Club promotes and encourages its members to contribute their knowledge for the enjoyment and education of the public. It raises funds throughout the year and donates these funds to many organizations and programs. They fund a nature program for children in the Groton and Stonington schools, as well as donate all of the proceeds of their annual Plant Sale to the Mystic & Noank Library.

The Mystic and Noank Library is a public association library. Located in the town of Groton, the Library serves residents of Mystic, Noank, Groton Long Point, Stonington, Center Groton and Old Mystic. The Library was established in 1893 by Captain Elihu Spicer, who donated the land and building for the communities of Mystic and Noank. It is an impressive two-story building, restored and expanded in 1991 with the addition of a children’s wing and a public meeting room. The Library offers books, periodicals, movies and other resources and programs for pre-schoolers to senior citizens.