Folks who drive on River Road past the garden at Horseshoe Pond Park during warm weather can be forgiven for rubbernecking as they approach the traffic light at Wolfpit Road. After all, it is easy to get distracted by the unexpected profusion of flowers bursting from the garden planted along the side of the road. Now, nearly six years to the day after the Wilton Garden Club designed and installed the Horseshoe Pond garden, the Federated Garden Club of Connecticut has bestowed its prestigious “Tribute Award for Landscape Design” on the club in recognition of its efforts.
“The ruggedness of this garden amazes me,” says club member Suzanne Knutson, who designed the garden. “It gets hit with sand and salt spray during the winter, which is terrible for the soil, and it gets no supplemental watering during the summer, yet it still manages to look beautiful throughout the growing season.”