Memorials: Tree, Bush, Bench Memorials


2018          A Magnolia Leonard Russell tree planted at the Ports. Historical  

                  Society in memory of Olivia , "Livvie", Marocux, A coral bark

                  maple planted at the Society in memory of Madeline Beaucage

                  and two Hydrangeas" tuff stuff" in Memory of Kath Kocoon also

                  planted at the Portsmouth Historical Society.

               

 2013      -   A Bench in memory of Eileen Gleeson (Mrs. George "Bill") 
                  has been seasonally placed at the Portsmouth Free Public Library.

 

2011      -   A pink Flowering Dogwood Tree (planted in 2014) replaced
                  the Two Dove Trees that were originally planted at the
                  Portsmouth Community Playground in memory of
                  Mary (Member) and George (Honorary Consultant) Mendonca.

 

2010      -   A dwarf Alberta Spruce was planted at the Bristol
                  Ferry Town Commons in memory of Loretta Nannery
                  (Mrs. James).

 

2009      -   A Maple Tree planted at The Portsmouth Free Public
                  Library in memory of Lou Feid (Mrs. Gordon).

 

              -   A Dogwood Tree planted at the Portsmouth Free
                  Public Library in memory of Grace Van Petten
                  (Mrs. George).

 

2008      -   A Witch Hazel Tree planted at St. Paul's Episcopal
                  Church in memory of Elinor Peckham (Mrs. Ashley).

 

              -   A Witch Hazel Tree planted at St. Anthony's
                   Church in memory of Tee (Theresa) Bodah
                  (Mrs. William).

 

2006      -   A Strax Tree planted at the Portsmouth High School
                  Courtyard Water Garden in memory of Milly
                  (Mildred) Libby (Mrs. Howard "Bud"). ( no 

                  longer identified on site)

              -  A Strax Tree planted at the Portsmouth High School
                 Courtyard Water Garden in memory of Annette
                 (Etta) Hall (Mrs. Benjamin). Tree plaque was added
                 in 2010. (no longer identified on site)

 

              -  A Hydrangea planted at Portsmouth High School
                 Courtyard Water Garden in memory of Ann Blaess
                 (Mrs. Archie) whose azalea at the Portsmouth
                 Community Playground had died. 1997 Plaque
                 reassigned here. ( no longer identified on site)

 

2003      -  Azaleas planted at St. Anthony's Church in memory
                 of Ceal Keavey (Mrs. Everett).

 

2002      -  A Green Ash "Freedom Tree" planted at the 
                 Portsmouth Police Station in memory of those who
                 lost their lives on 9/11/2001.

 

2001      -  A Holly Bush planted in memory of Anne P. Leys
                 (Mrs. Bradford) at the Visiting Nurse Association
                 Building.

 

1997(?) -  A Tree planted at the Portsmouth Community
                Playground in memory of Rita Lindquist (Mrs. James).

 

1997     -  A Cherry Tree planted in memory of Irene Peyton
                (Mrs. Fredrick, Sr.) at the Portsmouth Community
                Playground.

 

             -  A Bench in memory of Frances McNitt (Mrs. William) 
                at The Portsmouth Community Playground.

 

             -  An Azalea Bush planted in memory of Anne Blaess
                (Mrs. Archie) at the Portsmouth Community
                Playground (died-replacement plant at Portsmouth High
                School).

 

             -  A Horse Chestnut Tree planted at the Island Park
                Playground in memory of Florence Fischer
                (Mrs. Henry). Later replaced then re-tagged 2010.

 

1996(?) -  A Flowering Pear Tree planted at the Portsmouth
                Community Playground in memory of the Children
                in the Oklahoma City bombing 

 

1992     -  A Star Magnolia planted at the Portsmouth Police
                Station in memory of Catherine Phillips, wife of
                former Police Chief Benjamin Phillips. (removed during 2017

                building renovation)

 

1990     -  A Weeping Cherry Tree planted at The Portsmouth
                Free Public Library in memory of Sonia Carter
                (Mrs. Dana). (Removed 2016)

 

1984     -  Rhododendron at Quaker Manor in memory of
                Mrs. Florence Kelley.

 

1983     -  A Colorado Blue Spruce planted by the Portsmouth
                Garden Club on the front lawn of the Historical
                Society with a bronze plaque naming "in memory" the
                nine Marines who died in Beirut, Lebanon. Donated
                by Mr. and Mrs. George Young. (storm damadged and removed

               2017 plaque remained)

 

1980     -  A Forsythia in Legion Park in memory of
                Mrs. Herbert Carroll was moved in 1983 to the
                Hathaway School.

 

             -  A Silver Bowl (Reed and Barton) presented to the
                Rhode Island Federation of Garden Clubs, Inc to be
                awarded as a “Litter Control Award” in memory of all
                our deceased member. (returned to the club in mid 2000s)

 

1979     -  A Pink Dogwood at the United Methodist Church in 
                memory of Mrs. Joseph Ferreira planted to match the
                one already there in memory of Mrs. Romeo
                Belanger. One white dogwood on site.

 

             -  A Cut Beech Tree planted as a "Liberty Tree" at
                Legion Park, Town Hall "to commemorate the 
                bicentennial of the Battle of Rhode Island".

 

1977     -  A Pyracantha at the Portsmouth Free Public Library 
                in memory of Kay Sheehan (Mrs. John). Pyracantha
                died and its replacement was removed when the 
                new ramp location was landscaped in 2007-8. (No
                longer on site.)

 

1973     -  A Norwegian Spruce at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in
                memory of Mrs. Charles Boyd.

 

1969     -  A Mountain Ash at Coggeshall School in memory of
                Louise Snyder (Mrs. Walter). Site iwas later  Aquidneck
                Island Christian Academy.

 

1967     -  A Beech Tree planted at the Portsmouth Free Public
                Library in memory of Mrs. Phyllis Halwig (Mrs. Stuart).

 

1965     -  Two dogwoods planted at Henry F. Anthony School
                 in memory of deceased members. Site is now
                 Anthony House Senior Living.

 

1964     -  Two Dogwood Trees at Henry F. Anthony School in
                memory of Mrs. George White (North tree) and
                Mrs. John Gorton (South tree). Site is now Anthony
                House Senior Living.

 

1963     -  Two White Flowering Dogwood Trees at the 
                Portsmouth Free Public Library in memory of Mrs.
                Clara Anthony and Mrs. Gertrude Brickhill. (No
                longer on site.)

 

1962     -  Three Sugar Maples on the front lawn of the
                Historical Society in memory of Miss Gladys Doyle, 
                Miss Nettie Winslow and Edith Bishop Nicholson 
                (Mrs. J.M.G.) (One damaged by a hurricane in late
                1980s and later removed).

 

1959     -  Two Flowering Crabapple Trees at the Portsmouth 
                Free Public Library in memory of Mrs. Arthur Hill and 
                Mrs. John Burns. (No longer on site.)

 

             -  A Flowering Crabapple Tree at the Portsmouth Free 
                Public Library in memory of Mrs. F. Page Hicks In
                1964, the tree was replaced with a flowering
                cherry.

 

1951     -  Two Elm Trees on East Main Road near the 
                Portsmouth Historical Society Building in memory of 
                all deceased Club Members. Donated by Mr. and
                Mrs. Jacob Menzi (Sr.).

 

             -  Two Costa Blue Spruce Trees at the Historical
                Society in memory of Mrs. Arthur Sherman and Mrs.
                Benjamin Storrs. Donated by Mrs. Benjamin Hall. (No longer on site)

 

Pre 1951 - Shrubs at Legion Park in memory of the service 
                 men from the town of Portsmouth. (No longer on
                 site.)

 

1942     -  Pink Dogwood Tree at St. Paul’s Episcopal Church in
                honor of Mrs. Beauchamp (first deceased Club
                Member and also the Pastor's wife). (No longer on 
                site.)

 

193*     -  A tree in Legion Park in honor of Mrs. Isaac
                McComber donated by Mrs. Norman Hall. (No longer
                on site.)

 

 

*No specific year was given for this planting.

 

Meetings are held monthly at the Library for club members and guests. _________________

September 13, 2023

1:00 Portsmouth Free Public Library

Welcome back members !

Fellowship and meeting

 

Roberta Stevens; Look around: A sit down walking tour of the club contribution of landscaping to the Portsmouth Free Public Library for 125 years.

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October 11, 2023

1:00 Portsmouth Free Public Library

Presenter: Linda Howard  Holly  Mackenzie and Joan Kierwin Demonstration-Plant propagation and splitting perennials

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November 7, 2023

1:00 Portsmouth Free Public Library

Presenter: Marie Brennan-Chasin

 

Chair Yoga tecniques for gardeners

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November 17, 2024

7-9 p.m  Portsmouth Free Public Library 

Annual Taste of Portsmouth
$25 for tickets

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December 13 2023

Christmas Luncheon
Green Valley Country Club

12:00 Gather

12:30 Eat

$50 to Treasurer

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January 10, 2024

1:00 Portsmouth Free Public Library

Presenter: Linda Kirkpatrick

 

Floral design Demonstration

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February 14, 2024

1:00 Portsmouth Free Public Library

 

Presenter: Deb Mack

 

Glass garden art demonstration

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March 13, 2024

 

1:00 Presenters: Roberta Stevens, Moderator; Annette Jarvis, Rocelle, Kieron, and Mim Maurer. 

 

90 th anniversary of the club ; Roundtable of the club's longest serving memebrs recalling

our memeorable service projects.

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April 10, 2024

1:00  Portsmouth Free Public Library

 

Presenters:

Linda Howard and Mary DiBara

Spring table centerpiece with potted plants

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April 22,2024

Earth Day

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April 25, 2024

Venus de Milo Swansea, MA. 

 

RIFGC Annual Awards Luncheon

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April  26, 2024

Arbor Day

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May 8, 2024
1:00 Raggd Island Brewery, Portsmouth

 
Presenter: Karen Saucier

Raising Monarch Butterflies

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June 1 Plant Sale

9-2
at the Public Library

Benefits Portsmouth Garden Club and the Portsmouth Free Public Library

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June 12, 2024

Club AnnualLluncheon-

This year an Afternoon  Tea

Noon 

Foodworks

2461 East Main Rd.

Portsmouth

 

$25.00

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June 13, 2024

11:00-4:00

Hattie Ida Chaffee Home, Riverside R.I.

 

RIFGC Monthly Meeting and Judges Council Horticulture Show

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June 21-24, 2024

After taking “The Grand Tour” to Marble House , The Newport Flower Show will return to Rosecliff with the theme “At Home".

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Save the Date

NEW ENGLAND GARDEN CLUB ANNUAL MEETING

(Federation)

10/23, 10/24

Crown Plaza, Warwick, R.I.

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