Greenwich Selectmen Praise Community Garden Plan

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Greenwich Community Garden Vice Chairwoman Terry Browne Kutzen explains the plans for a community garden on Bible Street to the Board of Selectman at Thursday's meeting.
Greenwich Community Garden Vice Chairwoman Terry Browne Kutzen explains the plans for a community garden on Bible Street to the Board of Selectman at Thursday's meeting. Photo Credit: Eric Gendron

GREENWICH, Conn. – A plan presented by Greenwich Community Gardens to create a community garden on the Montgomery Pinetum land on Bible Street was warmly welcomed by the Board of Selectmen in a presentation on Thursday.

Greenwich Community Garden Chairwoman Patty Sechi and Vice Chairwoman Terry Browne Kutzen detailed the proposed plans for 85 gardening plots that could be used in three seasons of the year.

"Our mission since we started was to create sustainable community gardens for all residents to grow their own vegetables, herbs and flowers in ways that promote community building, garden education, health and wellness," Sechi said. "And that's why we're here today."

According to Kutzen, the project will cost $75,000 and will be totally funded by private donations. She said neighboring residents support the project and that no lights or electricity would have to be installed at the garden.

A gravel road and a parking lot would have to be constructed to accommodate access to the garden and trenches would have to be dug for irrigation to use town water.

The land was donated to the town by Robert Montgomery in 1952 on the condition that the land could be used only "for recreation and horticulture."

There was not a vote on the project, but First Selectman Peter Tesei threw his full support behind the project.

"The level of detail in your submission to us unprecedented," Tesei said. "This is something that falls directly in the vision of the donor and is something that will enrich the town in the long run."

The plan has to receive the approval of the Board of Selectmen, the Representative Town Meeting and the Planning and Zoning Commission before the project can proceed.

The garden would be the second such area in town after 45 community plots opened on Armstrong Court in 2009. Greenwich Community Gardens donates some of the vegetables grown in the garden to the non-profit group Neighbor to Neighbor.

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