Pawcatuck Neighborhood Garden Walk

Posted By on July 30, 2018

Pawcatuck Neighborhood Garden Walk

1.38 miles; Pawcatuck, CT

[Ed. Note: I have been EXTREMELY remiss in posting for the past few months. A lot of personal drama. But I have made a vow to post at least once a day until I’m caught up. So watch the dates on these, as there is quite a backlog.]

They don’t all have to be hikes in the woods, right? My garden club organized a walking tour of the gardens in a 1920’s era village in Pawcatuck, CT. It was a great little walk.

Sculpted in 1936, "Bird Girl" by Sylvia Shaw Judson stood in obscurity for decades in Savannah's Bonaventure Cemetery, where it was named "Little Wendy" by the family that paid for it. That ended in 1994, when a photo of the statue appeared on the cover of the bestselling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil book cover and acquired its new Bird Girl name.

Bird Girl

Sculpted in 1936, “Bird Girl” by Sylvia Shaw Judson stood in obscurity for decades in Savannah’s Bonaventure Cemetery, where it was named “Little Wendy” by the family that paid for it. That ended in 1994, when a photo of the statue appeared on the cover of the bestselling Midnight in the Garden of Good and Evil book cover and acquired its new Bird Girl name. This pretty little reproduction stood amid variegated foliage and white flowers in a shade garden.

On the Beach

On the Beach

You’re never far from the beach in this part of the state, and it looked as if this homeowner has spent quite a bit of time there.

Morning Glory

Morning Glory

It looks almost lit from within, doesn’t it? Love the backlighting!

You Can Garden Anywhere

You Can Garden Anywhere

Those are some good looking tomato plants on that second floor balcony!

Panicled Hydrangea

Panicled Hydrangea

Hydrangeas are ubiquitous in seaside communities, but you don’t often see these panicled varieties. I think I like these partially opened flowers better than the fully opened ones.

Bathtub Madonna sans Tub

Bathtub Madonna sans Tub

The Westerly/Pawcatuck area was heavily settled by Italians in the early part of the last century, and what old Italian neighborhood is complete without at least one “Bathtub Madonna?” Although this one was sans tub, I thought her weathered appearance made her quite lovely, and a little melancholy.

Ingenious or just plain Genius?

Ingenious or just plain Genius?

Perfect way to “up-cycle” old gardening equipment! Stealing this idea for sure…

Track (click for details)

Track (click for details)

Unfortunately, these are not public gardens, so you wouldn’t be able to see all the sights if you took my route, but you can still stroll these streets and take in the beautiful old architecture and some of the nicer front yards. It’s a very nice, walkable neighborhood. Afterwards you can grab a bite to eat at any of Westerly’s great restaurants. I recommend Noodle Revolution.

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