The Connecticut Garden Collaborative is one of IVCG's "nested" programs. Under the guidance of a volunteer advisory council, the work involves two primary goals.
1) To provide opportunities for local seasoned persons (60+ in the Greater New Haven area) to meet others and co-create expressive works reflecting the value and benefits of CT public gardens. The project aims to advance prosocial experiences that uplift those in our community who are often isolated and alone. We advance this goal through the annual "Senior Garden Experience" that runs from fall (roughly October) - May (culminating during the annual "Go Public Gardens days").
2). To collect and share information about CT public gardens, particularly through the lens of local seniors, for the benefit of all interested community members. This work involves curating a list of public gardens (some free and others with an admissions fee). We hope to publish the initial data by 2024.
To learn more about the CT Garden Collaborative, please visit our program webpage at: ConnecticutPublicGardens.org/