The Durham Garden Club is replacing seven trees lost to the 2011 storms and to age. The club, in conjunction with the Town Highway Department, is planting four on Pickett Lane, the entrance road to the Korn School/ Coginchaug High School complex, and three at the Durham Public Library.
The Pickett lane setting is particularly fitting for two of the trees, which are being planted as memorial trees. The family of Howard F. Kelley, the first Superintendent of Schools for Regional District 13, has contributed toward a tree in his memory. The family of Peter T. Heyl contributed toward a maple tree to be planted in his memory. His widow Etzie Heyl, is the former chairman of the District 13 Board of Education. A third tree is planted in honor of Jessica and Aley Schoonmaker through a contribution from their parents Dr. Raymond and Judy Schoonmaker. The fourth tree is not dedicated.
The ceremony will move on to the Durham Public Library for the planting of three trees and refreshments. The library trees, also maples, will be planted in memory of and through donations from the families of Earl and Marjorie Mathewson and Edward “Ned” Hinman. A third maple will be planted through contributions from the family of Dr. Leo, Jr. and Dorothy Willett. Dorothy Willett was the chairman of the two building committees that oversaw the construction of two additions to the library.
The Durham Garden Club tree planting program began in 2000. Memorial trees are planted through donations and replacement trees are funded by the club from the proceeds of its annual Holiday Wreath Sale.