New garden club aims to restore gardens at Knox Farm; more members wanted

Knox Farm Garden Club
Members of the Knox Farm Garden Club include, from left front row, Donna Reilly, Penny McDowell, Gail Kavanaugh (club leader) and Marcia Blagdon, and back row, Sandy Roemer, Marilyn Marky, Sharon Brouillard, Jackie Hagner, Liz O’Donnell, Peg Baker and Jane Beyer. Photo courtesy Knox Farm Garden Club

The new Knox Farm Garden Club aims to restore the gardens and grounds at Knox Farm State Park, 437 Buffalo Rd., East Aurora.

The club was formed in September and already has 23 members, but is looking for more members.

The immediate goals of the club are:

  • To clean out the gardens surrounding the main house and the grounds
  • To develop a plan to plant historically significant plants based on the original garden designs created by landscape architect Ellen Biddle Shipman in 1931
  • To transform the garden area just past the former squash court into a ceremonial garden for weddings next summer.

The group has already converted the former dog kennel runs into a “plant hospital/holding center” with potting area.

The long-term goal of the group is to bring the gardens back to their original beauty to be an additional attraction for visitors to enjoy at the park. There is also hope to have a garden show on the grounds next spring.

With the support of the club, New York State Parks staff will be able to work on other areas in the park that need attention, too.

For more information, go to the Knox Farm Garden Club’s page or contact Peggy Cooke, a Friends of Knox Farm Board member, at or 597-7525.

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