Our History


In 2003, Congdon Park’s quiet pond and small flower garden experienced an important change with an initiative by the Delavan-Darien Rotary that created what has become Congdon Gardens. The small planting of annuals became a perennial garden with a large fountain as its centerpiece. It consists of seven granite boulders that signify the seven continents of the world united by water. It was donated by the family of a prominent Delavan Rotarian.

Each year from 2005 through 2015 a new garden has been designed and established:

2005/2006    Fountain Garden and brick paths
2007              Linden Garden designed by Roy Diblik (retired in 2015)
2008              Gazebo Garden designed by Roy Diblik
2009              Independence Garden designed by Patrick Fleming
2010              Peony and Day Lily Exhibition Garden designed by Tom Cleven
2011              Willemson Pergola Garden designed by the Willemson Family
2013             Signature Garden designed by Shawn Kelly
2014              Floating Garden designed by Shawn Kelly

2017              Dog Watering Garden


Funded solely by private donations, Congdon Gardens was developed with the help of outstanding landscape architects, designers, and plantsmen and is maintained by a devoted corp of volunteers. Congdon Gardens awaits your involvement whether as a donor, a volunteer, or an appreciative visitor.