Garden History In 2003 Congdon Park’s quiet pond and small 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 it’s centerpiece. The fountain is composed of seven granite boulders that signify the seven contents of the world and the water that surrounds them. It was donated by the family of a prominent Delavan Rotarian. Each year from 2005 through 2014 a new garden area was 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 The Roger Willemson memorial Garden and Pergola; designed by the Willemson Family
2013 Signature Garden – designed by Shawn Kelly
2014 Floating Garden – Designed & first planting 2014; designed by Shawn Kelly – second planting summer 2015
Funded solely by private donations, Congdon Gardens was designed and developed with the help of outstanding landscape architects, designers and plant men and is maintained by a devoted corp of volunteers. Congdon awaits your involvement as a donor, a volunteer or an appreciative visitor. See how you can Get Involved.