The Garden Club of Princeton Gallery at the Watershed Center

The Garden Club of Princeton and The Watershed Institute have enjoyed a long and productive relationship. This gallery is named in honor of this enduring partnership. In the late 1940s, Kathleen Anderson Peyton, the Club’s conservation chair, conducted background research and consulted with state and national conservation leaders about establishing a watershed-based organization in central New Jersey. Peyton, who later served as Club president, joined with David Hunter McAlpin to found the Watershed in 1949.

Over the years, the two organizations have cooperated on a number of conservation initiatives. For instance, Sarah Sally Barringer Hart, who served in leadership positions with both organizations in the 1950s and 1960s, was instrumental in the preservation of Herrontown Woods on the Princeton Ridge and other sensitive environments. Garden Club of Princeton members were among the first to volunteer for the Watershed’s StreamWatch water monitoring program when the program was launched in 1992 and Club members continue to volunteer for this program. This remarkable synergy continues today.

The Gallery Space was made possible through the generosity of Penny and Ted Thomas. It was built to exhibit works of art that inspire appreciation, awareness and stewardship of water and the natural environment. Check here for upcoming gallery openings and opportunities at the Watershed Center. For questions about our gallery space, email [email protected]

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