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Willimantic, CT

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Population: 18000


Willimantic is the downtown city area of the town of Windham in a part of Connecticut known as the “Quiet Corner." The community’s name comes from an Algonquian Indian term for “land of the swift running waters." In the 1800s, the rivers attracted textile factories, including The American Thread Company, which produced the first spool of thread ever made. The town’s historic heritage has been preserved in a Mill Museum, a Railroad Museum, numerous Victorian homes, a 1907 footbridge and many renovated mills. Willimantic is now the home to one of the four state universities and a community college. There is a strong sense of community, as shown by its many festivals and civic organizations, including the Garden Club of Windham, a sponsor of the Community Wildlife Habitat project.


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Community Spotlight


Native plant-pollinator Garden

This 'brown field' along the Willimantic river once housed a gas station but is being cleaned up and turned into a park. We began by planting the areas along the sidewalk.


Schillberg Butterfly Garden

We added a Butterfly Garden to the Grass covered town green.


Monarch on Butterfly Weed

We held a town-wide project to encourage planting of milkweed, giving away plants and publicizing it's importance to Monarchs through public talks and other media.


Garden Club Plant Sale

Our garden club plant sales include and emphasize native plants, as well as other non invasive pollinator plants. We use the opportunity to give out information on sharing our space with wildlife, and the important role gardeners play.