On the afternoon of December 1, 1915, twenty-five ladies met to consider organizing a garden club whose purpose and aims would be “for the pleasure and profit of amateur gardeners, where ideas could be exchanged, and interest stimulated in the proper care of flowers and vegetable gardens.”
Mabel Osgood Wright was elected the first president. Dues were 50 cents a year, and by the end of the first year, there were 100 members.
In 1923, The Fairfield Garden Club was admitted to The Garden Club of America.
The Club also amended its Bylaws to form two classes of membership: Active and Associate. “The Associate Membership shall retain all the local privileges of the Club except the ballot, with dues $1.00 a year. The Active Members to join The Garden Club of America with dues $4.00 a year.”
The focus at the time was represented by the formation of a new committee called the Wayside Committee to work in the schools for Wild Flower Conservation and Roadside Care which was largely an effort to limit and remove billboards.
Dues were raised in September 1923 to $8.00 for Active Members and $1.00 for Associate Members. In 1924, it was voted to raise the membership to 150 and 25 new members were admitted. The Club also formed a new committee for “flowers for hospitals and shut-ins.”
The next year trees and shrubs were planted at the Fairfield train station and town hall.