Gateway Gardens Grow

LaurelRock crews made great progress this week on Westport’s new Gateway Gardens, on the east side of the Post Road bridge.

Installation of decorative granite posts, paving stones and new plantings should be completed by Friday — just in time for the weekend’s Fine Arts Festival.

LaurelRock — founded in Westport as Dickson DeMarche Landscape Architects — is donating the $35,000 gardens to celebrate the company’s 35th anniversary.

A dedication ceremony is set for this Sunday (July 17, 1 p.m.).

6 responses to “Gateway Gardens Grow

  1. Very nice. Be aware that the sea grasses and wild flowers (echinacea?) are going to overflow that space in just a year or two.

  2. The gardens are already impressive and adds a note of grace to the town….not unlike the woman who the bridge honors, Ruth Steinkraus Cohn, who was for years Westport’s symbol of internationalism and hospitality to the world.

  3. I was running across the bridge last weekend and noticed the name of Cohn. Sorry to say, don’t know much about her?? Nice landscaping.

    • Ruth Steinkraus Cohen (not Cohn) was quite a woman. The bridge was named for her because she was very involved in the UN (globally and in Westport) — and that’s where the flags of many nations fly every jUNe Day.

      Here’s her obituary from the New York Times:

      STEINKRAUS-COHEN-Ruth, 81. Of Westport, CT, and London, England, died peacefully on May 26, 2002, after a valiant fight against cancer. Beloved daughter of the late Herman and Gladys Tibbetts Steinkraus, and loving wife of the late attorney Herbert L. Cohen, Ruth is survived by her cherished sister Marjorie de Roquemaurel, of Paris, France, her devoted brother Bill, of Darien, CT, and her dear step-daughters MaryLou Weisman and Carol Becker.

      After attending Vassar, Mrs. SteinkrausCohen became an outstanding Juilliard-trained pianist and teacher. She was also a singer, editor, radio host, bibliophile, activist and multi-award winning ”Point of Light” in the quest for global peace. In 1956, Ruth attended the World Federation of the United Nations Association (UNA) where she acted as secretary to Eleanor Roosevelt and developed a burning desire to serve as an advocate for the UN. Shortly thereafter she organized the UNA-CT and UNA of Southwestern CT and eventually became a National Board Member of UNA-USA and Vice President of UNA-UK, Westminster.

      After founding the International Hospitality Committee of Fairfield County and creating Westport’s June Day celebration, for more than 40 years she spearheaded the effort to provide learning experiences for UN ambassadors, diplomats, staff members and their children by arranging for them to visit with American families in their homes. More than 50,000 individuals have participated in this program since it began in 1958.

      In 1987 Ruth became Editor-Publisher of the ”United Nations Calendar for Peace,” which has been distributed globally, sometimes in translation. Ruth was co-founder and music chairman of the Friends of Music for almost 40 years and a co-founder and/or Board member of the New York Chamber Soloists, Performers of Connecticut, the Opera Company of Boston, Opera New England, Young Audiences of Connectict, and Westport’s Art Advisory Committee, among many others.

      She was also a founding member and Secretary of the Hugo Grotius Society. Whether she was chatting in her book filled office, working with one of her many committees or playing chamber music in her music room, many were warmed by her unstinting generosity of spirit and the glow of her many talents.

  4. Linda Gramatky Smith

    wow, it looks great! Thanks to LaurelRock!

  5. Thanks, Dan, for including Ruth’s obit so that people can be reminded of what a wonder woman she was, and all that she did for Westport and the rest of the world.