Clinton Conservancy Gardens was conceived by Al Rylak, a member of the Town Council and head of the Smart Growth Committee. A long-time resident and innovative thinker, he brought a group of concerned citizens together including Beth Sosidka, Councilwoman and Trustee; Norma Kania, Trustee and Cochair; Kathy Madden, Trustee and Cochair; Denise Birmingham, Carol Beder, MaryLou Carhart, Roger Mellick, Deena Roberts, Winifred Scuteri and Karen Romagna. Dan Makoski of Gebhardt & Kiefer donated his time and made it possible for Clinton Conservancy Gardens to become a 501(C) 3 non profit organization in record time.

​Councilwoman Beth Sosidka, who has a passion for beautifying the Town of Clinton, was the first to demonstrate she cared by cleaning out and trimming the area around the Welcome to Clinton signs. Al was the first to lift a shovel and plant trees donated by the Clinton Guild. 

The mission of the Conservancy is to beautify the Town of Clinton and, using environmentally sound practices and native species, turn the entire town of Clinton into a natural habitat for birds, butterflies and other pollinators.

We rely on financial support from corporations, grants and individual donors. We are grateful for the support of the Town and corporate donations from businesses such as  Clinton Holiday Inn, Weichert Realiters, Dickens Jewelers & Design Studio, and organizations including Clinton Rotary, Clinton Green Team, Clinton Guild, Clinton Presbyterian Church volunteers, Country Garden Club, Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, student organizations and volunteers.



Al was the first to lift a shovel and plant trees donated by the Clinton Guild.