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1993  *Chelsea Gardens Foundation incorporated by State of Connecticut
          *Board of Directors appointed by Norwich City Council
          *Bylaws adopted
1995   *Lease executed for 80 acres in Mohegan Park
1998   *Chelsea Gardens’ sign erected on Rockwell Street. This site will not be the entrance to the gardens; it was chosen for its proximity to the actual site and because of the volume of street traffic
2001   *Memorial and stock accounts established
2003   *City Council approved resolution to allocate $48,500 to Chelsea Gardens to be applied toward landscape architectural fees and administrative expenses
2004   *Technical tests/surveys nearing completion (archaeological dig, environmental analysis, legal review and research of 80 acres, marketing study, wetland identification and mapping, flora/fauna study, transportation study, topography mapping and site analysis report)
           *Web page designed and up
           *Six responses received from landscape and architectural firms in response to Chelsea Gardens’ Requests for Proposals
2005    *Chelsea Gardens’ Board of Directors selected Denig Design Associates of Northampton, MA, to prepare the master plan of the botanical gardens     
           *Funds of approximately $387,000 and over $150,000 worth of in-kind services or goods have been donated to date
2006    *Denig’s Design’s master plan presented to public at City Hall on January 25
                *Items removed from Masonic Temple and stored for future use in Chelsea Gardens’ buildings and landscape (with OK from Mohegan Tribe)
2007   *Chelsea Gardens sponsored booth at Connecticut Flower and Garden show in Hartford
          *Denig Design’s master plan for Chelsea Gardens earned merit award for landscape analysis and planning from Boston Society of Landscape Architects 
          *“Dream Vacation,” a fundraising raffle, held (through King Travel)
          *Contract signed with Chuck Carberry, former Executive Director Roger Williams Park Botanical Gardens and owner of a landscape design company in Rhode Island, for Feasibility Study and Business Plan
2008  *Business Plan received from Chuck Carberry
          *Rosemary Alexander, founder of the English Gardening School, spoke at Slater on invitation from Chelsea Gardens
          *First Annual Butterfly Pavilion fundraiser held
          *$40,000 awarded by Sachem Fund for civil engineering work by CLA Engineers
          *Paul Tukey, editor of People, Places & Plants magazine spoke at Slater on invitation from Chelsea Gardens
          *Rosemary Alexander provided inside and outside space dimensions for potential site of English Garden School on Chelsea Gardens’ site in Mohegan Park
2009  *Chelsea Gardens sponsored booth at Connecticut Flower and Garden Show in Hartford
          *Denig Design reconfigured master plan as per CLA’s findings
          *Second annual Butterfly Pavilion fundraiser held
          *Tours of 18-private gardens and Memorial Rose Garden fundraiser held
          *$35,000 awarded by Sachem Fund
2010   *Chelsea Gardens sponsored booth at Connecticut College Home Show
           *Third annual Butterfly Pavilion fundraiser held
           *Drawing of Phase IA plan adopted as prepared by CLA Engineers
2011   *$50,000 awarded by Sachem Fund to cover final cost architectural drawings
           *Fourth annual Butterfly Pavilion fundraiser held
2012   *Inland Wetlands Commission accepted CBG plans
           *New web site designed by Easy Web; up and running except for Donate Page
           *PKF to conduct market analysis
           *Fifth annual Butterfly Pavilion fundraiser held
2013   *Cost of Permitting Plans waved by city of Norwich
           *CBG joined Chamber of Commerce of Eastern CT
           *Feasibility study for permanent butterfly pavilion done by Kallima Consultants
           *Sixth annual Butterfly Pavilion fundraiser held
2014   *Mission Statement rewritten
           *Seventh annual Butterfly Pavilion fundraiser held
           *Flowering spring bulb sale fundraiser held
2015    *Logging on six acres at Chelsea Garden’s site
            *Second annual flowering spring bulb sale fundraiser held
            *Garden plans presented to Norwich City Council
            *Rockwell sign replaced; fence repainted
            *Chelsea Gardens sponsored booth at the Greater Norwich Area Chamber of Commerce auto show at Dodd Stadium
2016     *Third annual flowering spring bulb sale fundraiser held
              *Issues re: logging on six acres at Chelsea Gardens' site in Mohegan Park litigated and resolved
2017      *Part-time Director of Community Engagement hired for period of six months