WOODBRIDGE >> Outgoing First Selectman Ellen Scalettar recognized community garden members Sharon de Kadt and Dr. Durga Prasad as the June Woodbridge Person of the Month.

In addition to gardening at the town-owned community gardens, both de Kadt and Prasad have taken a further step by providing a tranquil space for the public to rest and enjoy the gardens.

De Kadt gardens in three plots, and her newest was designed for the public to enjoy. She had many dahlia bulbs but nowhere to plant them so she took over a neglected garden plot that was a jumble of weeds. She and her husband spent many hours removing weeds and rocks before they could plant the dahlia bulbs. They then added other perennials and paths that meander through the plot.

Prasad has two plots: a private one for vegetables and a public one for roses that he planted in memory of his wife, Shanti. Shanti Prasad spent more than 20 years planting and caring for vegetables, herbs and flowers in the plot before she passed away.

Prasad turned it into a public rose garden.

“Sometimes people are hesitant to come inside, but I want to make sure the public knows that the rose garden is open for them to enjoy,” Prasad said.

De Kadt said she and Prasad “are encouraging people to wander the gardens and linger.”

For details on policies for the public: woodbridgect.org.

To nominate a person for the award, contact Betsy Yagla at byagla@woodbridgect.org or 203-389-3403.