Cultivating Community

 

Located in Quincy, Massachusetts and incorporated in 1931 we are currently celebrating our 86th year!  We presently have 117 members including men and women gardeners of all ages, abilities and interests, from novice to master gardener.

 

We are members of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc (www.gcfm.org) and the National Garden Clubs, Inc. (www.gardenclub.org). 

 

Most of our educational programs and meetings are open to the community. Member’s programs include field trips and workshops in floral design and horticulture. Our civic beautification committee maintains a number of public sites in the city of Quincy, and our conservation committee is actively involved in projects preserving the environment in our city. 

 

We encourage local gardeners interested in joining our club to attend a meeting or two, and read the club By-Laws, membership responsibilities and other pertinent information located in the Members section of this site. 

 

November 2018 - Lisa Ahern presents "Holiday Inspiration"

 

Lisa Ahern presented "Holiday Inspirations."  Lisa, a florist who specializes in home decor and floral design, is the main buyer at Cedar Grove Gardens in Dorchester.  Lisa presented 4 unique holiday designs for the home.  

 

Lisa provided a list of her must haves tools for floral design:

 

Oasis

Oasis Waterproof Tape

Wire - spool and stick

Quick Wire (flocked)

Floral Tape

Water Pics

Sharp Scissors

Sharp Knife

Flower Snips

Prong Sheers

Wire Cutter

Corsage and Bout Pins

Bamboo Skewers

 

Thank you to our head hostess, Nancy Kelly and her assisants for the wonderful desserts and to Suzanne West for the buffet table arrangement.  Also a big thanks to everyone who contributed to the local food drive.

 

 

Web site:

https://www.cedargrovegardens.com

Landscape Design School 2018

Landscape Design School (Course 1) sponsored by the GCFM was held this year on October 25 & 26 in Lexington. Four WGC members participated. Gail Spring took the exam and became a Landscaoe Design Concultant; Cynthia Lewis became a Master Landscape Design Consultant; and Pat Artis and Anita Fasano have one more year to go until they become Master Landscape Design Consultants.
 
The mission of LDS is to educate garden club members and the public to recognize good landscape design practices and to serve as guardians and critics of the natural and man-made landscape. Course 1 focused on: basics of a site plan; color in the landscape; space, design and people; principles and elements of landscape design; developing your home grounds; design for the environment; landscape design resources; development of landscape design; and public landscapes. 
 
Active garden club members who successfully complete each course are awarded a club sponsored scholarship for attending any of the GCFM Schools.
 
Pictured:  Cynthia Lews, Anita Fasano, Pat Artis, and Gail Spring

October 2018 - Weeds and Wildlife

 

Mike Nelson a retired educator from Norfolk Country Agricultural

School presented a lively discussion on Weeds and Wildlife.  Mike explained the different type of weeds, Monocot and Dicot, and how to kill them using various methods.  Mike also offered many tips on keeping wildlife at bay.

 

Thank you to our head hostess Ellen Donnelly and her assistants for a delicious lunch, and to Lisa Tavakoli for the buffet table arrangement and Susan Lynch for the table arrangements. 

September 2018 - The Art in Bloom Road Show"

An MFA Art in Bloom Senior Associate, Meg Pierce presented a colorful PowerPoint presentation depicting behind-the-scenes preparations for the Art in Bloom annual festival of art and flowers. Stunning examples of floral interpretations of MFA art objects were shown. A live floral interpretation of a museum masterpiece Dancing Willows by Arthue Dove was created  by Thu-Hang Tran.  The demonstration included expert arranging tips. 

 

Thanks to our head hostess, Claire Turck and her associates for the wonderful desserts, and to Zoe Antonopoulos for the buffet table floral arrangement.

Well Wishes and a Fond Farwell Luncheon

Wollaston Garden Club members wish Mary Brady a fond farewell and best wished

on her move to Canada.  

 

Summer Garden Tours

The final member garden stroll this season was a garden 9 years in the making  A stream was created as a focal point in the  backyard and has been the inspiration.. Every year more beds are added to continue to grow rare perrenials, shrubs and slowly but surely some new trees. 

 

 

 

 

The second Garden Tour this year included several members on Shellton Road.  Thank You Jan, Gail, Karen, Marie and Mary for opening up your beautiful gardens to the club this summer.

 

 

 

 

The first Garden stroll this summer was at the garden of the Faith Lutheran Church.

 

 

Newport Flower Show

On June 24, 2018,  members of the Wollaston Garden Club went on a field trip to the Newport Flower Show at the beautiful Rosecliff Mansion.  HIghlights included interesting vendors, gorgeous horticultural exhibits and stunning floral designs. 

 

The backdrop of the mansion and grounds overlooking Narragansett Bay and the Cliff Walk was inspiring, and we were treated to an orchestra under a tent while we shopped and snacked.  We toured “Tiny Houses” and admired the “Picket Fence” Garden themed displays done by other area garden clubs.

 

Our tour guide ended the day with a leisurely excursion along Ocean Drive and a picnic lunch at Brenton Point State Point State Park .  Be sure to save this date for 2019!

 

http://www.newportmansions.org/events/newport-flower-show

Kokodame Workshop

Wollaston Garden Club member, Cynthia Lewis, lead a Kokodame workshop. this June

Wollaston Garden Club Scholarships

Wollaston Garden Club was excited to award two $500 scholarships.  Recent Quincy HIgh School graduate Helen Norton (pictured above) will be attending Mass Maritime and North Quincy High School graduate, Genivieve Santilli will be attending UMASS Boston majoring in Environmental Science.

Spring Plant Sale - May 2018

One again, Wollaston Garden Club came together as a team for this years Spring Plant Sale.  Even the threat of rain could not stop us.  Members of the community were lined up early to buy the hundreds of plants, succulents, herbs, vegetables and handmade garden decorations.  Thanks to everyone who helped make this years sale a success.  

 

Wicked Tulips - May 2018

 

 

Wollaston Garden Club members visited Wicked Tulpis in Johnston, RI.  Wicked Tulips has the largest u-pick field in New England.  The 5 acre farm plants 600,000 bulbs that bloom early, mid and late spring.

 

Boston Globe article:  

http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2018/05/09/tens-thousands-tulips-bloom-unlikely-corner-rhode-island/2GChQJDxNvlTR0b4dL3FbI/story.html

 

A Cleaner Greener Quincy - May 2018

 

 

Wollaston Garden Club members participated in A Cleaner Greener Quincy eventin May.  Residents, companies, community organizations, and schools came together to clean our great city at locations throughout the city. 

 

 

In the Garden workshop - April 2018

 

Master Gardener Carol Fischer led the workshop In the Garden. Carol showed garden club members the best techniques for dividing and getting your plants sale ready.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Safford Park Spring Clean Up!

Spring has sprung.  Wollaston Garden Club members continue to manage Safford Park with planting daffodiles and spring clean up.

Our Mission:

  • Promote and encourage the love of gardening, the study of horticulture, and the development of floral and landscape design skills.
  • Aid in the protection and conservation of our environment.
  • Promote, encourage and support civic beautification throughout the City of Quincy.