Welcome to Wollaston Garden Club's Web Site!
Located in Quincy, Massachusetts and founded in 1927 we are currently celebrating our 85th year. We presently have 119 members including men and women gardeners of all ages, abilities and interests, from novice to master gardener.
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.
Our mailing address: Wollaston Garden Club, PO Box 147, Wollaston, MA 02170
‘Art in Flowers’ at Our April Tri-Club Meeting
On April 18, the three Quincy garden clubs of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (Seaside Gardeners of Squantum, Houghs Neck Garden Club, and Wollaston Garden Club) met together at their annual “Tri-Meeting” hosted this year by the Wollaston Garden Club at Wollaston Congregational Church Social Hall. Special Guests included GCFM President, Heidi Kost-Gros and South Shore District Director Jean Berg. The presidents of each club made brief announcements about up-coming events.
Marisa McCoy a Master Flower Show School Judge and noted floral arranger, presented a wonderful program and demonstration on ‘Art in Flowers’. Marisa is a long-time MFA Associate in floral arranging and participates annually in the museum’s Art in Bloom. Marisa combined six works of art with original floral interpretations and designed floral arrangements to complement each art piece. McCoy stressed that the art work should be interpreted, not explained – she warned against being “too literal” in creating the floral piece. McCoy stressed that finding the relationship between color, texture and/or line in the art work should be the focus when creating an arrangement to interpret the art. As always the importance of the right container, perfect flowers, and good technique make for a success with “Art in Flowers’. McCoy is a wonderful teacher and everyone in the room benefited from her instruction.
Ruth Griffin, Special Project chairs, was our Tri-Mtg hostess and the Board (officers and committee chairs) of the Wollaston Garden Club served as members of the hostess committee -they presented this wonderful array of savory and sweet refreshments enjoyed by all. Mary Cassidy and Pamela Smith created the small arrangements of astromeria for the tables. All the floral arrangements were raffled off at the end of the meeting.
In April of 2013 the Houghs Neck Garden Club will host for the Tri-Club Meeting.
Photos from the April Tri-Club Meeting...
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Thursday, May 16 (11:45 am - 2:30 pm) "Introduction to Bonsai Design" by New England Bonsai, lecture and demonstration open to the public at 12:30 pm at Wollaston Congregational Church. Social & refreshments begins at 11:45 am. followed by a business meeting for club members. Membership Renewal Applications and Dues collected.
Saturday, May 18 (10 am - Noon) "Spring Plant Sale" at Driveway of Wollaston Congregational Church. Set-up begins for volunteers at 7:30 pm. Chairs: Jan C, Mary C, Colleen L, & Marie Z.
Friday, May 24 (10 am to 4:20 pm) "Field Trip to Rose Kennedy Greenway" Join other WGC members viewing a 1.5 mile (3 mile total) long series of five parks and public spaces in downtown Boston. Meet at the Harbor Express Ferry for 10 am ferry from Fore River Shipyard to Long Wharf in Boston. Lunch at selected Food Trucks. Sign up required. Coordinator: Pat Artis.
Friday, May 31 (Deadline)
1) WGC Renewal Membership Application and Dues to Marnie D.
2) Anne Hutchinson Memorial Design Challenge Submissions to Ruth G.
3) WGC Committee Chairs submit 2013-2014 Yearbook Information to Yearbook Editors, Colleen L and Tina R.
Saturday, June 1 (9 - 11:30 am) 'Outdoor Bonsai Basics' at Joan Donovan's Garden. Sign up required. Members Only. (Materials Fee: $15)
Letter from Norfolk County Sheriff Michael Bellotti
We recently received this complimentary letter from Michael Bellotti’s office. Although it was addressed to me as president, it’s clear that it was meant for Jo Costello and the members and supporters of the Civic Beautification Committee. As a group, you do so much to beautify our city, to include the planters, the Hillside and corner of Newport and Beale, the Atrium and Children’s Garden at the Thomas Crane Library, Quincy Historical Society, and the many individual efforts at the various schools around the city. There’s no telling which of these sites has caught the eye of Sherriff Bellotti and his staff members, but it’s a real tribute to you all that he has taken the time to recognize your efforts. Thank you to everyone.
Jan Clifford, President of Wollaston Garden Club
- 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.