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.
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.
Your Body in the Garden - March 2018
Susan Guest presented Your Body in the Garden. Susan, a conscious movement facilitator and fitness instructor had garden club members moving. Susan spoke about how to garden with age, being aware of your movements, how to set expectations while gardening and listening to your body and inner wisdom.
Susan presented many tools that can be used while garden to relieve some stress on the body. Everything from ergonomically correct tools to round handled shovels to soft handled clippers were demonstrated.
Thank you to our head hostess Lori Jackson and her assistants for the cheerful St. Paddys Day inspired desserts and to Anne McCarthy for the beautiful centerpiece.
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Conservation Efforts in the Local Area - February 2018
Steve Perdios of Quincy Environmental Network (QEN), presented Conservation Efforts in the Local Area over the Last 20 Years. The QEN was founded on Earth Day, April 22, 2001, as the only all volunteer city-wide organization solely dedicated to Quincy’s environment. QEN believes that a healthy environment enhances the quality of everyone’s life. Their mission is to preserve and improve our local environment.
Steve talked about many environmental projects in Quincy both success and unsuccessful, how they are funded and how getting the community involved contributes to greater success.
Thank you to our head hostess Janet Lynch and her assistants for the lovely valentines inspired buffett table and to thank you to Lori Jackson for the beautiful centerpiece.
Native Plants to Attract Birds - January 2018
Karen Longeteig, Landscape Designer presented
“Native Plants to Attract Birds”
The meeting was less well attended than prior months due to illness, vacations and uncertainty about weather conditions, but that didn’t stop the 31 members and 3 guests from enjoying a wonderful luncheon provided by Head Hostess Susan Lynch and her committee consisting of Virginia Duffy, Nancy Nelson, Lori Jackson, Mary Brady, Anne McCarthy, Kathleen Brodie, Linda Browne, Anita Fasano, Janet Lynch, Jo Costello, Kathy Meade and Jan Clifford. A beautiful centerpiece was provided by Lisa Tavakoli, and colorful individual table arrangements by Mary Cassidy.
Our speaker, Karen Longeteig, spoke on how native plants work with the living members of the environment in ways that exotic plants do not. The attached chart shows some of the best plants for attracting birds and other pollinators
Karen Longeteig grew up in Idaho on a ranch and then lived in Asia and Europe for 20 years, where she learned to appreciate the different landscapes. When she returned to the US in 1994, her interests led her to the design program at the Landscape Institute at Radcliffe. In a few years, she hung out her shingle as “Growing Native Gardens”.
Besides designing residential gardens for the past 15 years, she has held many positions with the town of Lexington. Having moved recently to Providence, RI, she is looking forward to gardening in a tiny garden in a warmer climate zone.
Holiday Luncheon and Plant Swap
Carol Fischer lead garden club members through an informative analysis of each plant of the swap as it was selected. Fun was had by all.
Thanks to head hostesses Gail Spring and Trudy Sullivan and their helpers for a wonderful lunch buffett. Also a big thanks to Helga De Torres for the buffet table floral arrangement and Marie Ricci for the table floral arrangements.
Festival of Trees
Wollaston Garden Club members enjoyed a field trip to Mass Horticultural, Elm Bank in Wellesley. Many beautifully decorated Christmas trees donated by Mass Horticultural members and garden clubs were on display. There was also a Snow Village, a delightful display of trains and winter vignettes.
Garden Therapy Holiday Workshop
Members in photos: Mary Cassidy, Linda Monaco, Mary Cassidy, Diane Hill and Anneli Johnson
Holiday Greens Sale
Wollaston Garden Club Holiday Greens Sale was met by the community with much success. Garden club members crafted handmade wreaths, indoor and outdoor planters, bags of greens, white birch candles even homemade lavender sachets made from lavender grown at the Thomas Crane Library.
Thanks to everyone who made this community event a success!