Cultivating Community” 

Welcome to Wollaston Garden Club's Web Site!

 

Located in Quincy, Massachusetts and founded in 1927 we are currently celebrating our 87th year. We presently have 110 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. 

Our mailing address: Wollaston Garden Club, PO Box 147, Wollaston, MA 02170

Liz Barbour creating a feast!

 

 

Creative Feasts at the

January Club Meeting

 

On a very foggy night, when all major highways were gridlocked because of low visibility, 42 hardy members and three guests made it to our meeting, as did the guest speaker, who came all the way from Hollis, New Hampshire. First Vice President and Program Chair Anita Fasano introduced our guest speaker, Liz Barbour of Creative Feasts. Liz provided a power point overview of her home and garden in Hollis, New Hampshire, showing before and after shots of how she uses herbs and other edibles as landscaping tools to provide a garden that is not only attractive - but functional. Located at a corner of intersecting streets, she said her garden keeps traffic under control, as many drivers slow down to look at the display of ornamental and edible plants. Following the slide show, Liz prepared a sweet pea salad and herb fettuccini alfredo; both of which were sampled by the members and pronounced to be delicious and somewhat easy to make. Although Liz had purchased the herbs because of the season, these would normally have been made with herbs from her own garden and window boxes—basil, rosemary, parsley, arugula and mint.

First time hostess Diane Hill, brought some new ideas to the refreshment table, notably colorful paper cones filled with popcorn and peanuts, as well as a large array of desserts. Diane’s committee consisted of Marnie D, Colleen L, Elaine M, Janet L, Ruth G, Linda DC, Donna M, and Anita F. Jo Costello’s beautiful and colorful floral arrangement was later raffled off as one of the evening’s highlights; Jo received a nomination for Quincy Sun’s Citizen of the Year for her Civic Beautification efforts throughout the city. Mary C’s Crown of Thorns plant was featured in the horticulture exhibit of “flowering plant in bloom”; Mary also participated in the “Books in Bloom” exhibit this month with a floral interpretation of A Tree Grows in Brooklyn. Claire F also participated, with her arrangement in a pair of decorated cowboy boots representing the book The Virginian.

President Jan Clifford ran a brief business meeting, at which she brought the group up to date on the success of the Greens Sale; Clifford thanked all who participated in any way in making this such a fun and profitable event. There was a quick update on the Boston Flower Show North Window project; anyone who wants to participate was urged to contact Rebecca D, one of the Steering Committee members who is developing the list of plants we will be displaying. Flyers were also passed out for the GCFM Wallack Floral Design Lecture, “Floral Fantasy” to be held in May at Regis College with International Floral Designer Marie-Francoise Deprez.

Photos from the January Meeting with Liz Barbour, "Creative Feast"

Upcoming Events

 

Wednesday, November 5 (7 - 9 pm) Floral Arranging Workshop - "Making a Holiday Floral Topiary" with WGC Floral Designers at Houghs Neck Community Center, 1193 Sea Street, Houghs Neck. Club will provide the oasis, conmtainer, floral tape and floral material. Participants bring gloves, pruners and greens (enough for your design). Suitable greens include boxwood, holly, or euonymus. Cost $15.00 dur at sign-up. Coordinator: Mary Cassidy.

Thursday, November 13 (7 - 9 pm) WGC Board Meeting. Attendance and reports of club business by club officers and committee chairs. Meeting begins promptly.

Thursday, November 20 (6:45 - 9 pm) Club Meeting - "Home For The Holidays" with Richard O'Mara, owner of Cedar Grove Gardens, Dorchester. Floral design program, open to the community, begins at 7:30 pm; refreshments and business meeting at 6:45 pm. Horticulture Exhibit: Bring an evergreen branch wedged in a clear glass vase. Design Exhibit: Holiday Topiary Arrangement: Maximum of 6 participants. Sign up with Mary Cassidy required.

 

 

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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.