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. 

 

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.  

 

Learn a Little Latin - May 2018

For the last meeting for the season Cheryl Monroe presented Learn a Little Latin. Cheryl, a licensed adult educator follows science and is a reading enthusiast who takes classes to stay current in the latest plant research.  She discussed the Latin and sometimes Greek botanical nomenclature.  We learned the ways plants get their names and to write them and pronounce them correctly.  

 

Thank you to our head hostess Mary Ryan and her assistants for the lovely desserts and to Barbara Linden for the buffet table arrangement and Kathleen Mitchell for all the table arrangements.  In addition, a few members were able to bring in flowers in bloom from their gardens.

 

 

 

Congratulations to the new and returning officers!

 

 

Helpful Websites

Cheryl Monroe  www.gardenintheburrow.com

Fine Gardening Pronunciation guide  www.finegardening.com

Dave's Garden Botanary www.davesgarden.com

Missouri Botanical Garden  www.missouribotanicalgarden.org

 

 

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. 

 

 

Art in Bloom - April 2018

Jo Costello and Ruth Griffin designed Wollaston Garden Club's arrangement for Art in Bloom at the Museum of Fine Arts.  They were tasked with interpreting an Indonisian scarf with beautiful results.

 

Also at Art In Bloom were our garden club neighbors; Hough's Neck Garden Club member Cynthia Lewis (also a member of Wollaston Garden Club) and her assistant Zoe Antonopoulos flower arrangement for Funerary Mask.  Weymouth Garden Club member Michelle Cappilini and her assistant Yoshie Picciotto presented their flower arrangement Fishook from Hawaii for the program.

 

Well done to all that participated.

 

 

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.  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Spring Wreaths - April 2018

Evelyn Lee presented Spring Wreaths.  Evelyn owns Butternut Gardens a fabulous little flower farm, design studio and garden workshop tucked away in Southport, CT.

 

Evelyn created four spring wreaths using different matrials and styles.  She offered the club wreath making tips, supplies needed, how to dry flowers and how a 10 inch ring can become a 24 inch wreath big engough for a front door.

 

Thank you to our head hostess Lisa Tavakoli and her assistants for the delicious desserts and to Cynthia Lewis for her buffet table flower arrangement.

 

Happy Spring!

 

 

 

Website  www.butternutgardens.com

 

 

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.