Located in Quincy, Massachusetts and incorporated in 1931 we are currently celebrating our 85th 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.
Re: Community Invited “Natives, Invasives and Introduced Plants” Program
From: Pat Artis, Press & Publicity Chair of Wollaston Garden Club
Date: January 15, 2017
Community Invited to ‘Native and Inasive Plant’ Program
The community is invited to attend a program on “Natives, Invasives, and Introduced Plants – Making Gardens a Little Wilder” at Wollaston Congregational Church, 47 Winthrop Avenue on Thursday evening, January 19th at 7:15 pm, sponsored by the Wollaston Garden Club.
The program will be given by Tom Palmer, a Milton resident, who is a naturalist/photographer, botanist and wetlands ecologist. He has been documenting local plants for decades. Palmer is a former board member and president of the Friends of the Blue Hills and currently manages Willet Pond for the Neponset Watershed Association. Palmer will focus on plants in the Quincy area that could be appropriate to grow in our home gardens.
The Wollaston Garden Club invites members of the community to attend all of our community educational programs as a part of our club mission to “promote and encourage the love of gardening and the study of horticulture.” Future community programs include: “House Plants Going Exotic” on February 16 at 7:15 pm; “50 Shades of Shade!” on March 16 at 12:30 pm; “Hydrangeas for the Northeast” on April 20 at 7:15 pm; and “Springtime Floral Designs” on May 18 at 12:30 pm. The Wollaston Garden Club is a long-time member of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.
Holiday Luncheon and Plant Swap
This years Holiday Luncheon and Yankee Plant Swap was lead by Carol Fischer. Carol gave tips on each arrangement. The hostess for the event was Kathleen Brodie (and her many great assistants) and the floral arrangements were beautifully made by Jo Costello and Marie Ricci. Lots of fun was had by all!
The Annual Greens Sale took place December 3rd. Customers lined up early for the best pick of our handmade wreaths, indoor and outdoor holiday containers and other handmade items. Thank you to all who made this event a success.
Nancy Vargas presented "Environmentaally Friendly Holiday Floral Designs." Nancy holds a BA in Interior Design and a Masters in Architecture. She has studied landscape architecture, architectural history and ubran planning as well as receiveing formal training in floral design from Longwood Gardens, Temple University and the "Flower School" at the London studio of Paula Pryke. Nancy focused on techniques, approaches, and materials which are earth friendly while still producing spectactular results for holiday decorating.
Thank you to our hostess, Lisa Tavakoli and her assistants for a wonderful spread, and to Anne McCarthy for the buffet floral arrangement. A special thanks to all members who brought a plant for the horticultural exhibit and Elaine McGrail, who contributed three pots of ornamental peppers for the drawing.
Lisa Tavakoli, a WGC member who holds certifications from the Specialty Tea Institute and has an Herbal Apprenticeship Cerification from the RI Center for Herbal and Ecological Studies presented "Culinary Herbs."
Lisa discussed various culinary herbs not only to enhance flavor but also the health benefits. Lisa gave tips on how to dry, grind and store fresh herbs, and how to look at your cabinet of herbs and make a variety of shakers.
Lisa passed out Herbs de Provence popcorn, Herbal Brainpower Candy and Brainpower Sprinkles for members to try.
Thank you to our head hostess Anne McCarthy and her helpers for a delicious lunch. Also thank you to Alison Morse for her buffet table arrangement and Kathleen Mitchell for her festive fall table arrangements, and to everyone who brought in items for the horticultural exhibit.
Workshop - Creating a Cement Container
On Saturday, September 24, a group of 9 members gathered at Anita Fasano's house to learn how to make cement containers to use indoors or out.
Anita and her husband David first showed the group a number of containers they had made over the course of the summer, and showed us a number of different shapes and textures that could be used to vary the appearance of each. David explained the proportions he uses for each type of container--those with sand added to the cement are heavier, and those with perlite and peat moss added are lighter. Color can be added to either mixture.
David did all the mixing, and each member selected the style, color and weight they wanted. Each container was put in a plastic bag to dry for about a week. Once dried, a hole will be drilled in the bottom and the container is ready to be planted.
September 2016 - Home Pruning
For the first fall meeting, WGC members learned about Home Pruning from Jen Kettell. Jen is a Massachusetts Certified Horticulturist and an ISA Certified Arborist. For five years she served on the Executive Board of the New England Chapter of the International Society of Arboriculture.
Jen shared her knowledge of pruning equipment, and when and how to prune in the garden, various pruning cuts, and the type of thinning that encourages health and vibrant growth for years to come.
To learn more about jen visit www.jenkettell.com
For handouts from the meeting go to http://jenkettell.com/wollaston Password: lovetoprune
Thank you to our lead hostess Donna Marston and her team for providing refreshments, and to Zoe Antonopoulos for the floral arrangement which came directly from her garden. Also thank you to the members who brought in flowers for the horticulture exhibit and to Elaine for her contribution to the raffle.
Girl Scouts gardening at Adams Shore Thomas Crane Library
The Thomas Crane library has been kind to offer the Girl Scouts a location for their meetings at the Adams shore branch on Sea St. There are now many troops that meet there. Two of Quincy's Girl Scout troops decided to plant some flowers and herbs at the Adams shore library to thank them for the use of the space. The Wollaston garden club made a generous donation of various plants. After seeing the plants, the girls decided to plant 3 different gardens.
Member's Garden Tours
Our second garden tour of the summer welcomed guests to stroll through a tranquil santuary for both birds and man. This garden creation is a series of small landscape designed rooms. Walkways are lined with lush plantings and artfully placed planters spill with color and drama. The vegetable and herb garden has a border of hops, unique birdhouses, salvages birdbaths and beautiful sculptures that accent the landscape.
The second Member's Garden Tour was a restful retreat. The front garden is formally designed with an expansive lawn. The pops of colorful annuals in the borders are lively and spirited. Moving through you find a restful shady backyard inviting guests to stay and enjoy the peacefullness. This garden also borders the golf course adding to the quiet and serenity of the woods
GCFM Annual Meeting
On June 1st, GCFM President Betty Sanders presented three awards to outgoing WGC President Anita Fasano. Awards were Publicity Press Book Certificate of Merit, First Place in the Extra Large Club category, Yearbook Certificate of Merit in 100-300 Member Category, and a certificate commemorating the 85th anniversary of our Federation. Congrats to everyone involved.
Currently in Quincy - May 20, 2016
Wollaston Garden Club members Kathy Ceurvels and Ann Foresman were interviewed by Quincy Access Television show, Currently in Quincy.