Garden Club Celebrates
Anne Hutchinson 421st Birthday
For the past three years, each July, in celebration of Anne Hutchinson’s birthday month, a different floral arranger from the Wollaston Garden Club has created a hanging wreath design for the memorial sign at Anne Hutchinson Square at the corner of Newport Avenue, Beale Street, and Grandview Avenue in Wollaston.
This year’s design is a grapevine wreath, created in a simple colonial style, by club member, Rebecca Dinsmore, who is also a Master Gardener and volunteer gardener at the Dorothy Quincy Homestead. For her design, Dinsmore used primarily native plants and flowers (artemesia, lady’s bedstraw, gray santolina, white helenium (daisy), and ascelepsis (butterflyweed). Dinsmore commented that creating this wreath was “a real challenge: because of the environmental conditions inherent in designing for both July heat and a windy site, and incorporating the wreath’s design elements of light, scale, and proportion with the rest of the hillside garden.”
Members of the Wollaston Garden Club have been intrigued by the story of Anne Hutchinson and her family’s farm in the Wollaston Hill area of Quincy in the 1600’s. This year would have been the 421st birthday of Hutchinson. In 2006 the garden club created, and still maintains this garden dedicated to Hutchinson on the hillside, with the Roxbury puddingstone marker that commemorates “the place where she tarried…” in her exile from Massachusetts Bay Colony in 1638. Club members are inspired by this strong, determined colonial woman, who as a midwife gardener had an extensive herb and kitchen garden. Anne Hutchinson will continue to be remembered each July by the Wollaston Garden Club.
WOLLASTON GARDEN CLUB COMMEMORATES
ANNE HUTCHINSON'S 420TH BIRTHDAY
Anne Hutchinson’s 420th birthday was celebrated in three states this past July: Massachusetts, Rhode Island, and New York – all former colonies where Anne lived during her life time. Wollaston Garden Club honored the historical figure by sponsoring a design competition among its members. The winning design was created by club president Pat Artis, and is a beehive style hanging planter – planted with heuchera, gallardia, sedum and sweet potato vine.
Anne Hutchinson Square, the public area at the hillside at Grandview Street and Beale Street in Wollaston has long held important value in this city full of historic figures and sites. A Roxbury puddingstone boulder marks the site where Anne Hutchinson “tarried here” – on her exile from Massachusetts Bay Colony. William Hutchinson, husband of Anne Hutchinson, owned a land grant and had a farm in the Wollaston Hill section of Quincy in early colonial times. The garden club first became interested in Hutchinson because of her connection to Wollaston, her role as a strong and determined woman, and as a midwife gardener with an extensive kitchen and herb garden.
The Quincy Parks Department and the Wollaston Garden Club collaborated to move the stone marker to the hillside, and re-design and landscape the site in 2007. Since then the garden club’s civic beautification committee under the direction of its chair and garden club past president, Jo Costello, have diligently worked to improve the plantings at the hillside garden. Costello commented on “how well both the juniper, snow in summer, and Mary Todd yellow day lilies have filled in on the steep slope.” Anne Hutchinson will continue to be remembered each July by the Wollaston Garden Club.