Our club is a non-profit organization that is open to the public. Our goal is to encourage gardening, the study of horticulture, landscape and floral design. We also strive to improve our global climate by encouraging the conservation of our natural resources. With our programs we look to educate and beautify our community. Explore the topics below for more in depth information about being in our club and what we do.
Our club holds nine (9) meetings during the year. Each member is expected to attend at least 5 (five) of these meetings.
Our meetings for the months of December and June are pot-luck dinners and Yankee Swaps (<=$15). For the December meeting each member should bring a garden-related wrapped gift for the swap. At the June meeting each member is to bring a plant for the Yankee Swap. After putting in the work for our two fundraisers, it’s great fun to sit back, relax and enjoy each other’s company and delicious food.
Members are assigned at least one floral arrangement for the Langely-Adams Library (185 Main Street, Groveland, MA) each year. They are expected to be dropped off on the first day of their assigned week. For library hours, please check www.langleyadamslib.org or call (978) 372-1732. Members are responsible for picking up their containers at the end of the week.
Each member is assigned to a hospitality committee once a year. Hospitality provides refreshments for the monthly meetings (this includes light finger foods, dessert, cold and hot beverages, paper goods, table coverings and a floral table decoration). Please note your assigned month and arrange to switch with another member if the schedule doesn’t suit you. The chairperson will be responsible for contacting other assigned members the week prior to plan the division of responsibilities.
Committees: Our members are asked to volunteer for at least one committee.
Groveland Day is held by the Town to celebrate Groveland officially becoming incorporated as a Massachusetts town. Our club has a booth at the Pines Park where the celebration takes place. There is a chairperson and a few volunteers at our booth to sell plants or bulbs, help children with a free garden-related craft, answer any questions about our club, and take membership applications.
Schoolhouse Spring and Fall Grounds Cleanup: This may involve planting bulbs, pruning, weeding and raking (dates and times will be announced). Members are asked to bring their gardening tools (rakes, gloves, pruners, etc). Remember “Many hands make light work.”
Fundraising: Members are asked to take posters for our two fundraisers and post them around in local businesses. There will be a sign-up sheet with locations listed. Lawn signs are also available to displayed in prominent locations.
The Spring Plant Sale Fundraiser is on a Saturday in late May / early June at the Little Red Schoolhouse and is an All Member Event. Each member is expected to bring at least 10 plants (dug up from home, a friend or neighbor’s home or purchased). The chairperson will need members to pick up donations from local nurseries, prep the schoolhouse, help label and price plants the night before the sale, donate refreshments and also to help sell plants and work the raffle table the day of the sale.
The Holiday Greens Sale Fundraiser is the 1st Saturday of December. Members are expected to participate by bringing fresh cut greenery, berries and branches (from their yard or their neighbor’s yards) to the Little Red Schoolhouse the week prior to the sale, as well as participating in the workshops the week of the sale. The chairperson will need volunteers for decorating items, pricing on Friday night, and helping during the sale on Saturday. This is also an All Member Event.
Also in December after our Greens Sale, we hold an Annual House Decorating Contest (or entryway, light post, fence….) to stimulate interest in, and reward, great designs using fresh materials. No design experience is necessary! Photographs of all participating homes are presented at our December Holiday Dinner and awards are presented. All members are encouraged to take part in the fun!
As members of The Garden Club Federation of MA we are invited to participate in activities and events (dates, times and locations are listed at www.gcfm.org). Activities including: conferences, entering competitions (such as at the Topsfield and Marshfield Fairs), or attending workshops and lectures at The Espousal Conference Center, 554 Lexington Street, North Waltham, MA.
If after reading about what we are about you’d like to join our club, here’s what to do:
Print and fill out the Application Form and send it to:
Groveland Garden Club Membership
c/o Mary Consoli
23 Rollins Street
Groveland, MA 01834
Include a $25 check made payable to “Groveland Garden Club” and write membership fee on the memo line. Our Membership chairperson will call you when it’s received.
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