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Welcome to Wellesley House and Garden Club
Founded in 1958 and Federated as a Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Civic Organization in 1963

See 2016-2017 PROGRAMS and BOARD MEETINGS at the bottom of this page only!

Join the fun!  
The House and Garden Club's activities nurture warm friendships and philanthropic outreach
that benefit Wellesley, its residents
, its schools, and its businesses.

  Make new friends while you make a  difference in your community's education,
conservation, and beautification.
Guests are Welcome! 


Mission:   The House and Garden Club aims to preserve town resources, beautify our surroundings, and educate ourselves and interested others on horticultural and environmental issues through fun creative workshops, outstanding speakers, breath-taking flower-arranging demonstrations and workshops, and exciting Field Trips.  The club's  second aim is to support conservation at the local, state, and national levels.   


Community projects include the installation and maintenance of Butterfly Gardens at four Wellesley elementary schools, the installation and maintenance of Central Park, providing Town Hall holiday decorations, hosting a Friendly Aid's Camp Fund Auction, providing Garden Therapy for seniors, hosting a town-wide Geranium Fundraiser to fund the maintainance and beautification of the butterfly gardens, Wellesley Center's Central Park, and other town projects.



Central Park:  We launched Central Park in 1963 to beautify Post Office Square and Wellesley Center. After removing unsightly undergrowth and weeds, the club prepared the ground to receive beautiful plantings of trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, and annuals, in order to Post Office Square seasonal colors, fragrances, and horticultural beauty. 

In collaboration with Wellesley's Department of Public Works many more additions have been added since 1963 including the picnic table, benches, a brick walkway, and the lovely "Girl with Butterfly" statute that commemorates the club's four Butterfly Gardens at Wellesley Elementary Schools.  The most recent additions are the lovely lilac shrubs given in commemoration of Mrs. Billie St. Clair, one of the club's "Founding Members" and a former club president.



Wellesley Schools' Butterfly Gardens grew out of the club’s collaboration with the Wellesley Schools’ Director of Curriculum and the PTO's Beautification Committees.  The club's mission of conservation of wildlife and lands united with Wellesley Schools' Science Curriculum.  The gardens were designed to 1) save the diminishing population of butterflies [and bees], by providing nourishment for them with plants from which they prefer to drink nectar, and by  2) providing 'host plants' on which they prefer to lay their eggs.   

Four Wellesley’s elementary schools have Butterfly Gardens, AKA Outdoor Science Laboratory in which students may observe science.  Following a butterfly's metamorphosis, it is released into the gardens. Each May Wellesley's Third Grade students and teachers give these colorful insects their homes.  Other grades use the gardens for their science lessons, as well, such as the study of seeds in Second Grade.



More Community Projects:

  • Collaborative projects with Wellesley Girl Scouts encouraging young gardeners; awarding Service Awards
  • Annual Auction for the Friendly Aid Camp Fund held at Holiday Luncheons
  • Collaborative projects with the Council of Wellesley Garden Clubs
  • Art in Bloom for the Museum of Fine Arts


Memberships and Affiliations:

- National Garden Clubs, Inc.
- National Garden Clubs New England Region, Inc.
- Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc.
- Massachusetts Horticultural Society
- Joint Council of Wellesley Garden Clubs
- Wellesley Conservation Council
- Wellesley Green Collaborative



2016 - 2017 Programs:

For Locations, not listed,
 see the Yearbook, or for more information, please Click above on 'Contact'!


September  15 - 
10:30 a.m. Opening Meeting and Luncheon

October      11 -  11:30 a.m. Mini Art in Bloom Workshop
     
Location: Wellesley Community Center, Henderson Hall
     [Shared program with Wellesley Garden Club]

November   15 - 11:30 a.m. Creating White Gardens
               
Presenter: Carol Julien
            Location: Wellesley Community Center, Henderson Hall
      [Shared program with Wellesley Garden Club and Garden Study Group]      

November   28 - 11:00 a.m.  
Festival of Trees 
Location: Mass Horticulture Educ. Bldg., Chaney Room
                 

December    01 - 9:30 a.m.  Greens Day Workshop:  Wreath & Bow Preparation
Location:  DPW Lunch Room, 20 Municipal Way
 


December    02 - 9:00 a.m.  Greens Day Wreath Hanging 
Location: Wellesley Town Hall

December    15 - 10:00 a.m. Holiday Luncheon and Auction of Mystery Boxes
                                              Location: Wellesley Country Club

January        23 - 9:00 a.m. Paint Your Own Bird HouseWorkshop
       
Location:  Wellesley Community Center, Garden Room

February      14 -  2 - 4 p.m.  Valentine Tea Party 
Location: See Year Book for Details
March           09  -  9:30 a.m.  Pleasure Grounds, Public Gardens Close to Home
Presenter: Gail Anderson
Location:  Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room
[Shared Program with Wellesley Garden Study Group and Wellesley Garden Club
]

April              06  -  9:00 a.m.   Joint Council of Wellesley Garden Clubs Program: TBA
Presenter: TBA
Location: Wellesley Free Library, Wakelin Room


May  08 - 9:30 a.m. Plant Propagation Presenter: Joe Rajunas, Master Gardener Location: Mass Hort. Education Building, Elm Bank, Cheney Room
      

May           13  -  7:00 a.m.-1:00 p.m.  Geranium Sale 
    Locations:  Captain Marden's and RDF Book Exchange

May            15  - 10:00 a.m.  Hip, Hip Hydrangeas
Presenter:  Andi Ross
    Location: Wakelin Room, Wellesley Free Library

             

June   08 10:00 a.m. Annual Meeting, Luncheon, & Plant Exchange



Board Meetings for 2016-2017:
First Mondays: 12:00 Social - 1:15 Business Meeting
Locations are in the Yearbook  

  • September 15: Opening Meeting and Luncheon
  • September  26
  • October      31
  • December   05
  • January No Meeting 
  • February     06
  • March    06
  • April            03 
  • May    01
  • June            05