Members of the BVGC at the Annual Plant Sale,
May 13, 2023
2023 – 2025 Club Officers
About the Boxford Village Garden Club
Founded in 1939, the Boxford Village Garden Club (BVGC) is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization dedicated to its community.
The BVGC meets every third Friday of the month from September through April, featuring a special guest that presents a program to the club. Topics range in subject and are generally focused on all things gardening. Visitors are welcome. Meetings are held at The Center at 10 Elm, beginning at 9:00 am and ending around 11:30 am.
Members work together to perform civic beautification within the Town of Boxford and create holiday wreaths for the public buildings in December. Our Conservation Committee members target and eradicate invasive plants on town property, while our Horticultural team provides information to the public about garden care.
The BVGC provides many benefits for members, including workshops and gardening tools. The BVGC gives back to the community by providing a scholarship to a MASCO student who chooses a major related to the environment or agriculture. A dedicated team brings light refreshments and a craft to a seniors at the Four Mile Village retirement community, and from January – February volunteers provide small floral arrangements to Bread and Roses, a soup kitchen in Lawrence.
Throughout the year, we participate in several community events such as the Boxford Apple Festival, Boxford Earth Day and the BVGC Plant Sale. At the end of the year, our club celebrates our many accomplishments at the Annual Meeting/Luncheon.
Civic Beautification & Award-Winning Landscaping
The BVGC is proud if its role in the beautification of public sites within the Town of Boxford. Over the years we have received awards for several different landscape design projects, including the Parlor Garden at the Holyoke French House in 1980, the Demonstration Organic Lawn at the Community Center in 2004, and most recently the Virginia F. Thurston Landscape Design Award for our design of the Boxford Town Hall / Library in 2023. Our membership volunteers its time to maintain at least half a dozen locations at public sites within Boxford, and regularly receives accolades for these collective efforts.
Our Conservation Committee is dedicated to educating the public about invasive plant species, and how best to safely eradicate them. We also offer information about other invasive species such as jumping worms, as well as current ecological alternatives to plastic, and water conservation techniques.
Team members have ongoing projects (in conjunction with the Boxford Conservation Commission) to develop a non-toxic method to eradicate Japanese Knotweed on town property and work around Boxford to remove invasives such as bittersweet vine.
JOIN US! If you are interested in joining our commitment in the fight against invasive plants, please send an email our use the contact form to get in touch with us.
2023 – 2024 Calendar of Events
Some Photos of Our Events
The BVGC has a booth at the annual Apple Festival in September. Members donate cut flowers from their own gardens, and volunteers create arrangements on-site. Membership in the garden club is promoted. Hand-made items by club members are also offered for sale.
The Holiday Greens Workshop is usually held around December 1st. Each member brings one bag of evergreens from their yard or elsewhere, and the membership creates decorations for various locations in Boxford. A luncheon follows.