Garden Club

Organized in 1922, the Chelmsford Garden Club was the first garden club in Chelmsford. At that time the members defined their key objectives as the:

  • Beautification of town landmarks and spaces

  • Education of horticulture and floral design

  • Preservation of trees and forests

For nine decades these objectives have stood as the Club’s foundation and remain the mission of today’s members. 

Come Grow with Us!

Membership Info

We welcome new members with an interest in garden-related topics and enthusiasm for becoming involved in our activities and projects.
Annual dues are $45 payable in Spring for the coming year—October through June.
Members serve on the Hospitality Committee for one meeting each year.

They also participate and contribute to the Club’s annual Fundraiser.

Other committees and projects members are involved with include:
      • Maintenance of Town space projects, Preservation projects, and Chelmsford Public Garden
      • Scholarship Committee
      • Conservation, Arbor Day
      • Garden Therapy Outreach
      • Publicity & Web Projects
      • Award Submittals
      • Development & Recruitment

Be a guest at an upcoming meeting (see Schedule) and

pick up an application.

Or email:   

Come grow with us!


Daffodil planting at Town Offices

Get In Touch!

We're happy to answer your questions.

Meeting Schedule  

Meetings are held at The Trinity Lutheran Church,*

170 Westford Street, Chelmsford

in the months of October–December and February-June annually.

11:30 – Social and Refreshments,

12:15 – Business Meeting with Presentation to follow.*

Guests are welcome.



October 1 – Floral Designs for Fall, presented by Marisa McCoy


November 5 – Spring Bulb Planter Workshop


December 3 – Balsam and Bling, presented by Bill Graham


February 4 – Ikebana Basics, presented by Kit Harbison


March 3 – Pot Luck Luncheon and Program

*NOTE TIMES         

9:30   – Coffee is served

10:00 – Meeting and Program: Identifying and Controlling

    Backyard Invaders, presented by Peter Russell

11:30 – Luncheon is served

April 7 –  *NOTE LOCATION: Weston Nurseries, Pine Hill Road


10:30 – Coffee is served

11:00 – Program Tools and Techniques, presented

                                           by Weston’s Jim Connolly  

                                           Business Meeting to follow Program.


May 5 –  Musicals in Bloom, presented by Club Members


June 2 –  Annual Meeting and Spring Luncheon

                *NOTE: Location & Time to be announced

                 Program:  Garden Thoughts, presented by Jackie Dowling


Announcements & News

Chelmsford Garden Club’s

Butterfly Garden

receives Certification


Established at the Red Wing Conservation Area in 2008,

today the butterfly garden continues to flourish and is stewarded

by Jacqueline Dowling and her committee. During this Arbor Day's

tree planting ceremony, 16 species of new plants were also added

in memory of Gwen Makepeace, a long-time member of the Club.



The Red Wing Conservation Area is project initiated by

the Chelmsford Open Space Stewards (COSS), one in

which the Garden Club has collaborated.  Town Manager Paul Cohen

at its 2008 dedication, “The Butterfly Garden is another great example

of volunteerism and collaboration between town residents with a

garden club to enhance conservation land and the beauty of the town."




2019 Scholarship Awarded to

Abigail Meryl Segal


In June this year’s $1,000 scholarship was awarded to Abigail Segal,

a 2019 graduate of Chelmsford High School.  She has been

interested in Animal Science since age 6 when her grandfather, a

veterinarian, introduced her to his lifelong work. She plans to

apply this love into her future studies.


An inquisitive, athletic, and original young lady,

Abigail will be attending Bates College in Maine … “to challenge myself

intellectually and make an impact on society.”


Our sincere best wishes and “good luck” to Abby with her college                

studies and experiences, and in her future endeavors.                                  


Abigail is pictured with her

parents and grandmother

Club Officers


 Cynthia Bryant

Vice President

 Lois Alves

Recording Secretaries

 Carolyn Langevin & Jill O’Sullivan

Corresponding Secretary

Janet Altobello


  Carol Merriam & Jean Tucker


  Susan Callahan

Assistant Treasurer

  Jackie Dowling


  Carol Cannistraro


  Jackie Dawson


  Third Year Co-Directors -  Mary Donnelan-Main & Deb Taverna

  Second Year Co-Directors -  Edith Parekh & Susan Suarez

  First Year - Carol Cannistraro

Fulfilling Our Mission


The ongoing efforts of our hard-working members and the Club’s generous financial
support are visible year-round throughout Town Center and North Chelmsford center at
Vinal Square. Donations to organizations such as Chelmsford Open Space Stewards
further support our town. Projects include:
   • Chelmsford Public Garden
   • Blue Star Byway at Veteran’s park
   • Town Offices
   • Center Commons
   • Adams Public Library
   • Chelmsford Center for the Arts
   • Daffodils for Chelmsford
   • Heart Pond Memorial


   • Programs and Speakers – Through the year members and guests benefit from a wide
     range of garden-related experts presenting a variety of topics: floral arranging,
     gardening, environmental issues, history, and other topics.
   • Garden Therapy Outreach – In collaboration with The Power of Flowers Project,
     visits to Town Senior Center and a local Nursing Home deliver creativity and smiles
     to seniors as they arrange flowers, sing, and share memories.
   • Annual Scholarships for Chelmsford Students – $1,000 is awarded to a student
     planning to pursue a major in horticultural or a related science. For details about
     applying, email
   • Arbor Day Events – Annual tree plantings in public and preservation areas have
     contributed to Chelmsford being named a “Tree City.”


Let the children guard what the sires have won.” is our Town’s motto. Helping to
preserve and enhance historical properties remains a key mission for the Club. Trees
have been planted on these properties on Arbor Days over decades along with other
garden projects:
   • “Old Chelmsford” Garrison House (listed on National Register of Historic Places)
   • Red Wing Farm Conservation Site

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