Crystal Garden Club
of Reading

With an active membership of approximately 35 members, the Crystal Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month September through May in the Great Room at the Pleasant Street Center in Reading at 7:00 PM.

The Crystal Garden Club was organized in September 1955 by a group of Reading and Wakefield gardeners.   The Club’s objectives are to study all aspects of horticulture, landscaping, conservation and floral design, and to participate in civic beautification within both towns.  The Crystal Garden Club joined the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts in 1957 and continues to be an active member.


The Crystal Garden Club’s Community Projects each year focus on the design, installation and maintenance of plantings at the Pleasant Street Center Garden and the Reading Fire Station Garden.  The Club also participates in the planning and decorating of one room at the Hartshorne House in Wakefield for their annual Holiday Open House.  In addition, the Club donates gardening subscriptions each year to the Beebe Library in Wakefield and the Reading Public Library, and provides centerpieces for various civic activities including the Reading Volunteer Appreciation Dinner and the Mother’s Day Brunch for Senior Citizens.

Membership Info

Members of the Crystal Garden Club serve on various club committees such as Ways and Means, Civic Beautification, Membership and Hospitality, and the Hartshorne Holiday Open House.


Active members are encouraged to serve on a Committee within the Garden Club.  The work of these committees help to make our Club activities successful! 


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Meetings Schedule

The Garden Club meets on the second Tuesday of each month, from September through May in the Great Room at the Pleasant Street Center, 49 Pleasant St., Reading, 7:00 PM, unless otherwise noted. 

General Meetings are open to the public.


Annual dues are $45 per year, which includes the cost of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts newsletter, the eMayflower.  Dues are payable by March 30th for the following year. 

The Crystal Garden Club is a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts,

Middlesex District, and the National Garden Clubs, Inc.

Meetings Schedule:


September 10, 2019

A social season opening meeting

Christine Redford, Crystal Garden Club

A Social season opening meeting that will be a sweet and

savory appetizer potluck. 

Come and meet new and returning members.


November 12, 2019

A wreath project

Cathie Keane and Mary Mehringer, Crystal Garden Club

Mary and Cathie will talk briefly  about the history of wreaths,

do a ‘show and tell’ and demonstrate a wreath for a do it yourself project. 

A suggested supply list will be provided at the October meeting.


December 10, 2019

The Art In Bloom Road Show

Pleasant Street Senior Center, Reading

(A Shared Meeting with Wakefield Garden Club)

A colorful PowerPoint presentation depicting behind-the-scenes preparations

for Art in Bloom with stunning examples of floral interpretations of MFA art objects

is followed by a live floral interpretatio of a museum masterpiece by an

MFA Senior Associate floral designer.

January 14, 2020

Herb Gardening

Kathi Gariepy



February 11, 2020

Confessions of a Garden Fanatic, Still Crazy After All These Years

Linda Lipton

Honoring the historical context of a garden site: researching time and place. 

Creating a feeling of authenticity and charm in a New England garden: the Colonial

Revival style. Optimizing best use of small backyards; special hints for landscaping city spaces.  Creating garden rooms.  Saving time and money on a variety of garden projects.  Creating a landscaped garden “from scratch” - the sequential steps that worked for us.  Getting designer results in a DYI garden using the design elements and principles to

create beautiful, cohesive landscapes.


March 10, 2020


Announcements & News

No new announcements at this time.

Club Officers


Mary Mehringer


Vice President 

Cathie Keane


Recording Secretary 

Susan Bergeron 



Erin Fopiano


Corresponding secretary 

Janice Feagley


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