In a world of long-standing Massachusetts garden clubs, many of which are over 50 years old and a few even over 100, we are a “new” 26-year-old 501(c)(3) charitable organization with a history of dedicated, forward-thinking leadership.
The club’s founders, Sharon Dwyer and Marcia Stephenson, first met in the garden center at the local Home Depot. Both were new gardeners and interested in learning about plants. Together they began visiting area nurseries and touring local gardens, increasing their knowledge. But they wanted to know more and felt that networking with other West Roxbury gardeners would be a good place to start.
Although there was already an existing West Roxbury garden club, Sharon and Marcia had full-time jobs and could not attend daytime meetings. They contacted The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, spoke with local landscape designer Sally Muspratt, and decided to explore whether there might be community support for a new club that met in the evening. Sally wrote an article for the West Roxbury Transcript, announcing a meeting at the local high school. Much to Sharon and Marcia’s delight, over 20 interested people showed up. The rest is history!
The Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury was organized in August 1996 and joined The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts in 1997. From the beginning, giving back to the community was a priority, and the new club decided to make civic beautification a key component of its mission.
Today The EGCWR maintains three visibility sites in West Roxbury. Regular club meetings offer members and visitors the opportunity to learn from professionals who speak on a variety of gardening-related topics. Meetings also provide a forum for attendees to exchange gardening insights.
Over the years the club’s founders moved to other communities and states, but they left behind in West Roxbury a wonderful living legacy in The Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury.
We are planning our bi-annual Garden Tour this year.
We think of it as our “FUN-raiser” fundraiser and invite you to enjoy the day.
SAVE THE DATE
Saturday, June 11, 2022, 10 AM to 3 PM
Please contact us for details.
(For Tickets, Please Visit:) WRoxGardenTour2022@gmail.com
We meet on the second Wednesday of the month
at The Elks located at 248 Spring Street in West Roxbury at 7 PM.
September Gardening Is Murder! with Neal Sanders
October Preparing Your Garden For Winter (cancelled)
November A Piet Oudlof Story with Deborah Chud
December Holiday Gathering
January Annual Executive Board Meeting
February 6 Simple Steps to Successful Rose Gardening with
Mike & Angelina Chute
March Bird Scaping—Home Sweet Habitat! with Joan Butler
April Art In Bloom Roadshow with the MFA & Carolyn Ellis & Karen Recco, MFA Associates
May Annual Membership Meeting
June 11 The Garden Tour “Fun-raiser” 10 AM-3 PM for tickets, please visit: WRoxGardenTour2022@gmail.com
July Garden Gathering in a Member’s garden August Garden Gathering in a Member’s garden
Enjoy our YouTube Channel:
Co-Presidents: Courtney Lyons & Jeanine Knox
Acting Treasurer: Kathy McGrath
Program Secretary: Courtney Lyons
Program Committee: Linda Allen, Sally Barkin, Jeanie Knox, & Joanna Kosakowski,
Beethoven School Beautification Site
Caledonian Island Beautification Site
Janice & Frank Bingham
West Roxbury Branch Library Beautification Site
Martin Grealish/Barbara Van Dyke
Patricia Roberts & Rosie Kerwin
Ileen Conn & Becky Kaminsky
Public Relations Committee - open
Web/Social Media Committee - open
Yearbook Committee Serge Rekun
Fulfilling Our Mission
The EGCWR is a 501©(3) charitable organization created for the purpose of providing our members and the public with gardening education and to help beautify the West Roxbury community.
We deliver on our educational mission primarily through lectures by professional horticulturists, environmentalists, and others.
Member-volunteers currently maintain three beautification sites in the community.