The Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury
The Reading Garden of the West Roxbury Branch of the Boston Public Library, an EGCWR Beautification Site
In a world of long-standing Massachusetts garden clubs ‒ many of which are over 50 years old and a few even 100+ ‒ The Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury (EGCWR) is a “new” 22-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.
Founding members in attendance at the club's
20th anniversary celebration, April 2016.
Membership in The EGCWR is open to any individual who supports the objectives of the club and is a resident of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Members currently include residents of Brookline, Chestnut Hill, Dedham, Jamaica Plain, Mattapan, Needham, Roslindale, Westwood and, of course, West Roxbury.
Our members come from all walks of life: retired, full-time employed in or outside the home; men, women; educators, healthcare professionals, public servants, businessmen and women, etc. We currently have 75 members. They include gardening novices, as well as folks with many years of gardening experience, including a number of certified Massachusetts Master Gardeners.
Members are encouraged to participate in club activities to the best of their ability. This includes joining committees, helping to host/hostess meetings, working at our Beautification Sites, and assisting with fundraising events. Attendance at General Meetings is recommended as a way not only to learn from speakers and other club members but also to demonstrate support for the club. Lectures are followed by brief Business Meetings, which members are asked to attend.
Membership benefits include...
· Admission to all club General Meetings, typically held on the 2nd Wednesday of September-November and February-June; meetings usually feature an educational lecture or other learning activity.
· Admission to summer (July and August) Informal Gatherings in members' gardens
· The opportunity to learn from fellow club members, who have broad and deep gardening experience
· Access to educational programs offered by The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM), our parent organization, including lectures and classes on gardening, landscape design, environmental studies, and floral design
· A subscription to the club's e-newsletter, Moonflower
· A subscription to the GCFM quarterly e-newsletter, Mayflower
· A digital copy of the club's Yearbook, which contains a membership directory, calendar of coming events, and other club information
· 10% discount on plant material at Allandale Farm, 259 Allandale Rd., Chestnut Hill, MA 02467 (currently good thru 6/30/19 – may be extended beyond this date)
New members are assigned a tenured member as a mentor. to introduce them around and help to navigate any questions concerning the club.
Annual dues are based on our fiscal year, July 1 through June 30.
· $50 for a single membership
· $75 for a dual membership (two adults in the same household)
For information on becoming a member of The EGCWR, go to our Contact Us page below, send us an email, and list “Membership info” in the subject line. Our Membership Chairperson will be in touch.
Co-Presidents: Frank Bingham & Kathy McGrath
Vice President: Ann Poulopoulos
Acting Treasurer: Kathy McGrath
Assistant Treasurer: Carol Chaffee
Co-Recording Secretaries: Susan Frazer & Serge Rekun
Ileen Conn & Becky Kaminsky
Co-Program Secretaries: Betty Barry & Jeanie Knox
STANDING COMMITTEE CHAIRPERSONS
Beethoven School Beautification Site
Caledonian Island Beautification Site
West Roxbury Branch Library Beautification Site
Martin Grealish/Barbara Van Dyke
Patricia Roberts/Cynthia Kelly
Betty Barry/Jeanie Knox
Public Relations Committee
Web/Social Media Committee
Kathy McGrath (far right), club Co-President, welcomed GCFM President Suzanne McCance, 1st VP Bonnie Rosenthall, and Metro District Co-Director Fawn Hurwitz to our May 8th fundraiser.
Mission & More
The EGCWR is a 501(c)(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:
· The flagpole garden at Beethoven Elementary School, 5125 Washington St., West Roxbury
· Caledonian Island Mass DOT Visibility Site, Route 1 and Caledonian Ave., West Roxbury
· Entryway plantings and the Reading Garden at the West Roxbury Branch Library, 1961 Centre St. West Roxbury
We’re happy to answer your questions.
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Contact us by mail at…
The Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury
P.O. Box 320482
1834 Centre St.
West Roxbury, MA 02132-0482
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Support our Work
If there is a garden-loving friend or family member you would like to recognize or memorialize with a donation to The Evening Garden Club of West Roxbury, we would be honored to create a personalized acknowledgment with the name of the honoree.
For more information, email us (See Contact Us above) and ask our Treasurer to get in touch with you.
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