Franklin Garden Club was founded in 1987 and became a member of The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. in 2015.
Our meetings are a combination of education and service. Speakers provide information on different garden related topics: soil, plants, sun vs. shade, pests, pruning, preparing beds, container pots, and other aspects of gardening. Members volunteer to plant and maintain the Veteran’s Memorial Garden at the Town Common, distribute pine tree seedlings to all first graders in Franklin schools, and provide a scholarship to a graduating senior pursuing an education in environmental studies.
Franklin Garden Club members are a friendly group of gardeners who participate in a yearly fundraiser, enjoy field trips to area gardens, plan a holiday dinner and auction and provide helpful support to each other with gardening problems and questions.
If you have a desire to get your hands dirty, the club members would love to have you join them, whether you are knowledgeable about gardening or not!
The Franklin Garden Club meets the first Tuesday of the month from September through June.
Meetings start at 7:00 pm and are held at the
Franklin Senior Center
10 Daniel McCahill St
(Just because we’re meeting here doesn’t mean we have to be seniors!)
Membership in the Franklin Garden Club is open to residents and non-residents alike.
For more information either attend one of our monthly meetings or contact our Membership Recruitment Chair
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Meetings are held the first Tuesday of the month from September through June, with no meeting in January. The meeting starts with a social time at 6:30 p.m. with the general meeting beginning at 7:00 p.m. The meetings are held at the Franklin Senior Center, 10 Daniel McCahill Street, Franklin, Massachusetts. During July and August members sign-up to take turns tending the Franklin Memorial Garden at the Town Common.
September 5, 2023 – Welcome Meeting – Prepare for Harvest Festival
October 3, 2023 – Bridge of Flowers Presentation – Kirsten Torkelson
Location: Franklin Library
November 7, 2023 - Paint Night
December 5, 2023 – Medicinal Herbs
February 6, 2024 – Preparing for Spring Flowers – Old Exit 17 Farm
March 5, 2024 – Soil Health – Buxton Hollow Farm, Woonsocket
Location: Franklin Library
April 2, 2024 – Ergonomic for Healthier Gardening – Mary Panda
May 7, 2024 - Bean to Bliss – Hands on Chocolate presentation by Viviane
June 4, 2024 – End of Season get together
The Franklin Garden Club
awards a scholarship to a Franklin resident graduating from
Franklin High School, Tri-County Regional Vocational Technical High School
or Norfolk Agricultural School
who is pursuing a degree in horticulture,
environmental science or a related field.
For more information please contact our Scholarship Chair at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Announcements & News
Franklin Garden Club Member Honored as Unsung Hero - Saturday, August 11, 2018
Debra DeGrazia of Franklin, MA, a longtime member of the Franklin Garden Club, was
recently honored as the Club’s Unsung Hero at the Spring Meeting of the
Massachusetts Federation of Garden Clubs Central South/Central North Spring Luncheon
held at the Grange Hall in Sudbury, MA. DeGrazia received a special citation for her work
on behalf of the Franklin Garden Club.
Over the years, DeGrazia has held several leadership positions,
including that of president and vice president. She currently serves
as treasurer. Her deep commitment to Club activities involves a
wide range of services over the years.
The citation presented at the luncheon stated:
“Deb DeGrazia is very generous with her time and utilizes her creative, organizational and leadership skills to ensure club events are successful. Her contributions include: offering fun and interesting ideas for programs; setting up the annual holiday auction; ordering supplies for workshops and community projects, such as the annual Pine Tree Seedling Project; donating items for the monthly opportunity drawing, many handmade; and ensuring that the Franklin Town Common Garden, maintained by the Garden Club, receives special attention and care. These are only a few of the ways that Deb makes a difference every year. Whenever Deb sees a need, she finds a way to meet it – quietly and effectively! She truly makes a difference for the Franklin Garden Club.”
In addition to her involvement with the Garden Club, DeGrazia is Human Resources Director of her family’s business, Camger Chemical in Norfolk, MA, and a member of the Mass Paint Council. The mother of two children and two grandchildren, she enjoys working in her own garden in her spare time.
2023 - 2024
Co-Presidents: Mary Ann Dean/Pat Donnelly
Treasurer: Paula Jesness
Secretary: Debra Degrazia
Program Planning Chair: Sue Childers
Club Historian: Deb DeGrazia
Civic Project Chair - Seedlings: Lisa McDonald
Common Chair: Pat Donnelly, Kerri Bertone
Publicity Chair: Mary Anne Dean
Social Media Chair: Rebecca Hauk
Scholarship Chair: Deb Gurshha
Membership Chair: Janice Cederquist
Yearbook Chair: Debra DeGrazia
Fundraising Chair: Sue Childers