Hudson Garden Club (HGC) was founded in 1968 by a group of energetic gardening enthusiasts – Grace Adams, Helen Doyle, Phylis Dyson, Peggy Gilroy, Elvira Jacobs, Sandra Joyce, Sharon Kearney, Teresa Landry, Jean Laviano, Waldro Lynch, Arline Parker, Jeanne Piecewicz, Viola Ross, Claire Shepard, and Jean Simkins – and we’re thrilled to follow in their footsteps!
HGC offers a myriad of activities and events including workshops, a lecture series, excursions, HGC’s annual banquet, participation in Hudson Fest and Hudson Holiday Stroll, decorating Hudson Senior Center for the winter holidays, and more.
The diverse personalities and backgrounds of our members make HGC a vibrant and blooming organization. And you don’t have to be a Hudson resident to become a member, as some of our members live in surrounding communities. Whether you’re an experienced gardener, a novice gardener, or simply curious about gardening, come join us!
The purpose of HGC is to promote a greater interest in gardening, horticulture, conservation, flower arranging, and allied activities and to cooperate in civic betterment.
HGC is affiliated with National Garden Clubs, Inc.; The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. (GCFM); New England Garden Clubs; and GCFM Central North District.
HGC believes everyone should be treated equally regardless of race, color, creed, gender, gender identification, sexual orientation, national origin, age, disability, marital status, citizenship, employment status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
Dues are $35 per year. For questions or more information about becoming a member,
contact Pat Main at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Active Members pay annual dues, participate on at least one committee, and have the right to vote and hold office.
Any member who has been active for the previous five consecutive years is eligible for Associate Membership upon payment of associate membership dues. Associate Members have all privileges except the right to vote or hold office.
Any member in good standing for fifteen years or more and upon receipt of $200 will be granted membership permanently and be exempt from annual dues. However, Life Members must pay annually the amount for state and national membership dues.
Honorary Members are those nominated by the Executive Board and elected by the Club. Honorary Members do not pay dues, have no voting privileges or committee responsibilities, but may volunteer to help support the Club in any way.
HGC 2023 Scholarship Recipient
Isabella Flint & Grandmother Pat Main
Creating Holiday Swags at Cordelia's Farm
Ferjulian's Farm Greenhouse
Crafting Ornaments at
Hudson Holiday Stroll
HGC Booth at
Hudson Holiday Stroll
Devouring Cider Donuts at Ferjulian's Farm
Making Ornaments at
Hudson Holiday Stroll
HGC 2021 Scholarship Recipient Jeremy Bullock & Mom Denise Bullock
Decorating Longfellow's Wayside Inn
Sprucing a Mantle at Longfellow's Wayside Inn
HGC Booth at
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HGC meetings are held Monday evenings at 6:00 PM
at Hudson Senior Center, 29 Church Street, Hudson, MA 01749
unless otherwise specified (see Calendar of Events below).
Monthly meetings take place September through June with the January and February meetings
being at the discretion of the Programs Chairperson(s) and refreshments are always served.
2023-2024 CALENDAR OF EVENTS
Monday, September 18, 2023 – 6:00 PM – Dirt on Your Hands, Soil in the Garden (Open to the Public)
Betty Sanders returns to share the secret behind a green thumb is often the most overlooked aspect of gardening – the soil we plant in. Few of us start with great soil, but we can all build it by using effective gardening methods and turning kitchen and garden waste into compost to create impressive gardens from the ground up.
Monday, October 16, 2023 – 6:00 PM – Let’s Make Pickles (Open to the Public)
Don’t miss David Wheeler of Therapy Gardens and his hands-on demonstration of how to make old-fashioned fermented pickles using water, salt, and spices. David shares a variety of picking techniques, including lower sodium and sodium-free options, too. Participants receive their own pickling spice packet and pickling recipes, and make their own quart of pickles to take home.
Monday, November 27, 2023 – 6:00 PM – Potluck Dinner and Deck the Senior Center (HGC Members Only)
It’s that time of year again! Bring your favorite appetizer, entrée, salad, or dessert to share then help decorate Hudson Senior Center for the holidays. Not only is it a delightful way to kick off the winter season, but it’s also HGC’s way of expressing thanks to the Senior Center for letting the Club use the facility to host its meetings.
Tuesday, November 28, 2023 – Time TBD – Longfellow’s Wayside Inn Holiday Decorating (HGC Members Only)
Chairperson Theresa Viegas leads a small group of creative HGC volunteers in decorating a room at historic Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA. Festive greens and seasonal décor capture the ambiance of winter … beautiful!
Saturday, December 2, 2023 – 3:00 PM Set-up, 4:00 to 7:00 PM Event – Hudson Holiday Stroll (HGC Members Only)
Volunteer your time and join the fun making ornaments with children at the annual Hudson Holiday Stroll! HGC hosts an ornament-making station at this festive community event inside Avidia Bank Financial Center, 17 Pope Street, Hudson, MA.
Friday, December 8, 2023 – 5:00 PM – HGC Holiday Party and Yankee Swap (HGC Members Only)
Kick off the holiday season with good food and lots of laughs at the annual HGC holiday party and Yankee Swap! Bring your favorite appetizer, entrée, salad, or dessert to share as well as a $20 to $25 wrapped gift to swap (no candles, calendars, perfumes, or makeup).
Monday, January 8, 2024 – 5:00 PM – Un-deck the Senior Center (HGC Members Only)
The holidays are over and it’s time to take down and put away the decorations at Hudson Senior Center. Many hands make light and quick work, so come on down.
January 2024 – Date/Time TBD – Longfellow’s Wayside Inn Holiday Un-decorating (HGC Members Only)
The time has come to dismantle the holiday décor at Longfellow’s Wayside Inn in Sudbury, MA and Chairperson Theresa Viegas needs a few volunteers to assist with the task.
Monday, February 26, 2024 – 6:00 PM – Activity TBD (HGC Members Only)
Craft or movie night? We’re undecided, but we’ll keep you posted.
Saturday, March 16, 2024 – 10:00 AM – Gardening Workshop for Grandchildren (HGC Members Only)
Bring your children, grandchildren, nieces, and nephews to this fun, hands-on, gardening-related workshop. Crafts include birdseed ornaments, painted lady bug rocks, and sponge houses with grass seed sprouts. Volunteers are needed to assist at the craft stations.
Monday, April 15, 2024 – 6:00 PM – Blueberries in Your Home Garden (Open to the Public)
High in fiber, rich in antioxidants, and a beneficial source of vitamin C, blueberries are a great investment for health and happiness and one of the easiest fruits to grow. Barb McIntosh shares how to successfully select, plant, grow, and prune blueberry bushes to reap harvests for many years!
Monday, May 20, 2024 – 6:00 PM – Vegetable Gardening for Everyone (Open to the Public)
Whether you’re a seasoned or novice gardener, growing your own vegetables is rewarding and can save you money, too. This presentation covers all aspects (selecting the right location, planting, fertilizing, staking, watering, etc.) to start, maintain, and harvest a hardy vegetable garden.
Saturday, June 8, 2024 – 8:00 AM Set-up, 9:00 AM to 3:30 PM Event – Hudson Fest (HGC Members Only)
Volunteer your time, mingle with the public, and plant seeds with kids at Hudson Fest! HGC hosts a seed-planting booth at this lively, annual event on South Street in Hudson, MA. Experience the excitement … you won’t regret it.
Friday, June 14, 2024 – 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM Set-up –Shop ‘til You Drop Yard Sale (HGC Members Only)
Saturday, June 15, 2024 – 7:00 AM to Noon Event – Shop ‘til You Drop Yard Sale (Open to the Public)
Clean your closets, drawers, basement, attic, garage, and shed! Then drop off clean-and-gently-used items as well as potted plants from your garden at Cindy Provencher’s house on Friday only. Volunteers are needed for set-up and the event, and a potluck lunch will be served on Saturday immediately following the yard sale (head count required).
Monday, June 17, 2024 – Date/Time/Place TBD – HGC Annual Meeting and Banquet (HGC Members Only)
Delicious food, great company, and lots of laughs are the perfect way to end the year.
2023 - 2025
President: Judy Gottesfeld
Vice President: Ann Panetta
Recording Secretary: Marianne Vergano-Laughton
Corresponding Secretary: Sue Ruthroff
Treasurer: Pat Main
2023-2025 HGC Committee Chairpersons
Conservation: Debbie Freitas
Historian: Donna Shapleigh
Longfellow’s Wayside Inn: Theresa Viegas
Membership: Pat Main
Nominating: Diane Durand
Publicity: Diane Durand
Programs: Cindy Provencher
Refreshments: Sue Ruthroff and Donna Shapleigh
Scholarship: Marianne Vergano-Laughton
Ways and Means: All Club Members
Yearbook: Terry Mead Kudlich