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Garden Club
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Founded in 1965, the Laurelwood Garden Club

strives to beautify the city of Fitchburg and its surrounding areas. 2018,

marked our 20th anniversary partnering with the Fitchburg Art Museum

for our annual spring presentation of Art in Bloom.

Garden club members, local florists and the public

are invited to interpret artwork from the museum’s collection and current exhibitions with flowers. Every fall, club members plant one thousand daffodil bulbs in Fitchburg and the surrounding towns. In January we host a Scholarship Tea.

One year we brought in almost $2,000 and were able to award two high school seniors $1,000 scholarships. The scholarship is open to local high school students pursuing college degrees in environmental or horticultural related studies.

Throughout the calendar year we have multiple floral demonstrations,

craft workshops, all things gardening related,

plus presentations by club members and local experts.

In addition, we often attend programs at Tower Hill or take in a local flower show.

 The Club meets on the second Friday of each month,

from September to June, 9:30 am to noon at the Fitchburg Art Museum.

All residents of North Central Massachusetts are welcome to attend.

The Club is a 501(c)(3) non-profit and a member of the National Garden Clubs 

and the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts. 

Membership Info

If you would like more information on the Laurelwood Garden Club, 
please come to one of our meetings.

We meet on the second Friday of the month, September through June, 
from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon at the Fitchburg Art Museum, Elm Street, Fitchburg, MA.

Membership is open to anyone interested in gardening.

You can print out the Membership Application and bring it to the meeting where 
you can speak to one of the garden club officers.

We would love to welcome you as our newest member.

For more information

Membership Info

Laurelwood GC October 14th Meeting ~ Tiptoe through the Trillium with native plant enthusiast Mike Potsaid

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Laurelwood Garden Club

Calendar of Events



September 9 Fitchburg Historical Society

We kick off a new calendar year with a meetup at the Fitchburg Historical Society. Executive Director Susan Navarre will discuss ongoing efforts to research, collect, preserve, exhibit, catalogue, and create programs about Fitchburg events and people. Laurelwood Garden Club memorabilia, especially those about past notable member, Julia Casey, will be presented to the Historical Society. Meet at the Fitchburg Historical Society, 718 Main St., Fitchburg at 9:30 a.m.


September 17 Annual Scholarship Tea

Enjoy tea and scones among fanciful tablescapes. We will honor Sarah Grant at this year’s Tea.

Fitchburg Art Museum, 11:30-2:30 p.m.


October 14 Tiptoe Through the Trillium

Join us for a wildflower journey with native plant enthusiast Mike Potsaid. Fitchburg Art Museum, 9:30-11:30 a.m.


October 20 Beautify Spring With Daffodils

In preparation for a burst of spring color, we will plant 1,000 bulbs in Fitchburg. Please bring shovels and gloves. Location TBD. Extra bulbs will be available purchase. $10 for 20 bulbs. Preorder in September.


November 18 Festive Door Design Workshop

Sign up to make a holiday decoration with instructor and club member, Grace McWalter. Participants must bring their own mixed evergreens and pruners. Class is limited to 24 people. Cost $15.


December 8 Holly Jolly Thursday Luncheon

Celebrate the season with garden club friends at The Old Mill Restaurant in Westminster. Please bring a wrapped gift ($10 value) for the Yankee Swap. The Old Mill 11:30-2:30. Cost $30. RSVP Tisha Sciavitti




February 10 Healthy Soil for a Healthy Planet

Environmental and soil scientist, Ralph Baker, Ph.D. enlightens us on the importance of the carbon cycle in the soil. Learn what we can do to make a difference in how th plants and soil interact to help the environment. Fitchburg Art Museum, 9:30-11:30 a.m.


March 10 Herbal Medicine

We welcome member Susan Sussman’s husband, David Ammerman,, M.D. He will discuss some of the more commonly used medicinal herbs and the evidence behind the claims ade about them. Fitchburg Art Museum, 9:30-11:30 a.m.

March 25 Scholarship Tea

Get your tickets early as they always sell out fast. Fitchburg Art Museum, 110:30-2:30 p.m. Tickets $25


April 14 Art in Bloom Revs Up

A favorite. Thelma Shoneman returns! She’ll create floral interpretations and give us design inspiration for this year’s Art in Bloom. Fitchburg Art Museum, 9:30-11:30 a.m.


April 27-30 Art in Bloom 25th Anniversary

LGC partners with Fitchburg Art Museum displaying floral interpretations throughout the museum galleries. Choose a favorite piece of artwork. Interpret it with flowers. Let your imagination run wild. The weekend festivities include a Champagne Gala, lectures, & more.


May 12 Growing Places Field Trip

We will tout Growing Place’s hydroponic gardens, plus learn more about the organization’s community gardens and outreach programs. Please bring a picnic lunch. Meet at Doyle Conservation Center, 464 Abbott Ave., Leominster, 9:30 a.m.


June 9 Annual Luncheon & Election of Laurelwood Garden Club Officers

The Club concludes another wonderful year of programs. Come celebrate at Dario’s Restaurante, 655 Main St., Fitchburg. Cost TBD. RSVP Tisha Sciavitti

Announcements & News

Laurelwood Garden Club - 25th Art in Bloom,

April 27 thru 30, 2023.

In partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum

from ll am to 5pm





Laurelwood Garden Club of Fitchburg in partnership with the Fitchburg Art Museum extends an invitation to all garden club members to attend the 25th ART IN BLOOM event being held April 27 thru 30th, 2023.   Doors open each day from ll am to 5 pm. at the Fitchburg Art Museum, 185 Elm St., Fitchburg, MA. The Julia Casey Lecture series will be held on Saturday at 1 pm. - Demonstration by O’Hara School of Ikebana and on Sunday at 1 pm. Artist talk by May Babcock - Paper Town Exhibition. Visit website:

If interested in being an interpreter e-mail Julie Palioca at





Club Officers

2022-2023 Officers

President - Kathryn Nowosielski

Vice-President - Lynn Houston

Secretary - Lucille Cormier

Treasurer - Tisha Schiavitti

Assistant Treasurer - Claire Lavin

Corresponding Secretary - Mary Ed Cain

Committee Chairs

Art in Bloom - Annette Acosta

Publicity - Julie Palioca

Nominations - Sara Gammell
High School Scholarship - Barbara Reynolds


Club Officers
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