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Open Gate 
Garden Club
of Chelmsford

"To have a mind at peace

A heart that cannot harden

Go find a GATE that opens wide

Upon a lovely garden."

Open Gate Garden Club founded 1962.

Affiliated with National Garden Clubs, the NGC New England Regions, the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, and GCFM Northern District, since 1964.

19 Active members and 1 honorary member.

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Garden Club Objectives


To advance and encourage the art of gardening and the study of horticulture, floriculture

and  landscape architecture; to further civic beautification and to practice conservation.

Members come from Chelmsford and surrounding towns. Membership is open to all who

are interested in the club objectives.

Club Requirements:

1   Payment of yearly dues of $35 due in May

2.  Attendance at meetings are held monthly except July, August, January, and February

     on a Monday or Tuesday evening depending on available space

3.  Help out at the plant sale, the club’s only fund-raiser, held in May

4.  Participate in one of the other projects the club does that year.

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Meetings are held on

a Monday at the beginning of a month

excluding July, August, January, and February 

at 6:30 P.M.

Club Projects

Civic Beautification:

Landscape design and maintenance of the plantings at Perham Corner traffic island & Jessie Stewart Urn at Adams Library.


Historic Preservation

Decorating the Barrett-Byam House for the Chelmsford Historical Society’s Christmas Open House


Herb Interest Group meets at 10:30 am 3 times a year at member’s homes to study herbs to grow, cook with and for health.

A Newsletter, “Through the Open Gate,” is published monthly.

Programs for the public to inform them about the environment and horticulture

June Cook Memorial Program for children at the Adams Library in April

Workshops for members in design, crafts and horticulture.

Monthly speakers on horticulture, environment, conservation & floral design topics.

Announcements & News
  • September 12, 6:00 pm, Annual Meeting & Dinner, Princeton Station Restaurant

  • October 18, 6:30 pm, Pumpkin design workshop with Mary Beth Hayes of Semper Virens Design in person meeting at Unitarian Church

  • October 24, 10:30 am, Herb Group Meeting at Linda Jean’s on “Our Favorite Herb & How We Use It” including tastings.

  • November 7, 6:30 pm, Zoom, WWII-Women & Gardening, with Judith Sumner

  • No meeting in January or February

  • March 25, 6:30 pm,  Zoom, Gardening Through Europe-Norway to Italy

  • April 10, 6:30 pm, Unitarian Church, “Good Bugs, Bad Bugs” with MA Master Gardener Bonnie Power

  • May is plant sale and no meeting

  • May Herb Group Meeting; date and time to be determined

  • June 12, 6:30 pm, Weston Nurseries, lecture & workshop on containers/Senior gardening

  • July - Herb Group Meeting; date and time to be determined.

Club Officers
2022 - 2023

President:  Linda Jean Smith

Vice President:  Sharon Rubin

Recording Secretary:  Myke Travaglia

Treasurer:  Janet Veino

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