"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.
21 Active members and 4 honorary members.
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.
1. Payment of yearly dues.
2. Act as a hostess at one meeting a year by bringing a dessert.
3. Help out at the plant sale, the club’s only fund-raiser, the Saturday before Mother’s Day.
4. Participate in one of the other projects the club does that year.
· Meetings are the first Wednesday of each month.
· Meetings are held at the Chelmsford Senior Center, North Chelmsford and begin at 6:30 p.m.
· No meetings are held in January, February, or July.
· The Annual Meeting/Banquet is held the beginning of June.
Dues are $35 per year payable in May
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Meetings are held the 1st Wednesday of the month excluding July, January, and February at
Chelmsford Senior Center
75 Groton Rd.
Landscape design and maintenance of the plantings at Perham Corner & Jessie Stewart Urn at Adams Library.
Decorating the Barrett-Byam House for the Chelmsford Historical Society’s Christmas Open House
Work with the Chelmsford High School Eco Club
Herb Interest Group meets at 10:00 am the third Wednesday of each month April - November 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 in design, crafts and horticulture.
Monthly speakers on horticulture, environment, conservation & floral design topics.
Announcements & News
(All members must participate in #1 and #2 each year.)
Fund Raiser: Annual Plant Sale held at;
Unitarian-Universalist Church, Central Square, Chelmsford, MA. 01824
Saturday before Mother's Day (May 12, 2018, 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM)
To promote Civic Beautification, the club maintains plantings at;
Perham Corner Traffic Island
Jessie Stewart Memorial Urn in front of Adams Library
To support the Historic Preservation, the club supports the Historical Society by decorating Barrett-Byam Homestead for a Christmas open house
To encourage interest in the environment, the club gives funds to:
The Chelmsford Land Trust, Inc. to support their work.
To encourage interest in the environment with our youth:
The June Cook Memorial Program for children is held at the Adams Library in April
Our Jessie A. Stewart Conservation Scholarship sponsors a school program.
Donations are also given to non-profit groups for environmental education programs
Herb Interest Group (16 members) Meetings: 10:00 A.M. unless otherwise noted. 3rd Wednesday of the month (see calendar for specific programs)
December, February and March – No meeting;
January is a planing meeting
Newsletter: "Through the Open Gate" published for each meeting and provides information on conservation, horticultural and GCFM and NGC projects.
2018 - 2019
President: Linda Jean Smith
Vice President: Sharon Rubin
Recording Secretary: Deana Peterson
Treasurer: Janet Veino