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.

21 Active members and 4 honorary members.

Membership Info

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.

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

7:00 P.M.


Chelmsford Senior Center

75 Groton Rd. 

North Chelmsford.

Club Projects

Civic Beautification:

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


Historic Preservation

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


Youth Gardening

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.)

  1. 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) 

  2. To promote Civic Beautification, the club maintains plantings at;

    • Perham Corner Traffic Island

    • Jessie Stewart Memorial Urn in front of Adams Library

  3.  To support the Historic Preservation, the club supports the Historical Society by decorating Barrett-Byam Homestead for a Christmas open house

  4. To encourage interest in the environment, the club gives funds to:

    •     The Chelmsford Land Trust, Inc. to support their work.

  5. 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

  6. 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

  7. Newsletter: "Through the Open Gate" published for each meeting and provides information on conservation, horticultural and GCFM and NGC projects.

Club Officers
2018 - 2019

President:  Linda Jean Smith

Vice President:  Sharon Rubin

Recording Secretary:  Deana Peterson

Treasurer:  Janet Veino

Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc.

400 Fifth Avenue, Suite 110

Waltham, MA 02451

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