"Rooted in the Past and Still Growing"
Our Goals are to
create interest in the art of gardening, stimulate the promotion of civic beauty through horticulture and conservation, and encourage the appreciation of the visual art of designing with plant material.
The Club was organized in 1917 and celebrated its CENTENNIAL in 2017-2018. The Club has been a member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts since 1928, and is an Associate Member of:
Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc. Central South District, www.gcfm.org/districtclubs
National Garden Clubs, Inc. New England Region www.gardenclub.org
New England Wildflower Society (Garden in the Woods) www.newfs.org
Club members may borrow the Club’s pass for free admission to the Garden in the Woods.
Tower Hill Botanic Garden www.towerhillbg.org
Club members may borrow the Club’s pass for free admission to the Tower Hill Botanic Garden.
Keeping in Touch
The Club’s quarterly newsletter Iris Pedlar (click here) with reminders of upcoming activities and information on horticulture related topics is emailed or mailed to all members and is also available here online to the public.
In September all members receive an updated “Yearbook” containing a roster of members, the Club’s calendar of events, its bylaws, and affiliations.
The Communications Committee calls and emails members with reminders about special activities or changes in the published schedule.
In addition to the regular monthly meetings, members may choose to join a Horticulture Group. These gatherings of 10-15 members meet monthly or bi-monthly in members’ homes, and plan additional outings, programs, or social events.
Members also receive the online edition of the Mayflower, the quarterly publication of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, to keep up to date with Federation activities.
Club members and the public can also keep up with current Club activities at the Club’s Facebook page www.facebook.com/SpringfieldMAGardenClub.
Special Projects and Committees
In addition to participating in an assigned Hospitality stint at a monthly meeting at least once a year, and at least two other required activities a year (such as serving on a committee and working on a Ways and Means project), members are also eligible to participate in the Club’s Special Projects such as:
FESTIVAL OF FLOWERS: Club members design floral arrangements that interpret paintings and sculpture in local art exhibitions and museums.
FLOWER DESIGN WORKSHOPS: In these hands-on workshops, novice and experienced designers can improve their flower arranging skills.
FLOWER SHOWS: These periodic Club sponsored events allow members of a Federated Garden Club to compete and display their skills in horticulture, conservation, and floral design.
FOREST PARK ROCK GARDEN AND DRAGON’ GARDEN: Members designed, planted and maintain a native plants rock garden and adjacent “Dragon” garden in Springfield’s Forest Park.
GARDEN CLUB TRIPS: Trips may be planned occasionally to visit gardens, arboretums, or flower shows. They help members to broaden their appreciation of floral varieties, growing conditions, historic context, and flower design.
SPRINGFIELD COMMUNITY PROJECTS: On occasion, the club funds and assists with certain plantings around the area, including the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle.
COMMUNICATIONS: Contacts members with updated Club information.
CONSERVATION: Plans public planting events and other gardening activities in the community such as planting and maintaining the Rock Garden and “Dragon” Garden at Forest Park and working with schools and youth groups.
FLOWER DISTRIBUTION: Once a year, creates 100 small flower arrangements in mugs and distributes them to 10 area nursing homes.
GARDEN THERAPY: About four times a year, works with residents of several area nursing homes or residential living facilities to share the fun of flower arranging.
HISTORIAN: Collects all Club memorabilia, photos, newspaper articles, etc. in a given year into a Memory Album for the Club Archives.
HORTICULTURE: Researches and writes interesting short articles on a variety of horticulture-related topics for publication in the Iris Pedlar newsletter or presentation at Club meetings.
HOSPITALITY: Plans refreshments for all monthly meetings and special events and coordinates all food, set up, and cleanup activities done by each month’s assigned members.
IRIS PEDLAR NEWSLETTER: Gathers and edits material for publication in the Club’s newsletter, processes, publishes, and distributes the finished product to all members by email or mail.
MEMBERSHIP: Handles all aspects of membership, including applications, renewals, dues, name tags, preparing an accurate membership list for the Yearbook, and welcoming new members.
PHOTOGRAPHER: Takes photographs of Club events, sends them to the HISTORIAN for the MEMORY ALBUM, to the President for the YEARBOOK and IRIS PEDLAR, and to the webmaster for posting on the Club’s website.
PLANT SALE: Solicits donations of plants and money from members and garden centers for this annual scholarship fund raiser, reserves the sale location, schedules helpers, tallies monies, and submits them to the Treasurer.
PROGRAM: Works with the Vice President to choose and schedule the next year’s speakers and events. At each meeting, sets up needed equipment and helps the speaker before and after the presentation.
PUBLICITY: Writes and sends out notices about upcoming Club programs and events to newspapers, radio stations, community bulletin boards, etc. Sends these notices to the Club’s WEBMASTER for posting on the website. Posts on social media.
SCHOLARSHIP: Sends out applications for the Club’s annual scholarship in horticulture-related fields of study to area high schools, colleges, and universities; sends scholarship availability notices to area media and to the Club’s WEBMASTER; reviews applications, and selects a winner.
STORROWTON “YULETIDE”: Plans, coordinates, sets up, and takes down the early December decoration of a room at historical Storrowton Village in West Springfield for its annual “Yuletide at Storrowton” event.
TABS FOR RECYCLING: Collects all aluminum bottle and can tabs donated by GCFM members state-wide and locally, delivers them periodically to the Shriners’ Hospital for Children which sells them for needed equipment.
WAYS AND MEANS: Plans and implements fund-raising activities for the Club’s expenses, programs, and scholarships.
WEBMASTER: Posts updates about the Club’s events, activities, and documents on the Club’s website.
Whatever your level of gardening skill
– from complete novice to Master Gardener -
we invite you to join us by becoming a member.
Check out our CURRENT SCHEDULE and get to know us in person by attending any of our meetings as a guest. Our Membership Chairman will greet you at the Welcome Table, give you the Club’s information -
If you decide to join us, you can fill out the MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION at a meeting or print it out here and mail it along with your dues to the Membership Chairman whose address is on the application. For an Individual Basic Membership dues are $35 a year plus a one-time $10 new member initiation fee for the Club’s September through May year. If you join after January, the dues are $17.50 plus a one-time $10 initiation fee.
This is an active club and members are encouraged to enhance their own horticultural skills, help carry out the Club’s goals in the community, and make new friends by attending monthly meetings. Participation in at least two of the Club’s Committees and Special Projects is required.
If you would like someone from the Club to contact you, please use the Contact Form in the GET IN TOUCH link below.
We look forward to seeing you at our upcoming events.
Our new home – the Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park, Springfield, MA
Welcoming Native Plants
Join the Springfield Garden Club at 11:30 am on Friday, September 17 when well-known garden designer, writer, and speaker KATHY CONNOLLY will tell us how
to “Create Foundation Gardens That Welcome Native Plants”.
Click here to see the full program and meeting description.
Springfield - City of Gardens – Garden Tour August 21, 2021
On the one perfect day sandwiched between days of storm and rain, almost 200 participants visited the six private and two public gardens which were at the height of their summer best. Club members and some friends greeted visitors at each garden and the gardeners themselves were on hand through out the day to answer questions of their very enthusiastic visitors. The weather, the gardeners, the enthusiasm of the visitors, and the hard work of Club members, made it a wonderful day and a great success.
Aaron Richmond-Crosset, a 2021 graduate of the Springfield Renaissance High School, has been awarded the Club’s $2,000 scholarship for the 2021-2022 academic year. Click Scholarship for more information.
Taylor Ditmar from Longmeadow, MA, the Club’s scholarship recipient last year, has been awarded a special $1,000 scholarship to recognize her outstanding achievements in 2020-2021 and to help her continue
her studies in environmental sciences at
Smith College in 2021-2022.
Plant Sale 2021
Under the direction of Plant Sale Chairman, Carol Nicholson, the Club held a very successful in-person plant sale on Saturday, May 22 on the lawn of the Springfield Museums. The weather was perfect, an even larger and more varied selection, particularly of native plants, was available, and the number of shoppers larger than ever. Additional offerings included the always popular Vintage Garden Boutique, a notable selection of prime plants, and seven antique chairs which creative members had turned into colorful, one-of-a-kind chair gardens. The plant sale is the Club’s major fund-raiser for its annual Scholarship. (Scholarship section.)
Annual Meeting 2021
After a year of zoom meetings, members were delighted to gather in person again (still with a zoom option for attendees who preferred that) in the tent at the Carriage House in Springfield’s Forest Park, the Club’s new permanent home. As always, the meeting reviewed the year just completed and elected new officers for the up-coming year. With the strong leadership of outgoing President Beate Bolen AND the flexibility of members, the Club found creative new ways to not only to respond to respond to the pandemic, but to thrive while doing it. Member Bob Pellin showcased this extraordinary year and the Club’s achievements in a very moving video.
In addition to a lovely luncheon, members enjoyed a display of six quilts made by member and master quilter, Lara Kline and a display of vintage garden chairs made by members.
Upcoming Events & Scholarship
Springfield Garden Club 2021-2022 Programs and Events
● Unless otherwise noted, all meetings are open to the public and guests are welcome. The guest fee is $5 and may be paid in person at the meeting or at www.EventBrite.com (type Springfield Garden Club in the search box) to attend via Zoom.
● All meetings will be held in person at the Barney Carriage House in Forest Park AND simultaneously broadcast via ZOOM.
● Members and Guests may participate in the monthly Raffles and the Holiday Boutique in person at meetings. ZOOM attendees may participate by emailing their contact information to email@example.com.
Sat., Aug 21, 2021 9 am–3pm “Springfield - City of Gardens”
Garden Tour Visit six private and two public gardens at their lush, colorful, height of summer best. Tickets $20 online at www.EventBrite.com, in person at Flowers, Flowers!, 758 Sumner Avenue, Springfield, and until 1 pm on the Day of the Tour at the Olmsted Triangle Garden (cash or check only), at the intersection of Trafton Road and Olmsted Drive in Springfield.
Fri., Sept 17, 2021 BCHFP, 11:30am “Create Foundation Gardens That Welcome Native Plants”
Kathy Connolly Kathy believes that enduring landscape design balances our desire for attractive spaces with care for our fellow creatures and the environment we share. In her projects, she uses artistic design, horticultural science, landscape craft, and an interpretation of how people relate to the location. When those resources work together, we can produce enduring and satisfying landscape installations. In-person and online RAFFLE for members and guests.
Fri., Oct 22, 2021 BCHFP, 11:30am “Sticks, Twigs, Moss & Stone”
Bob Whitney, AIFD When member Bob Whitney, always a favorite, shares his unique expertise and years of floral arranging experience mixed with his delightful humor, we enjoy a fun- loving event. Bob will create fantastic creations for us to auction. In-person and online RAFFLE for members and guests.
Fri., Nov 19, 2021 BCHFP, 11:30am “A Begonia for Any Season”
Betsy Szymczak Learn how to grow begonias as houseplants and as lovely terrariums. In spring, begonias, as bedding and container plants, are a colorful addition to any garden. During the holidays, “winter-flowering” and fancy leaf hybrids bring enjoyment. In-person and online RAFFLE for members and guests.
Fri., Dec 17, 2021 BCHFP, 11:30am “Holiday Floral Designs and Holiday Boutique”
Talented Club members will create and demonstrate floral designs which will be auctioned off after the demonstration. Add relish to this festive season with some enjoyable holiday shopping at the Holiday Boutique.
Fri., Feb 18, 2022 BCHFP, 11:30am “Herbs, Herbals, and Herbalists”
Judith Sumner Judith is a botanist who will talk on early herbals and plant life, including the Doctrine of Signatures and ancient and modern herb and spice uses as part of herbal history. Discussion will include Judith’s recently published book Plants Go to War: A Botanical History of World War II, which examines victory gardens, timber, fibers, rubber, medicinal plants, herbalism, camouflage, survival practices and botanical gardens in wartime. In-person and online RAFFLE for members and guests.
Fri., Mar 18, 2022 BCHFP, 11:30am “The Birds, the Bees, the Flowers, and the Trees: Why Native Plants Matter for Wildlife Conservation”
Desiree L. Narango, Ph.D., UMass Amherst Department of Biology Desiree’s research emphasizes the need to save pollinators by selecting native plants. She examines conservation in urban and suburban gardens and the importance of plants and insects over the annual cycle of birds. Her current studies involve the habitat and diets of migratory birds in urban forests, including Forest Park. In-person and online RAFFLE for members and guests.
Thurs.-Sun., April 7 –10 , 2022 Quad ”Festival of Flowers”
This annual Springfield Museums event brings together local florists, designers, and area garden club members, including many from the Springfield Garden Club, to interpret items throughout the four museums in floral designs and special displays.
Fri., April 22, 2022 BCHFP, 11:30am “Welcome to Spring & Summer”
Elaine DiGiovanni and Linda Ladd Elaine and Linda, Master Flower Show Judges, will demonstrate floral design principles while they create arrangements which will be auctioned to participants. In-person and online RAFFLE for members and guests.
Fri., May 20, 2022 BCHFP, 11:30am “Annual Meeting Luncheon and “Culinary Art in Bloom” Exhibit”
Annual Meeting for members and invited guests. Club members will interpret cooking themes in flowers, enjoy a festive luncheon, and elect new officers. In-person and online RAFFLE for members and guests.
Sat., May 28, 2022 QUAD, 9am-Noon “Annual Plant Sale”
A spring tradition and our major fundraisers for our scholarship fund, the Plant Sale offers a wide selection of perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs from members’ gardens, and garden centers, plus a vintage garden boutique and sale of prime plants.
BCHFP Barney Carriage House, Forest Park, Springfield, MA 01108
Directions at www.barneycarriagehouse.com.
QUAD The Quadrangle, Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103 Directions at www.springifleldmuseums.org.
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