"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 newletter Iris Pedlar is emailed/mailed to all members with reminders of upcoming activities and information on horticulture related topics.
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 ‘RED DRAGON’ GARDEN: Members designed, planted and maintain a native plants rock garden and adjacent “Red 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 “Red 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 some printed information about the Club, answer any questions you might have, and introduce you to a few of the members.
If you decide to join us, you can fill out the MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION at the meeting or print it out here and mail it along with your dues to the Membership Chairman whose address is on the application. Dues are $40 plus a one-time $10 initiation fee for new members for the Club’s September through May year. If you join after January, the dues are $20, 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.
“Autumn in the Valley, Celebrating Nature’s Bounty”
On October 4 and 5, the Club presented the Federation’s first Horticulture Specialty Flower Show “Autumn in the Valley, Celebrating Nature’s Bounty” in the newly renovated “Old Monkey House” at Historic Forest Park in Springfield.
Graced with vintage caryatids and sphinxes moved from elsewhere in the Park, the eleven horticulture sections (with 48 classes) and single Education class (with two exhibits) filled 42 tables in the massive historic building. The show earned 100 out of 100 possible points; and the entire Class 44 Planters earned a Judges’ Commendation
PLANT SALE 2019
One of the Club’s main fundraiser for its annual scholarship, the 2019 Plant Sale
was held on May 18
on the Quadrangle at the Springfield Museums.
in the McKnight
in Springfield on
July 24, 2018 and
April 26, 2019.
The Springfield Museums wrapped up its four day “Festival of Flowers”
(our local version of “Art in Bloom”) on April 7. About a dozen Springfield Garden Club members, along with area florists and students from Pathfinder Regional Vocational High School, interpreted items in three museums.
Here are photos of some of our Club members’ arrangements.