Springfield
Garden Club
"Rooted in the Past and Still Growing"

Please read Springfield Garden Club – Looking Forward 2020 – 2021 to see the

adjustments to schedules and operations that the Club is making to deal with the Covid-19 pandemic. 

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:

 

 

  • 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.

 

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 

SPECIAL PROJECTS

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.

 

 

CLUB COMMITTEES

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.

Membership Info

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 -

(SGC Brochure, Current Schedule, and Membership Application)  and introduce you to a few of our 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 $35 a year 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 $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.

 
 
Photos

Our new home – the Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park, Springfield, MA

Taylor Ditmar from Longmeadow, MA has been awarded the Club’s $2,000 scholarship to continue her studies in environmental sciences at Smith College for the 2020-2021 academic year. Click Scholarship for more information.

Flower Distribution Re-envisioned

Instead of meeting as a group to make small flower arrangements in coffee mugs for area nursing homes, individual members made the arrangements in their own homes and delivered them to 10 Springfield area nursing homes. The 100 arrangements donated had an estimated value of $800. 

 

Tree Planting at Forest Park’s Carriage House on the Barney Estate – October 23, 2020

Members of the Horticulture Study Group and other Club members attended a Tree Planting at Springfield’s Forest Park on October 23, as the Club's Arbor Day event which had been rescheduled from April. A Swamp White Oak was planted in front of the Barney Carriage House in honor of Everett Barney, the guiding force behind the establishment of Forest Park.  Club President Beate Bolen and Conservation Chair Ralph D’Amico presented Park Executive Director Patrick Sullivan a check to help defray the cost of the tree. 

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Rock Garden in Springfield’s Forest Park

The Springfield Garden Club has designed and maintains several gardens in Forest Park and right now the Rock Garden is showing off its beautiful spring colors.

Yuletide at Storrowton December 2019

More than a dozen Club members gathered in the sitting room in the Gilbert House to decorate it for the Holiday Season as a modest family might have used it in the 1830’s. Since the room has dark paneled walls and very little light, the goal was to use as many white decorations as possible. Some special fun elements were the two small figures of children presented and decorated by Liz Tongue and Ralph D’Amico and two  very special quilts made by Lara Kline on the table and another in the hall entry way.

 

“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

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Schedule

Springfield Garden Club 2020 – 2021 Programs & Events

Sept.18, 2020

Fri., 11:30 am

CH

Oct. 16, 2020

Fri., 11:30 am

ZOOM

Nov. 20, 2020

Fri., 11:30 am

ZOOM

Dec. 5-12, 2020

Sat. – Sat. ST

Dec. 18, 2020

Fri., 11:30 am

ZOOM

Feb. 19, 2021

Fri., 11:30 am

ZOOM

Mar. 19, 2021

Fri., 11:30 pm

ZOOM

April 8-11, 2021

Wed. – Sat.

QUAD

Apr. 16, 2021

Fri., 11:30 am

CH/ZOOM

May 14, 2021

Fri., 11:30 am

CH

May 22, 2021

Sat., 9am-Noon

QUAD

June TBD, 2021

CH/ZOOM

Online Boutique & Raffle

"Ask Our Own Master Gardeners”

If you have a particular garden challenge or question, bring it to this meeting and the Master Gardener members of the Springfield Garden Club may have an answer for you.

"Why We Care about Native Plants”

Dan Jaffe, Horticulturist at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary will discuss how to select native plants for a variety of sites and conditions to create beautiful, resilient, and ecologically healthy plant communities.

“Floral Expressions”

Matt Flatow, floral designer for “Flowers, Flowers” in Springfield, will demonstrate floral designs to inspire us to transform our homes into holiday wonderlands!

“Yuletide at Storrowton”

Storrowton’s Winter Holiday Festival which invites area garden clubs and floral designers to decorate its 19th century buildings in period appropriate style has been cancelled due to the corona virus.

"Decked Out for the Holidays and Holiday Boutique"

Jana Milbocker of Enchanted Gardens will present ”Decked Out for the Holidays”, a virtual tour of the fabulous holiday decorations at a number of famous mansions. In addition, our online Holiday Boutique will give members and guests the chance to do some holiday shopping.

"Spring Ephemerals and Other Delights”

Presented by Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker, avid gardeners, plant collectors, garden designers, and writers will introduce us to some early native woodland wildflowers that are stars of the early spring garden and highlight their habitats, idea growing conditions, and unique adaptations. Members and guests may also participate in an online raffle.

"Frederick Law Olmsted’s Influence in Springfield, Massachusetts"

Brianne Cassetta from the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, will discuss Olmsted’s influence on gardens and landscapes in the Pioneer Valley, including Forest Park and Colony Hills in Longmeadow. Members and guests may also participate in an online raffle.

“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. The Quadrangle, Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103.

"Know and Grow Native Plants”

Suzanne Mahler, garden lecturer, will show us lovely images of hardy native trees, shrubs, and perennial plants and will emphasize why native plants are critical for healthy ecosystems. Members and guests may also participate in an online raffle.

“Luncheon and Annual Meeting”

Springfield Garden Club members and invited guests will celebrate a “Culinary Art in Bloom” by interpreting cooking themes in flowers and enjoy a festive luncheon. This will include our Annual Meeting and election of new officers.

“Annual Plant Sale”

at the Springfield Museums at the Quadrangle A spring tradition and one of the Club’s major fundraisers, the Plant Sale will offer a wide selection of perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs either purchased or from members’ gardens, plus a vintage garden boutique and sale of prime plants. Held at the Quadrangle, Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103

“Springfield – City of Gardens”

Springfield Garden Club, in conjunction with the Springfield Parks and Recreation Department, will host a garden tour in June featuring six private and three public gardens and will celebrate Mr. Everett Hosmer Barney whose gift of land to the City of Springfield was the basis of the beautiful public space of Forest Park.

Locations

Until further notice, all meetings are being held via ZOOM and not at the Carriage House in Forest Park. The public is welcome at all meetings and may purchase tickets ($5) to Zoom programs at www.EventBrite.com by typing Springfield Garden Club in the search box.

Guests may receive a link to participate in the online Holiday Boutique and monthly raffles by emailing their contact information to spfldgardenclub@gmail.com.

For more information on the Club, contact Judy at 413-599-0462, email SpringfieldGardenClubMA@gmail.com, visit www.GCFM.org/SpringfieldGardenClub, or www.facebook.com/SpringfieldMAGardenClub. Rev 12/15/20

 
Upcoming Events & Scholarship

Activities and Upcoming Events Fall 2020 and Winter 2021

 

Springfield Garden Club Activities and Upcoming Events Fall 2020 and Winter 2021

The Club continues to adapt its programs and activities to the realities of the pandemic.

 

Due to Covid 19 concerns, the annual Flower Distribution project, which brings together 12-15 Club members to make 100 small flower arrangements and distribute them to area nursing homes, was re-envisioned with individual members making 5-10 mug arrangements (click here for photos) in their own homes and delivering them to one of the selected nursing homes. Deliveries to nursing homes were done by December 3.

 

A new informal project “Holidays at Home” was set up to encourage members to decorate their own homes and to share what they’ve done with other members in an informal drive around tour throughout December. Member Bob Pellin created a beautiful flyer (click here) to give members some ideas.

 

The latest issue of the Iris Pedlar was recently distributed to members and made available to other garden club members and the public by posting it here on our website. Read the Iris Pedlar.  click here for latest edition

 

The October 16 Monthly Program was presented entirely on zoom.

Dan Jaffe Wilder, Horticulturalist at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary in Wales, MA 01082 (www.norcrosswildlife.org) and author of Native Plants for New England Gardens, presented “Why We Care about Native Plants and How Our Choices in the Landscape Affect the World”.

 

Tree Planting at Forest Park’s Carriage House on the Barney Estate

On October 23, members of the Club’s Horticulture Study Group and other Club members attended a Tree Planting at Springfield’s Forest Park (click here for photos) followed by a tour of interesting trees on the property led by Alex Sherman, City Forester.

Club president Beate Bolen and Conservation Committee co-chair Ralph D'Amico presented the Parks, Buildings and Recreation Management Department with a check to help cover the cost of the Swamp White Oak which was planted in front of the Barney Carriage House in honor of Everett Barney, the guiding force behind the establishment of Forest Park.

 

The November 20 Monthly program was presented entirely on zoom.

Matt Flatow, floral designer for “Flowers, Flowers” in Springfield (www.flowersflowersonline.com), demonstrated floral designs to inspire us to transform our homes into holiday wonderlands. He presented new techniques, new tricks, materials, and new designs which will be auctioned off live at the end of the meeting.

December 5 – 12 - “Yuletide at Storrowton Village”,

Eastern States Fairground, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA 01089 Sadly, Storrowton Village has announced that “Yuletide at Storrowton 2020” has been CANCELLED due to the pandemic. The photos from the Club’s 2019 decorations in the Gilbert House sitting room can be viewed at Yuletide Photos. (click here for photos)

 

December 18 - Monthly Program – Friday, 11:30 am

DECKED OUT FOR THE HOLIDAYS AND HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE via Zoom

Jana Milbocker of Enchanted Gardens (www.EnchantedGardensDesign.com ) will present “Decked Out for the Holidays”, a virtual tour of the fabulous holiday decorations at a number of famous mansions. In addition, our online Holiday Boutique will give members and guests the chance to do some holiday shopping. The program will be broadcast entirely via Zoom. Current Springfield Garden Club Members will receive information on accessing the lecture. Guests may purchase tickets ($5) tickets through EventBrite. Go to www.eventbrite.com and type Springfield Garden Club in the search box. Guests can receive a link to participate in the on-line Holiday Boutique, by emailing their contact information to spfldgardenclub@gmail.com The zoom meeting logins start at 11:30, followed by a brief business meeting at 12 noon. The roughly 60 minute program starts around 12:30.

 

January 2021 – No Meetings are held in January

Until further notice, all 2021 Springfield Garden Club monthly meetings will be held via Zoom and not at the Carriage House in Forest Park. The public is welcome at all meetings and may purchase tickets ($5) to Zoom programs at www.EventBrite.com by typing Springfield Garden Club in the search box.

Guests may receive a link to participate in the online monthly raffles by emailing their contact information to spfldgardenclub@gmail.com.

 

February 19, 2021 - Monthly Program – Friday, 11:30 am Spring Ephemerals and Other Delights via Zoom

Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker, avid gardeners, plant collectors, garden designers, and writers will introduce us to some early native woodland wildflowers that are stars of the early spring garden and highlight their habitats, ideal growing conditions, and unique adaptations. Members and guests may also participate in an online raffle.

 

March 19, 2021 – Monthly Program – Friday, 11:30 am

Frederick Law Olmsted’s Influence in Springfield, Massachusetts via Zoom

Brianne Cassetta from the Frederick Law Olmsted National Historic Site, will discuss Olmsted’s influence on gardens and landscapes in the Pioneer Valley, including Forest Park and Colony Hills in Longmeadow. Members and guests may also participate in an online raffle.

 

April 8-11, 2021 Festival of Flowers – Schedule and Format TBD

This annual Springfield Museums event (www.springfieldmuseums.org) 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. Held at the Quadrangle, Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103.

 

April 16, 2021 – Monthly Program – Friday, 11:30 am Know and Grow Native Plants via Zoom

Suzanne Mahler, garden lecturer, will show us lovely images of hardy native trees, shrubs, and perennial plants and will emphasize why native plants are critical for healthy ecosystems. Members and guests may also participate in an online raffle.

 

May 24, 2021 – Friday, 11:30 am Luncheon and Annual Meeting – Schedule and Format TBD

Springfield Garden Club members and invited guests will celebrate a “Culinary Art in Bloom” by interpreting cooking themes in flowers and enjoy a festive luncheon. This will include our Annual Meeting and election of new officers.

 

May 22, 2021 – Saturday, 9 am – 12 noon Annual Plant Sale – Schedule and Format TBD

A spring tradition and one of the Club’s major fundraisers, the Plant Sale will offer a wide selection of perennials, annuals, trees, and shrubs either purchased or from members’ gardens, plus a vintage garden boutique and sale of prime plants. Held at the Quadrangle, Springfield Museums, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103.

 

June TBD, 2021 Springfield – City of Gardens – Schedule and Format TBD

Springfield Garden Club, in conjunction with the Springfield Parks and Recreation Department, will host a garden tour in June featuring six private and three public gardens and will celebrate Mr. Everett Hosmer Barney whose gift of land to the City of Springfield was the basis of the beautiful public space of Forest Park.

 

​$2,000 SCHOLARSHIP AVAILABLE FOR THE 2020 – 2021 ACADEMIC YEAR

The Springfield Garden Club invites high school seniors, undergraduate and graduate students who are residents of HAMPDEN COUNTY, MA and are majoring or have been accepted to major in one of the accepted horticulture or environmental related fields to apply for a $2,000 scholarship for the 2020-2021 academic year.

 

The deadline for receipt of all documentation is Tuesday, March 17, 2020.

 

Please contact Elizabeth Tongue, Scholarship Committee  Co-Chair, at 413-627-5503 or Helen Gallivan at SGCscholarship@gmail.com for more information or to request an emailed electronic version of these two documents:  (They can also be downloaded below:

 

Guidelines for Scholarship

Guidelines Document (click here)

 

Scholarship Application

Scholarship Application (click here)

 

This continues the Springfield Garden Club’s long commitment to the development of future leaders in horticulture and related fields by awarding an annual scholarship to Hampden County, Massachusetts undergraduate and graduate students and graduating high school seniors who are majoring in or have been accepted to major in plant sciences, environmental studies, or other allied fields.  Since 1990 the Club has raised money from plant sales, holiday bazaars, and other special events to award more than $40,000 in scholarships to more than 40 Hampden County, Massachusetts students.

SCHOLARSHIP

The Springfield Garden Club is pleased to announce that it has awarded scholarships to three Hampden County students studying horticulture or related fields for the 2020-2021 academic year.

Taylor Ditmar from Longmeadow, MA will receive a one-year $2,000 scholarship to continue her studies in environmental sciences at Smith College. Taylor was also the recipient last year.  Click here for a photo of Taylor. 

Two other exceptional applicants were recognized by one-time Special Awards of $500 each. Leah Thiviere from Westfield, MA will be studying environmental sciences with a concentration on agriculture at Washington College in Chestertown, MA and Samantha Wise from Wilbraham, MA will be studying environmental sciences at SUNY Syracuse.

The Club is delighted to recognize these outstanding young people.

Club Officers
2020 - 2021
Executive Committee

PRESIDENT      Beate Bolen     413-306-5454

VICE-PRESIDENT     Helen Gallivan

RECORDING SECRETARY     Janine Boland

TREaASURER    Mary Bandouveres

CORRESPONDING SECRETARY     Joann DiRico

Committee Chairs
2020 - 2021

AWARDS      Beate Bolen

COMMUNICATION     Dee Gainski

COMMUNITY OUTREACH     Suzanne Reed

CONSERVATION    Ralph D’Amico

EX-OFFICIO     Mary Bandouveres

FLOWER DESIGN GROUP     Suzanne Reed, Jamie Hall

FLOWER DISTRIBUTION     Judy Cmero

GARDEN THERAPY    Mary Goodwin

HISTORIAN   Janet Dolder

HORTICULTURE EDUCATION       Janet Dolder

HORTICULTURE STUDY GROUP       Jamie Hall

HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR     Claire Valenti, Annmarie Shaer 

IRIS PEDLAR NEWSLETTER     Beate Bolen

MEMBERSHIP    Tanja Olson, Elaine Massery 

PHOTOGRAPHY     Mary Bandouveres, Nora Santourian

PLANT SALE     Annmarie Shaer

PROGRAM   Helen Gallivan

PUBLICITY     Mary Bandouveres

SCHOLARSHIP     Elizabeth Tongue, Vicki Kiss

STORROWTON “YULETIDE”    Elizabeth Tongue

TAB RECYCLING PROGRAM     Margot Eckert

WAYS AND MEANS    Joanne Hirsch, Vana Nespor

WEBMASTER    Judy Cmero

YEARBOOK  Beate Bolen, Judy Cmero

 
PHOTOS     continued

The Club’s Annual May Meeting featured our own “Art in Bloom” with Club members creating arrangements

to interpret their own favorite pieces of art.

 
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