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 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 

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.

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

Meetings are held on the third Friday of the month from September through May (no meeting in January) at the Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park, Springfield, MA 01108 unless otherwise noted www.barneycarriagehouse.com. Meetings begin at 11:30 am and end around 1:00 pm.

Click here for Directions.  Please note that the Route 5/Longmeadow gate is the only entrance for events at the Carriage House and will be opened one hour before the event time.

 

To allow for social distancing, the September and October 2020 meetings will be held outside in the Carriage House tent. For September and October, we will be experimenting with a hybrid format: a live in-person meeting which will also be available via ZOOM to those members who either can’t or choose not to attend in person. All attendees are asked to wear a mask and practice social distancing.

 

In keeping with COVID-19 safety restrictions, we will not be serving our usual luncheon tea. Instead, coffee, tea, bottled water, and prewrapped snacks, including gluten free options, will be available beginning at 11:30 am. Members are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch to enjoy.

A brief business meeting begins at 12 noon with a 45-60 minute program starting at 12:30. An “Opportunity Drawing” at most meetings allows attendees to purchase tickets for an interesting variety of new and vintage garden-related items and books or other surprises.

Program speakers are recognized experts in floral arrangement, horticulture, or conservation. The CURRENT SCHEDULE lists the speakers and programs planned for the current year.

Every month different members design a floral arrangement for the foyer and the luncheon table. 

 

We welcome guests, the public, and potential new members to all monthly meetings. The suggested guest fee is $5.00 unless otherwise noted.

In the case of inclement weather, meetings are automatically cancelled when the Springfield public schools are closed.

 
Upcoming Events & Scholarship

Summer 2020 Events

 

While the pandemic raged, the Springfield Garden Club was busy.

● The Springfield Garden Club Comes Home to Springfield!

After many years enjoying the Wilbraham United Church as our monthly meeting site, Club President Beate Bolen recently signed an agreement with the City of Springfield that will allow the Club to move its home back to Springfield to hold monthly meetings at the beautiful and historic Carriage House on the Barney Estate in Springfield’s Forest Park, and to use Forest Park’s renovated Monkey House for large events like the Horticultural Specialty Flower Show that the Club presented in October, 2019. The agreement is presently being signed by relevant City departments. When that process has been completed, a formal press release will be scheduled. We are very grateful to Springfield’s Mayor, Dominick Sarno, and Parks Department Executive Director, Patrick Sullivan, for their generous support throughout this process.

Over the summer, members moved the Club’s equipment and supplies to easily accessible storage right in the Carriage House.

● Awards Received

The Springfield Garden Club held the first

Horticulture Specialty Flower Show by a garden club

in the state of Massachusetts in October 2019:

“Autumn in the Valley, Celebrating Nature’s Bounty”.

In August, the Club was notified that it has been awarded

The National Garden Clubs, Inc. Flower Show

Certificate of Merit for

“Horticulture Specialty Flower Show

(Award FS-20A) and distinctive ribbon. 

On the Judge’s evaluation form,

the judges awarded the show

100 points, the highest score possible.

 

● Garden Strolls

Several more informal, socially distanced evening strolls - three through members’ gardens and one to view the plantings at the Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle (which several SGC members help plant and maintain) allowed members to stay in touch and have some fun within pandemic guidelines.

● Garden Maintenance 

Several members carried out regular maintenance not only of many of the plantings at the Springfield Museums on the Quadrangle, but also at the Forest Park Rock Garden and Dragon Garden, the Olmstead Triangle Park Garden on Trafton Road near Forest Park, and at the Pollinator Garden in Springfield’s McKnight neighborhood.

In addition, President Beate Bolen and several SGC members have been designing, planting, and maintaining the garden at the childhood home of Ted Geisel, Dr. Seuss, on Fairfield Street in Springfield.  The Springfield Museum and the Dr. Seuss Foundation are currently restoring the residence and will open it to the public shortly.

● Covid-19 Response Developed

Springfield Garden Club – Looking Forward 2020 – 2021, a new document to guide the Club’s activities during the pandemic was written and sent to members. In addition, the Hospitality Guideline for Monthly Meetings was revised.

● 2020-2021 Yearbook Produced

The President and several members put together the Club’s annual Yearbook which lists all members, events, and bylaws for the new year. This substantial 40 page printed document, which featured black and white photos of events from last year and a beautiful glossy cover and back plate with color photos of two members’ gardens, was distributed to all members. 

Fall 2020 Upcoming Events

 

 

 

Programs are open to the public, unless otherwise noted.

 

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

ASK OUR OWN MASTER GARDENERS – Do you have a particular garden challenge or question?

Presented by our Master Gardener Members

 

Many of our members are also certified Master Gardeners. At this meeting, you will have the opportunity to pose your own gardening questions to a panel of our own Master Gardener members whose training and personal and collective experience may be able to guide you to useable suggestions.

 

The meeting will be held in the tent at the Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park, Springfield, MA 01108 (www.barneycarriagehouse.com ). Click here for Directions.  Please note that the Route 5/Longmeadow gate is the only entrance for events at the Carriage House and will be opened one hour before the event time.

 

We will be experimenting with broadcasting this live meeting via Zoom for members who cannot or choose not to attend in person. The monthly “Opportunity Drawing”, has long been an enjoyable way for attendees to purchase new and vintage garden-related items and books or other surprises while supporting the Club.  This month we are experimenting with adding an on-line option for members and hope to be able to offer it on-line to the public in the near future.  

 

In keeping with COVID-19 safety restrictions, we will not be serving our usual luncheon tea. Instead, coffee, tea, bottled water, and prewrapped snacks, including gluten free options, will be available beginning at 11:30 am. Members are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch to enjoy.

 

A brief business meeting begins at 12 noon with the 45-60 minute program starting at 12:30.

 

The suggested Guest fee is $5.00. All attendees are asked to wear a mask and to practice social distancing.

 

October 16 - Monthly Program – Friday, 11:30 am

WHY WE CARE ABOUT NATIVE PLANTS

Presented by Dan Jaffe

Dan Jaffe, Horticulturalist at Norcross Wildlife Sanctuary in Wales, MA 01082 (www.norcrosswildlife.org) and author of Native Plants for New England Gardens, is passionate about native plants. In this illustrated talk, he will encourage us to create healthy resilient landscapes by thinking of the plants we choose as members of complete interacting plant systems rather than as collections of individual plants.

The meeting will be held in the tent at the Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park, Springfield, MA 01108 ( www.barneycarriagehouse.com ). Click here for Directions. Please note that the Route 5/Longmeadow gate is the only entrance for events at the Carriage House and will be opened one hour before the event time.

 

We will again be experimenting with broadcasting this meeting via Zoom for members who cannot or choose not to attend in person.

 

In keeping with COVID-19 safety restrictions, we will not be serving our usual luncheon tea. Instead, coffee, tea, bottled water, and prewrapped snacks, including gluten free options, will be available beginning at 11:30 am. Members are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch to enjoy.

 

A brief business meeting begins at 12 noon with the 45-60 minute program starting at 12:30.

 

The suggested Guest fee is $5.00. All attendees are asked to wear a mask and to practice social distancing.

 

November 20 - Monthly Program – Friday, 11:30 am

FLORAL EXPRESSIONS

Presented by Matt Flatow

 

Matt Flatow, floral designer for “Flowers, Flowers!” in Springfield, MA (www.flowersflowers.com) will demonstrate floral designs to inspire us to transform our homes into holiday wonderlands by using new techniques, new tricks, materials, and new designs.

 

If State and City pandemic regulations permit, the meeting will be held in the

Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park, Springfield, MA 01108

(www.barneycarriagehouse.com ). Click here for Directions. Please note that the Route 5/Longmeadow gate is the only entrance for events at the Carriage House and will be opened one hour before the event time.

 

If an in-person meeting is not permitted, the program will be broadcast via Zoom.

 

In keeping with COVID-19 safety restrictions, we will not be serving our usual luncheon tea. Instead, coffee, tea, bottled water, and prewrapped snacks, including gluten free options, will be available beginning at 11:30 am. Members are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch to enjoy.

 

A brief business meeting begins at 12 noon with the 45-60 minute program starting at 12:30.

 

The suggested Guest fee is $5.00. All attendees are asked to wear a mask and to practice social distancing.

 

December 5 – 12 - “Yuletide at Storrowton Village”, Eastern States Fairground, 1305 Memorial Avenue, West Springfield, MA 01089

 

“Yuletide at Storrowton” invites the public to view period holiday decorations created by the Springfield Garden Club and other volunteer organizations during Storrowton Village’s winter holiday festival. This year the Springfield Garden Club will be decorating the kitchen in the Gilbert House. View the photos from the Club’s 2019 decorations in the Gilbert House sitting room. Yuletide Photos

 

For hours and more information call Storrowton Village at 413- 205-5051 or visit www.storrowtonvillage.com .

 

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

HOLIDAY FLORAL DESIGNS / HOLIDAY BOUTIQUE

 

Our talented members will create and demonstrate floral designs for the holiday season. These designs will be auctioned to meeting attendees afterwards. We will also be offering a Holiday Boutique both online, as well as in person. A link to  the online link will be posted here as soon as the technical details are worked out. We are excited about this new way of sharing this event with you. Be prepared to do your holiday shopping and tell your friends.

 

If State and City pandemic regulations permit, the meeting will be held in the Carriage House at the Barney Estate, Forest Park, Springfield, MA 01108

( www.barneycarriagehouse.com ). Click here for Directions.  Please note that the Route 5/Longmeadow gate is the only entrance for events at the Carriage House and will be opened one hour before the event time.

 

If an in-person meeting is not permitted, the program will be broadcast via Zoom.

 

In keeping with COVID-19 safety restrictions, we will not be serving our usual luncheon tea. Instead, coffee, tea, bottled water, and prewrapped snacks, including gluten free options, will be available beginning at 11:30 am. Members are encouraged to bring a bagged lunch to enjoy.

 

A brief business meeting begins at 12 noon with the 45-60 minute program starting at 12:30.

 

The suggested Guest fee is $5.00. All attendees are asked to wear a mask and to practice social distancing.

 
 

​$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

TREASURER   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

FINANCIAL REVIEW     Vicki Kiss

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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