Garden Club
"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:



  • 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 


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.

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 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.


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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Meetings are at held on the third Friday of the month from September through May (no meeting in January) at the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main Street, Wilbraham 01095, unless otherwise noted.  Meetings begin with a luncheon tea at 11:30, followed by a business meeting at 12 noon, and a 45-60 minute program beginning at 12:30. 


Program speakers are recognized experts in floral arrangement, horticulture, or conservation. 

(Click here for the meeting and program schedule for the current year. )

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


We welcome guests, the general 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.

All events are cancelled THROUGH JUNE 30th

Upcoming Events & Scholarship


Please see the full year’s schedule. 

They are all open to the public, so do mark your calendars.


If you have questions about any of the Springfield Garden Club’s programs and events, email SpringfieldGardenClubMA@gmail.com.

March 20 - Monthly Program – Friday, 11:30 am - CANCELLED


Presented by Joan Butler & Jana Milbocker


Learn how to make early native woodland wildflowers – such as Bloodroot, Jeffersonia, Hepatica, and Primula which are unfamiliar to many gardeners, the stars of your spring garden. Joan Butler and Jana Milbocker, avid plant collectors, garden designers, and writers, will introduce us to these natives’ habitats, ideal growing conditions, and unique adaptations. This program will also support the GCFM’s “GO NATIVE” project.

The meeting will be held at the Wilbraham United Church, 500 Main Street, Wilbraham, MA 01095. A light luncheon and beverages will be served beginning at 11:30 a.m. The suggested Guest fee is $5.00.


View and print out the flyer for this program.

Program Flyer


April 17 - Monthly Program – Friday, 11:30 a.m.- CANCELLED


Presented by Elaine DiGiovanni and Linda Ladd, Master Flower Show Judges

Join Elaine DiGiovanni and Linda Ladd as they demonstrate design principles while creating six different arrangements which six lucky participants will be able to take home. One will go to the winner of the door prize drawing and the others to the winners of the auction following the demonstration.


Tickets: Members: $5.00. Guests: Now through February 17, $5.00; After February 17, $10.00. Each guest ticket will entered into the door prize drawing of one arrangement.


Use the link below to order tickets online at Eventbrite


or pay by check by calling Judy at 413-599-0462.


View and print out the flyer for this program.

Program Flyer


June 20 – Garden Tour – Saturday, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.- CANCELLED



Mark your calendars for this special day as the Springfield Garden Club joins the Springfield Parks & Recreation Department to tour several outstanding private and public Springfield gardens and the many distinct gardens in the City’s 735 acre Olmstead-designed Forest Park. The tour also celebrates Founders’ Day and Springfield residents Orick H. Greenleaf and Everett Hosmer Barney whose philanthropy donated land for the creation of the park and funds for its maintenance.


As a special treat for tour goers, the Park’s Barney Estate Carriage House, a beautifully renovated late Victorian meeting and event venue, will be open for guided tours from 1-4. Light refreshments will be provided. 


Tickets: $20.00


Planning for the day is underway. Check this website for updates, more details, and ticket ordering information as the date draws closer.




April 26, 2019

Two years ago, Springfield resident and Springfield Garden Club member Elizabeth Stevens adopted a small

park in her McKnight Neighborhood  and began transforming it into a pollinator garden.

In 2018 this site was chosen as one of two sites in Massachusetts to participate in a Pollinator Garden project sponsored by the New England Wildflower Society.   See photos from the July 24, 2018 and April 26, 2019 planting events.

Since the project began, the Springfield Parks Department, Springfield Forestry Department and local Girl Scouts have also donated time and plants to the project.

The April 2019 event celebrated the planting of two Serviceberry trees by the Springfield Forestry Department and of three Spicebushes donated by the Springfield Garden Club. Both plants are important food sources for critical pollinators and show how we can all help their survival.

If you have questions about any of the Springfield Garden Club’s programs and events, email SpringfieldGardenClubMA@gmail.com.

May 30 - Annual Plant Sale – CANCELLED

Saturday, 9:00 a.m. – Noon at the Springfield Museums

at the Quadrangle, 21 Edwards Street, Springfield, MA 01103


This spring tradition and fundraiser for the Club’s Scholarship Fund features Plants Galore! Annuals, Perennials, Herbs, Shrubs, Baskets, a Vintage Garden Boutique, and Sale of Prime Plants & Vintage Items.


Open to the public.

View and print out the flyer for this plant sale.

Plant Sale Flyer


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.



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
2019 - 2020
Executive Committee

PRESIDENT    Beate Bolen   413-306-5454

VICE-PRESIDENT     Helen Gallivan

Recording Secretary    Janine Boland

TREASURER   Mary Bandouveres 


Committee Chairs
2019 - 2020

AWARDS      Beate Bolen




EX-OFFICIO     Mary Bandouveres


FLOWER DESIGN GROUP     Suzanne Reed, Jamie Hall


GARDEN THERAPY    Mary Goodwin

HISTORIAN   Janet Dolder





MEMBERSHIP          Tanja Olson, Elaine Massery 

PHOTOGRAPHY     Mary Bandouveres, Nora Santoorian

PLANT SALE     Annmarie Shaer

PROGRAM   Helen Gallivan

PUBLICITY     Mary Bandouveres

SCHOLARSHIP           Helen Gallivan, Elizabeth Tongue

STORROWTON “YULETIDE”    Elizabeth Tongue


WAYS AND MEANS              Kathy Kroll

WEBMASTER    Judy Cmero

YEARBOOK  Beate Bolen, Judy Cmero

PHOTOS     continued

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

to interpret their own favorite pieces of art.

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