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 


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.

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. We have expanded out membership categories to accommodate a variety of family configurations.

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

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.

April 16, 2021 Raffle Items

These are the items that will be available in the on-line raffle at the April 16 meeting.

Read descriptions of them. (CLICK HERE for the Descriptions of Raffle Items)

Guests may participate in the online raffle by emailing their contact information to spfldgardenclub@gmail.com.


Find out more about the meeting. (CLICK HERE for UPCOMING EVENTS).

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. 


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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Upcoming Events & Scholarship

Springfield Garden Club Upcoming Events Spring 2021

The Scholarship Committee is

ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for its Springfield Garden Club Upcoming Events Spring 2021
The Scholarship Committee is ACCEPTING APPLICATIONS for its $2,000 2021-2022 scholarship
through Tuesday, April 15, 2021. The SCHOLARSHIP section has more information and application forms. 

The April – May issue of the Iris Pedlar is now available. 

Until further notice, all 2021 Springfield Garden Club monthly meetings will be held via Zoom 
and not at the Carriage House in Forest Park. 

Members receive an email link to the zoom meeting. Guests are 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

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.
Members and guests may also participate in the April online raffle and view photos of 
the items (LINK to photos) and read descriptions of them. (LINK to Raffle items description)

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

Location - In the tent at the Barney Estate’s Carriage House in Springfield’s Forest Park
Format – A hybrid in person and zoom meeting (depending on pandemic restrictions). 
Springfield Garden Club members and invited guests will celebrate the successful 
completion of a difficult pandemic year and enjoy a festive luncheon with springtime 
table arrangements and a display of decorated vintage garden “chairs”, all created 
by members. The meeting will include the announcement of this year’s scholarship 
winner, and the election of new officers.

May 22, 2021 – Saturday, 9 am – 12 noon
Annual Plant Sale – In person on the Quadrangle at the Springfield Museums

A spring tradition and one of the Club’s major fundraisers, the Plant Sale (LINK to Plant Sale Flyer) 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. Masks and social distancing required. 

June 16, 2021 – 7:00 pm via Zoom
Special Program – “Nature’s Best Hope” by Dr. Doug Tallamy 

Dr. Doug Tallamy, University of Delaware faculty member and well-known author will 
present key ideas from his landmark “Bringing Nature Home” and “Nature’s Best 
The program is free to Springfield Garden Club members who will receive an email link 
to the program. Guests are welcome and may purchase tickets ($12.50) at 
www.EventBrite.com by typing Springfield Garden Club in the search box to receive
an email with the link to the zoom program. 

August 21, 2021, 9:00 – 4:00
“Springfield – City of Gardens” Garden Tour

Springfield Garden Club will host a garden tour on Saturday, August 21 featuring six 
private and two public gardens. Tour details and information on how to purchase 
tickets ($20) will be available soon.



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 2021-2022 academic year.

The deadline for receipt of all documentation is Thursday, April 15, 2021.

Please contact Scholarship Committee Co-Chair, Elizabeth Tongue or Jane Glushik at SGCscholarship@gmail.com for more information or to request an electronic version of these two documents, or visit our website at www.gcfm.org/springfieldgardenclub .

This 2021-2022 scholarship 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, graduate students, and graduating high school seniors who are majoring in or have been accepted to major in a plant sciences or environmental studies program such as horticulture, floriculture, landscape design, conservation, forestry, botany, agronomy, plant pathology, environmental control, land management or other allied fields. Since 1990 the Club has raised money from plant sales, holiday bazaars, and other special events to award more than $78,000 in scholarships to more than 47 Hampden County, Massachusetts students.


Scholarship Guidelines

Scholarship Application


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


TREASURER    Mary Bandouveres


Committee Chairs
2020 - 2021

AWARDS      Beate Bolen




EX-OFFICIO     Mary Bandouveres

FLOWER DESIGN GROUP     Suzanne Reed, Jamie Hall


GARDEN THERAPY    Mary Goodwin

HISTORIAN   Janet Dolder



HOSPITALITY COORDINATOR     Claire Valenti, Annmarie Shaer 


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


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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