Our mission is to promote horticulture of the growing of plants, flowers, shrubs; to encourage and appreciate flower arranging, to assist in the civic beautification of Andover; to serve as a resource promoting conservation efforts; and to educate our members and the community.
Organized – 1968
Federated – 1971
The Village Garden Club of Andover, a non-profit member of the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, has been a welcoming organization for over 40 years. Among our 35 active members and 5 inactive members, and 3 honorary members are a master flower show judge, a flower show judge, a nationally respected gardening author and lecturer, members of the Federation state and district boards, two professional floral designers, and interested gardeners of all levels of experience. Two of our members received awards from the Massachusetts Horticultural Society in recognition of their gardens.
The club maintains seasonal plantings and plants fall bulbs at two veterans, memorials, Elm Green in downtown Andover, and Ballardvale Green. We have created and maintained a large perennial garden and an outdoor sitting area at the Andover Senior Center. Our members planted two "Welcome to Andover" signs, one on Route 133, and one on Elm Street in Andover.
The Village Garden Club is undertaking a new project renewing the historical plantings surrounding the andover Historical society's Amos Blanchard House.
The club members offer garden therapy via flower arranging, horticulture, and craft activities, on a regular basis, to day care seniors at the Andover Senior Center, Senior Connection. The participants are pleased to take home their completed seasonal projects.
Youth Garden Club
We sponsor a Youth Garden Club at Esperanza Academy for Girls in Lawrence, MA. Activities for grades 5 through 8 include gardening, horticulture, conservation, floral design, and crafts. Plans are underway for a school vegetable garden, a national goal.
Volunteer Arborist Services
In cooperation with the Town of Andover SCRIPT Program, we have enlisted the expertise and assistance of a volunteer certified arborist, to help us with maintaining, weeding, pruning, edging, raking, and watering throughout the growing season at our Senior Garden.
The club participates in “Cash for Trash”, a Federation conservation effort. We support the District Habitat for Humanity gardens and also participate in the district “Change a Light” campaign, and in the gathering of aluminum can tabs for the benefit of the Shriners’ Hospital emergency care for children.
Each spring, our major fundraiser, a Plant Sale, is held in a lovely setting featuring one of our member’s gardens. A wide selection of perennials supplied from our club members’ gardens benefit civic beautification, garden therapy, community organizations, and projects we support. Members are on hand to answer gardening questions while sharing ideas and experiences as guests enjoy wandering through the garden.
The Village Garden Club Plant Sale will be scheduled May 2012, day to be announced.
The Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts awarded the Village Garden Club the 2008 Club of Distinction Award based on activities of the club and its members. The National Garden Clubs, Inc. honored our club with the 2007 School Garden Project Certificate of Achievement for our youth gardening activities with the students of Esperanza Academy. Grants were awarded from the “Home of America Committee” for maintaining two “Welcome to Andover” on roads in Andover. The office of Veteran’s Service in Andover awarded the club in 2008 certificates of appreciation in recognition of the Village Garden Club efforts planting at the town’s memorials.
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Our program includes guest speakers within the community and throughout the state who share their expertise in horticulture, floral design, conservation, civic beautification, landscape design, and practical gardening. We provide seasonal, hands-on creative workshops, and flower arranging workshops. The program and activities of the club express themes in conjunction with the district, state, and national Federation goals.
We enjoy collaborating with area garden clubs on projects for the benefit of the community. We have participated in local flower shows, and the Topsfield Fair Flower Show. The club supports, with donations and volunteer effort, the Trustees of Reservations, AVIS, the Andover Historical Society, and the Andover Senior Center.
Meetings and Workshops
Our meetings and workshops occur on the third Thursday of the month at 7 p.m., except in January when they take place at 1 p.m. Meetings take place in homes and public facilities depending on the program. Specially designated meetings are open where guests and the public are welcome.
Club members arrange flowers for the 19 tables at Bread and Roses, a soup kitchen in Lawrence, MA. We provide floral arrangements for the annual Veterans’ luncheon in Andover. Garden Club members meet regularly with the students of Esperanza Academy in Lawrence, MA for horticulture, flower arranging, craft projects, and developing a vegetable garden. In cooperation with the Andover Historical Society, we are undertaking a joint project to research, conduct a site evaluation, and restore plantings to the exterior of the Amos Blanchard House. We also participate in the Andover Farmer’s Market at the Andover Historical Society.
Announcements & News
ANNUAL PLANT SALE announcement posted
Village Garden Club Plant Sale will be held Saturday, June 2, 2012 from
9 a.m. to 12 noon at 170 Elm Street, Andover MA
rain or shine.
The Plant Sale will be held
in a lovely garden setting and will offer a wide selection of perennials
from our club members' gardens. The Plant Sale benefits civic
beautification, garden therapy, community organizations, and special
projects supported by the club. Members will be on hand to answer gardening
questions while sharing ideas and experience as guests enjoy wandering
through the garden.