Join the fun!
The House and Garden Club's activities nurture
warm friendships and philanthropic outreach
that benefit Wellesley, its residents, its schools, and its businesses.
Make new friends while you make a difference in your community's education,
conservation, and beautification.
Guests are Welcome!
Founded in 1958 and Federated as a Non-Profit 501 (c) 3 Civic Organization in 1963
Memberships and Affiliations
- National Garden Clubs, Inc.
- National Garden Clubs New England Region, Inc.
- Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts, Inc.
- Massachusetts Horticultural Society
- Joint Council of Wellesley Garden Clubs
- Wellesley Conservation Council
- Wellesley Green Collaborative
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We're happy to answer your questions.
President: Barbara Viechnicki
Vice President: Zozie Porter
Recording Secretary: Anne Ammons
Treasurer: Shelly Griswold
Corresponding Secretary: Nan Morrow
Programs: Carrie Benet and Ruth Ecker
Sustaining Coordinator: Shirley Marden
Board Meetings are held the last Monday of each month at 12 noon.
Fulfilling Our Mission
The House and Garden Club aims to preserve town resources, beautify our surroundings, and educate ourselves and interested others on horticultural and environmental issues through fun creative workshops, outstanding speakers, breath-taking flower-arranging demonstrations and workshops, and exciting Field Trips. The club's second aim is to support conservation at the local, state, and national levels.
Community Projects include the installation and maintenance of Butterfly Gardens at four Wellesley elementary schools, the installation and maintenance of Central Park, providing Town Hall holiday decorations, hosting a Friendly Aid's Camp Fund Auction, providing Garden Therapy for seniors, hosting a town-wide Geranium Fundraiser to fund the maintenance and beautification of the butterfly gardens, Wellesley Center's Central Park, and other town projects.
We launched Central Park in 1963 to beautify Post Office Square and Wellesley Center. After removing unsightly undergrowth and weeds, the club prepared the ground to receive beautiful plantings of trees, shrubs, bulbs, perennials, and annuals, in order to Post Office Square seasonal colors, fragrances, and horticultural beauty.
In collaboration with Wellesley's Department of Public Works many more additions have been added since 1963 including the picnic table, benches, a brick walkway, and the lovely "Girl with Butterfly" statute that commemorates the club's four Butterfly Gardens at Wellesley Elementary Schools. The most recent additions are the lovely lilac shrubs given in commemoration of Mrs. Billie St. Clair, one of the club's "Founding Members" and a former club president.
Wellesley Schools' Butterfly Gardens grew out of the club’s collaboration with the Wellesley Schools’ Director of Curriculum and the PTO's Beautification Committees. The club's mission of conservation of wildlife and lands united with Wellesley Schools' Science Curriculum. The gardens were designed to 1) save the diminishing population of butterflies [and bees], by providing nourishment for them with plants from which they prefer to drink nectar, and by 2) providing 'host plants' on which they prefer to lay their eggs.
Four Wellesley’s elementary schools have Butterfly Gardens, AKA Outdoor Science Laboratory in which students may observe science. Following a butterfly's metamorphosis, it is released into the gardens. Each May Wellesley's Third Grade students and teachers give these colorful insects their homes. Other grades use the gardens for their science lessons, as well, such as the study of seeds in Second Grade.
More Community Projects:
Collaborative projects with Wellesley Girl Scouts encouraging young gardeners; awarding Service Awards
Annual Auction for the Friendly Aid Camp Fund held at Holiday Luncheons
Collaborative projects with the Council of Wellesley Garden Clubs
Art in Bloom for the Museum of Fine Arts