Welcome to the President’s Corner
This will be an occasional column with assorted information which is hopefully useful to GGC members and members of the public browsing on our website. If you have ideas for topics or suggestions for the Garden Club, let me know.
Notes from Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM) Events
I recently attended the Central North District gathering for member clubs, held at the Wayside Inn in Sudbury. The GCFM President and Officers encouraged clubs to take advantage of their schools covering Environmental Studies, Landscape Design, Flower Shows, and Gardening Design. There are also workshops on Civic Development and Horticulture Mornings.
Clubs were also given time to talk about their activities and promote upcoming events. Many clubs work on municipal gardens, similar to our club. Clubs also work on pollinator gardens, garden therapy, fairy gardens, a Halloween pumpkin wall, and a garden story walk. There are collaborations with Girl Scouts, community groups, and Meals on Wheels. Some clubs offer intergenerational programs, scholarships, and run fundraising events. There is a lot of creative and exciting work being done by Garden Clubs all around the state.
On October 24th I traveled to the Massachusetts Horticulture Society in Wellesley for the Fall GCFM Conference. Despite the weather being cold and rainy, the conference was very informative and included a close-up view and tour of their test gardens. The main speaker was Claudia Thompson of “Grow Native Massachusetts.” She spoke about Garden Clubs and Conservation: The Power to Lead – Changing the Paradigm in the 21st Century. More information about this topic may be found at grownativemass.org
There was also a presentation by Yvonne Capella, the Judges Council Chair, titled “Demystifying the Standard Flower Show.” Topics presented included how clubs can do floral design programs and make submissions to flower shows. It turns out there are many more categories than just flower arrangements. Other categories include petite designs, tableware displays, photography, educational displays, and more. If you are interested in finding out more about this, contact me.
Until next time,