The Groton Garden Club is active in community beautification, as well as the horticultural education of its members and of the larger community. We also gather to develop friendships as we explore our love of gardening, offer each other support, and share our celebrations.
Members are encouraged to join one or more of our diverse committees. You can join a committee to work on community beautification projects, learn about many aspects of gardening, socialize, or help with the many things that keep the club going.
Gardens and Memorials
Four Corners Traffic Island
This committee plants and maintains the Four Corners Traffic Island at the intersection of RT 119, RT 225, and Sandy Pond Road, near the Shaw’s Marketplace. Members participate with watering, weeding, and dead-heading as needed. You can see photos, a plant list, and the garden plan at this link to Four Corners.
The Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard is an educational non-profit organization dedicated to providing integrated cancer care through therapeutic services, educational programs, and a healing environment for all people with a cancer diagnosis. Groton Garden Club members are active in maintaining this garden throughout the year. See our Healing Garden webpage for more information.
Hollis Street Traffic Island
The group plants and maintains the Traffic Island at the intersection of Hollis Street and Main Street in Groton Center.
This committee is responsible for planting and maintaining Prescott Common located on lower Main Street. Members participate in the waters, weeding, and deadheading schedule during the summer season and help with spring and fall cleanup, planning and planting sessions.
Police Station and Center Fire Station Gardens
The foundation plantings and memorial gardens at these locations are maintained by the club.
Carol Wheeler Memorial
This committee maintains the plantings at the Carol Wheeler Memorial Park next to the Squannacook River Reservoir in West Groton.
Blue Star Memorial
The Blue Star Memorial, located on Sawyer Common, is a marker program which began in 1945 to honor men and women serving in the Armed Forces during WWII, and now for all who have or will serve. This is a program of the National Garden Clubs, Inc. The program grew to extend thousands of miles across the continental United States, Alaska and Hawaii. The Groton Garden Club dedicated the plantings and stone marker on November 11, 2011. Green wreaths with red bows are placed on the Blue Star and nine other memorial stones at Sawyer Common during December and January.
This memorial is located adjacent to the Main Street watering troughs. In 2016, the Garden Club refurbished this small park in Groton that had been created approximately 15 years earlier as an Eagle Scout project in honor of the Groton Fire Department.
The Hanson Family Memorial Garden
The Hanson Family Memorial Garden is located near the gazebo on Playground Road behind the library. The large Stone Plaque dedicated for Christine Hanson is located at the entrance of the playground. The Memorial garden is a memorial to Peter, Sue and 2 1/2 year old Christine Hanson who lost their lives in the tragic events that occurred on September 11, 2001. The garden was created and dedicated to this Groton family in October 2001 and then replanted May 2011.
Public Safety Buildings
This committee designs, fills, and maintains planters at the Center Fire Station and Police Station.
This committee focuses on seasonal design of the town watering troughs and the planters at the Carol Wheeler Memorial Park by the River in West Groton.
The Book Group discusses books with a gardening theme. Members participate in the choice of each selection, which could be non-fiction, historical, or occasionally fiction. The group meets at the Groton Public Library usually on a Tuesday. Follow this link to our book list.
Boxwood Tree Workshop
This committee purchases and organizes materials that will be used for the Boxwood Tree Workshop. Each participant creates and decorates one boxwood tree to be donated to a local charity; a second tree can be made to take home. No experience is needed.
The historian collects photographs, board and membership meeting minutes, annual reports, press clippings, official garden club documents, and other pertinent information for archival preservation.
This committee promotes continuing horticultural education and workshops through visits to local gardens, small New England garden centers, greenhouses, and other places of horticultural interest, with an emphasis on unusual plants for New England. Here’s a link to information about some of our Horticulture trips.
The Horticulture Committee also holds Horticultural Conversations for members to discuss problems and challenges with members’ plants and gardens. Gardening knowledge and tips are also shared. We have “pop-up” instruction workshops and arrange visits to member gardens. Meetings are held at the Groton Library or in members’ gardens.
This committee coordinates the serving of refreshments at our general meetings. All members are expected to help with hospitality during the course of the year. Follow the link to learn about Hospitality, including instructions.
This committee organizes the delivery of floral arrangements and decorative plants to the Groton Public Library’s circulation desk and the Children’s Room. Arrangements and plants are donated or loaned by club members. You can see photos of some past Library Flowers.
This committee maintains records of all members and records attendance at meetings. It also coordinates the admission process for new members, including informing new members of their club responsibilities, providing them with yearbooks, and welcoming them to the club. Our Membership Application and Membership Renewal forms can be found on the page for Club Membership.
This committee organizes the annual plant sale each May, which is the club’s major fundraiser. All members participate by donating plants from their own gardens, helping with potting up and labelling plants for the sale, and working on the day of the sale. Monetary donations may also be made. You can find current information about this event on our Plant Sale page.
This committee plans and organizes the club programs, reflecting the interests of the many committees and the talents of the membership. To find out more about future and past events, see our Calendar.
This committee researches ideas for new garden club projects and civic beautification, including participation in national garden club projects, revival of old club projects, and inspiration from other area garden clubs.
This committee chair is responsible for keeping the public informed through press releases, flyers and signage about the club activities, including Plant Sale and Trust Funds Lecture. This committee chair assists the Yearbook and Website chairs with photos and written submissions and also maintains a press book.
This chair sends personal correspondence to members as needed for thank-yous, well wishes, and condolences in the club’s name. Members who become aware of appropriate occasions should contact this chair.
Telephone and E-Mail
This committee notifies club members of special events, changes in meeting schedules, and other garden club related information. Most communication is now done through e-mail, unless members have requested to receive a telephone call.
This committee develops and maintains the club’s website.
This committee prepares, proofreads, prints, and distributes the annual yearbook.