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.

Book Group

The book group meets 2 or 3 times a year, usually during the off-season for gardeners. Books are chosen from a variety of fiction and non-fiction genres. All have some connection with gardening, farming, or conservation. Follow this link to our book list.

Boxwood Tree Workshop

Each December we gather to make and decorate boxwood trees. We all make one tree to donate to the local food pantry, Loaves and Fishes, and then make a second tree to take home.

Four Corners Traffic Island

This committee designed, planted, and will maintain the Four Corners Traffic Island at the intersection of Rte 119, Rte 225, and Sandy Pond Road, near the Shaw’s Marketplace. You can see photos, a plant list, and the garden plan at this link to Four Corners.

Garden Rx

This committee organizes meetings 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. See the Garden Rx webpage for recent tips.

Healing Garden

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.

Historian

The historian collects photographs, board and membership meeting minutes, annual reports, press clippings, official garden club documents, and other pertinent information for archival preservation.

Hollis Street Traffic Island

The group plants and maintains the Traffic Island at the intersection of Hollis Street and Main Street in Groton Center.

Horticulture

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.

Hospitality

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.

Library Flowers

This committee organizes the delivery of floral arrangements and decorative plants to the Groton Public Library’s circulation desk. Arrangements and plants are donated or loaned by club members. You can see photos of some past Library Flowers.

Membership

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

 

Memorials

This committee maintains plantings at two memorial gardens in Groton. The Blue Star Memorial on Sawyer Common honors men and women who served in the Armed Forces of the United States.  The Hanson Family Memorial Garden, located to the right of the gazebo on Playground Road, preserves the memory of Peter, Sue, and two- and a half year-old Christine Hanson, who lost their lives in the tragic events of September 11, 2001.

Plant Sale

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.

Prescott Common

This committee designs, plants, and maintains Prescott Common and the area across the street from the Common where the Charles River historic marker is located.

Programs

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.

Project Development

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.

Publicity

Publicity keeps the public informed of club activities by providing photos and press releases to local media.

Sunshine Correspondent

The correspondent sends cards to members as needed for thank-yous, well wishes, and condolences.

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.

Watering Troughs

This committee creates and maintains seasonal designs for the watering troughs in Groton and West Groton.

Website

This committee develops and maintains the club’s website.

Yearbook

This committee prepares, proofreads, prints, and distributes the annual yearbook.