Garden clubs are present in small towns and cities throughout the country. Each club is a little different. Some spend much of their time on flower arranging and flower shows, others spend more time on digging in the dirt. Most have an element of community service.
The Groton Garden Club puts more effort into dirt-digging and community service, maintaining several gardens around town. In December we put down our shovels and indulge ourselves in decorating for Christmas and winter interest. Our annual boxwood tree workshop is one of our best-attended events. We make and decorate small trees to donate to a local charity and to decorate our own homes. It’s fun to see the difference in arrangements when members start with the same materials.
This year we also responded to the Groton History Center’s request for help in decorating the Boutwell House. With help from many of our members, the house was beautifully decorated for the History Center’s annual holiday Open House.
In between our organized group activities, individual club members found time to decorate their homes and to shop together and find new inspirations to make their outsides of their homes festive. Club members Laura S and Ellen T bought the same baskets for outdoor arrangements and created different arrangements reflecting their personalities and the styles of their homes.
Penny H has introduced us to the ‘Sparkle Tree’ in her decorating. Many of us have adopted this idea, often making it one of our earliest holiday decorations. The use of a deciduous branch decorated with lights and ornaments is also a good solution for those with a second home that will be used for the holiday. It doesn’t require watering and won’t dry out and shed needles if left untended.
As with everything we do as a club, we try to have fun, share ideas and to learn from each other while decorating for the holidays.
We hope that all of our readers have also had fun making their homes festive for Christmas, the winter solstice, and other holidays. We wish all of you a Merry Christmas season, and especially a very happy New Year.