The Groton Garden Club is a non-profit 501(c)(3) all volunteer organization. The Club was founded in 1923 and currently has over 75 members. We hold monthly meetings from October through June and include a presentation on gardening or horticulture topics.
We also participate in the following activities:
- We organize an annual Plant Sale held in May. This event raises funds to maintain the various gardens around town and continue our community service work.
- Sponsor an annual lecture for the community in February.
- Hold garden-related workshops for members and their guests.
- Our varied committees offer members a chance to work outside directly in gardens or with other communications functions such as our website, yearbook, or club publicity.
- Participate in Grotonfest and promote the club’s mission to the community.
- Boxwood tree workshop is where members create over 25 holiday boxwood trees for donation to Meals on Wheels and various Groton government offices.
- Toured local farms to increase awareness of Farming in Groton
- Creating and installing a new Native Plant and Pollinator Garden at the Groton Town Hall. The purpose is to educate the public on how they can increase native plants in their own yards.
- Co-sponsor the Groton Arbor Day Celebration
- Continue to educate our members through programs, workshops, and field trips.
Currently, our members maintain or share responsibility for the following gardens and planters within Groton:
- The Blue Star Memorial on Sawyer Common
- Firemen’s Common
- Four Corners Traffic Island on Boston Road
- Hanson Family Memorials on Playground Road
- Hollis Street Triangle
- Prescott Common
- Carol Wheeler Memorial Park in West Groton
- Groton Police Station gardens and planters
- Center Fire Station gardens and planters
- Watering Troughs in West Groton and Groton Center
- Maintenance and decorating at the Virginia Thurston Healing Garden in Harvard, MA
All Awards received from the Garden Club Federation of Massachusetts (GCFM) unless otherwise noted.
- 1967 Civic Beautification – The island area in front of Lavender and Dunkin Donuts (no longer maintained by us), $200 from Sears Roebuck
- 1970 Citation – Beautification $15.00 from Sears Roebuck
- 1974 Citation – Garden Therapy
- 1978 Award of Appreciation – Garden Therapy
- 1980 National and State Awards – Flower Show, Silver Bowl and Certificate of Achievement
- 1990 Bay State Award – Flower Show
- 1991 State Award and President’s Bowl “Overall Excellence in Civic Development Projects“
- 1992 Club of Distinction Award
- 1994 Club of Distinction Award
- 1995 Club of Distinction Award
- 2015 National and State Awards – Civic Beautification, Boutwell House Gardens, certificate and silver plate
- 2016 Barbara May Website Award for a medium-sized club. Our website also received a first-place award from the National Club.
- 2018 Civic Development Award for Landscaping a Public Building
- 2018 Certificate of Merit for planting Arbor Day trees, and the design and installation of new landscape at the Groton Fire Station
- 2022 Patricia Dennett Grant Award – for a community outreach program in ecology, conservation, or horticulture education. This includes a grant of $500.
- 2022 Website
- 2022 Yearbook